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Three under-the-radar city trips

Want to go on a European citytrip yet not trot the beaten paths or watch wat has been admired by so many? Why not give the following 3 destinations some careful consideration!

Skip Paris, head for Nice!

The French Riviera has the reputation of being rather expensive. Particularly places such as Saint-Tropez and Cannes evoke visions of sipping champagne, private yachts and bikinis adorned with Swarovski Crystals. Nice on the contrary is different; more congenial and accessible. You can stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, enjoy its twentieth century architecture and swaying palm trees, or you could choose to soak up the culture of the Mamac, the Museum of Modern and contemporary art. The old industrial area between Place Garibaldi and the port has developed into a creative and trendy place-to-be dotted with fancy restaurants.

Foodie tip: Comptoir Central Electriqueis a cozy bistro located in a former electrical shop with neo-industrial decor and tasty cocktails which carry eletrifying names such as Le Mega Watts.

Seen Copenhagen? Discover Reyjkjavik

Iceland is a particularly popular destination for nature lovers and adventurers, yet to those in search of a fun-filled city trip, Reykjavik is not often amongst the suggestions made. Undeservedly so as the city has a lot to offer: a vibrant nightlife, numerous good and gourmet restaurants, fantastic golf courses and thermal spas. An hour's drive from downtown Reykjavik for instance you will find the famous Blue Lagoon: a wonderfully natural hot water spring turned into a spa. A one-day ticket includes the thermal baths and a treatment or massage. Reykjavik; the ideal destination for those with a mix of culture and relaxation in mind.

Foodie tip: MAR Restaurant in the old harbour serves South American and Southern European cuisines combioned with Icelandic specialties based on local ingredients such as fish and lamb. In de oude haven van de stad vind je terug, waar de Zuid-Amerikaanse en Zuid-Europese keukens worden ingevuld met Ijslandse specialiteiten zoals vis en lamsvlees.

Look beyond Lisbon, Porto draw!

Lisbon is no doubt a wonderful place to enjoy Portugal, but do not miss out on Porto as that would be a real shame. The second largest city in the country oozes with charm just like her big sister and is listed as UNESCO World Heritage as well. Let yourself be seduced by the particularly numerous local wines and port tastings on offer, but reserve some time for a visit to the Casa Da Musica: an architectural gem by Rem Koolhaas. Here you can attend musical performances. Don’t forget to take a typical souvenir home: local products wrapped and ready can be found atA Vida Portuguesa.

Foodie tip: Fans of modern design, architecture and gastronomy unite in their beloved Boa Nova Tea House in Porto; a signature restaurant by architect Alvaro Siza. The restaurant offers unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean and ditto seafood dishes. (Avenida da Liberdade, +35,122,994 0066)
By Stephanie Duval - 10/03/2015

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