When travelling around Europe, most people limit themselves to exploring the capital cities. However, many other towns are equally beautiful and exciting and often offer cheaper flights and fewer crowds. If you’re looking to explore something new and unique, here are six ‘second cities’ in Europe that you should consider visiting:
This city is home to every sherry bodega you know about – and plenty you don’t. Lose yourself on its cobbled streets between the wine tastings and discover gothic and baroque churches and grand palaces. At night, seek out the spots where the flamenco still sounds – this is, after all, the city where it all began.
This coastal underdog to the north offers a sublime mix of architectural styles, a rich industrial heritage, great-value seafood and fiercely friendly, no-nonsense locals. It feels like an actual city rather than a playground for tourists, yet just 15 15-minute walk from the town centre, you’ll hit a pebble beach lapped by zinging turquoise wavesAd1.
This southwest Polish city suffered widespread destruction in the Second World War. Its year in the sun was 2016, when it was joint European Capital of Culture. The capital of Lower Silesia emerged energised from that brief cultural surge, with alluring cafes and restaurants to retreat to after you have explored its architectural repertoire – which fills a spectrum from Silicon Valley to StalingradAd1.
It has a lot to offer and is worth visiting. Despite the appeal of edgy Berlin or the charm of Munich, Hamburg offers a unique experience with its stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant nightlife.
This city is known for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and delicious food. It’s a great alternative to the crowded town of Rome3.
We hope this list inspires you to explore some of Europe’s lesser-known
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