The Best City of Europe

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1. Posted by guiny (Full Member 143 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

What is the Best City to visit in Europe?
So far, for what I have seen,... I think Edinburgh for the scenery, Amsterdam for the amiability, London for the attractions and Cardiff for the pleasant environment.
What do you think? :)

2. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Manchester!! ITs got all of the above mentioned and MORE! ;) Come and see for yourselves!

3. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

You can't really judge that, depends on everyone's preferences

I like lisboa for its atmosphere, cologne for it's shops, Rome for architecture, Barcelona to chill, ....

4. Posted by holidayer (Budding Member 22 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I agree with everything from the last post.

Lisboa is specially pretty.

Hilly cities tend to be quite special;
those with stunning big rivers also;
if it has a castle even better since it’s likely to have good scenic viewpoints; cities that were the capitals of ex-empires have monuments commensurate with their ex-status and ambitions;
Lisbon trams are pretty cute.

The ‘best’ city will be so because of the way people treat you and look after you.
‘Lisboetas’ are cosmopolitan and the Portuguese are specially ‘open’ to people from abroad; perhaps because they were close many years due to poverty and dictatorship.

After that you need good food and wine at reasonable prices!
Something that Lisboetas value highly.

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Too many great cities to narrow it to just one, but the best I can narrow it down to is St Petersburg, Rome and Barcelona. I think probably in that order. Lisboa and Oporto in Portugal are also very beautiful cities.

6. Posted by mmi117 (Budding Member 8 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

The best out-of-the-way city in europe that is never mentioned: perugia, italy - an absolutely breathtaking town in central italy near assisi. picturesque architecture and great nightlife... but I am a bit biased since I used to live there.

7. Posted by Scratch (Budding Member 11 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

An almost impossible but equally interesting question...

We are all different. My fiancée and I enjoy architecture/sightseeing and fine cuisine like may other folk, but we also love to go shopping.

We are very fond if Italy. Having just returned from a truly wonderful twin city break to Milan and Rome then almost anything Italian is precious to us. Between these two cities, although quite different from one another, we feel they have everything. Milan is cosmopolitan, fashionable and fun, whilst Rome is breathtaking, ancient (with a modern feel) and majestic. Public transport was a dream in comparison to that in Britain. In particular the cost comparison when using the subway. Italian cuisine too is wonderful, and so much better than "Italian cuisine in Britain!"

Rome is admittedly crowded, but we found Milan to be pleasantly relaxing given the size of the place. The people were great too, being particularly helpful and friendly.

Venice is the only other Italian city we have had the pleasure of visiting. As with Milan and Rome we loved it too, but for different reasons....undeniably beautiful and again having great cuisine, but not quite comparable to Milan for shopping, or Rome for ancient history.

Ideally we want to see more of Italy, including Florence & Pisa, Verona, Sardinia, Sorrento, etc.

Edinburgh is beautiful indeed, but aside from the beauty it's the history in Rome and the cuisine that gives it the edge.

Portugal is, in my experience, a fantastic country to visit. Very warm and friendly people and some great cuisine too.

I also happen to like Paris a great deal, but it is again very different to other large European cities....fantastic for shopping, sightseeing and of course the wonderful French cuisine, but perhaps not as relaxing as other cities.

It is impossible to pick a single city. We all have different aspirations, likes and dislikes. If from an advisory perspective, and in order to answer your question I must therefore ask...what do you look for in a city?

8. Posted by guiny (Full Member 143 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Good question Scratch. I started this thread to hear people's opinion and suggestions, for example, although Portuguese is my first language, I have never thought about visiting Lisboa and now I am considering it.
Like you said, we have favourite cities for different reasons and that's why we have more than one favourite.
But, what I look for in a city? Hard to say. If I had to pick one to live it would be Cardiff, but it is not so pretty as Edinburgh or lively as Amsterdam, still if I had to pick one to visit right now, it would be Edinburgh, although, it does not have so many attractions as London. You see? We can not form a complete perfect picture. There is something always missing to be found elsewhere.

9. Posted by Scratch (Budding Member 11 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

The British culture is very off putting for me. In particular the binge drinking in virtually every town and city each weekend. It's hard to get away from it sometimes. In comparison to other European countries the cuisine is very poor too. I have lived in Britain all my life and so have little difficulty forming an opinion of the country and its cities.

With all due respects I have to say that I am astonished to hear that Cardiff might be your first choice city to live at present. I live just 50 miles away and I have been to Cardiff literally hundreds of times. I see nothing wrong with the city, but there is little to do there besides rugby and drinking. It's a part of the culture. Cardiff Bay & Penarth are certainly the better areas, but as for the rest of the city it is very much like many other British cities of similar size. The weather can be very wet in Wales too!

I can however think of dozens of European cities I would rather travel longer distances to see over Cardiff.

I could not pick just one city but if I were to pick half a dozen then most would probably be Italian cities. There is very little I have seen that I dislike about Italy. It has a great mixture of many things. Certainly the environment is more pleasant than that of many British cities.

Yes, Portugal is good, but I would always keep Italy in mind. Well worth a visit.

Just my opinion, of course.


10. Posted by guiny (Full Member 143 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

It is funny but 'drinking' is always an issue when it comes to UK. My boyfriend and I don't drink any alcohol at all and UK is not a problem at all. You can also go to pubs and have a juice and a nice meal. Cardiff has the cultural attractions, theatre - Wales Millenium Centre, an stunning theatre by the way - the castle, the Mermaid Quay and attractions nearby as Castell Coch. So I really don't know why the rest of the world has not discovered Cardiff yet.