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Alicante handles huge numbers of annual visitors looking to soak up the sun in the southeast of Spain, most of who arrive at Alicante Airport. The city features a number of attractions including the Castle of Santa Barbara, which boasts incredible views, and the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts, while the city centre’s Postiguet Beach is a popular relaxation spot.
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, boasts numerous draws for the tourist. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports, handling flights from all over the globe. No tourist should pass up the chance of a canal tour, while the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House offer a touch of culture. In complete contrast, but a main feature of the city, the red light district and the café scene are worth experiencing.
Antalya is the Turkish Mediterranean’s biggest city, with tourists arriving at Antalya Airport all year round in search of sun, sea and sand. The city boasts a picturesque old quarter (Kaleici) surrounded by ancient walls, an interesting archaeology museum and a number of ancient ruins. Fabulous city views can be enjoyed from the summit of Tunektepe hill.
The Greek capital, Athens, is one of the most historically significant cities in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Acropolis, home to the Parthenon, is a must-see, while Lycabettus Hill provides stunning views of the city from its summit, too. The National Archaeological Museum caters for culture enthusiasts, while keen bargain-hunters will be in their element at the Monastiraki Street market.
Bangkok, a primary gateway to Southeast Asia, is served by Suvarnabhumi Airport. The Grand Palace and Wat Pho are the top cultural attractions in the Thai capital, while the Floating Market on the city’s outskirts offers an authentic experience. Khao San Road and Patpong ensure you won’t miss out on the city’s interesting nightlife. Excellent shopping can be enjoyed at the glitzy new Siam Paragon shopping mall or the crowded Chatuchak Market.
The capital of Catalonia and Spain’s second-largest city, Barcelona is served by Barcelona International Airport. Visitors to this trendy city can enjoy sights such as La Sagrada Familia cathedral, the Magic Fountain of Montjuic and the Picasso Museum. Las Ramblas walking street is the city’s heartbeat, while a stadium tour and a football match at FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium is an experience to remember.
Named after the country’s most famous son, George Best Belfast City Airport handles mostly UK flights, while Belfast International Airport deals with international routes. Great views of the city can be enjoyed from the Belfast Wheel, while visitors can take in culture at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum or by walking tour. Top entertainment venues include the Odyssey Arena and the Grand Opera House.
The UK’s second-largest city, Birmingham, is served by Birmingham International Airport, which is situated roughly eight miles from the city centre. Popular attractions such as the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Black Country Museum depict the region’s industrial heritage, while Cadbury World tours offer insight into the history of the chocolate industry as well as free samples.
Served by Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport, the Pearl of the Danube is one of the most delightful cities in Europe. Visitors can enjoy Budapest by walking along the Danube Promenade, marvelling at the neo-Gothic Parliament building and seeing the renowned Chain Bridge. Other popular attractions include Heroes’ Square, Gellert Hill and the Castle District, home to historic monuments, museums and lively cafés.
California offers visitors some of the world’s most famous attractions, including Hollywood, Disneyland and the Golden Gate Bridge. Among the natural attractions are Lake Tahoe and the Big Sur coastline, while Alcatraz Island provides an intriguing tour. The state’s major airports are Los Angeles International (LAX), Oakland International, San Diego International, San Francisco International and Sacramento International.
The Danish capital, Copenhagen, is a pretty city with a vibrant atmosphere. Served by Kastrup Airport, the city offers visitors a variety of attractions. The Amalienborg Palace is the residence of the Danish royal family, the Danish National Gallery will appeal to culture junkies and the picturesque harbour features artificial beaches.
Rapidly becoming one of the world’s most desirable destinations, Dubai is expanding at an unprecedented level, while Dubai International Airport is a major hub for global air traffic. The emirate boasts some of the world’s most spectacular beaches, hotels such as the Burj al-Arab seven star, luxury shopping malls and incredible golf courses. Try four-wheel drive trips on the sand dunes, hot air balloon rides or indoor skiing.
