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From Reykjavik to Split, the world's top five coastal cities

Several UNESCO World Heritage sites and Google search volume were among the factors considered to uncover the best coastal cities

Published: Aug 16, 2023 04:56:57 PM IST
Updated: Aug 16, 2023 05:10:29 PM IST

Reykjavik, Iceland. Images credit: ShutterstockReykjavik, Iceland. Images credit: Shutterstock

A tapestry of unparalleled natural beauty and rich history nestled within the embrace of a captivating coastal city creates an enchanting tableau for vacationers exploring a vibrant foreign culture.

Cruise company Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines compared 117 coastal cities to uncover the world's best picturesque and cultural coastal towns. The study considered several factors, from the number of UNESCO World Heritage sites to the Google search volume.

According to the study, here are the top five coastal cities to explore in 2023.

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the charming capital of Iceland, is the ultimate cultural hub among coastal cities worldwide. It has a plethora of theatres, concerts, and music festivals, like the Iceland Airwaves Festival and Reykjavik Jazz Festival, for visitors to experience. Reykjavik is also home to the largest church in Iceland, Hallgrimskirkja, approximately 74 metres tall. It is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. An iconic symbol of Iceland, this awe-inspiring church stands as one of the most sought-after attractions, drawing visitors from all corners of the globe. Within Reykjavik's embrace, a treasure trove of museums and art galleries beckons to be explored. The Reykjavik Art Museum houses a collection of contemporary and modern art. Meanwhile, The National Museum of Iceland gives tourists an insight into the country's history and culture.

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2. Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is well-known for its picturesque streets, delectable chocolate boutiques, and annual Christmas market, Grote Markt. Visitors are invited to embark on a sensory journey, strolling along its charming cobblestone pathways to explore its historic buildings and the vibrant pulse of daily life. Its many museums and landmarks are each a testament to the city's rich heritage. In the heart of the town lies a mediaeval bell tower called Belfry of Bruges, which stands as an emblem of the city's legacy and grandeur.

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3. Naples, Italy

Naples is a stunning city by the sea filled with artistic and architectural gems. The city has a storied past, gastronomic delights and various forms of entertainment. Tourists can also explore its many museums, like the Sansevero Chapel Museum, which houses masterpieces such as Giuseppe Sanmartino's Veiled Christ. The National Museum of Capodimonte takes visitors on a journey about art's history, from ancient to contemporary.

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4. Monaco, Monaco

Monaco has been a prime destination for the most discerning travellers for over 100 years. This country, nestled between sea and mountains, offers visitors plenty to enjoy, from Michelin-starred restaurants to prestigious events throughout the year. Tourists can visit the famous Oceanographic Museum, which unveils an extraordinary world beneath the waves.

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5. Split, Croatia

Split in Croatia stands as a treasure awaiting discovery. Its captivating coastline and exquisite Riva Waterfront are situated on the Dalmatian Coast. Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Split, is a stunning piece of ancient architecture. The palace unveils a mesmerising labyrinth of alleys leading to ancient courtyards, hidden ruins, and breathtaking sea views.