I consider Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, one of the most underrated cities in Europe. And if you want to combine it with a beach getaway, you can be in charming Cascais in less then an hour to hang out on the beach, enjoy the beautiful palace above, the fortress or the pedestrian area with its many restaurants and stores!
Many people love the Algarve, some people say that the Algarve sold their soul to the devil of mass tourism. Yet, I had no trouble finding a long & wide stretch of sand with few people to share it!
Berlin is the most fun capital to visit in Europe – and it’s also a lot less expensive to visit than London, Paris or Rome. And the great public transport makes it easy to see a lot in just a single day. You can get a mix of historic architecture, great museums, outdoor parks, shopping food and nightlife – all … Continue reading
Faro is the gateway to the Algarve, a popular beach destination with plenty of mass tourism. Yet the town itself has preserved its character and it’s fun to explore on foot!
Lisbon is one of the most underrated capitals in Europe: In addition to the historic center, the Castelo overlooking the city and great museum in Belem, you also enjoy wonderful daytrips to Sintra or the beach. I had planned to visit the famous Estoril, but after some research decided to give the “new favorite” Cascais a try – and I’m … Continue reading
Riga, the capital of Latvia, is steeped in history, it’s easy to explore the old town on foot, you can discover it’s Art Noveaux buildings or learn about modern history! And you can have great food like at Domini Canes while staying at nice hotels like the Radisson Blu Ridzene or Radisson Blu Daugava and it’s inexpensive when compared to other European capitals.
If you have a few days in Lisbon, I recommend you include a day-trip to Sintra, only 45 minutes from the city in the mountains, with two fantastic palaces, an old fortress and a chance for some nice hiking! The beautiful setting has inspired a few writers in the past and attracts lots of visitor today to spend a day … Continue reading
Arco da Rua Augusta
Lisbon is one of the most underrated capitals in Europe. This largest Portuguese city has an interesting history, beautiful architecture and fun dining and nightlife to offer, all without the prices you pay in Paris or London! Read more why you should consider going here!
Berlin‘s mayor famously called the German capital city “poor, but sexy” – and it might be much cheaper to visit than Paris, London or Rome – but Berlin is just as rich in history as the other European capitals and much has been restored since the fall of the wall in 1989! It’s worth a visit!
I explored the Baltic States on my Baltic Explorer trip and Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, was such a wonderful surprise. The old town had been lovingly restored with the towering walls and castle, churches and cobblestone streets. If you want to see “old Europe” – this is a great alternative from the busy capitals in Western Europe!