VisitScotland has marked 2018 as the ‘Year of Young People’. For this reason, I thought now would be a great time to create a list of some of my favourite European Cities I visited between the ages of 18-25, which young people will have a great time visiting this year!
I visited Lisbon last year and fell in love with this incredibly vibrant city. After planning a last minute getaway with a friend, I didn’t have the chance to build up many expectations, but those I did have were more than met. As far as city breaks and long weekends go, Lisbon has everything I could want; views, food and culture. Being the city of 7 hills Lisbon has brilliantly high viewpoints with fantastic sights across the entire city. There are plenty of walks to do around Lisbon that incorporate both the views and history, you can also include some foodie stops along the way.
Pastel de nata are one item that you must indulge in whilst visiting Lisbon and if you get the chance, head to Pasteis de Belém for my most memorable custard tart! Time Out Market is another must-visit for food lovers because they have a fantastic range of incredible eats, all under one roof.
Krakow was the second stop on my InterRailing trip 5 years ago. Although I loved the entire trip and every city provided something different, Krakow stands out as one of the highlights. Not being part of the Euro meant that Krakow was one of the cheaper places that we visited, which is always a bonus! But, more than that it’s filled with history. From the Jewish Quarter to Schindler’s Factory, Krakow is a great destination for anyone interested in the history of WW2. Situated 90 mins from Krakow, you will find Auschwitz, which is a heartbreaking place to visit, but one of great importance.
Krakow also offers markets and tasty food, including pierogi and zapiekanki, which are both worth a try.
Growing up in Scotland I’ve always loved Edinburgh, but it wasn’t until I moved here that I became captivated by this city. Each area of Edinburgh is so diverse, just by changing neighbourhood it can feel like you have stepped into a different city. Visit Edinburgh and be prepared to get swept up in the cobbled streets and closes of the Old Town or explore the shops and bars of the bustling New Town.
With plenty of green space, beautiful buildings and lots of restaurants and bars, Edinburgh has something for everyone.
I don’t know anyone who has visited Italy and didn’t enjoy it. Rome was the first Italian city that I visited with Sam for a 6 Nations game and the atmosphere was incredible. Passion, people and pizza are just 3 reasons to visit Rome.
For a weekend away, there’s so much to see and do; make a wish in the Trevi Fountain, people watch on the Spanish Steps or spend a day at the Vatican. Even though Rome is a very touristy city, you can still slip away from the center and find authentic Italian spots, like Osteria Angelino dal 1899, where the pasta is incredible and the limoncello delicious!
My final top 5 city for 2018 is Madrid. Like Rome, it’s a capital city, but it has a very different feel. I didn’t think Madrid was as touristy – it had a special kind of charm. When Sam and I visited we didn’t find there to be as many ‘must-sees’, but Prado Museum is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon or if the sun is shining head to Retiro Park. Bernabeu Stadium is also a brilliant activity for not just football fans, but anyone who likes sports.
We spent our time in Madrid exploring the city on foot and dipping in and out of bars for tapas. Don’t forget to have churros for dessert!