27 April 2017
Europe – where rich culture, fantastic food and wine, and spectacular go together. We’ve asked some of our Flighties their recommendations of places to visit in Europe. Read on and get inspired. Start planning your summer getaway now!
Recommended by Cecilia Yee
With a diverse landscape, vibrant cities, delicious seafood, and a thriving creative economy, Portugal is getting a lot of buzz lately. In Lisbon, while most tourists will visit the main spots like Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery, I highly recommend really getting to know the city. Get lost in the narrow laneways (go to Alfama and Bairro Alto), head to one of the many viewpoints (Miradouro das Portas do Sol, Miradouro de Sao Perdo de Alcantara, and also Castelo de Sao Jorge) and soak in the sights and smell of Lisbon, and of course, go to a coffee shop and chat up the locals!
Memmo Alfama or Memmo Principe Real. Both are design hotels located in fantastic neighbourhoods.
Eat and Drink
Jose Avillez is considered one of the most famous chefs in Portugal. Make sure to visit one of his restaurants in the city. I recommend Belcanto and Mini Bar Teatro. For seafood, check out Cervejaria Ramiro. They don’t take reservations so head there early to avoid long queue! And for egg tart (pastel de nata), there’s Manteigaria. For sundowners, there’s Park Bar!
Take a day trip to the picturesque town of Sintra. The main sights include the National Palace, the medieval Castelo dos Mouros, and the fairytale-esque Pena Palace. Make a detour and also check out Quinta da Regaleira. On a sunny weekend, join the locals at the coastal town of Cascais.
Recommended by Fabienne Lang
The lively city of Stockholm has a lot to offer – great food, culture, museum. Make sure to check out Vasamuseet (Vasa museum), Gamla Stan (Old Town), Gronalund (theme park), Humlegarden, Stadshuset which is architecturally and culturally historical), Kungstradgarden. And also visit the many islands around by boat.
Berns in Ostermalm, Hotel Esplanade, Story Hotel
Eat and Drink
Josefina Bar in summertime is a great place to chill. You can sit outside on their large open terrace space. Sodermalm district has a young and modern look with many restaurants, bars and cafes offering delicious food. Woodstokholm offers delicious Scandinavian food.
Walk leisurely around Gamla Stan (the Old Town) with its cobbled streets and antique shops and you feel like you stepped into Medieval Sweden. Stop in some of the many coffee shops for ‘fika’ time, coffee is a culture in itself in Sweden, and don’t forget to try some of the many pastries (Kanelbulle or cinnamon bun is what they are famous for). Go to Fafangan café and restaurant where you will also have stunning views of the city. Go to Gronalund (theme park) if you have children, or if you enjoy rollercoasters. Stockholm has many waterways and I recommend jumping on the ‘hop on hop off’ boats to view the city from the water, as the architecture and views are stunning. Visit the ‘Vasamuseet’ where you can see a 17th Century ship in the museum walls.
Recommended by Shane Davis
Not only does Barcelona is known for its amazing eating and drinking culture, the city is also famous for its amazing architecture and vibe. It all combines into a very enjoyable and social experience.
Hotel Omm – luxury designer hotel known for the fine-dining restaurant Roca Moo.
Eat and Drink
Make sure to go to Quimet & Quimet – no reservations and closes at 10:30pm sharp. Amazing food, and do not miss the Smoked Salmon, Yoghurt and Honey. Also for Paella, 7 Portes, a great Paella experience.
If you only have 48 hours in Barcelona, start the day right with a swim or a walk along the Mediterranean, then head to Pastisseria Hofmann for some stuffed croissants. Work off that delicious breakfast with a stroll around the cobbled streets of the Gothic Quarter. Hit up some tapas for a late lunch, and find a nice spot at the beach for a siesta before heading to Mercat Princesa for the evening festivities. And repeat the next day. Or why not check out La Sagrada Familia and the other buildings Gaudi is so famous for. Barcelona is a big city. Get a hop on hop off pass. To enjoy the weather on the open top bus, but also learn a bit about the city whilst travelling in between sites.
Recommended by Rodrigo Santa
From the sublime arts and architecture to the local cuisine, Florence will make anyone not want to leave. Art lovers should visit the Uffizi Gallery and the Bargello Gallery. Also check out the architectural masterpieces of the Piazza della Signoria. For a fantastic view of Florence, head up to Cupola Santa Maria del Fiore.
Eat and Drink
Florentine food and wine will delight the palate. For the best antipasto, go to All’antico Vinaio. And for one of the best apertivo, go to Sesto on Arno.
There are so many things to see and restaurants to check out. Don’t go for just 2 or 3 days. Explore the city by foot, get ready to walk a lot, and avoid public transportation if possible!