Lockdown has given us the travel bug real bad!
Months of being locked in the house definitely gets you dreaming of places you’d rather be. We’ve been desperately trying not to post throwback holiday pics on Instagram with the caption “Take me back”.
Many of us have had our holidays refunded and, with that, our hopes and dreams of lounging by the pool shattered.
But with restrictions now being lifted a little, it doesn’t feel half as ridiculous to be planning our next adventure abroad.
We’ve compiled a list of five cities that you HAVE to visit with your gal pals. I’m not talking basic destinations like Paris and Amsterdam, we allllll know about those. These are the cities that you really need to see.
Okay, maybe an obvious one, but this really is a must see. Described as the jewel in Italy’s crown, Rome is home to the prettiest restaurants, delicious food, and amazing landmarks. In the daytime, there is so much to see and explore, and at night you and your pals can enjoy cocktails in some of the many bars filled with lively locals.
- Vatican City
- Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
Often considered as one of Europe’s most interesting cities, Prague has some unmissable sights. Filled with intricate structures and beautifully designed buildings – your insta feed will be thanking you, that’s for sure! There are trendy bars and restaurants that overlook the city, providing a perfect setting to eat and drink to your hearts content!
- Babylonian clock tower
- Charles Bridge
- Prague Castle (you can take a horse and coach there too for a real treat)
Home to the largest city square in Europe, this medieval city is bursting with history. Café culture is a big thing in Krakow, which is perfect for trying all kinds of Polish food. There are regular trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps, to learn more about the shocking history that took place here during WW2. If you and your gals want a break where you can really learn about other cultures, Krakow is ideal.
- Wawel Castle
- Hidden market tunnels of Rynek Underground
- Schindler’s Factory
Technically two cities; Buda and Pest, so double the excitement! Full of bars and restaurants with buildings dating back to the city’s Golden Age, all your senses are in for a treat. The cuisine is said to be amongst the best in Europe and is available to all no matter the budget. Budapest is also famous for its hot springs, originally used by the Romans. They’re located all over the city and are surrounded by stunning architecture.
- Széchenyi Medicinal Baths
- Great Synagogue
- Margaret Island (Japanese Garden on an island in the middle of the city)
Ranked as one of the happiest cities in the world (we could all do with a happy weekend, away couldn’t we?) and home to the World’s Best Restaurant, Noma, Copenhagen would make for a deliciously exciting city break! It is relatively small so easy to walk or cycle around and has a fantastic shopping street with a thriving fashion scene – you’ll definitely be going home with some goodies. The night life in Strøget is wild, so you can definitely get your party on.
- Kongens Have
- Tivoli Gardens
If you’re not really a traveller but still want to do something exciting – find out where the most Instagrammable café’s are in London!