Although a lazy beach holiday can be fun, with so many cultural hotspots around the world, it seems a shame not to sample some of the wonderful cultures in Europe and beyond. If you’re looking for something more than just a sunny beach and a few cocktails on your next holiday, we’ve rounded up our top 7 destinations where you can get your cultural fix.
Hotspots for culture
No list of cultural hubs would be complete without a mention of Italy. Famous for a rich culture filled with art, architecture and heritage, it’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular places to visit in the world.
As there’s so much to see and do, it’s a good idea to organise a tour. Italy tours come in many different shapes and sizes, so you’re sure to find one that matches your agenda.
If you’re one of the many looking to set off on holiday this summer, then what about a trip to Egypt? As the ultimate mix of sunshine and culture, in Egypt, you’ll find some of the most fascinating historical artefacts including the world-famous pyramids of Giza. It doesn’t get much more cultural than that!
A vibrant fusion of European and African cultures, Cuba is a country with abundant culture. With a South American charm, in Cuba, you’ll find vintage cars, salsa dancing and arts as you experience this thriving culture.
There’s much more to Japan than delicious sushi and bullet trains! As well as being the home of sushi and soy sauce, Japan is awash with an incredible culture. In this stunning country, you’ll find a myriad of ancient temples, shrines and geisha districts, all offering an insight into the heritage of this beautiful place.
If you go in the months of March and April, you can also see the famous cherry blossom trees flourish and bloom!
Greece was the birthplace of western civilization around 4000 years ago. As such, you’ll find a country rich in history. As well as archaeological sites, museums and architecture, in this wonderful country you’ll also find some of the finest Mediterranean cuisine and beaches in Europe.
The birthplace of Sangria and tapas, if you’re looking for culture, Spain has it in swathes. Famous for its love of fine food, football and festivals, this magical country is a must-see if you’re looking for a lively culture to experience.
Last but not least on the list is Vietnam. As one of the oldest cultures in the world, this wonderful country has a unique identity and Chinese roots. As well as pristine lakes, landscapes and wildlife, in Vietnam, you’ll find exquisite cuisine, traditional dress and vibrant culture.
If you’d like to get the true experience, it’s recommended to stay in a homestay where you can get a real taste of what life is really like in Vietnam.
And there you have it! Where will you head next?
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