Ep. 3 from our series, where to travel in Europe, in which we discover small perks on the old continent with fantastic cuisine and beautiful architecture, is now live.
1. Bruges, Belgium
Bruges grew wealthy long time ago, mainly to its wool commerce in the 12th to 15th century. There is plenty of things to do here starting from a simple walk on the old streets, a boat ride through the canals, enjoy the the cafe culture here or if you are in the mood for quick and fun workout, just climb the 366 steps of its 13th century belfry. Bruges is a small city and it is close to Brussels, Antwerp or Ghent so if you are in the proximity of any of these cities, you can take a short trip here as well. There is 38 museums to visit in this city, private sightseeing tours, or if you love chocolate (for real, who does not?) you can attend a private belgian chocolate workshop for app. 35€.
If you want to eat like a local we recommend a private tour to see where locals shop for fresh seafood, artisan cheese, chocolate truffles, and more.
Tip - don't miss out on the beer. It is awesome.
2. Monte Isola, Italy
This is one of the most beautiful destinations in Italy, and Italy is beautiful everywhere, but there is something different about this spot. Located two hours away from Milan, it is spreaded on a few square kilometers and it is pretty much a mountain emerging in the middle of a beautiful lake. Monte Isola has been awarded EDEN "European Destination for Excellence" and cars are banned here.
The spot attracts lovers, families, hikers, artists looking for inspiration or just people seeking to get away from the craziness of big cities.
Not to mention that this small city is a paradise for gourmets, where you can find the best asparagus, extra virgin olive oil, sun dried tomatoes and much more. No words needed to describe this place. Monte Isola is different from all the other attractions, due to its placement, food ingredients and weather.
It is truly seductive and sparkling, just like Franciacorta's wines.
3. Trondheim, Norway
One of the oldest cities in Scandinavia, founded in 997 and a former capital during Viking Age, Trondheim is home to Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim Museum of Arts which hosts the third largest public art collection, mainly Norwegian from the last 150 years. The National Museum of Decorative Arts boasts a large collection of decorative arts and design, including a great number of tapestries from the Norwegian artist Hannah Ryggen.
If you are interested in history, especially recent history you can also visit the Vollan District Jail, which used to imprison both war criminals and prisoners during the nazi occupation.
Bakklandet old Town offers a beautiful view on little wooden houses nestled in narrow, cobbled streets with small cafes and specialty stores, right next to Nidelven River.
4. Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Situated in the remote northwest corner of Spain, this small city is a popular destination among pilgrims. Part of Galicia, which is a spanish region with its own language and culture, catholic devotees come to pay homage to the bones of St. James and they usually walk across the country on the Camino de Santiago.
Classic regional cuisine includes pulpo (octopus) pimientos de padrón (fried peppers) and the local cloudy white wine.
5. Krakow, Poland
One of the best value destinations in Europe, the city of Krakow welcomes you with a cordial population, fascinating history and beautiful scenery. You can take a walk through Rynek Główny, the main market square in the city, which is the largest medieval square in Europe, enjoy a coffe here or buy souvenirs from vendors.
Tip - don't get intimidated by the pigeons.
Other things to see here include the St. Mary's Basilica (Kosciol Mariacki), where you can see the most elaborate gothic altarpieces in Europe, or you can climb its tower of 239 steps, for the best city view.
Another interesting thing to see here is the Rynek Underground Museum, a blend of medieval history and state-of-the art technology.
As you walk down the Grodzka Street, you will pass two of the most famous churches in Krakow, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, lined with 11 marble statues of the apostles and St. Andrew's Church, built between 1079 and 1098.
This was it for today peeps, see you next week!
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