Capital of the Emerald Isle, Dublin is served by one international airport, Aerfort Bhaile Atha Cliath, more commonly known as Dublin Airport. The city is an extremely popular tourist destination and not just for its Guinness, although the Guinness Storehouse tour is a must. Other popular attractions include Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College and Dublin Castle, while a Temple Bar pub crawl can also be fun.
The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, is served by one major international airport and one of the most visited cities in Europe. Take a walk along one of the world’s most renowned shopping streets, Princes Street, or enjoy the historic feel of the Royal Mile. Edinburgh Castle stands proudly overlooking the city centre, while the picturesque Princes Street Gardens, just below, offer a beautiful setting for an afternoon stroll.
Popular among revellers and sun-worshippers, Faro is best entered via Faro Airport, which handles many budget airlines and package tours. In addition to the city’s beaches, of which Praia de Faro is perhaps the best, travellers can visit the well-preserved Old City, take a boat trip on the Rio Formosa or check out the unique Igreja do Carmo church.
One of America’s most visited states, Florida draws millions of tourists looking to enjoy the Disney and Busch Gardens theme parks, the Everglades National Park and the sublime beaches. The state’s main international airports are Miami International, Tampa International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International and Orlando International, while smaller airports are located in Sarasota, St Petersburg/Clearwater and Key West.
Frankfurt am Main Airport is one of Europe’s busiest airports and a major hub for a number of airlines. Visitors to Germany’s financial capital can enjoy views of the city from the top of the 650-foot high Main Tower, check out the historic Romerburg district, shop in the ‘Fifth Avenue of Germany’ Zeil district and visit the cider taverns in Sachsenhausen.
The second-most populated city in Switzerland, Geneva, is served by nearly all European carriers as well as flights from further afield at Geneva International Airport. This beautiful city is renowned for hosting major diplomatic meetings, making the Palais des Nations well worth visiting. St Pierre Cathedral and Quartier des Grottes are popular attractions, while the Jet d’Eau fountain on Lake Geneva is spectacular.
The ancient city of Girona, in Spain’s Catalonia region, features both varied and atmospheric architecture, many narrow streets, impressive town walls and a castle. The Arab baths and the Church of Sant Feliu are popular attractions, while the walls offer excellent city views. The relatively small Girona Airport handles all flights into the city.
One of China’s major tourist destinations, Hong Kong receives visitors from all over the world, with most arriving at Hong Kong International Airport. Tourists can take the tram to Victoria Peak, marvel at the world famous Tsim Sha Tsu waterfront views, hunt for bargains at Ladies’ Market or enjoy family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland.
One of the world’s major party capitals, the Balearic island of Ibiza served by Ibiza Airport, which handles flights from all over Europe. Aside from the partying in San Antonio, tourists can visit the mystical rock of Es Vedra, wander through Ibiza Town’s historic district and explore the natural caves of Can Marca, not to mention relax on any number of stunning Mediterranean beaches.
The gateway from Europe to Asia, Istanbul is one of the most intriguing cities in the world. Most planes arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, while Sabiha Gokcen International Airport caters to low-cost carriers. There’s no end of things to do and see in the city, but Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque are among the finest attractions, while the Grand Bazaar buzzes with activity and sells almost everything imaginable.
The ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’, Las Vegas, is served by McCarren International Airport, which handles both domestic and international flights. Aside from the numerous casinos lining the legendary Strip, visitors can enjoy the Fremont Street Experience, the Bellagio’s fountains, gondola rides at the Venetian, be amazed by Cirque du Soleil performances or even take an indoor skydive.
The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, is served by Lisbon Portela Airport, which handles flights from all over Europe, the Americas and Africa. The city boasts numerous attractions, with the Castle of Sao Jorge, Santa Justa Elevator and Belem Tower among the favourites. There is also a world-class aquarium, while the car-free Bairro Alto is the most vibrant district in the evenings.
Served by five major international airports, London is one of the world’s easiest destinations to reach. Most visitors fly into London Heathrow, the globe’s busiest airport, followed by London Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City. Iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, Westminster and Tower Bridge complement world-class museums such as the Tate, West End theatre productions and shopping on Oxford Street in this global capital city.
