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5 halal-friendly city breaks in Europe

Looking to visit halal-friendly Europe sometime soon? These bustling European cities are ready to provide you with the ultimate city break. Whether it’s history, architecture, famous landmarks, nature, the countryside, or the halal food that you’re looking to explore, we’re sure our selected 5 City Breaks in Europe will give you something to look forward to, and leave you with an experience you’ll never forget. Many people tend to visit more than one country within Europe during their stay, and if your budget fits, we’d definitely recommend you’d do so. Perfect for a long weekend getaway, or a 2-3 day trip per city, these accessible destinations are easy to travel to once you’ve made it to Europe itself. Whether you plan on visiting one place, a couple, or all 5, get ready to enjoy the European vibe as you explore the second smallest continent in the world. London, United Kingdom Popular for the Royal Family, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the River Themes, the London Eye, and let’s not forget their classic fish and chips, London is one of Europe’s most popular destinations and a country one should visit at least once in their lifetime. The busy city offers a range of tourist attractions and adventures all in one place, making it easy to explore whether by bus, on the underground tubes, or by foot. From palace parks to breathtaking gardens, ancient dungeons, and the London Eye’s bird-eye view, there are plenty of ways to explore London, all which provide an exciting and adventurous trip for first-timers. Tourists will also enjoy sightseeing, the National Museum, a selection of luxurious shopping experiences, and bazaar’s galore, all while strolling through the streets and indulging in the heartwarming and stomach filling British street food! Venice, Italy Fall in love with Venice, The Floating City. Rich in museums and historical buildings, Venice is the perfect destinations for Muslim couples looking to enjoy a relaxing and romantic getaway as they explore the city of canals. Venice is also home to luxury palaces and villas, churches, the famous islands of Murano and Burano, and of course the ultimately famous Venice Lagoon. A peaceful place you can explore from the comfort of your very own gondola, whether it’s the city you’re looking to explore, the secret canals, or the sandy beaches just a few kilometers nearby, Venice is the perfect choice for a city break full of romance. Valencia, Spain When you hear the word ‘Spain’ it’s normally places such as Madrid and Barcelona that come to mind; next up would be the picture-perfect beaches and warm and sunny weather. What many people have yet to discover are the neighboring cities that have just as much to offer. Valencia has become a popular tourist hub in the last few years with an array of attractive activities and sites suitable for all ages. Combining history, tradition, and modernity in a rather unusual and different way, this unique city has almost perfected blending the past, present, and future into one. Offering historical sites and futuristic buildings, Valencia is the perfect combination of ‘then’ and ‘now’. Also home to a nature reserve, beautiful beaches, and a selection of mouth-watering Spanish dishes, this lively city is perfect for Muslim families and groups of friends looking to explore the in’s and out’s of Spain away from the usual Spanish destinations. Wroclaw, Poland One of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland, Wroclaw is an exceptional city made up of 12 islands and more than 100 bridges. Situated at the foot of Sudetes, by the Oder river, crisscrossed by its numerous tributaries and channels, this city boasts many green spaces including 14 parks and gardens within the city itself. The Botanical Garden, with its beautiful flower garden, orangery, rock gardens, and cactus greenhouse, as well as the Zoological Garden, funded in 1865, are both perfect places for taking a walk. Park Szczytnicki, too, will surprise you with an exceptional attraction: an original Japanese Garden. There are also numerous theatres, an opera house, museums and galleries dotted around the city making it the perfect city escape for those truly looking to relax. Basel, Switzerland Situated in the heart of Europe, Basel in Switzerland is the perfect combination of authentic Swiss quality and a multicultural population making the city a true gem of its own. This cosmopolitan shouldn’t be mistaken for your typical bustling city, even though it does offer a selection of city attractions. Basel is a one of a kind destination, offering a laid back stay for visitors looking to unwind in peace. From luscious greenery and spectacular buildings designed by renowned architects, Basel boasts both the old and new. Home to 40 museums, Basel is considered the cultural capital of Switzerland with various subjects and world-renowned special exhibitions. With a selection of culture-related, modern-day, and historic attractions, there is something for everyone looking to explore the home of Art Basel, the most important contemporary art fair in the world. Did any of the above stand out to you? Let us know below if you’re planning on taking a European trip to one of these countries, or where you’d love to visit next! If you’ve already visited any of the above, which destination was your favorite and what did you end up doing while you were there? With each city having so much to offer, it’s hard to include everything that you should do, so feel free to leave a comment and share your holiday experience with us! Nabeel Shariff is the Owner of Luxury Halal Travel. Luxury Halal Travel brings together some of the world’s leading hotel brands to offer Muslim travellers incredible experiences whilst observing their Muslim faith. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. I’m a huge fan of Basel in Switzerland. It’s got a beautifully preserved Old Town with cobbles and timbers. As the Swiss haven’t been to war with anyone for some 500 years they are good at keeping their old buildings intact.

    With all the pharmaceutical and banking businesses based there it’s a very prosperous city and there’s some very generous patronage of the arts. Though I think my favourite is the Tinguely Museum. Tinguely was part artist and part inventor of weird contraptions. Outside the museum there’s a water wheel / fountain and in Winter the water freezes in mid-air to create surreal ice-sculptures.

    1. I’ve been to the Tinguely Musuem. I think I liked it …

      There’s one really macabre piece. Tinguely had motor racing friends back in the day when it was a highly dangerous sport. One by one his friends died in crashes. He created a sculpture of widows dressed in black mourning their husbands. Not too much wrong with that until he moved the sculpture into his bedroom. Not sure what his widow felt about that one ..

  2. I’m fairly certain that it was a post on A Luxury Travel Blog, some time last year, that argued that London is the Capital of the World. At the time I thought it was nonsense but the more I think about it the more I think that London has a good shout at the title. At the moment it’s got the Proms going on to start with and as ever s range of imaginative special exhibitions being hosted throughout its museums and galleries. I also think there are well over 100 theatres too.

    Although London is great for Halal food most world cuisines are represented there too.

    Oh and don’t forget Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and West Ham – the Zprrmier League, probably the world’s most watched football league (?) has just kicked off again.

  3. I imagine it’s not the easiest finding places that cater to Halal requirements so this is a very helpful post with inspiration for those looking for such options. I think this is just as applicable for anyone thinking of discovering a little more of Europe anyway. I know London always seems to be ‘the’ place for tourists coming to the UK, but I think when you live in the UK you see it rather differently, and my view of It certainly isn’t as rosy as it used to be when I was a kid! Personally I’d say go for Valencia or Spain.

  4. Valencia is the one major Spanish city that I’ve never been to. It’s probably not quite as set-up for tourists as many other Spanish cities, anyway that’s what my friend who visited said. In my view that’s not a bad thing, I like the idea of it having a beach bit and a major city centre too. Best of both worlds.

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