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Top 3 Must Visit European Cities

By HarryWednesday 05th February 2014

Top 3 must visit European cities

Europe is a wondrous place with bustling cities, rich history and great places for you and your kids to explore. What makes it even better is that we have all of these great destinations right on our doorstep.  The latest news that Allure of the Seas will be sailing from Europe in 2015 means that you’ll have even more choice when choosing the cruise and destinations for your family. To give you an idea of what to expect on your next European cruise, we've put together our top picks of cities to visit:

Florence, Italy

Florence is a magical city full of culture, with impressive skylines and delicious food.  It’s also a great destination to explore with your kids. The Boboli Gardens in Palazzo Pitti are perfect for those of you whose family love the great outdoors. Abundant with blossoming trees, sculptures and puzzling emerald mazes, the gardens make the perfect setting for an afternoon family picnic and playing games. And when the sun is shining you may be able to fit in some sunbathing too. Alternatively, you and your kids can take a trip to the Institute and Museum of Science in Piazza dei Giudicci, where you’ll all be able to get to grips with science and the instruments used by Galileo Galilei himself. After a busy day of sightseeing, head over to Ponte Santa Trinita, where you and the family can eat some real Italian gelato as you watch the passing boats.

Barcelona, Spain

A city of colour, tapas and beaches, Barcelona is both a laidback and exciting place to visit during your European cruise. If the sun is shining I’d recommend heading down to La Barceloneta beach for a day of sunbathing and splashing around in the sea. Just a 20-minute walk from this golden beach is Barcelona Zoo, which is well known for once being the home of the only albino gorilla in history, Snowflake. As you stroll around you’ll be able to gaze at the familiar favourites, such as the lions, bears and bright pink flamingos. One of the biggest attractions in Barcelona is the architectural work of Gaudi. For a fun and a cultural day out, take a short trip on the metro to Parc Güell. There, you and your family can walk around Gaudi’s colourful and unusual work, listen to the sound of the nearby wildlife and admire the flowering trees. One of the highlights of Parc Güell is the view of the city you get once you’ve hiked to the top – completely awe-inspiring. If you take a short journey to the top of the Tibidabo Mountain, just on the outskirts of Barcelona, your family can enjoy a day at the well-loved Tibidabo Fairground. Take a ride on the park’s giant glittering Ferris wheel and take in the sky-high views of the city below. If none of you are big on heights then enjoy a spin on the traditional Carousel, and watch the colours whirl around you. Still want to see more of Barcelona? Take a trip to La Boqueria market, where you can enjoy tasty tapas and your kids can sip on freshly squeezed fruit juices and pick bags of colourful sweets to munch on.

Barcelona, Spain

Marseille, France

Marseille is a beautiful city located in the Provence region of France, an area of the Mediterranean that is renowned for great food and wonderful weather. One of the must-see sites of Marseille is Notre Dame de la Garde, a beautiful church located on a hill above the city. Inside you’ll be able to explore its glittering golden interior and hanging ships, and outside you can take in the breathtaking 360° views of the land below. Enjoy a laid-back afternoon with your kids and take a stroll along the Cours Julien, a popular road in Marseille amongst artists and musicians. You can enjoy mouth-watering Provençal cuisine in the quaint cafes that line this road, or meander in and out of the artistic shops and markets. Cours Julien is also home to a giant playground where your kids can clamber on the climbing frame, whizz down the slides and fly up into the air on the swings. Not only that, but there’s plenty of ice cream counters which sell deliciously fresh fruit sorbets for your kids to enjoy – delicious!

Allure of the Seas

I’m sure you’re as happy as we are that the impressive Allure of the Seas will be travelling from Europe in 2015, meaning less travel and zero stress for you when cruising to fabulous new destinations.  If you can’t wait to hop onboard and join us for a fantastic cruise holiday, then take a look at what Allure of the Seas has to offer  

What’s your favourite European city and why?

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