EUROPE

 

AMSTERDAM

Bikes at Amsterdam Canal

Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From its canals to world-famous museums and historical sights, it is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. 

Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city - rich culture, lively nightlife, international restaurants, and excellent transport - but is quiet, and largely thanks to its extensive canals, has a little road traffic. In this city your destination is never far away, but try going on bike for an authentic local experience.

The biggest attraction in Amsterdam is the amazing array of over 75 museums. Alongside the majestic golden age paintings, you'll find exciting modern art, press, film, theatre, science, biology or photography museums. Also some interesting exhibits like the Heineken Experience, houseboat, erotic, cannabis or torture museums.

A trip to Holland just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a windmill. Believe it or not, there are 8 stunning windmills in at the heart of the city just waiting to be admired. 

The number of canals has led this city to become known as “The Venice of the North”. And thus, Amsterdam tourism trip is not complete without a boat cruise on these well-known attractions in Amsterdam. 

www.amsterdam.info

 

ATHENS

Athens Greece

Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. In the 5th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) – the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and civilisation acquired a universal significance. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments - a rare historical palimpsest. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm.

 

The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple. Beyond Athens, down the Attica peninsula, are more spectacular antiquities, such as the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the site of Ancient Eleusis, as well as very good beaches, such as those near historical Marathon. 

www.visitgreece.gr

 

BARCELONA

Barcelona

Barcelona – the capital of the Catalan region - offers a wide range of original leisure options that encourage you to visit time and time again. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and famous for the legend that is Gaudí and his Art Nouveau architecture, Barcelona is one of Europe’s trendiest cities.

It’s a hub of new trends in the world of culture, fashion and cuisine. It combines the creativity of its artists and designers with respect and care for local traditions. The charm and slower pace of the old town, the avant-garde vibe of more modern neighbourhoods, and the fast pace of one of the world’s most visited cities coexist in Barcelona.

Barcelona is a showcase for the latest in fashion. Strolling around its streets you can discover a world of options for a day of shopping. From glamour and major brands in iconic stores set in emblematic buildings, such as the Paseo de Gracia or Avinguda Diagonal, to alternative and innovative design in areas such as the Born district. Barcelona is also brimming with traditional shops and you can visit century-old stores and ateliers that will surprise you with their attention to detail.

The Mediterranean character and streets full of ambience also set the trend in Barcelona. The possibilities are almost endless, ranging from popular options such as a stroll down Las Ramblas or traditional markets such as La Boquería, to relaxing moments on the city beaches or the many pavement cafés in the old town.

www.spain.info