Holidays are the best way to relax and get back to basics, but that does not mean they need to be bland. There are many great cities worldwide with interesting people, vibrant nightlife, and excellent shopping to turn any holiday into an experience laced with fabulous memories.
Considering a trip to one of these top cities in the world will set any holiday off on the right foot.
Barcelona tops many lists as one of the best holiday cities. There is something for everyone in Barcelona. Las Ramblas, just off the main La Rambla, has a great mix of shopping, eating, and drinking establishments, and the Platja de la Barcelona offers beach volleyball, water sports, and sunbathing. The Catalonian culture is seen throughout the city, where a plate of tapas and some live Flamenco guitar is never far away. The city comes alive nightly with drinking and dancing in the many discos and bars lining the charming cobblestone streets.
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
No two trips to Las Vegas are the same. With world-class accommodations and highly renowned casinos steps away from the hottest nightclubs and shows, there is so much to do in Las Vegas. After winning big at the tables, visitors can take in the 257 shops at the two million-square-foot Fashion Show Mall. Las Vegas is more than just a shopping and partying Mecca; it is home to some of the finest dinings on the planet with more celebrity chefs than any other city in the world. Visit Delta Airlines Reservations to get best flight fares with destination packages around the world.
The capital of England is a fantastic getaway with so much to do in one city. Some tours take visitors through the city to some of the most popular sites, such as the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London. The varied lodging, dining, and entertainment options in this large city make it a free trip for any budget from couples looking for a romantic getaway to backpackers. The nightlife in London is vibrant, offering traditional pubs and nightclubs for any taste.
Travelers looking for a total cultural overhaul should head to Mumbai. The city is the epicenter for film and fashion in India and is home to the famous Film City where Bollywood movies are filmed. The people of Mumbai are numerous and friendly and welcome visitors with open arms. This city is the best way to immerse oneself in a truly Indian holiday. Travelers can take in a cricket game in any park in the city, enjoy fantastic street food, and stop in a chai shop for a break. Swap for great deals at Chor Bazaar, and end the evening with a pint of cold coffee at one of several hotels, many of which pride themselves on being friendly to families.
New York City, New York, USA
New York is a melting pot of cultures all converged on a 305 square mile swatch of land. During the day, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum, visits the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Plaza capture every tourist’s attention. However, this city is truly running 24-hours a day, and food and nightlife are the stars of the action. Times Square lights up while smaller districts draw in specific crowds, such as Chelsea, The Meatpacking District, East Village, and The Lower East Side. 2011 is especially important for travel to New York City due to the slated unveiling of the National September 11 Memorial on the grounds of the former Twin Towers; the ceremony will be held September 11, 2011.
Rich in culture, Paris has so much to see and do that most travelers leave wanting more. The main sights – The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Champs-Elysees all paint a lovely picture of a holiday filled with history and culture. Paris is home to some of the best food globally and is continually adding Michelin-rated restaurants to the list of eateries in the city. The shopping is nearly unmatched with locales like the Boulevard Haussmann with two big department stores- Galeries Lafayette and Printemps- and both the Avenue Montaigne and Champs-Elysees, which offer world-class boutiques, designer shops, and upscale chain stores.
San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastian is ideal for travelers seeking out a less crowded Spanish holiday. Yearlong mild temperatures make San Sebastian a perfect beach getaway. The gorgeous city beach has a unique backdrop of historical buildings and churches. Fashion hounds flock to the many exclusive boutiques that line the streets of the La Parte Vieja (the old town). San Sebastian is also well known for the cuisine offered by multiple Michelin-star chefs throughout the area.
Tangier sits at an exclusive vantage point at the northern point of Morocco, just 20 miles across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain. Tangier offers a blend of European culture with a decidedly Moroccan overtone. Offering warm climates that entice many wintertime visitors, the trip to Tangiers is perfect for Europeans wanting an exciting and exotic holiday without traveling too far from home. Shop in the souk, lie out on the beach, or golf during the day before heading out for dinner at one of the numerous restaurants in the city offering everything from traditional Moroccan fare to standard continental options.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Considered the new Sin City on the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv is as ultra-modern as Jerusalem is ancient. Tel Aviv boasts the highest number of shopping centers per capita, offering shopaholics a choice of six shopping malls and several shopping streets such as Dizengoff Street. The coastal city has ten miles of sandy beaches and yearlong sunshine to make it a sun-worshippers paradise. Sun and sand are not all that Tel Aviv has to offer, though.
Here are so many wonderful cities in the world that you could spend most of your life scampering through them. However, when you know the best of the best, things become much easier.