France’s 4 favorite citytrips to do in Europe in spring 2023 (must-dos, but not only…)

Spring is the perfect time to take a citytrip and discover new destinations.

Discover our selection of the best European cities to visit this season: Paris, Barcelona, Lisbon and Amsterdam!

Paris, city of love and fashion

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It’s the ideal destination for a romantic getaway or a shopping trip. Take advantage of the mild temperatures to stroll along the banks of the Seine or visit the city’s parks, such as the Jardin des Tuileries or the Luxembourg Gardens. Of course, don’t miss out on Paris’s iconic monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe or Notre-Dame.

    Have you already explored the must-sees of Paris? Here are a few suggested discoveries:

  • Discover Paris’s covered passages, revealing picturesque little alleys filled with unique stores and charming restaurants
  • Walk through the Butte-aux-Cailles district: a bohemian, colorful neighborhood dotted with street art and cozy cafés
  • Relax in a spot of greenery: Parc de la Villette, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Parc Montsouris or Parc de Bercy will do the trick
  • Stroll through the Belleville district: a multicultural neighborhood with a vibrant, festive atmosphere, full of bars, restaurants and local stores
  • Take a boat trip on the canals of Paris: a unique experience to discover the city from another angle
  • Stroll through Paris’ historic cafés, such as Café de la Paix, Café de Flore and Café de la Rotonde
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  • through the Marais district to discover its cobblestone streets, vintage boutiques and numerous museums
  • Attend a concert or show at one of Paris’s many theaters, such as Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre de la Ville, or Opéra Bastille
  • Discover Paris’s unusual museums, such as Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Musée de la Magie, or Musée de la Poupée.

Barcelona, sunny and vibrant

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Perfect for culture and nightlife lovers. Visit Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces, such as the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, then stroll through the Gothic Quarter to discover the city’s history. Finally, round off your day with tapas in one of the city’s many tapas bars.

    Already familiar with Barcelona’s main places of interest? Here are a few less-touristy ideas:

  • Discover the Gràcia district: a lively, bohemian neighborhood filled with small squares, independent boutiques and tapas bars
  • Eat churros with a glass of hot chocolate at Granja La Pallaresa, a traditional chocolate factory that’s been around since 1947
  • Stroll through the Poblenou district: this former industrial district has been renovated and is now home to a multitude of art galleries, design boutiques and trendy restaurants
  • Marvel at the Sant Antoni market: located in the Eixample district, this covered market offers fresh produce and local products
  • Stroll through the Parc de la Ciutadella:
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  • large park in the Ribera district, home to Barcelona Zoo and the Parliament of Catalonia
  • Enjoy pintxos, small bites served on slices of bread, in the tapas bars of Rue Blai, a lively street in the Poble-sec district
  • Admire Casa Vicens, architect Antoni Gaudí’s first work in Barcelona,
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  • recently been restored and opened to the public
  • Take a bike ride along the Via Verda, an old railroad line that has been converted into a cycle path, offering beautiful views of the sea and mountains
  • Discover the Sant Andreu district, an authentic and little-known area, with a beautiful Gothic church and a historic covered market
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Lisbon, THE citytrip destination

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This picturesque city is famous for its cobbled streets, colorful streetcars and magnificent ocean views. Take the opportunity to visit the Belem district and admire the famous Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower. Then stroll through the charming Alfama district, where you’ll discover narrow streets and colorful houses.

    Lisbon no longer holds any secrets for you? Not at all! Here are a few ideas that stand out from the must-sees we often see:

  • Discover Lisbon’s street art by strolling through the Marvila district. It’s home to colorful frescoes and giant graffiti by local and international
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  • Visit the LX Factory, a former industrial complex converted into a creative and cultural space, with artists’ studios, vintage boutiques, bars and restaurants
  • Venture into the Beato district, undergoing a complete transformation, to discover the new cultural and creative spaces emerging in this part of the city
  • Explore the gardens of Aqueduto das Águas Livres, a peaceful, verdant park that runs alongside the impressive aqueduct that once supplied the city with water
  • Taste pasteis de nata, the famous Portuguese pastry, in places less touristy than the famous Belem pastry shop, such as Fábrica da Nata or Pastelaria Batalha
  • Take the time to stroll along Carcavelos beach, less well-known than the beaches of Costa da Caparica but just as pleasant, and enjoy a caipirinha or a cold beer
  • Attend a fado concert in a small, intimate venue, such as Casa de Linhares or Fado Vadio, to discover this traditional Portuguese music in a warm and friendly
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  • Admire the view over Lisbon from Eduardo VII Park, less crowded than the famous Santa Luzia viewpoint, offering a different perspective on the city
  • Stroll through the streets of the Mouraria district, home to a vibrant multicultural community. Here you’ll discover typical restaurants and grocery stores, as well as lesser-known spots such as the Casa da Achada, a house museum dedicated to Portuguese popular culture
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Amsterdam, a city full of charm and surprises

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Visit the famous Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum to admire masterpieces of Dutch painting, then stroll along the city’s canals to discover its unique architecture. And don’t miss the city’s markets, such as the flower market or the Albert Cuyp flea market.

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  • Taste delicious homemade sandwiches at the De Laatste Kruimel bakery
  • Visit the Museum of Resistance to learn more about the history of Dutch resistance during the Second World War
  • Stroll through the Oud-West district to enjoy a more local, less touristy atmosphere, with many small stores and restaurants
  • Explore the local markets, such as the Albert Cuyp market or the Ten Katemarkt market, to discover fresh, local produce and soak up the lively atmosphere
  • Stroll the cobblestone streets of the Jordaan district, less touristy than the city center, with its canals and traditional houses
  • Taste a stroopwafel, a traditional Dutch pastry, at Lanskroon, a renowned local bakery
  • Visit the Brouwerij ‘t IJ brewery and sample their local craft beers in an authentic atmosphere
  • Explore the Noord district by taking the free ferry from Central Station, to stroll through lesser-known spots like the NDSM Wharf, a former shipyard converted into an artistic and cultural venue
  • Enjoy a bike ride through the residential districts to discover local architecture, parks and small local cafés
  • Visit the Van Loon Museum, a 17th-century mansion in the Grachtengordel district, to learn about the history of the Van Loon family and their contribution to Amsterdam’s history
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Whether you’re looking for a romantic, cultural or festive weekend, these European cities are must-see destinations for a successful spring citytrip. So don’t hesitate, and set off to discover these fascinating cities!