Europe is a popular holiday destination for travellers from all over the world, at almost any time of year. With popular sea resorts in the winter months, picturesque cities in the spring and beach holidays in the summer, you’ll always find something to do and see. With this in mind we wanted to put together a list of 5 places to consider visiting in Europe in 2015.
5 Cities to visit this year in Europe
The capital city of Hungary is split into two parts, Buda and Pest, and separated by the river Danube, which happens to run through 10 countries in total. Budapest is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and with popular attractions like Buda Castle, Hungarian Parliament buildings, Hungarian Opera House and St. Stephen’s Basilica, you’ll never be short of things to see and do. The city centre is also home to many wonderful local and globally known shops and when you’ve simply seen all you can in Budapest, take time and relax in the world famous thermal baths. These popular baths are popular all year round and a big attraction for tourists looking to relieve those aches and pains from walking around the city.
When it comes to visiting the Czech Republic, most tourists instantly think of heading to Prague, and it’s easy to see why. This year add a different city beginning with P to your list, the small city of Plzen (or Pilsen as it can sometimes be spelt). Plzen celebrates its 720th birthday this year and has been rewarded with the status of the European Capital of Culture for 2015, a great achievement. This will mean plenty of fun activities happening throughout the year in the modern city. Some of the more popular destinations to visit in the city include the Historical Underground and Brewery Museum, The Great Synagogue and the Republic Square.
Ireland is becoming more and more popular every year for overseas visitors, especially those from countries like USA, Canada and Australia as they aim to trace their Irish heritage. Top of the list of cities to visit in Ireland is the capital city of Dublin, a real European metropolis. European home to many of the world’s most popular brands including Facebook, Twitter and eBay, Dublin has been thriving in recent years. It’s also a city popular with many young backpackers and travellers with music, entertainment a fondness for a drink connecting strangers and creating new friendships every day. If you’re looking for a great package deal in Dublin, we’ve always found Expedia to be really well priced for both your flight and accommodation.
If you haven’t heard of Riga don’t worry, you’re not alone. Riga is the capital city of Latvia, one of Europe’s smallest countries but the largest of the Baltic States. The Baltic States are Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, 3 countries that gained independence from Russia after the 1st World War. Riga was one of two cities rewarded with the status of European City of Culture in 2014 (along with Umeå in Sweden) and the city has gone from strength to strength as a result. The city itself has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its stunning collection of art nouveau buildings which is one of the largest in the world. Riga Central Market, the old town and the Open-Air Ethnographic Museum are just some of the must see sites to put on your list when visiting Riga.
If you want a taste of Italy at a fraction of the cost, then get yourself to Croatia in 2015, and more importantly the coastal city of Dubrovnik. Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik is a popular summer holiday destination for many people seeking an alternative Mediterranean holiday in Europe. George Bernard Shaw once said that “those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik”. He’s not wrong, and the city which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site has many stunning cafes in which you can enjoy the lovely Mediterranean climate and watch the world go by. The Old Town is the most popular area of the city and when you have enough of the many great buildings here, get yourself along to one of the many buzzing beaches – you won’t regret it.
So there you have it, five cities to add to your list of European destinations to visit in 2015. You may not even have considered any of these cities, but spend a few days in them and you’ll have memories that will last for many years to come.