The archipelago of Madeira, in the Atlantic, is one of Europe’s remotest tourist destinations. Served by Madeira International Airport, the island group boasts spectacular beaches and beautiful countryside. Popular sites include the Levadas aqueducts, the Sao Vicente volcanic caves and the gardens of Monte Palace, while the Madeira Story Centre is the best place to learn more about this autonomous Portuguese region.
Spain’s capital, Madrid, is served by Madrid Barajas International Airport, which handles flights from all over the globe. Among the city’s most famous landmarks are Puerta del Sol square and the Royal Palace, while the renowned Prado and Reina Sofia museums are must-sees. A flamenco show at the city’s Corral de la Moreria and a football game at the Santiago Bernabeu will give visitors a taste of what Madrid is all about.
Malaga Costa del Sol Airport is Spain’s third-largest airport, receiving hordes of tourists flocking to the area’s beaches on budget airlines in search of sun. Yet Malaga offers up a wealth of cultural experiences, including Malaga Cathedral, the Picasso Museum and the Alcazaba fortification, to complement its extremely popular golden sand beaches.
Palma de Mallorca Airport serves the largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, handling thousands of tourists each day. The island is renowned for its beaches, but visitors can also enjoy Mallorca’s capital, the historic Palma de Mallorca, take a drive to the mountain town of Soller, check out the Dragon Caves or party in Playa de Palma.
Manchester is home to the UK’s largest airport outside London, Manchester Airport, which handles flights from every corner of the globe. Visitors can soak up culture at the Manchester Art Gallery and the People’s History Museum or head to the Lowry to enjoy excellent theatrical performances. A trip to Old Trafford to see one of the world’s most famous sporting teams, Manchester United, is also worthwhile.
Miami is a major entry point for visitors to Florida, with most arriving at Miami International Airport. The city’s hot spot, renowned for its shopping and partying, is the hip South Beach. Miami Zoo is regarded as one of the country’s finest, while the Seaquarium is also recommended. Other attractions include the Miami Museum of Science and Jungle Island.
The world’s fashion capital, Milan, has two international airports. Malpensa Airport is the main international gateway, while Linate Airport handles flights from select European destinations. Milan Cathedral is undoubtedly the most famous landmark, while La Scala is a world famous opera house and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele a superb, but expensive, upscale shopping mall.
Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is served by Munich International Airport, the second-largest airport in Germany. Budget handler Memmingen Airport is its secondary gateway for European flights. Tourists flock to the city, particularly during the world-famous Oktoberfest. Unlike this beer festival, attractions such as the central Marienplatz, Frauenkirche, the Dachau concentration camp and the Hofbrauhaus beer hall draw tourists year round.
San Javier Airport serves the city of Murcia, handling flights from all over Europe. Most visitors arrive for the nearby beaches, but historic buildings such as the cathedral, the Church of San Esteban and the Palacio del Almudi offer a spot of culture, while Plateria and Traperia streets are the main shopping areas.
One of the biggest and most visited cities in the world, New York is served by two large international airports: Newark Liberty and John F Kennedy. The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center Site and Times Square are among the most renowned attractions. Visitors can also take a stroll in Central Park, enjoy a show on Broadway or take in a baseball game at the Yankee Stadium.
Located on the beautiful French Riviera, Nice is popular among visitors of all ages. Nice Airport is one of the France’s biggest, handling flights from many major cities. Sightseeing options include the splendid beaches, the Chateau de Nice castle and the attractive old town, which features many pretty boutiques and fine restaurants.
Renowned for its proximity to Walt Disney World, Orlando has plenty to offer tourists beyond Mickey Mouse. Universal Studios, SeaWorld, the EPCOT Centre and Typhoon Lagoon water park are among the main draws, while superb golf courses and first-class shopping malls a break from family fun. Those travelling to the city by air will arrive at Orlando International Airport.
Served by three international airports, Paris handles flights from all over the world. Most visitors arrive at Charles de Gaulle, followed by Orly, while Beauvais handles low-cost carriers. World famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the nearby Chateau de Versailles are among the many attractions. Trips along the River Seine and shopping on the Champs Elysees are popular ways to enjoy this romantic city.
