six different cities: from the millennial history of Rome and Athens, to the green Oslo and Tallinn, passing through Lisbon's nightlife and Dublin pubs. Follow us!
Known as the Eternal City, Rome is one of the oldest cities on the planet. The Italian capital has remained a haven for tourists eager to soak up the rich culture and go deeper into the legacy this dynamic city.
Once home to the Roman Empire, modern Rome is still touched by its illustrious past, ruins and monuments are sprinkled across the city, reminding the people of two and a half thousand years of history. Step inside the Colosseum where gladiators once engaged in furious battles, or walk the beautiful Spanish Steps in Piazzi di Spagna and pay a visit to Fontana di Trevi, where you can throw in a coin for good luck. To be visited once in the life!
Considered a global city due to its importance in worlds of financial, art, commerce, arts and international trade, Lisbon is also one of the most visited cities in Europe. The capital of Portugal is brimming with life and culture. The Belem Tower and Jeronimos are both designated UNESCO world heritage sites, and are perfect for visiting in Lisbon’s subtropical Mediterranean climate.
Lisbon has a fantastic public transport system so you will have no trouble finding your way around the city. Visit the National Museum of Ancient Art for a spot of culture, or buy tickets to see the city’s famous Sporting Lisbon football team in action.
Athens, the capital of Greece is a real favourite with visitors who come from all over the world to marvel at attractions like the Acropolis and the Parthenon. As well as a treasure trove of ancient monuments and wonders, Athens is a lively, friendly city with lots of great things to do and a thriving nightlife and entertainment scene.
Whether you’re visiting Athens with an interest in history and likely to enjoy afternoons spent at the National Archaeological Museum or whether you enjoy outdoor activities and plan to spend long days cycling or hiking in Parnitha National Park, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
The historic city of Tallinn is located on the Gulf of Finland, and it is Estonia’s capital city. Tallinn is only around 40 miles away from the Finnish capital of Helsinki, and it is defined by its medieval buildings, winding, cobbled streets and a look all of its own. The city also has a beautifully preserved old town that takes visitors on a journey through Tallinn’s long and turbulent past.
One of the most striking buildings in the old town is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which dominates an otherwise modest skyline. Visit also the nearby Viru Gate, Tallinn’s busiest and most exclusive shopping area.
Dublin is rich in history and the illuminated Book of Kells, dating from 800AD and one of the best examples in the world, can be seen at Trinity College Library. Dubliners are rightly proud of their literary heritage. Start out from your holiday apartment in Dublin and walk in the footsteps of James Joyce, author of Ulysses and of course The Dubliners. Dublin’s Georgian architecture is stunning. See The Custom House, the Rotunda Hospital and the Four Courts for superb examples of James Ganon’s beautiful buildings.
Try the bustling Temple Bar area or take a stroll across the Liffey Bridge, you’re sure to come to a pub. Get a Dublin Pass which allows visitors free or cheap access to many of the city’s attractions.
Oslo is home to dozens of historical sights, museums and galleries, and one of the most prominent is the Munch Museum – a collection of paintings and artworks from the famous Norwegian artist. If you feel like taking a break from sight-seeing, Frogner Park is an excellent place to do so. This serene and picturesque area of inner-city greenery is perfect for picnics, leisurely strolls or kicking a ball around with the kids. The park also features a selection of sculptures from the famous Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland. And if you fancy stretching your weary muscles, the Frognerbadet is a swimming centre with three different pools and a water slide for the kids.