We’re now less than a year from Brexit, and among other things, that means European holidays are going to skyrocket in price.
With that in mind, we thought we’d list our five favourite European locations that you should visit before we leave the EU!
5) Genoa’s Old Town is a True Old-World Gem
The birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Genoa, Italy was a shipbuilding centre and is still a working city.
Moody and atmospheric with tall, old buildings and narrow, winding streets, simply walking around the city can be an exhilarating experience.
History is alive in Genoa, particularly in the old town, which was granted a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006.
A city that’s stuck to its roots and remained authentic, Genoa is a true off-the-beaten-track gem and a place you have to visit if you love the lesser known.
2. Utrecht is the Party Town of the Netherlands
Utrecht is known as a student city with a large population of single young people. This results in a booming nightlife with many places to have a quick meal, some drinks or a dance.
Most of the city’s historical sights — wharves, churches and monuments — are concentrated in a relatively small area that makes up the old town centre. This means that a full day and a good pair of walking shoes is all you need to cover most of the main sights.
Then, once you’ve got the educational stuff out of the way, it’s party time!
3. Bergen is Ideal for Nature Lovers
Bergen, Norway is the type of place you’re going to fall in love with a first sight.
Seven rounded lush mountains, pastel wood houses, the historic wharf, winding cobblestone streets, and Hanseatic relics all make it a place of enchantment.
Don’t let the 240 days of rain a year put you off coming — just make sure you bring a raincoat! If you’re short on cash you can climb mountains and go on gorgeous walks for free, but if you have some money to spend, go on a fjord cruise.
The local flora and fauna is breathtaking and there are waterfalls everywhere you look.
If you’re feeling particularly brave, you should climb Stoltzekleiven. It a trail made up of 722 steps, so pack a bottle of water or two! It might seem like a struggle but the further you climb, the better the view gets, so go for it!
4. Do Bremen’s Becks Brewery Tour
Bremen, Germany is a picturesque city which is happily situated along both sides of the Weser river.
But with over 1,200 years of history to explore, there’s a lot to do!
Amble through the twisting lanes filled with quaint shops and cafes, making sure to stop at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Town Hall, hailed as the best in Europe.
Bremen also has the most amazing park with a gigantic rowing lake, a rare breed sanctuary, and a gorgeous cafe where you can sit and drink Aperol Spritz.
Or if your alcoholic tastes are a little less exotic, Bremen is where they brew Becks beer, so you can do a fun brewery tour too!
5. Learn About Nature, History & Science in Gothenburg
Once passed aside as an average port city, Gothenburg, Sweden is now one of Europe’s most sought-after weekend break destinations.
We’ve mentioned Gothenburg before for its exhilarating amusement park, but it’s a city that can really broaden your horizons.
And after all that learning, you’ll need to have a fika at one of Gothenburg’s many coffee shops!