Pisa may be best known for the Leaning Tower, but it offers visitors many more interesting attractions. Pisa Cathedral, Piazza dei Cavalieri and San Matteo National Museum are a few of the most popular sites. Those visitors arriving by air will land at Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport, Tuscany’s main airport.
Prague is of one Europe’s most popular weekend break destinations, with more than 10 million visitors arriving at the city’s Ruzyne International Airport each year. Aside from enjoying countless bars and cheap beer, visitors can take a walking tour of Prague Castle, check out Petrin Tower, wander around the Old Town and take in its historic buildings including Tyn Church. Walk over the Charles Bridge to the St John Nepomuk statue.
Rome, the Eternal City, is home to some of the world’s most renowned landmarks. The Colossuem, the Trevi Fountain, the Capitoline Museums, the Piazza di Spagna and Vatican City are among the numerous attractions on offer. Two main international airports, Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino, serve the city, with the former handling the majority of flights.
Birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is a picturesque city with a wealth of history. Salzburg WA Mozart International Airport is 20 minutes from the centre by taxi and handles all flights to the city. There are a number of popular attractions, including Mozart’s Geburtshaus (birth house) and the historic Alter Markt square, while the Untersburg mountain is just outside the city and features several trails as well as a cable car to the top.
Consisting of 14 islands connected by 50 bridges, Stockholm is a cosmopolitan city with great historical significance. Visitors mostly arrive via Arlanda Airport, around 40kms to the north. Top museums include the Vasa and the open-air Skansen, while the City Hall and Royal Palace are the most renowned landmarks. Galma Stan, the well-preserved old town, features a beautiful medieval church.
Sydney is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most visited cities, with its Kingsford Smith International Airport Australia’s main gateway. World famous landmarks such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge mustn't be missed. Relax on Bondi Beach and the Northern Beaches, and take a trip to the lively Darling Harbour and Kings Cross. The Blue Mountains outside the city feature the world famous Three Sisters rock formation.
The largest of the Canary Islands, which sit off the west coast of Africa, is a hotbed for tourists all year round. Travellers to Tenerife will arrive at Tenerife North (Los Rodeo) or Tenerife South (Reina Sofia) airports. Aside from enjoying the stunning beaches, visitors can climb El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, hike in Parque Rural de Anaga or sample the vibrant nightlife of Playa de las Americas.
International travellers flying to Canada’s biggest city, Toronto, are likely to land at Pearson International Airport, while Hamilton International and Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre airports deal with domestic and budget carriers. The city has plenty to offer visitors, including the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum and Centre Island. Shopaholics will enjoy the Eaton Centre in the vibrant downtown district.
The charming city of Valencia, Spain’s third city, features numerous attractions for visitors. The Barri del Carme neighbourhood in the historic centre, the UNESCO-listed Llotja and the City of Arts and Sciences are among the highlights, while the beaches are just a few minutes by car from the centre. The city’s Valencia Airport is just nine kilometres from the city centre and handles many major European airlines.
Venice is among the most romantic and interesting places in the world. Marco Polo Airport and Treviso Airport serve the city, with the latter being further from Venice and handling mostly budget flights. Visitors can take a gondola ride along the renowned canals, check out the spectacular Rialto Bridge, tour the Doge’s Palace and be blown away by St Mark’s Square, among other things.
Vienna, served by Vienna International Airport, is the capital and biggest city in Austria. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre is a sight to behold and features renowned buildings such as the Hofburg Palace and St Stephen’s Cathedral, while there is also an excellent museum district. Away from the cultural sights, the Vienna Woods and Lake Neusiedi are popular attractions in the surrounding countryside.
Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, is served by Zurich International Airport and in close proximity to the Swiss Alps. Visitors staying in the city can enjoy the old town near the river and lake, where historic landmarks including the Fraumunster Gothic church and the Grossmunster Romanesque church are of interest. Dozens of ski fields are within easy range.