With the colder weather starting to kick in, I find myself craving a holiday. Truth be told, I haven’t been away in over a year. With college starting to get busy, I probably won’t get to go away again until the new year at the earliest. However this doesn’t mean that I can’t make a travel dream list. For this list, I’ll be looking at European travel ideas. I will be straying away from the top capitals such as Paris or Rome as I want to experience a new place. I will be looking at the most underrated travel destinations in Europe that I would love to visit soon.
The first city on my list is Lyon in France. Lyon is the capital city of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region. With over two thousand years of history, it’s a wonder that this city hasn’t pushed Paris out of the travel picture yet. With great historical attractions, there is also a busy nightlife in Lyon with a busy clubbing scene. Lyon is also the home of a great University.
Some of the attractions of Lyon range from the Musée des Confluences to the Opera de Lyon to the Cathédrale St-Jean-Baptiste. The Musées des Confluences especially interests me due to its ‘Origins’ exhibition which centres around the origins of our planet. Another exhibition which really interests me is the ‘Societies’ exhibition which focuses on how humans are organised and how we interact. The Opéra de Lyon was built in 1831 but modernised in 1993 by architect Jean Nouvel. From underground concerts to family friendly shows, this is fantastic for the whole family.
With over 3000 restaurants and over 150 hotels, Lyon is the perfect travel destination.
Gothenburg is situated on the Göta älv river on the west Coast of Sweden. With Dutch style canals and boulevards like the Avenlyn (main thoroughfare) which is lined with many cafes and shops, this seaport town is a perfect alternative to Stockholm. One particular feature which really catches my attention is the fountain of Poseidon by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles. This fountain is found in the public square Götaplatsen which is the cultural hub of the city. I have a huge love of Greek Mythology so I would really like to see this fountain in person.
Gothenburg is also home to the Gothenburg museum of Art which contains a collection of nordic paintings from the 19th century. The Gothenburg Botanical Garden shelters over 15,000 plant species!! For anyone with kids, there is an amusement park called Liseberg nearby (and they have a Halloween theme in October and a Christmas theme from November onwards!!) Another thing I would like to do in Gothenburg is to try some seafood at the Feskekôrka which is a fish market hall.
My next travel destination is perfect for anyone who loves wine. Porto in Portugal is the home of Port wine and is a coastal city in the northwest of the country. Like Lyon, Porto’s history dates back to the Roman times and is a romantic port city with a rich history and culture.
Some places in Porto which I would like to visit range from the Clérigos Tower to the fishing port Matosinhos. The Clérigos tower is the baroque bell tower which belongs to the Clérigos Church. Taking a walk along Matosinhos, tourists should expect a wide range of seafood restaurants including grilled sardines available as streetfood. The Ribeira District also interests me as its the oldest district of the city which is filled with old houses and cobbled streets giving a feeling that one has travelled back in time. I would definitely be interested in doing some Port tasting tours while traveling to Porto.
The Porto travel guide recommends that to see everything in Porto, a person would need two days. This shows me that Porto is an excellent travel destination for a weekend trip.
Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital city and is the largest city in the country. Known for it’s University population, it’s no wonder that this city has made my list. With great green spaces- including the beautiful Tivoli Park- this city is definitely a must see destination.
The curving Ljubljanica River, lined in outdoor cafes, divides the city’s old town from its commercial hub. Ljubljana has many museums, including the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historic exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures.
Ljubljana hosts many distinctive structures by native 20th-century architect Jože Plečnik, including the iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) over the river. Many notable sites are near the Tromostovje. These include the Prešernov Trg (central square), with art nouveau buildings and a turn-of-the-century statue of the plaza’s namesake poet, France Prešeren. Nearby, the baroque domed cathedral has twin towers. Moving south, Plečnik’s palazzo-style National and University Library features Roman archaeological remnants at its base. The hilltop Ljubljana Castle, a medieval fortress, is connected to old town by a funicular. (The destinations of Ljubljana as described by Google)
Probably the thing that interests me the most about this city is the Ljubljana castle. This was originally a medieval fortress and is thought to have been constructed in the 11th century before being rebuilt in the 12th century. This castle carries centuries of history and as a history major, I love old castles. The ramparts of the castle are said to give some of the best views of Ljubljana itself. The castle houses an exhibition on Slovenian history and contains historical rooms such as the Chapel of St George. A quirky fact about this castle houses a nightclub and two restaurants. The tours available are at a very reasonable price of €10 per adult!!
What travel Destinations do you want to visit? Have you been to any of the areas that I want to go to? Let me know!!
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