Discover the 10 most beautiful cities in Europe to visit

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Welcome everyone to a brand new video! Nothing beats a quick city break in Europe and with the new year comes new opportunities. I've chosen a list of destinations that check all the boxes for a great vacation this year. So, let's look at the 10 European cities to visit in 2024.

Istanbul, Türkiye

We start with Istanbul, where East meets West. This beautiful city is the perfect place to get started, especially if you're curious about exploring the Middle East or North Africa. It's a very atmospheric city, with all the magic of the Middle East and North Africa but with a more European touch. There are many highlights, such as visiting the Blue Mosque in the late afternoon or enjoying Istanbul's many bars and restaurants with stunning views from their terrace. Watching the sunset from one of the city's three main attractions is also highly recommended. But if you need a break from your city break, I highly recommend visiting the Princes' Islands. It is an archipelago in the Sea of Marmara and is a peaceful haven from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul, a perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. Here you can admire the natural beauty and splendid wooden Victorian villas from the classical era. Istanbul is one of the most visited cities in Europe, which means it definitely offers good reasons to visit.

Tallinn, Estonia

Next we have Tallinn. Whether you travel during harsh winters, colorful spring or enchanting autumn, you won't be able to escape the magic of this city that sits on the shores of the Baltic Sea. It is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its incredibly well-preserved historic center makes it one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It's an ultra-modern city with nostalgic charm, with a stone fortress that stands like a gateway between two worlds. As you stroll through this medieval masterpiece, along cobblestone streets lined with meticulously preserved Renaissance-style buildings, you'll discover an unforgettable city break. There are many colorful roofs and domes visible from the hills, but don't forget to get lost in the charm of Toompea Castle. Tallinn is one of the best city break destinations you can choose.

Marseille, France

Head to the south of France with a visit to Marseille, a beautiful port city on the Mediterranean coast. Dating back to 600 BC, it is officially the oldest city in France. In fact, its colorful past has made it what it is today and you'll even discover traces of its life as an ancient Greek port. This city break is very interesting and slightly cheaper than other French Riviera towns such as Nice. Plus, it has a more unique and bohemian urban feel. As I mentioned, the beautiful port and different beaches make it a great alternative to Paris. Don't forget to visit the Old Port as well as the palace with its garden and the Old Port, and if you have extra time during your city break you can visit the Calanques to the south of the city, it's definitely worth the shot.

Porto, Portugal

Now we arrive in Porto, a coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its imposing bridges and port wine production. It is currently the second largest city in Portugal and I recommend choosing this destination over Lisbon this year. You will always find colorful buildings juxtaposed with baroque mansions and ruined medieval churches. But below the city you will discover these small cellars which hold the famous Port wine, if you like wine this is one of those city breaks that you really have to enjoy. It is not surprising to learn that UNESCO has included Porto on the World Heritage List. It's a fantastic destination if you just want to relax during your city break and try all the local delicacies.

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is an absolutely beautiful city, made up of 14 islands connected by bridges and boat trips on the Baltic Sea. Stockholm is the iconic symbol of Scandinavia's magical cities. This city is characterized by its colorful buildings typical of the region, which are found along the seafront, its magnificent gardens, its numerous amusement parks and castles, and of course, don't miss the museums. It's quite easy to get around the city on foot or by public transport and each neighborhood has its own unique vibe. I really think you should skip Venice this year and head to Stockholm. It is much better in summer.

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is often considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, beating out cities like Paris and Rome, and I have to say I agree in terms of tourist numbers and prices, but exploring this city gives the feeling of being part of 17th and 18th century Europe. Medieval stone and wooden buildings line the streets and you will be surprised by the medieval charm of the city as you stroll along the canals. You will still see these monuments and of course the quaint little cafes, and that is what makes Bruges so special, this charming old-world atmosphere that is still intact.

Athens, Greece

Athens is a city absolutely packed with attractions and two of my favorites are the Acropolis and the Temple of Ephesus. The Acropolis is a hilltop citadel, crowned with ancient buildings like the Parthenon, the greatest symbol of ancient Greece's glory. The Acropolis stands spectacularly in the center of Athens. The temple of Ephesus is very close to the ancient agora and should be on your list of visits. This 5th century temple is one of the best preserved ancient Greek temples and thanks to its conversion into a Christian church, it was saved from destruction. The temple was designed according to a classical plan with six rows of 13 columns. Walk around, take photos, entrance to the temple is included in the ancient agora ticket so make sure you know that.

Genoa, Italy

Genoa is sometimes overshadowed by the popularity of other Italian cities like Rome and Venice. You wonder why you should go to Genoa, especially since 1 hour and 15 minutes further is Chinatera. But Genoa nevertheless remains one of Italy's true hidden treasures. The capital of the Liguria region on Italy's northwest coast, Genoa is best known as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, but the city's real gem is its historic center. With narrow, winding lanes that reveal surprising treasures around every corner, you really need to wander around this compact city because you can see a lot and enjoy many attractions in a short time. Give it a chance.

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar is a magnificent medieval city with strong influences of Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman architecture. It is a little difficult to access but is home to the famous Stari Most bridge, from which it takes its name. Mostar is a compact city, which means you can visit many of the main attractions on foot in one day, such as the bridge, Kusum Paša Mosque, War and Genocide Museum, bazaars, to name a few some. Mostar is not a city to rush. It's a city built on a relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle, where people work for a living and coffee breaks are literally a ritual. It's a great base for exploring the waterfalls, mountain trails of the area, and let me tell you, it's much cheaper than neighboring Croatia in terms of accommodation and food.

Seville, Spain

Finally, the best things to do in Seville are all based on the city's great weather and relaxed environment. The combination of Muslim and European architectural styles, known as Mudejar art, is very unique in southern Spain and is an interesting part of exploring Seville. You can stroll through the Plaza de España, a magnificent monument built in the 20th century that reflects the styles of the city. There is also the UNESCO-listed Alcazar Palace, which dates back to the 7th century. It is an iconic monument that is a mixture of Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance styles, making it one of the most beautiful castles in Spain. When you walk around the city, you will discover this fusion of Christian, Romanesque, Gothic and Islamic art, created between the 12th and 16th centuries by Muslims who remained in Christian territory. For me, if you are looking for a city rich in history, Seville is one of the best cities in Europe to visit.

There you have it, 10 great cities to visit in 2024. Each destination has something unique to offer, so I hope you can take one of these trips in the new year. Let me know if you do, tell me all about it. That's all for me, I'll see you again for a future article. As always, be good, be safe and be attentive.

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