As you know, since 2018 we live in Montreal, Canada and we continue to travel around the world when we have the opportunity. In recent years, we have mainly traveled to the American continent (Mexico, Canada and the United States) but more and more connections are opening up between Canada and Europe. It is possible to find a flight from Montreal to Madrid, Toronto – Rome, Vancouver – Amsterdam and Ottawa-Frankfurt. All in direct non-stop flight. The opportunity to return to travel in Europe and visit beautiful capitals. Here are 4 European cities to discover from Montreal.
4 European cities to discover from Montreal
Paris the light city
How to talk about the cities of Europe to discover from Montreal without starting with Paris? With its many direct flights between Canada and Paris, it is the easiest city in Europe to visit. And perhaps also the most beautiful! 4 days are not too much to visit Paris. There is so much to discover in the City of Lights. The monuments are more emblematic than the others. The Eiffel Tower, the Arc du Triomphe, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre, the Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame de Paris, the Louvre Museum to name but a few. Paris is also about legendary streets like the Champs-Elysées, Avenue Montaigne, Rue de Rivoli and Avenue Victor Hugo.
To gain height and admire Paris for free, I advise you to go up to the panoramic terrace of Printemps-Haussmann (Paris 9th), to the terrace of the Center Pompidou (Paris 9th) or to the roof of the Institut du Monde Arabe ( Paris 5th).
Finally, from Paris, it is very easy to discover other European capitals whether by train, bus or plane. But you can also take advantage of being in France to discover other places in France such as the castles of the Loire, the landing beaches or the beautiful cities of Lyon, Bordeaux and Lille.
4 European cities to discover from Montreal: Rome, the Eternal City
After a flight from Montreal to Rome from 10:30 am, here you are in Italy and more particularly in its magnificent capital: Rome. Like Paris, it is home to famous historical monuments including the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum. Monuments that can be visited and which require several hours to really discover them and understand their stories. Remember to book your visit to these monuments in advance, especially for the Vatican and the Colosseum. The Vatican, which is the smallest country in the world, is home to the famous St. Peter’s Square. It is on this square that millions of faithful come to listen to the speeches of the Pope installed on the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica,
Besides its historical monuments, Rome also has beautiful squares such as piazza di Spagna, piazza Venezia, piazza Navona and piazza del Campidoglio. It is also on the latter that the Capitol is located, which was the religious and political heart of ancient Rome and then the seat of the city’s government. After having eaten a good Italian ice cream or a good pizza, I advise you to go and make a wish at the Trevi fountain, an imposing and impressive fountain. For a bit of coolness and shade, you can choose between the Villa Borghese park and the thousands of churches in Rome.
To learn more about Rome, I invite you to read our article: Visit Rome in 4 days: travel diary.
Amsterdam, the Venice of the North
Located 480 km north of Paris and 650 km west of Berlin, Amsterdam is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe. The capital of the Netherlands is particularly famous for its artistic heritage, its canals, its narrow gabled houses, its museums as well as for its loose morals (cannabis, prostitution). Not to mention its hundreds of kilometers of cycle paths and its millions of bicycles.
Whether it’s a weekend or a long weekend, you won’t be bored for a second in Amsterdam. Stroll along romantic canals crossing some of the city’s 1000 bridges. Forming a circle around the historic center of Amsterdam, the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht and Herengracht canals are the best known. The latter is also one of the most beautiful. Take the opportunity to take a cruise on the canals and discover the most beautiful viewpoints over the city. To get around the city, I advise you to rent a bike and move around like the locals. Amsterdam’s network of cycle paths is one of the best in the world.
For cultural visits, I recommend the Rijksmuseum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum. Finally, when visiting Amsterdam, you will inevitably pass coffee shops and the red light district. 2 institutions of Amsterdam.
Madrid, the city of the bear and the strawberry tree
For the 4th city in Europe to discover from Montreal, I chose Madrid. Although the capital of Spain is less touristy than Barcelona, it has a lot to offer. Especially from a cultural point of view where it houses the main museums of the country: the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía Museum. Like all cities in Spain, Madrid is home to a mythical and magnificent square (the Plaza Mayor). A rectangular plaza in the heart of the historic district surrounded by magnificent buildings. With the ambient heat in Madrid, you will certainly go to rest in the shade in one of the many parks of the city. If you had to choose just one, I recommend Buen Retiro Park. A large and majestic park with gardens, fountains and even palaces.
If you are a football/soccer fan, do not miss the visit to the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Parts of the legendary Real Madrid stadium are open to the public. For 1h30, you will have access to the stands, the first team locker room, the press room, the presidential box or the club museum and especially the impressive and well-stocked trophy room.
In Madrid, do not miss the magnificent Royal Palace of Madrid, Teatro Real, the bullring of las Ventas and the Palace of Cybele. 4 must-see buildings. Finally, as in Paris, you can take the height for free to admire Madrid. To do this, head to the panoramic roof of the Círculo de Bellas Artes.
To find out more about Madrid, I advise you to read our article: What to do in Madrid?
And you, what are the European cities that you advise Canadians to discover?