5 Cool Places to Visit in 2019

Where do you plan to holiday in 2019?

Next year is only two months away, with a whole new holiday allowance to make the most of. 

Here are 5 of the coolest and more interesting than your average, places to enjoy in 2019.

– Post in collaboration with Celebrity Cruises

Alesund in Norway

Norway is a beautiful country with a mesmerising coastline, beautiful towns, and impressive fjords. Every corner of the country has something unique to offer to its visitors, especially Alesund. It’s built on a row of islands with stunning Art Nouveau architecture. 

Alesund Norway

What to do: The walk from the city park to the popular viewpoint Fjellstua is well worth a trip.

What to eat: Alesund is home to a fishing harbour, one of the most popular in Norway. This means fish delicacies all round. Try a hot bowl of fish soup or some fresh fish and chips while enjoying the fresh air. 

Where to go: Visit music shops, Alesund Museum, Atlantic Sea Park, Alnes Lighthouse in Godoy, hike to Slogen, go night ski touring or kayaking.

Barcelona in Spain

Barcelona is one of the oldest cities in the world. It’s home to architectural masterpieces and amazing food you won’t find anywhere in Europe. 

What to do: Stroll around; there is so much to take in for free, and if you want to spend a few euros, the shops are great too. 

What to eat: there’s so much fresh fruit, seafood and tapas around there’s plenty of choice. Head to La Boqueria Market for the best food to go. 

Where to go: Admire the art here by famous artists such as Antoni Gaudi. Visit the Parc de la Ciutadella. Watch traditional dancing and the site of the 1992 Olympics up on Montjuic is totally worth visiting too.

St Petersburg in Russia

The history and diversity of St. Petersburg make it a fascinating place to travel to. The striking architecture and majestic buildings make it an interesting place to just travel around. The city is an old one, founded in 1703 by Peter the Great.

St Petersburg Russia

What to do: St Petersburg is often called ‘Venice of the North’ meaning it’s a great place to travel by canal. Also, you can’t go to St Petersburg and not go to the Hermitage Museum. It’s an incredible site in there. 

What to eat: Food in St Petersburg is hearty! Think soups and pancakes.

Where to go: Walk down Nevsky Prospekt. The 2.5-mile walk is lined with some amazing architecture and Russian historical buildings. Visit the museums, theaters, cathedrals, Paul and Peter Fortress, and Palace Square. Try and catch a ballet too – they’re just incredible to see in Russia. 

Reykjavik in Iceland

Reykjavik is definitely a traveller’s dream. And the 24-hour sunlight from mid May to late July makes it an absolute must-visit in 2019. 

Iceland is a popular fixture on a travel bucket list – famous for its incredible landscapes, glaciers, volcanoes, and geothermal lagoons. The location of Iceland means you can witness the northern lights or aurora borealis from September to mid-April. And check out the festivals that take place year round.

What to do: Whale watching is popular here, in season. And definitely make sure to check out the Blue Lagoon – it’s popular for a reason!

What to eat: Strange fish products are very popular in Iceland. I definitely recommend you to at least give them a try while you’re there. 

Where to go: Hallgrimskirkja, the largest church in ReykJavik. Pingvellir National Park, and visit the various museums. Watch Solfar, a steel sculpture is a popular photo stop. Visit the National Museum for the Icelandic culture, history, and heritage. Then is Volcano House, Saga Museum, Holavallagarour Cemetery for its spooky feel, and Pufa for the outdoor art installation.

Ponta Delgada in Portugal

Ponta Delgada is also known as ‘Green Island’ and is the capital of the Azores on the south coast of Sao Miguel. The terrain of Sao Miguel is magnificent. It is situated in the centre of the Atlantic Ocean with the nine islands of the Azores all round.

Ponta Delgada

What to do: Road trips are easy round here, thanks to the low level of traffic on the roads. Spend some time along the beautiful lake Lagoa Empadadas Lake. Go for dolphin and whale watching. Try riding on horseback or mountain bike around lakes and calderas.

What to eat: The good climate and fertile soil mean the island has a good supply of fresh food. Furnas de caldas is a stew prepared inside a volcano. You can eat Azorean cheese, high quality Azorean wine, and juicy pineapples too.

Where to go: Go to Lagoa das Sete Cidades, a twin lake centered in a volcanic caldera. Its walls are steep along the shores with ferns and conifers growing all over. Convento de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, a convent with a statue of Santo Cristo dos Milagres. It was founded by Pope Paul III. There are other places like Gurta Do Carvao (volcanic wonder), Igreja de Sao Jose (church with Portuguese colonial  architecture), Museu Carlos Machado (oldest museum in the Azores) and many more.

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