What’s on the travel horizon for you for 2016? Here are some of the most elegant and luxurious city breaks that Europe has to offer. It might just be time to plan your next getaway…
1. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Surrounded by ancient city walls and azure water, the Old Town of this Croatian city holds an 18th century Cathedral, a 14th century Dominican Monastery and a Gothic Renaissance Palace within it’s narrow, cobbled streets.
Shop for unique treasures in the markets, admire the views from the Mount Srd cable car or take a stroll down the pedestrianised Placa Promenade. There are several high end resorts and villas in Dubrovnik where you will be pampered in style.
2. Valletta, Malta
The smallest capital city in Europe, Valletta is an architectural treasure trove. This UNESCO World Heritage site is filled with Medieval and Baroque buildings and will be the European Capital of Culture in 2018.
Take a walk through the winding streets and you will find ornate churches, fascinating museums and elegant palaces. Admire the gorgeous view of the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour from one of the many fine resorts by the sea.
3. Milan, Italy
When it comes to fashion, art and cuisine, Milan is one of the top cities in the world. Shop at the chicest labels, see a fashion show, dine on five star meals, watch a performance at La Scala Opera House, admire de Vinci’s “Last Supper” and soak up all of the sophisticated Italian culture that Milan has to offer.
4. Amsterdam, Holland
Amsterdam is known for its laid bakc laissez-faire attitude, yet still boasts a sophisticated side. Stroll along tree-lined boulevards and waterways, visit superb museums such as Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum and dine at world-class restaurants. Cuddle up in a cute boutique hotel for a romantic weekend with your sweetheart.
5. Istanbul, Turkey
Perched on the edge of Europe and Asia, this city has a unique blend of Eastern and Western influences. The architecture is grand and magnificent and the atmosphere is lively and colourful. Walk along the Bosphorus Strait, get lost in the bustling Grand Bazaar or admire the incredibly intricate tiles within the Blue Mosque.
6. Nice, France
Are you looking for somewhere for an elegant, cultured and refined city break? Nice offers all of this and more, plus plenty of Mediterranean sunshine. You can spend hours walking through the atmospheric old town or strolling along the Promenade des Anglais or you can relax on the beach and gaze out at the ocean.
The city offers an abundance of antique shops, designer boutiques and excellent bars and restaurants to discover.
7. Edinburgh, Scotland
The Scottish capital offers much more than kilts, bagpipes and haggis – it has developed into a passionate hotspot for culture and cuisine. Take a walk up to Edinburgh Castle, visit the National Museum of Scotland or get lost in the medieval alleyways and winding streets of the Old Town.
Jack Huang is CEO of Truly Experiences.