Urban Travel Blog

Duncan Rhodes is a travel journalist who has assembled a team of bloggers to deliver 75+ City Guides at the Urban Travel Blog. Each guide contains everything you'd need to know, from key attractions, events to look out for, accommodation, travel, restaurants, nighlife and more.

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18th February 2022 by Urban Travel Blog

Long Weekend: Madrid

If there’s one thing Madrid won’t tolerate, it’s being second best. Situated in the heart of the country, the city prides itself on being the pinnacle of Spanish culture, art and style. Madrid’s buzzing atmosphere, diverse cultural events and resplendent architecture – even the Post Office building is a work of art here – more than justify its status as Spain’s capital. Yet this beautiful, land-locked city is often shunned in favour of Barcelona’s coastal charms....

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17th February 2022 by Urban Travel Blog

Long Weekend: Barcelona

If Barcelona were a woman she would be a ravishing but rebellious Miss World misfit, one who regularly neglects her beauty sleep for debauched nights out that can leave her looking distinctly worse for wear. The city’s best features, such as La Sagrada Familia, are perennially being patched up by unsightly cranes and scaffolding, graffiti (only some of which transcends to art) is splashed over shutters and walls and the household garbage of local residents and bodily excrements of fiesta...

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14th September 2021 by Urban Travel Blog

Top Five: Viennese Palaces

Vienna flaunts art on every corner, be it music, painting, or architecture. The city has an impressively rich background in the arts, and there are a number of spots across the map which hold historical significance. Out of these, the capital’s palaces, most of which were built during the Renaissance, stand out. One of the most prominent dynasties of Europe, the Habsburgs, ruled Austria for nearly three centuries, from 1526 to 1804. During this period, the family adorned the city with...

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21st January 2021 by Urban Travel Blog

7 cool things to do in Barcelona (+5 classics!)

They don’t call her The Great Enchantress for nothing… almost everyone that comes to the Catalan capital ends up falling head over heels in love with this mesmerising beauty, who is not only stylishly decked out in a beguiling blend of Art Nouveau and modern architecture, but whose love of the finer things in life – tapas, vermouth and sex just for starters – can’t help but endear her to pleasure seekers....

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21st January 2021 by Urban Travel Blog

Long Weekend: Toronto

Sitting on Lake Ontario, Toronto’s skyscrapers, neighbourhoods and natural beauty form the backdrop for a potpourri of cultures. Rachel Lissner reveals the best of the city, from the Caribbean festivals to the Japanese rockabilly bars… You’ve seen it in movies as New York, Chicago, Washington DC, and even Moscow, but it’s not just Toronto’s appearance that is diverse: nearly 50% of residents living in Canada’s largest city were born outside… The post Long Weekend: Toronto......

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21st January 2021 by Urban Travel Blog

The Canary Islands: A Traveller’s Guide

Just off the coast of Africa, the magical Canary Islands are Europe’s sunniest frontier. We invited the experts at James Villas to guide us through the four most popular of the isles… The Spanish Canary Islands are incredibly popular places when it comes to luxury holiday destinations. The islands boast a beautiful climate with warm temperatures for most of the year and minimal rainfall as well as beautiful beaches, stunning… The post The Canary Islands: A Traveller’s Guide...

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21st January 2021 by Urban Travel Blog

Secret Seven: Toronto

So you’ve dangled yourself off the CN Tower, checked out the city’s best art galleries and shopped yourself silly at the Toronto Eaton Centre… maybe you’ve even caught a classic game of Canadian ice hockey, and done the essential day trip to Niagara Falls… but what next??? As always with our series of Secret Sevens, this is where we lay down some original ideas to spice up your weekend breaks in the world’s best cities. Perfect for those staying for longer, or visiting for a second...

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21st January 2021 by Urban Travel Blog

Budapest Baths: Some like it hot…

“This is the place where Budapest comes to chill out,” Laszlo, a banker in Pest, tells me. “Many people come here to relax, but some come to do business deals, discuss politics, socialise, or meet members of the opposite sex – I even met my wife here!” he says with a glint in his eye. A visit to Budapest is not complete without a visit to one of its many marvellous bath houses....

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21st January 2021 by Urban Travel Blog

Long Weekend: Bratislava

Danube beaches, UFO-topped bridges and the best dumplings south of Poland, Bratislava makes for a fun and leftfield city break destination. Here with her perfect weekend itinerary is Taylor Geiger. Slovakia’s capital city is often overshadowed by its trendy neighbors, Vienna and Budapest. Bratislava is like the cute and quirky little sister to these two impressive capital cities. While you won’t find royal residences to rival the Hapsburg palaces in… ...

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21st January 2021 by Urban Travel Blog

Long Weekend: Lyon

A city of proud pedigree with several envious claims to fame, it’s high time tourists stopped overlooking the regional capital of the Rhône-Alpes for Paris. Mandy Andritsi and 
Mateo Jaramillo Ortega spill the beans on Lyon… Lights, camera… Lyon! This is the city where cinema was born, when brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière charged the world’s first ever film-goers to watch the 46 second documentary La Sortie de l’Usine Lumière à Lyon… The post Long Weekend: Lyon...

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21st January 2021 by Urban Travel Blog

Long Weekend: Venice

Whilst many claim that mass tourism has turned the merchant city of Venice into little more than an European museum, our expert on Italy, Alice Mulhearn, has a different story to tell… Nowhere on earth is as still as Venice at night. No street vendors, no tourists, no sound – only the occasional splashing of oars in a canal. Some nights, the acqua alta siren breaks the stillness. Slow and melodic, it warns… The post Long Weekend: Venice appeared first on Urban Travel...

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26th January 2021 by Urban Travel Blog

Long Weekend: Gothenburg

Pop up breweries, hipster boutiques and rocking music festivals… there are plenty of places to visit, and things to see and do, during a weekend break in Gothenburg. Hanna Johnson guides us around this progressive port town. As the second largest city in Sweden, Gothenburg is often compared to it’s bigger sibling, Stockholm. Where Stockholm is refined, Gothenburg is quirky and artistic. As the city expands it has retained its “working class” essence as an old port city. Although you...