4 Tips for City Trips: Southern Europe

We’re back again and sorry for the long time since our last post. We have had a lot of stuff to do but want to provide you even more information from now on.

With this post we are starting our new series of Tips for City Trips. We will post recommendations for all over the world, on all continents, each time with 4 cities within one area. Today we are starting with the southern part of Europe:

Granada, Spain

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Granada is located in Southern Spain in Andalusia not far from Sevilla and Málaga. Settlements on the grounds of the city can be dated back to 500 years before Christ and it is a city with a great history. The long history that made the city part of the Roman Empire, the Moorish Empire and after the Reconquista it was part of the Catholic Empire again.
The city fascinat
es with a lot of traditional architecture, not only churches and cathedrals have been preserved, also a lot of traditional housing has survived decades and centuries. The main sight in of the city is the Alhambra that is seen in the picture above. It is a Moorish fortress built onto the Albaicín Hill in the 13th and 14th century. Parts of the fortress have been destroyed when King Karl V had his palace built on the hill but the parts that still exist are beautiful and known for the Lion Fountain and the stucco ceilings. Also King Karl’s palace is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in Spain. Albaicín is also home to an archeological museum.

Granada has a lot to offer, you can reach it by train, car or coach from all over Europe, or you fly to Granada Airport (GRX), either on Iberia via Madrid, Vueling via Barcelona or Air Europa via Palma de Mallorca.

Siena, Italy

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Siena is a small but interesting city in Tuscany, Italy. Similar to Granada it offers you a lot of traditional Italian architecture and has a long history. In early years it was part of the Roman Empire as well, had different rulers (also Karl V) and became a part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. During World War II it only suffered minor damages so that big parts of the historical buildings are still present.

Most important sights of the city: The cathedral of Siena, the Pallazo Publico (which is seen in the picture above, the red building with the tower) and the Piazza del Campo (which is the place in fromt of the Pallazo Publico). Beside those there are a lot of churches from different centuries and several museums such as the Music and Arts Museum Accademia Musicale Chigiana in the city.

You can reach Siena by car or by train (local trains only). The next airports are Pisa (PSA) and Florence (FLR), both are about 80-100 km away from Siena. You can reach them on Alitalia via Rome, British Airways via London, Turkish Airlines via Istanbul or Lufthansa via Munich for example.

Athens, Greece

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It is well known and a must see: the city of Athens, capital of Greece is a must see in the Southern European Countries. A beautiful town offering to time travel between modern and ancient times.

The Acropolis of Athens might be the most famous sight of the city and is also one of the most famous in the world, but the city has a lot more to offer: the palace at the Syntagma Square which is the Parliament Building today, the Katehaki Bridge, the Academy of Athens, the Archeological Museum and lots more. If you love city trips and exploring history this city is the perfect destination for you. Beside all the history you can also enjoy the great gastronomy with typical Greek food, great wines and an Ouzo (Greek spirit) afterwards.

The best times to visit the city are in Spring, early Summer and Autumn as it gets quite hot during the Summer and Winter can be uncomfortable.

Athens is well connected, you can reach it by plane from all over the world, for example on Aegean Airlines from many European and Middle Eastern cities, on Air China (vie Beijing) or Emirates (via Dubai)from Asia and Oceania, on Egypt Air (via Cairo) from Africa, or Lufthansa (via Frankfurt or Munich) from America just to name a few options.

Lagos, Portugal

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Lagos offers a great mixture of sightseeing and beach holiday. The city on the Algarve coast in the south of Portugal has a historical center with sights such as Europe’s first slave market and the Santo António’s Church. The old town is also surrounded by ancient walls and was location of different battles during the middle ages.

Beside that the city is a popular destination for beach holidays to as it offers beautiful beaches in and around the city, a coast offering a lot of nice bays at the foot of the cliffs (such as the Dona Ana Beach) and a marina.

As there is a lot to see in the surrounding of the city, a rental car is not a bad idea here.

You might need it to get here anyways as the next airport is about 90 km away in Faro (FAO). You can fly to Faro on TAP Portugal via Lissabon, Airberlin via Düsseldorf or Berlin, British Airways via London or Lufthansa via Frankfurt and Munich for example. Within Europe low coast carrier such as Ryanair, Germanwings, Easyjet or Jet2 offer a lot of direct flights to Faro.

Thank you for reading, we hope we were able to give you some interesting tips 🙂 We will keep this series of posts up more often from now on.

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Hendrik & Jardena

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