Krakow was included in the list of the best destinations in Europe for the so-called city break, i.e. a few-day tourist trip to the city. The list includes obvious destinations, such as Barcelona or Prague, but also those slightly less crowded – French Nice and Portuguese Funchal.
A list of cities ideal as a destination for a city break, prepared in cooperation with the British airline Jet2, was published in the “The Independent” portal on March 1. There are seven cities on the list: Budapest, Barcelona, Rome, Krakow, Nice, Prague and Funchal.
“You get two for the price of one in the Hungarian capital. Divided by the Danube, Budapest offers an immersive history and culture in its western part, and an exciting nightlife in its eastern part,” writes The Independent, justifying the city’s inclusion on the list. Among the places worth visiting in Budapest, the portal lists Buda Castle, the Szimpla Kert pub and the Palazzo Zichy hotel.
The authors of the list did not find any hidden gems of Barcelona, but they indicate the main attractions of this city, well known to many European tourists. Gaudi’s tenement houses, the Sagrada Familia cathedral, the La Rambla promenade and the Camp Nou stadium – “The Independent” recommends going there when visiting Barcelona. The portal also highlights the bars and restaurants in La Barceloneta, the seaside district of the capital of Catalonia.
The Independent calls Rome “a city steeped in history”. “You can visit the Sistine Chapel in Vaticanwalk in the footsteps of emperors in the marble Pantheon and stand in the place where gladiators once fought in the Colosseum” – the description of the Italian capital is enumerated. The authors of the list recommend two specific restaurants to tourists visiting Rome – Pinoalto and Osteria Fernanda.
St. Mary’s Basilica, St. Florian’s Gate and the underground market – these places, according to “The Independent”, must be visited during a walk around Krakow’s Old Town. The British daily also draws readers’ attention to Starka’s restaurant, where you can try homemade vodka, and advises you to try the most famous dish of Polish cuisine – dumplings – in Krakow.
“Walking along the magnificent promenade, with the sparkling blue of the Mediterranean on one side and the stylish architecture on the other, you will understand why Nice is the jewel in the crown of the south France– ensure the authors of the list. They also encourage you to wander around the narrow streets of Nice’s old town, visit the local beaches drowning in the sun and go shopping on the city’s main commercial street – Avenue Jean Medecin.
On the one hand, Gothic churches and historic castles, on the other, Soviet architecture and lush nightlife – this is how “The Independent” describes the Czech capital. The British advise you not to miss the oldest astronomical clock in the world (located on the southern wall of the Old Town Hall – ed.) and the famous Charles Bridge when visiting Prague. And where to try traditional Czech cuisine? The diary mentions one restaurant – La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise, whose menu is based on recipes from a 19th-century cookbook.
The main city of Portuguese Madeira is by far the least obvious choice of the creators of the list. However, they treat Funchal not only as an attraction in itself, but also as a good base for exploring the entire island. As one of its advantages, they indicate the subtropical climate prevailing there, providing the island with year-round spring and summer weather. This allows you to enjoy outdoor activities such as surfing and diving, as well as attending year-round fiestas and other cultural events.
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