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The town that gave the country (and port wine) its very name, Porto is... more
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Porto
The town that gave the country (and port wine) its very name, Porto is Portugal’s second-largest metropolis after Lisbon. Sometimes called Oporto, it's an age-old city that has one foot firmly in the industrial present. The old town, centered at Ribeira, was built on the hills overlooking the Douro River, and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 14th-century São Francisco church is a main attraction, as are the local port wine cellars, mostly located across the river at Vila Nova de Gaia.
The political, scientific, historical, architectural and business centre of... more
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Moscow
The political, scientific, historical, architectural and business centre of Russia, Moscow displays the country's contrasts at their most extreme. The ancient and modern exist side by side in this city of 10 million. Catch a metro from one of the ornate stations to see Red Square, the Kremlin, the nine domes of St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum, the KGB Museum and other symbols of Moscow's great and terrible past, then lighten up and go shopping in Boulevard Ring, or people-watch in Pushkin Square.
A fashionable resort since the 18th century, Brighton remains London and South... more
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Brighton
A fashionable resort since the 18th century, Brighton remains London and South England's seaside escape. Brighton and adjoining Hove's popularity grew immeasurably when the railway arrived in 1841. Today, trains from London still stream into the city. Hundreds of pubs and clubs attract an energetic crowd, especially at weekends. Brighton is the UK's main gay resort. Major sights include St. Nicholas' 11th- century church, the pebbled beach, the amusement arcade on Brighton Pier and the Royal Pavilion.
Liverpool's fortunes have been inextricably tied to shipping. Imports and... more
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Liverpool
Liverpool's fortunes have been inextricably tied to shipping. Imports and exports, such as sugar, spice and tobacco, however, pale to insignificance for most visitors, compared with Liverpool's most famous export of all, the Beatles. It's no surprise that the city's most popular attractions are Fab Four-related, but in addition to reliving the hysteria at the Beatles Story Experience and Paul's childhood home, catch local buses to visit Albert Dock's stores, Liverpool Cathedral and Walker Art Gallery.
Granada, in Andalusia, is best known for its fascinating Moorish old quarter,... more
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Granada
Granada, in Andalusia, is best known for its fascinating Moorish old quarter, the labyrinthine Albaicin, with its secluded inner gardens, and 14th-century palace, the architecturally stunning Alhambra. A Muslim city until it fell to the Christians in 1492, Granada sits at the feet of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The city has a reputation for wild nightlife, partially courtesy of boisterous University of Granada students. Walk the compact city to discover thrilling restaurants, bars and stores.
Funchal, the capital of the Madeira archipelago, was declared a city in the... more
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Funchal
Funchal, the capital of the Madeira archipelago, was declared a city in the 1500s, and became an important point between the old and new worlds. The laid-back city owes much of its historical prominence to the white gold, the Madeiran sugar. Today Funchal is known for its appealing temperatures, wine and crafts. Top spots to visit include the open Worker's Market, Blandy's Wine Lodge and the Sacred Art Museum. Friendly locals, walkable streets and cheap taxis make the city easy to get around.
Oia is carved out of the cliffs, and visitors can see houses built for Venetian... more
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Oia
Oia is carved out of the cliffs, and visitors can see houses built for Venetian sea captains as well as the more typical "cave houses" of the villagers. You’ll find the pure white buildings with colourful roofs that are typical of Greek architecture, and you’ll probably enjoy poking around the town. But don’t breeze through in an hour—you must stay for the sunset. It’s legendary. Watch from a café, or, better yet, from a boat—you’ll be spellbound.
Retaining its old-world ambience and charm, Krakow is the prettiest of Poland's... more
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Krakow
Retaining its old-world ambience and charm, Krakow is the prettiest of Poland's main cities, having escaped the worst of the WWII bombing. The former Polish capital's atmospheric Old Town and the Jewish district Kazimierz's streets are crammed with exciting galleries, cafés, pubs and restaurants. Multi-day Krakow Tourist Cards offer museum entry and free bus and tram travel between sights such as Wawel Royal Castle, the striking 14th-century St Mary's Basilica and the huge 10-acre Main Market Square.
Spain's third-largest city, Valencia basks on the Mediterranean coast south of... more
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Valencia
Spain's third-largest city, Valencia basks on the Mediterranean coast south of Barcelona. Amid rugged mountains and glorious orange groves, the city boasts impressive futuristic architecture, neon-lit fountains, a colorful old town and a bustling beach. The easiest way to explore the city is on the fast, efficient metro trains or, in the central areas, on foot. For a real taste of Valencia, try its famous nightlife, arrive during March's Las Fallas festival or try local firewater, Agua de Valencia.
Roman legions marched into what is now the Rhineland's largest city in 38 B.C.... more
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Cologne
Roman legions marched into what is now the Rhineland's largest city in 38 B.C. These two thousand years have produced a wealth of sites to visit, from Roman towers to Gothic churches to modern architecture. With a reputation as a fine art center, Cologne has museums running the gamut from the Museum of Applied Art to Museum Ludwig, home to works by Warhol and Picasso, to the Chocolate Museum. The city has an excellent bus, tram and train system, on which Kolner Tageskarte, Day Tickets, are valid.