Four Photogenic European Cities to Explore with your Family
For keen photographers, Europe is the continent that has everything: ancient ruins, historical landmarks, stunning natural landscapes and a long, rich history of art and design. If you're planning an adventure away with the family, here are four frequently photographed destinations to think about visiting.
Santorini's dramatic landscape is all thanks to an ancient volcano erupting and forming the caldera that has made the island one of the most distinct in Greece. Head to Oia, the picturesque white-washed city that clings to the staggered cliff-side of the northern part of the island. You can capture intimate portraits down the narrow, laneways, or strike out to the edge of town and witness the sunset, celebrated for being perhaps the most beautiful in Europe.
With its warm climate, excellent food, wide-ranging cultural scene and spacious beaches, Barcelona makes the perfect destination for a family getaway. For the best sights in the city, visit the distinctively eccentric landmarks created by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. These include Park Güell, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and – most famously – La Sagrada Família, the city’s stunning cathedral, which is visited and photographed by millions of tourists every year. Once you’ve taken in these amazing sites, head to the city’s excellent art galleries, the Museu Picasso and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, to complete your artistic education in style.
It’s no surprise that Venice is one of the most photographed cities in the world. With its network of winding waterways, breathtaking medieval architecture, and long association with the most famous Italian painters in history, Venice is a city like no other. For the ultimate family holiday, combine a mixture of the artistic and historical with kid-pleasing gondola rides, day-trip adventures to the Venetian islands and lazy afternoons spent at the lido. Though you’ll have to compete for the best photos with hundreds of other tourists, a visit to the Piazza San Marco is essential, but you’ll get your best sightseeing experience by simply wandering through the narrow, water-lined lanes come sundown.
Look on Dubrovnik from afar and you might just think you’ve gone back in time. Croatia’s capital might be 400 miles away in Zagreb, but for the ultimate sightseeing and historical experience, Dubrovnik is the place to be. Famously lined by a medieval stone wall (which made it an obvious choice of setting for the TV series Game of Thrones), Dubrovnik is a city full of stunning relics, including the 17th Century Cathedral of the Assumption, the 15th Century Rector’s Palace and the Gothic-Renaissance Dominican Monastery. For the best shots of the city, ascend the city walls at sunset and photograph the twinkling lights of the harbour. When it comes to entertaining the family, a day trip to the island of Lokrum (just ten minutes by ferry from Dubrovnik) is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, adventuring and secluded forest picnics.
Rome is the most photographed city in Europe and it’s not hard to see why. Italy’s Eternal City is not only home to the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and the Sistine Chapel, it’s also a place bursting with amazing cuisine, kid-friendly activities and a vast cultural scene. Spend your days wandering the streets, marvelling at the architecture and visiting the city’s many museums and historical sites, and your evenings in a cosy trattoria, sipping wine and sharing a pizza with the kids. Bellissima.