Barcelona is Spain’s avant-garde city of boundless culture, fabled architecture with a world-class dining scene and the homeland of works by Gaudi, Dali and Picasso and FC Barcelona’s football team.
Sited between the sea and the mountains and renewed for the 1992 Olympic Games, there’s always something to see and do.
From the cobblestone lanes of the Gothic quarter to a tram ride up to the top of Tibidabo, designer shopping along the Passeig de Gracia to admiring the city’s architectural treasures that span 2000+ years.
- As there are two official languages in Barcelona, Catalan and Spanish, it may be worth learning essential words and phrases in both languages. To communicate with a wider audience, speak Spanish.
- In the city for 3 days or more? Consider purchasing a Barcelona Card which gives you free unlimited use of public transport (including the airport train), free entry to the city’s best museums and exclusive deals and discounts.
- The schedule for meals are different from those of the rest of Europe - lunch time is from 13.30 to 16.00 and dinner time is from 21.00 to 23.00.
Tokyo is a city of dazzling lights and contrasts, mixing ultramodern with tradition and skyscrapers with temples. It’s continuously reinventing itself and has everything you can ask of a city.
Whilst it may be big, it’s also home to some fantastic nature with lush green mountains, rivers and gorges and beautiful parks. If you’re after entertainment then visit one of the many enlightening museums, art galleries and exhibitions.
If you’re a foodie then good news, Tokyo has more Michelin stars in its restaurants than any other city!
- Visit one of the most popular temples in Japan, Meiji Shrine in Shibuya
- Catch a sumo match at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo’s National Sumo Hall
- Admire one of the best groomed parks you will ever see at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
Famous for being the most bicycle friendly city in the world, Amsterdam is a fascinating and diverse city. Forget tulips and clogs and discover more of its characteristic architecture, thought- provoking history and elegant floral bridges across the 165 canals.
Visit one of the city’s 75 museums from Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum and modern art at the Stedelijk. If you fancy something a bit more chilled then perhaps choose a museum dedicated to handbags or Heineken!
Did you Know?
- There are approximately 881,000 bicycles in Amsterdam (more bikes than people!)
- Amsterdam is more culturally diverse than any other city in the world
- It has more canals than Venice
- Houses are famously narrow because they used to be taxed on the width of their front.
The beautiful town of Limassol is the cosmopolitan hub of Cyprus. It effortlessly blends sophisticated modernisation with its ancient past.
From bustling restaurants and cafés in the old town centre to the breath taking marina with its sea views, the beaches of the Akrotiri Peninsula to the gorgeous mountain villages of the Mandaria region, it really is a treasure trove of exciting Greek experiences.
Useful phrases in Greek:
- Hello - Gh’ya
- Good Bye - Kherete
- Thank You - Efkharisto
- Please - Parakalo
- Sorry - Signomi
- Do you speak English - Milate anglika?
- How much is it? - Posso kane?
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