Looking for a quick city getaway but don’t know where to go? Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a seasoned jetsetter, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Europe. Its city streets combine history and culture with modern amenities, and without losing their charm to wide-eyed travelers.
Here are the top 10 European city break destinations to visit.
1. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is the most visited city in Croatia, prized for its medieval walls. Situated in the southernmost part of the country, it is dubbed as “The Pearl of the Adriatic.”
Reasons to visit Dubrovnik: History, wine, nature, you’re a fan of Game of Thrones (TV series)
Walled towns that are well-preserved don’t come by easily. Dubrovnik is one of the few places left on earth where you get to see old walls surrounding the city. These historic structures were built between the 12th and 17th centuries, with some parts going as far back as 8th century during the Byzantine Era. The Dubrovnik walls once stood to protect the city from marauding invaders. Today, they are among the top attractions in Croatia and will cost no more than $17 for a tour.
The Old Town of Dubrovnik is pedestrian-only, which means you can safely walk through its streets. Here you will see impressive Baroque churches and an elegant palazzi. Although fans of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones will recognize the Bokar Fortress, Lovrijenac Fortress, and Pile Harbor even before they enter the main gate. Make sure you visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site early in the morning to avoid tourist crowds and the heat.
Later in the day, you can take the cable car for a breathtaking view of the Imperial Fortress, or go to the nearby Lokrum Island for a relaxing picnic by the beach where you will get curious stares from peacocks. For a crash course on Croatian wines, you should visit Dubrovnik’s bars before retiring in the evening.