Maritime history buffs, and die-hard fans of Leo DiCaprio (ok, maybe not), will love the €113m Titanic Belfast exhibition. If you didn’t know, it’s the world’s largest Titanic exhibition. Just as in its ship-building days, Belfast is booming, so sample its happening nightlife, from ever-so-friendly spit-and-sawdust pubs to posh restaurants and dressy clubs.
The Czech Republic’s second largest city, Brno used to be regarded as Prague’s poorer cousin. It’s not poorer; it’s just cheaper, a lot cheaper, and largely undiscovered by the crowds. Explore cellar bars serving the region’s wine and Czech tapas (pickles, pork and potatoes) while above ground, take a tour of the newly restored Tugendhat Villa.
If you like your architecture Baroque, you’ll seriously love Vilnius. Get gloriously lost in the mazy streets of the Old Town, gazing upon churches, perusing art galleries like Vartai, and resisting the urge to stop for a beer until at least 11am. If you like your beer, you’ll…
Lovely jubbly Ljubljana is small on size but not on impact. Students, artists and musicians throng the streets, through the narrow alleys of the Old Town and along the Ljubljanica River. There may not be any major tourist spots in this pint-sized city, but that just leaves you time to sip your coffee in the morning sun at a quiet pavement café.
Catch the last of the summer sun in laid-back Faro. Even out of season, the Algarve’s capital won’t fail to impress. Lazy afternoons with cocktail in hand, medieval markets, partying on the Rua do Prior or posing on the marina, Faro’s got it covered, whatever you go on holiday for.
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