Cardiff Airport recently announced that it was expecting 35,000 passengers over the Christmas period – up 9% on last year – with the most popular destination being Amsterdam.
Having recently taken the short KLM hop over myself, I can’t say I’m surprised. It’s a gorgeous, picturesque city, with the city centre located just minutes away from the airport by public transport.
And the best thing? My return flight cost me less than £100! If you’re looking for a great destination for an affordable mini-break in 2017, this is the one.
These are my top 5 highlights from spending 48 hours in Amsterdam…
- The canals
Meandering down the streets of Amsterdam on a little boat, mulled wine in hand, has got to be one of the best ways to spend an afternoon! You don’t have to book ahead either – just find one you like the look of, jump on, and pay at the end of your trip.
2. The night markets
Wander around Amsterdam at dusk and take your pick from the second-hand book markets, flower stalls and food stands all setting up for the evening. A great spot is Nieuwmarkt, where the Weigh House or Waag sits (pictured above). Originally built in 1488, this characteristic monumental structure now houses a nice Restaurant-Café.
3. The cheese
It’s everywhere! There are practically cheese shops on every corner – and even a cheese museum or two. You might be familiar with Gouda, Holland’s most popular cheese, but there are plenty more local varieties just waiting to be discovered.
4. The sunsets
This is really just an extension of point number one, but Amsterdam is just so picturesque, it’s impossible not to be enchanted by the reflections on the water every time the sun sets. Your Instagram will be full of it, trust me.
5. The beer!
We visited an awesome little craft beer bar, Arendsnest, thanks to a recommendation from a Dutch guy who follows my blog and had seen I was going to be in town – thanks Guido! With over 52 beers on tap at any given time, this cosy little spot is a beer-lovers dream. If the bar is too busy when you arrive, head to the little room out the back where efficient table service awaits you.
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