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Top 10 city breaks for a great summer vacation (part 1)

Top 10 city breaks for a great summer vacation (part 1)

May 18, 2016

It’s time you take some time off and enjoy yourself this summer! What would the best destination be? How about some of the greatest cities in the world? Whether you prefer a warm climate or a cooler one, relaxation or partying, beaches or mountains, or whatever you can think of, you will definitely find your perfect destination. Take a look at the following list to see if any of these amazing cities tempt you!

1. Valletta, Malta
The Maltese capital of Valletta has an impressive historic inheritance. Walk through cobbled streets in this fortified city and discover its ancient past, the old forts and marinas, the imposing defence walls, the fascinating architecture.

Check out the modern side of this amazing city. For example, look for Renzo Piano’s city gate, which was completed two years ago. Also, keep in mind that in 2018 Valletta will celebrate the title of City of Culture.
Stroll along the waterfront before settling down for a great meal in one of the restaurants here. Try the local cooking, with rabbit and pork dishes, alongside pasta and risotto. You’ll also find some really nice bars and enjoyable live music.

Tourist attractions are not to be missed. Visit St. John’s Co Cathedral, The Cathedral Museum, The Palace of the Grand Masters, The Upper Barrakka Gardens, The National Museum of Archaeology, Fort St. Elmo, Manoel Theatre, The imposing defence walls and ramparts at the entrance to Valletta, The National Library, The Casa Rocca Piccola, The National Museum of Fine Art, St. James Cavalier and really feel the enchanting atmosphere of this city.

2. Florence, Italy
Museum, cathedrals, churches, imposing towers, palaces, old city halls, all of these await you in one of Europe’s greatest art cities. The cultural inheritance indeed impressive. For example, the Uffizi Gallery hosts some of the most meaningful pieces of art, such as Giotto’s frescoes, Michaelangelo David, canvases by Botticelli and many others. It can be really difficult to decide exactly where to stars with so many great places to go and a limited time. If you really want to take in all the beauty of this city and its attractions, you should get some info on the Firenze Card. It is a 72 hour pass for Florence allowing access to about 30 museums and free use of the public transport system and it can be extremely useful for any tourist.

Florence also has a vibrant nighlife scene, with fancy restaurants and a lively cultural movement. People here really embrace the opera, classical music and contemporary art.
The handsome, historic, full of quirky shops and quality crafts, Florence is also close to the vine-covered hills of Chianti.

The most popular and interesting attractions here are Mercato Nuovo, Palazzo Pitti, Piazzale Michelangelo, the Boboli Gardens, Basilica di San Lorenzo, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Maria del Fiore.

3. Dubrovnik, Croatia
A picturesque city, with terracotta rooftops tumbling down to the blue Adriatic, an amazing scenery and a intriguing, mysterious atmosphere… Dubrovnik is a very popular city break destination, especially among Game of Thrones fans, since this is the main shooting location for King’s Landing from the series. If you’re a fan, you’ll definitely be captivated by the scenery.

Explore the old town, visit the many churches, the city walls, the impressive museum, the great beaches, go cliff jumping, swim in the Adriatic see, take a cable car ride to the top of Mournt Srdj. There are so many great activities to try here and all of them are worth giving a shot.

If it appeals to you, you can visit one of the nearby islands on a day or an overnight trip. If you are a fan of the performing arts, look out for the events taking place across the city as part of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival (2016: July 10 – August 25)

4. Istanbul, Turkey
This magical meeting place of East and West is one of the culturally richest lands and the 5h most visited city in the world. The location of Turkey’s largest city, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, is a big reason for its popularity as a destination. Coveted by empires across the centuries, Istanbul is one of the world’s great metropolises. The city is liberally scattered with glorious remnants of its long and illustrious history, and the sightseeing here will impress even the most monument-weary visitor.

Check out some of the most important and popular tourist attractions in Istanbul. Visit Aya Sofya, the Topkapı Palace (Topkapı Sarayı), the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıçı), the Hippodrome, the Istanbul Archaeology Museums, Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı), the Spice Bazaar, the Dolmabahçe Palace and Rüstem Paşa Mosque, the Little Aya Sofya (Küçük Aya Sofya), the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts (Türk ve Islam Eserleri Müzesi), the Chora Church (Kariye Müzesi), Süleymaniye Mosque and the Yedikule Fortress (Yedikule Hısarı). All of them are extraordinarily beatiful and worth the effort.

5. Stockholm, Sweden
Sweden’s capital city is built on 14 islands with 57 connecting bridges. The greatest way to experience Stockholm is by boat. Wind your way through this fairytale scenery, with its beautiful architecture and the enchanting atmosphere. It would also be a shame to come here and not take the water for a swim, on a boat tour, or to explore the more than 30 000 islands and islets that make up the Stockholm archipelago.

There are quite a few great activities to do here, such as sightseeing tours, bridges cruises, wildlife safaris or kayaking tours. Visit museum and art galleries, like Nobelmuseet, Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Moderna museet, Nationalmuseum, Armémuseum, Historiska museet, Djurgården park, Millesgården, Fotografiska, Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Lars Bohman Gallery and Galerie Nordenhake.

Pick your favourite destination and look for the perfect hotel for you and your family and/or friends. Check out the available flights towards the city that you chose and enjoy the greatest summer city break!

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