The first on our list is Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. A city that has emerged as a global powerhouse in the days of oil and commerce, it has a rich heritage and Sheikh Zayed Mosque is home to the world’s largest loomed carpet, created by over 1,200 carpet weavers. This is the centre of Arabia where the beautiful golden desert meets urban playground. As its status as one the world’s richest cities it has a taste for the opulent and its architecture reflects this. Visit here and you won’t be disappointed if you’re one for modern day luxuries and warm climates.
The beautiful Dutch city of Amsterdam is characterised by its 200 year old waterways, gable ended houses and bicycles. They’re everywhere! Boasting past residents such as Van Gogh and Rembrandt there is a wealth of artistic heritage to the place and you cannot help be swept away by its charm. Known for being an extremely liberal city, you can explore the red light district or spend your days in a Dutch ‘coffeehouse’ – Amsterdam is particularly European and has certainly cleaned up its image in recent years, dropping the stag do scene and becoming more artsy. It’s a place to explore at leisure.
Bath is located in the beautiful countryside of southwest England and is a beautiful city. Characterized for its 18th century Georgian architecture it also sits on a natural hot springs so spas are a plenty here in the aptly named city. Be sure to visit the museum of the original Roman Baths and you can have afternoon tea here after exploring the city’s heritage. The Thermal bath spas should be in your itinerary when visiting Bath and if they don’t interest you then why not try a local gin tasting experience and a comedy walking tour of the city to see the city in a completely different light.
One of our favourite cities in the world, Barcelona has everything you want a city to have – an art scene, nightlife, tourist sights and a beach. It’s a nice beach too, having been created for the 1992 Olympic Games. Sights to see typically revolve around architecture and the city’s poster child Antoni Gaudi that designed some of the craziest buildings we’ve ever come across. Read our in-depth review of Barcelona here.
Another city on the list that is famed for its picturesque waterways and waterside architecture. This fairy tale medieval city comes alive at night with the lights reflecting off the water, it looks stunning and a city that you will fall in love with and be writing home about. The architecture is the main event here, with cafes and restaurants located within centuries old houses and the skyline dotted with churches and towers that give the appearance you’re in a child’s novel. Easily accessible by train from Brussels, when you’re here ensure that you explore the marketplace, the art culture and hop on a boat to explore the water with a guide that really knows the city whilst you coast casually under the cities archways.
to be continued…