There are many kinds of travellers, each of them with a different concept of what would be the “perfect journey”. Scenic beaches, party coves, Mykonos, the Fjords: there are options for everyone. Those who love history can find historical sites pretty much anywhere. However, there are places that can be truly unforgettable for those travellers. Learn more about those places with our article.
Packed With History
Would you like to enjoy cruises around jaw-dropping Mediterranean islands and visit the birthplace of Western civilisation? Now, if you’re one for colder temperatures and stories full of Vikings and kingdoms, you won’t leave empty-handed either. Here are some windows with views of different parts of our past.
There’s so much history in Greece that when the subway system was built in Athens, they created a museum in every station with the artefacts they unearthed during the process. So, if you like visiting historical sites, the Greek islands are a delicious way to start.
The Cyclades, for instance, are some of the islands along ancient maritime trade routes. You can revisit Greek mythology in the isle of Devos, where Apollo and Artemis were born from Zeus’ lover, Leto. You can still find sanctuaries dating from 1,000 BC and even older.
Northern Europe’s coastline might not be as warm and summery as the Mediterranean, but it owes nothing to its beauty. Pick one of the cruises deals to the Norwegian Fjords, and you’ll understand it. The Fjords are geological formations like no other, created when glaciers melted, giving space to seawater. This process created U-shaped bays framed by dramatic cliffs and mountains.
The cities of Trondheim and Bergen are included in most cruises in the region and must-see destinations for history lovers. Trondheim was founded at the end of the 10th century, and it’s home to the Nidaros Cathedral, one of the most picturesque medieval buildings in Scandinavia. Bergen, named the European City of Culture, is just as historical: the Hanseatic Wharf, from the 14th century, became a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Those who love ancient history mixed with mythology don’t have only Greece as an option. Egypt has so much history and many historical sites that it’s difficult to pick a starting point. Perhaps the port of Alexandria is an excellent place to start.
The city was founded by Alexander the Great back in 331 BC. There, you’ll also find influences from Byzantines, Romans, and Arabs. The coastline is as beautiful as you would expect from the Mediterranean Sea, but you can also visit the ruins of Cleopatra’s Palace or the new Library of Alexandria.
Forget the beginnings of Western civilisation, and let’s go back to Jurassic times in the UK. The name isn’t an exaggeration or a marketing stunt: The Jurassic Coast has landforms, rocks and fossils as old as 185 million years.
The Jurassic Coast stretches along 95 miles in Southern England, from Devon to Dorset. The Durdle Door is one of the most famous sites in the region and, indeed, one of the most photographed. There are also many museums around if you want to learn more about the region’s Jurassic, Cretaceous and Triassic life.
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