As we just entered 2023, it is impossible not to start daydreaming about the summer holidays. We gathered 5 destinations full of history, culture, stunning views, and most importantly, sun to spend a few days of your summer, and don’t worry, we got you covered. In these cities, you can find LuggageHero spots to store your luggage safely.
What not to love about Valencia? Voted to be the best city to live in the whole world by five different nationalities of expatriates, this Mediterranean gem is as rich in history as it is in sunshine days. From the emblematic “City of Arts and Sciences” leisure complex and the Cathedral of Valencia to the Barrio del Carmen neighborhood and the Central Market, which happens to be the biggest one in Europe, Valencia won’t disappoint you. Oh, wait, did we mention its amazing sand beaches that are more than 20km long? What more do you need to start planning your next trip there?
The second biggest city of Portugal, situated in the north part of the country, is a part of people’s bucket lists, and we can’t blame them for that. Porto is known for its long wine tradition, with vineyards and wineries spread all over the Douro River Valley offering great wine experiences to visitors. There is also more to explore in this small yet charming Portuguese city. Porto Cathedral (Sé do Porto in Portuguese) is situated in the upper part of Porto and is the most important religious building in the city. It has also been declared a National Monument as well as the 18th-century Clérigos Tower, which is the tallest campanile in Portugal. To the “must-see” list of Porto city, we can’t skip including a long walk to the Mercado do Bolhão. It has been a part of the city since 1914, the Livraria Lello & Irmão one of Europe’s most impressive libraries as well as a visit the Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, which will serve you with mouth-dropping views of the city. Visiting Porto this summer can be a delight, and we definitely recommend you do so.
Founded around 600 BC by Greek settlers from Phocaea, Marseille is the oldest city in France. With that being said, this city can offer unique spots of interest for a relaxing weekend getaway. The best place to start your visit in Marseille is the old town with the picturesque neighborhoods and the colorful low-ceiling houses, which are the oldest part of the city and the most multicultural one, accessible through Vieux Port (Old Harbor). The latter is part of the old town and a hotspot for tourists where they take photos, enjoy fresh fish and watch the beautiful sunset while boats and ferries come and go. If the weather is on your side, a relaxing boat ride to the beautiful Calanques – located between Marseille and Cassis – is a huge must when visiting the city, especially in the summer. There are numerous opportunities for activities such as cycling, renting kayaks, hiking, or even just admiring the stunning views while drinking your cocktail.
4. Los Angeles
Los Angeles is one of the largest cities and most popular destinations to visit in California. Located on the West Coast that is famous for its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear water. This luxurious and extravagant city has so much to offer! Why not start with Beverly Hills, one of the most beloved sights in L.A. While there, travelers who want to splurge can do so on Rodeo Drive, a well-known street that is notorious for its exclusive and high-end brands.
In case you prefer to have a more active vacation than just shopping and spot celebrities, why not go on a hike or a bike ride? There are around 137 various scenic trails in the area of Los Angeles; therefore, no matter how long your stay, you can keep exploring new places and never get bored.
One of the most famous Italian cities, which is also known as « The Floating City, » is a must-visit destination during the summer. Venice is made up of 118 islands which are connected by canals and bridges; hence you can simply rent a gondola (rowing boat) and experience this beautiful city without any need for buses, trains, or any other type of public transportation!
If you’re an art lover, there are many galleries, museums, and other endless sights to marvel at. If you’re still unsure if Venice should be your 2023 summer destination, keep in mind that this magnificent city has more than 1900 restaurants and cafes.
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