If you view yourself as a bit of culture vulture, there are some cities you seriously cannot miss off your travel bucket list. To ensure you experience the very best the world has to offer, take a look at the four amazing cities you could easily fall in love with on your next adventure.
- Madrid, Spain
Madrid has unfortunately been left in Barcelona’s shadow, as many people believe the city is slightly less modern and vibrant than her Spanish sister. Well, they could not be more wrong, because Madrid is a culture lover’s dream. The city has provided an amalgamation of scrumptious cuisines since the 17th century, blending Spanish cuisine with international dishes, which they now have down to a fine art. Explore the very best of the city with the Madrid guide.
You can also learn more about the formation of Madrid’s diverse culture at the Prado Museum. For the ultimate shopping experience, visit the Salamanca district to buy clothing, gadgets or souvenirs. You will also learn that Madrilènos are social butterflies, so visit a local haunt to enjoy their favourite Gin & Tonic tipple.
- Rome, Italy
You have not experienced culture until you have visited the mesmerising city of Rome. From historic ruins to exquisite masterpieces, you will feel inspired by Italy’s capital city. With fountains, churches, piazzas and palazzos created by architects such as Bernini, Borromini and Michelangelo, Rome is easily one of the most beautiful and culturally-rich destinations on the planet. Let’s face it, the pizza is worth the trip alone.
Take a walk through history when you visit the Colosseum, and view the breath-taking Sistine Chapel with your own eyes at The Vatican Museums. There is also nothing quite like becoming lost in the twisted historic streets, which will take you on a unique adventure.
Located in the middle of Europe and Asia, it is unsurprising that Istanbul is alive with culture. Steeped in history, the city, which was once known as Byzantium and later Constantinople, served at the imperial capital for the Roman, Latin, Byzantine and Ottoman empires for 16 centuries, so the city offers a wonderful mix of architecture that reflects the empires.
A must-visit landmark is the Hagia Sophia, which was once the largest cathedral in the world, but the Ottomans later converted it into a mosque. The Valens Aqueduct is also a sight to see, as it was built in the late fourth century and still stands today.
The locals are, however, the best part of Istanbul, as they are hospitable to tourists and have a fantastic sense of humour. The buzz of the muezzins is infectious, as you hear locals laugh, shout and work, creating a trip you will remember forever.
- New York
New York was founded by immigrants, so the city has been defined by nations across the globe, which you can learn more about at Ellis Island. You can also experience the very best of theatre on the many Broadway stages, which offers a variety of dramatic and musical performances. It’s also worth paying a visit to the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts to experience the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, jazz performances, Met Opera and ballet. Art lovers will also rejoice at the Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue, which offers works of American modern art, including Rauschenberg and Duchamp.