Already feeling the autumn blues? Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered.
When you love to explore new cities as much as we do, this list of getaway cities will be sure to give you the travel bug! Whether you’d like to enjoy the last rays of the summer sun or get lost in hidden alleyways, we’ve shortlisted seven cities that will comfort you with historical buildings, delicious food and picture-perfect panoramas.
1. Stockholm, Sweden
The Nordics are really popular right now. That ‘hygge’ feeling (we know it’s Danish) and the hospitality of the Swedes make you feel right at home.
If you’re blessed to spend a few days in Sweden’s capital, don’t miss out on Gamla Stan, the old historical town. You’ll not only find colourful and iconic buildings there but also the Stockholm Castle and many notable churches that are worth visiting!
Let’s not forget all those pretty interior shops where you can find artsy-fartsy minimalistic souvenirs for your friends back home.
Among all the other things we just mentioned, we love the Swedish tradition ‘Fika’. Fika means ‘having coffee’ and it usually means having a coffee break accompanied by friends and some sweets. Doesn’t that sound nice? 😌
2. Dublin, Ireland
Known globally for St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish really know how to party. This may be one of the reasons why Dublin became a popular destination for bachelor/bachelorette parties. If you love a good party, then the Temple Bar in Dublin’s centre is a must-visit. To get you into the right mood, you should book a tour for the Guinness Brewery as well.
There are also a few sights in the city you may want to check out. Trinity College is popular among tourists as it is Ireland’s oldest University. The visit to the University itself is free, but you need a ticket to get into the Old Library, which is simply impressive — not just for book enthusiasts! Besides its beautiful interior, the library is famous for the Book of Kells, an old manuscript dated back to the eighth century.
One strange and special attraction of Dublin is the Kilmainham Gaol, an old prison which was used to detain famous Irish politicians in the past. Today, it’s a museum that is open to the public. You can learn more about its history through a guided tour, but just make sure to book a ticket in advance.
3. Gdansk, Poland
Gdansk is located in the north of Poland, bordering the Baltic Sea and is the home of Poland’s biggest harbour. The city offers a wide range of sights and activities covering sports, culture and entertainment. That makes Gdansk perfect for a trip in Autumn, as there are many activities which you can do indoors.
Most people start their journey in the old town of Gdansk. The Royal Way lets you admire the city’s most beautiful buildings and you can learn a lot about Poland’s history here. You’ll also find some other popular sightseeing spots there like the Town Hall, the Golden Gate or the Prison Tower. On a rainy day, you can stop by Galeria Bałtycka, the biggest shopping mall in Gdansk.
Don’t forget to finish the day with some pierogi — traditional dumplings from Poland, which are filled with meat, cabbage and sometimes, cheese.
4. Florence, Italy
Florence is a wonderful, historic city, which pays off for culture and architecture enthusiasts alike. The Piazza del Duomo is a great spot to start your tour through the city. The square itself is surrounded by eye-catching buildings and you’ll find the Florence Cathedral there, which was once the largest church in the world and still is the largest brick dome ever built.
Another must-visit site is Ponte Vecchio, probably one of the most well known bridges in Europe which crosses the river Arno. Many shops are located on the bridge, from jewellers to art dealers and souvenir sellers. If you’d rather go for a free adventure, don’t miss out on Piazzale Michelangelo. It’s a 30-minute walk from the city centre, but it’s definitely worth it! You’ll be able to enjoy amazing views of the city, and it’s one of the best places to take pictures of Florence.
Italy is famous for its food, so you should spoil yourself with some of Florence’ renowned dishes like the crostini — an appetiser plate of bruschetta with different sauces. For the main course, we recommend to try Bistecca Alla Fiorentina, a huge fire-grilled steak perfectly seasoned with salt, pepper and lemon.
5 Santorini, Greece
If you’re dreaming of a relaxing vacation which reminds of you summer, Santorini is definitely a good choice. The island is well known for being picturesque, noble and quiet. Even in autumn, the temperature is pleasing and the water is warm enough to swim and play sports.
Santorini consists of two parts, Fira and Oia. Wherever you are staying, we recommend to hike through from one location to the other in order to catch beautiful views of the island. While Oia is dreamy and relaxing, Fira tends to be a bit more buzzing and touristic.
Next to its white buildings, Santorini is known for its spectacular sunsets. As many of the spots are well known by tourists, it’s better to book yourself a hotel room with a good view.
6 Seville, Spain
Seville might not be the first city that comes to your mind when planning a trip, but it is well worth a visit. The city is known for being very lively and welcoming, yet affordable. It hosts a UNESCO World Heritage Site, filming locations for the popular HBO series Game of Thrones and is home to the Flamenco dance.
One must-visit spot is the Alcázar Palace, where decorated towers, wide gardens and spectacularly furnished rooms will welcome you. Until this day, the royal family of Spain uses the upper floor rooms as their place of residence.
Another thing that really caught our eye is the Metropol Parasol, a unique wooden structure located in the old quarters of Seville. You’ll find a museum, a market, a restaurant and a large terrace in there, and the building itself is fun to explore.
7. Porto, Portugal
Porto is the second largest city located in the northwest of Portugal. It is fairly small and very walkable, and you can easily get around via bus, train or tram!
Throughout the city, you can find many of the famous Azulejo Tiles — comprising colourful patterns that sometimes tell a story. You can lose yourself for hours in Porto’s charming alleys, exploring the old part of the city.
One of the nicest neighbourhoods in Porto is Riberia, the harbour area. There is always something going on with its streets constantly filled with musicians, food wagons and restaurants — you should spend at least one night here! You can also see one of Porto’s most remarkable sights from there, the Ponte Dom Luis I bridge.