The 10 Greatest Cities in the World
Here at Help-me-Park we’re always looking for more ways in which we can help you to make the most of your holidays.
And with British summertime officially over – it could be argued that it has been over for at least 30 years – now is the perfect time to be planning a wonderful city break to get you away from the miserable English winter weather – because, let’s face it, we can’t even do winter properly. And, who wants to deal with 6 months of nothing but wind and rain when they could be off exploring one of the world’s greatest cities?
And remember, before jetting off from Gatwick Airport to explore one of these fantastic destinations, make your life easier by booking your meet and greet parking at Gatwick Airport with Help-me-Park.
So, with no further ado, and in no particular order, here is the definitive list of the 10 greatest cities in the world.
The Eternal City is a must visit.
Rome has everything; architecture – of many styles and eras, history, religion, food, romance, literature, art, politics.
For its combination of history and beauty, Rome doesn’t so much make its way on to the list of the 10 greatest cities in the world, as force its way on to it.
The Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the house where Keats lived and died, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica… the list goes on and on.
The Eternal City is a must visit.
Famous for its lakes, temples, gardens, fortresses, palaces and breathtakingly romantic scenery, Udaipur is a truly stunning city.
Established in the 1500s, when the Mughal emperor captured Chittorgarh, and Udai Singh was forced to flee and establish Udaipur, which remained the capital of the kingdom of Mewar until India gained independence from the British in 1947.
With a wealth of history, scenery, places to visit and explore, and a truly wonderful climate, Udaipur should be on any globe trotter’s list of places to see.
Outstanding architecture (even if it isn’t finished – I’m looking at you, Sagrada Familia), an abundance of history, wall-to-wall culture, great nightlife; Barcelona has it all. They have a pretty decent football team, as well.
Art galleries, museums, parks? Check. Bars and restaurants to relax in and enjoy tapas and wine after the aforementioned? Check.
Barcelona even has a beach. In fact, it practically barn-storms its way on to the list of the 10 greatest cities in the world by sheer weight of numbers in terms of things to do and see. The weather tends to be ok, too.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town has pretty much everything you could possibly want from one of the best cities in the world.
The weather is amazing, the views are better, the city has a lively, vibrant atmosphere and, if you want to escape the hustle and bustle for a while, the beaches are of the pristine, white sanded variety.
While you’re there, take a wander (or a cable car) up Table Mountain, check out the oldest building in South Africa – the Castle of Good Hope, or even visit the Two Oceans Aquarium – which shows off the stunning array of local marine life.
And Cape Town is only an hour ahead of us, so jet lag won’t be a problem either. Cape Town well deserves a place amongst the 10 greatest cities in the world.
The capital city of the Tuscan region of Italy, Florence is perhaps Italy’s most beautiful city, too.
Her skyline is dominated by the magnificent Duomo di Firenze, which was the world’s largest dome until 1881; climb its 463 steps for stunning views across the entirety of the beautiful Renaissance city.
Add the Uffizi, the Mercato Centrale, the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Boboli Gardens, the wine, the restaurants, the ice cream and you have a city of culture and atmosphere, that has strong roots in its Medici past, and is well deserving of a spot on the list of the 10 greatest cities in the world.
In simple terms, you have to visit Florence.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
A colonial era gem, hidden away in Mexico’s central highlands, San Miguel is a thriving arts centre, known for its Spanish architecture and cultural festivals.
The city centres around the beautiful pink tower of the Gothic style Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel church, rising above the beautiful, leafy main plaza, El Jardín.
Restaurants serving delicious, traditional Mexican food and historic houses are tucked all along the city’s cobbled streets; one of the best is the Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar – which not only provides great views and great food, but is also ranked as one of the best city hotels in all of Mexico.
With its combination of history, culture, scenery and beautiful weather, San Miguel de Allende is well deserving of its place on the list.
New York, America
New York is quite possibly the most recognisable city in the world. Even those who haven’t been there feel like they know it, due to it being the setting of simply thousands of films.
Despite expectations being high for visitors to New York, the city invariably exceeds the expectations of tourists, first timers and return visitors alike. Its iconic skyline, the art and culture, the people, New York has everything.
And for the foodies out there, in 2017 New York has 77 Michelin starred restaurants to choose from, with a huge diversity in cuisine, not just among them, but in its thousands of other eateries, too.
It is arguably the greatest city on the planet, and easily makes its place on this list.
I personally fell in love with Mumbai, as Bombay, before I had even been; thanks solely to a book called Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts. Read it. Please, read it.
And without going there, the aforementioned book will make you fall in love with the place more than I ever could. However, I’ll try.
Mumbai is a thriving metropolis, situated on India’s west coast. The iconic Gateway of India, built by the British Raj, stands on the waterfront at Mumbai Harbour, offering an echo of India’s colonial past.
India’s largest city is as diverse as they come, slums abut thriving shopping areas. Smells of spices and flowers abound and mix with the myriad scents of humanity; then there are the colours, noises, people…
The one thing that I challenge any visitor to Mumbai to do, is come home not absolutely in love with the place and its completely unique character.
Everything that makes Norway beautiful and excellent is distilled, concentrated and imbued within the country’s small, yet fantastic capital.
Fjords within the shortest of drives; mountains; lakes; the dockside opera house; bars; restaurants in Gronland; a chance to trace the steps of Harry Hole. Oslo is a city of many faces. And every one of them is pretty amazing.
Even the weather of Oslo gives something for everyone, with beautiful summers, and snow-clad winters both on offer in this magnificent and wholly underrated city.
If you’ve never been to Scandinavia, Oslo is a great place to start your explorations from. It is, quite simply, beautiful.
Unlike its noisier, busier, smellier southern counterpart, London, Manchester is (in my opinion) the best city in the UK and one of the greatest cities in the world.
The home of the world’s most famous football team, Old Trafford, is in Manchester. The National Football Museum is in Manchester. Then there’s the Museum of Science and Industry, the fantastic nightlife, the Lowry, the food, the atmosphere, the friendly people. I could go on, and on, and on…
But for the purposes of brevity, I won’t.
Visit Manchester, you won’t be disappointed.
The city of industry is thoroughly deserving of its place as one of the 10 greatest cities in the world.
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