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The top 5 European destinations to visit this May bank holiday

By LLM Reporters on 20th April 2019

From Amsterdam to Kristiansand, these are five of the very best places in Europe to visit this May bank holiday.

Matera, Italy

Matera, Italy. Cityscape image of medieval city of Matera, Italy during beautiful sunrise.

Matera was recently voted 2019’s European Capital of Culture, and for good reason. This city in southern Italy is often referred to as the jewel of Basilicata – a region synonymous with lush forestry and stunning mountainsides. Enriched with wondrous caverns, fascinating buildings and sloping hills, it’s no wonder people are beginning to set their sights at Matera for their next adventure. Matera is celebrated for its remarkable sassi (cave dwellings), that have been hollowed out in the surrounding tufa limestone. For postcard perfect views of the city, make your way up to the terrace next to the Convent of Saint Agostino. Here you’ll glimpse the sloping building tops and jutting cliffs in all their glory.

Prague, Czech Republic

The picturesque city of Prague is the ideal location to wonder away for a Bank Holiday break. The Czech city is famed for its deep gothic and Romanesque history – from Charles Bridge to Kasperk Castle, afternoons can be lost taking in these beautiful nods to the cities past. And when the day of pacing the beautiful cobbled streets, absorbing the sights and historic attractions is concluded, visitors can relax with an in indulgent Palačinky, a traditional Czech pancake treat; available at many of the cities charming patisseries.

Kristiansand, Norway

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Kristiansand is a city in southern Norway, featuring colourful houses and breath-taking remote and remarkable landscapes; it really is a destination that should be on most people’s bucket lists. Visitors can expect to be mesmerised by this charming destination where you can enjoy the great outdoors, through either gentle forest walks or activities on the shores from windsurfing and go-karting, to sailing and kayaking. Drive through this friendly part of the world and explore the villages, local restaurants, lively shopping scene and activities along the coastline.

Copenhagen, Denmark

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For many, the mere mention of Copenhagen brings to mind cobbled lanes windswept coastlines and vibrantly coloured streetways. This is the ultimate destination for young travellers in search of a ‘Scandi-cool’ experience. Copenhagen is a pleasing amalgamation of top-notch culinary experiences, flawless Danish design and interesting cultural history.

Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam, Netherlands - July 18, 2018: Traditional canal houses on the Damrak at dusk in Amsterdam. Buildings on the canal are a form of traditional Dutch architecture which is now very popular.
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Amsterdam is a city inundated with culture and jaw-dropping architecture at every corner. Just over an hour’s quick hop from London, the Dutch capital offers unique and quirky attractions, from quaint canal-side cafés and vintage fashion boutiques to beer breweries and lively nightlife. A beautiful city unlike any other, visitors can expect to be mesmerised by its diverse personality and won’t be left disappointed by its grand architecture, heritage sites and elegant canals that run through the city.

Flights to all of the stunning destinations above are available from London Stansted.

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