I’ve said it so many times now but I fell so hard for Bosnia & Herzegovina when travelling around the Balkans. Out of six countries I visited it was my runaway favourite and a big part of that was because of Sarajevo (if you want to know all of the reasons I loved Bosnia, I wrote a whole blog post about it here). The country’s recent turbulent history is still at the forefront of many people’s minds when they think of Sarajevo, but these days Bosnia’s capital is a buzzy hub of amazing food and culture. It really offers everything you could want in a European city break, but with fewer tourists and cheaper prices! What’s not to love? If you’re not 100% convinced already, take a look at all these cool things you can do in the city…
When I first visited Reykjavik back in 2013, it was slowly becoming a more popular travel destination, but most people were still confused why we were going. However, since Icelandair introduced its budget flights between the UK and U.S. – many of which offer an Iceland stopover at no extra flight cost – tourism has really taken off. Re-visiting Reykjavik this year I was amazing by how much it had changed in just six years!
Two weeks ago I spent a scorching weekend in Spain’s third largest city – Valencia. With the exception of a few things we wanted to see, we hadn’t planned much of an itinerary for our trip, which turned out great. We spent three relaxed days wandering around the city, eating and drinking lots and soaking up the atmosphere. The biggest and best surprise was that there is actually a surprising amount to do in the city! Although I could go back and see more, here are ten essential things to do that are easy to squeeze into a Valencian city break without too much rushing around.
Serbia has never really been a place I’ve been desperate to visit, but when I came to do the research for where I should visit on my trip around the Balkans by bus last summer, it peaked my interest. Mostly because it’s a destination I don’t hear many people talk about and so I had no expectations. I promptly added the capital, Belgrade, to my itinerary, and I was so glad that I did! There aren’t huge amounts to do but it’s certainly enough to fill a couple of chilled out days on an alternative city break.
I’ve been seriously thinking about visiting Athens for a few years now and I’m so thrilled that I finally got there as the first stop on my trip around the Balkans this year! I have wanted to see the Parthenon for as long as I can remember but I was surprised by how many other impressive ancient sites there are to discover too. It seems as if there is an amazing archaeological site or museum on every corner of the city! It was tricky but I have narrowed it down 5 of the best ancient sites to visit. These places will give you a perfect taster of ancient Greek history if you are on a city break.