Europe is a continent that is full of many richly vibrant and history cities full of great architecture, exciting nightlife, tasty restaurants and interesting museums. There's so many different places to choose from that it can be difficult to decide on just one. That's why the team at DotCom Magazine have put together our own list of what we feel are the top 5 places where you should definitely consider spending your European vacation in.
As the largest city in Dublin, it is almost one of the most popular, especially among history lovers and beer drinkers. It is home to both the Jameson Distillery and the headquarters of Guinness. Unsurprisingly, you'll not have a hard time looking for pubs in this city. For non-drinkers and those times when you've had your fill of the black stuff, you can go to Grafton Street for some retail therapy. The people are wonderful and you'll never be disappointed with a visit to this awesome city.
Istanbul is a richly diverse city that always feels as if it has one foot firmly in the past and one foot firmly in the present day and even future. Significant historic buildings and monuments take up residency beside modern skyscrapers. During the day, you can spend your time like most visitors, looking for bargains through the many bazaars in the city. During the night, the city takes on a wholly different personality as the plethora of nightclubs open for business. Always pack and wear layers though, as some of the religious monuments and mosques require that you are covered up while visiting them.
The diverse and interesting architecture is what makes Barcelona shine. The La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell are sublime, to say the least, though we can't fail to mention Montjuic Castle and La Seu either. When you've had enough with the exploration of the architecture, you should definitely check out some of the local cuisine, especially tapas as it gives you a nice introduction to Spanish food, drink sangria and head to the beach for a relaxing rest under the sun. There's obviously a busy nightlife in Barcelona and you can experience the custom of eating dinner while watching traditional Flamenco dancing.
London is one of the biggest cities in the world and is also home to some of the best tourist attractions. There's the world-class extensive collection of pieces at the British Museum, for one thing. If you're a fan of a good show, you could also head to London's equivalent of Broadway, the West End. It doesn't stop there though, as Oxford St is a mecca for shoppers of all distinctions, there's plenty of gorgeous city parks and you can even take a trip to Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London to learn more about the royals and aristocracy of the UK.
Often cited as one of the most romantic places in the world. Not that we are about to dispute that, there is so much more to Paris than that. It's an amazing place to taste some delicious French food for instance. We dare you to pass up on some fine French pastries, cheese and of course, bread. There's also the Eiffel Tower, which is every bit as magical as you imagine it might be and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Old churches, historic monuments and some of the best art galleries and museums in the world are all found in Paris too.