There’s more to Bologna than bolognese. Food-fond visitors to the culinary capital of Europe can feast on stuzzicati, the Italian equivalent of tapas, while basking in the evening sun. For those looking for a bit more culture with their canapé, the popular MAMBo bar doubles up as a modern art museum and live music venue. You can always work off some of those extra calories with a tour of the University of Bologna. Founded in 1088, it’s the oldest university in the world.
Having undergone considerable urban development in recent years, Leipzig boasts a real mix of architectural styles. Coffee lovers will discover their mecca at the 17th century Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum, one of the oldest surviving coffee houses in Europe. South of Leipzig, Belantis Leisure Park is a land of rollercoasters and pharaohs where you can take a trip back in time through seven different worlds.
This French resort near the Spanish border breathes a mix of both cultures. Biarritz’s days as a destination for European royalty are still evident with its grand hotels and Belle Epoque architecture. These days, surfers flock here for the Biarritz Surf Festival in July, whilst golfers get the chance to enjoy a game on dry land. If you want to spend your money in style then head to the luxurious Bellevue Casino for poker and cocktails.
Glastonbury’s cancelled. You’re tired of standing in the rain at Reading. Well, join over 200,000 festival goers at Tallinn’s Estonian Song and Dance Celebration which takes place every five years. There are even more crowds down at the Balti Jaam Market where you can pick up bric-a-brac with a distinct Soviet feel. From there it’s only one stop to Africa, at the Tallinn botanic gardens with its replica deserts.
Architecture enthusiasts, art lovers and budding Mozarts will have plenty to enjoy in Porto, at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea and the Casa da Música. Kindles are not welcome in the Livraria Lello bookshop, which has stood on the same spot for over a century. Then round off your day with a port, the fortified wine that made this city famous. You could even make it a full day event and take a tour of the caves where the tipple is produced.
Forget Miami Beach, Beauport Bay on this small Channel Island has more natural beauty than any other Jersey shore. As well as beaches, Jersey is a haven for foodies. There are three Michelin starred restaurants serving fresh, local produce, as well as an annual food festival every May. Not bad for an area only 118km sq. If you do over indulge, it’s not too far to fall, especially if you stay in one of the island’s ‘yurts’, traditional wood-framed homes for Mongolian nomads.
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