If you loved the city trip ideas we showed you in the previous 2 parts of The Top Cities to Visit in 2017, you’ll be amazed by the cities where we are about to take you! Get ready to pack your bags and discover incredible places of unforgettable beauty.
The capital of the Czech Republic has plenty of hidden gems for the traveller who knows how to find them.
Its famous beauty is well deserved, just a walk through the medieval heart of Prague, Stare Mesto, will be enough to realise that you are visiting one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations.
Prague’s main highlight, after the Clock tower and the famous Prague Castle, is, without a doubt, the Charles Bridge. This historic site dates back to the 14th century and is considered by many to be one of the most impressive civil gothic-style buildings in the world.
Located on a hillside and with unique views to Prague’s Old Town, the peaceful Letna Park is the perfect hideaway for those who want to escape the tourist hustle and bustle for a few hours!
Not many visitors know that Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, even older than Paris or Rome! The capital of Portugal is a city filled with history and culture that will conquer you with its well-kept stone architecture and its Mediterranean climate.
It is very easy to get around Lisbon, thanks to public transportation and many of the city’s highlights are reachable on foot.
One of the must-see sights is Terreiro do Paco or Palace Square, the site of Lisbon’s royal palace until it was destroyed in 1775 by an earthquake. Rossio Square is the perfect place to go for a coffee, just sit down and take in the stunning architecture!
Another must is Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest district and a favourite among travellers. A stroll through its cobblestone streets is a journey to the past, and an opportunity to admire the architectural influence from the different cultures that have passed through the city throughout the centuries. Other icons in Lisbon include the Castelo de S. Jorge, Moasterio de Sao Vicente de Fora, Museo do Fado and Bairro Alto.
The second most populous city in Switzerland is located in Lake Geneva, between the Alps and the Jura mountain chains. This is a city often overlooked, since many travellers go to Geneva to visit other popular locations, like the famous ski resort Chamonix.
If this is your case, we still recommend to spend at least one day in cheerful Geneva and explore it by foot. The perfect itinerary through Geneva includes a visit to St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Reformation Wall, the Flower Clock, Place Neuve and of course, Geneva’s famed fountain Jet D’Eau that can be seen even flying over the city at an altitude of 10KM!
3. Santiago de Chile
This is a city of unique flavours and personality that welcomes the visitor with open arms and a cosmopolitan and sophisticated atmosphere with an impressive mountain scenery as a backdrop.
Three days in Santiago is plenty of time to discover everything, from its typical markets and historical buildings to the country’s history and its typical gastronomy.
Make sure your itinerary takes you to the Chilean president’s palace, where you’ll be able to visit different exhibitions and art displays, the Plaza de la Moneda and Plaza de Armas. At the heart of the city, you’ll find the mall from Paseo Ahumada, and not too far the Museo Chileno of Pre-Columbian Art. The traditional fresh market of La Vega Central and the neighbourhoods of Barrio Patronato and Barrio Lastarria are also well worth a visit.
2. La Habana
The capital of Cuba was founded in the 16th century by the Spanish, evident within the architecture of the city’s buildings. Havana Vieja is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where remarkable baroque, neoclassical to colonial buildings mix in perfect harmony. Plazas, museums, old churches of surprising beauty and spontaneous street music will make your visit an experience of a lifetime.
These are some The Havana’s main highlights: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Las Armas Plaza de San Francisco, the least touristy Plaza de Cristo, the Bacardi Art Deco building, the Museo de la Revolución and the fortresses of Castillo San Salvador and San Carlos de la Cabaña.
For some excellent typical Cuban gastronomy, make sure you stop by the bustling restaurant Doña Eutimia and Café Escorial.
1. Mexico City
Mexico City, as one of the largest cities in the world, it might come off as chaotic, but with a bit of planning beforehand, the visitor will find museums, incredible historic churches, historical buildings, parks and the most beautiful plazas with no problem.
The city transport can be very crowded so a good alternative is to cycle around the city or join of the many walking tours offered and that can be booked online.
Top things to see in Mexico City? The incredible Chapultepec Park, La Feria amusement park (perfect for those of you travelling with children), the beautiful Chapultepec Castle, Templo Mayor (which dates back to the Aztec period), and the Anthropology National Museum. The Basilica of Guadalupe is worldwide known for its beauty, whilst the incredible Soumaya Museum is a must for fine art lovers. The best about it? It’s free to visit it!
How many places you will visit in 2017 is up to you, but this is sure, you won’t be disappointed with any of these destinations!