To people of a certain generation, the name Sarajevo conjures up images of reporters in flak jackets standing amid bullet-riddled buildings.
All that seems a long way away from what is now a compact, cosmopolitan city; an odd mix of Ottoman, Slavic and Austro-Hungarian styles that house welcoming cafes and interesting museums.
Ten of them have, individually, been granted World Heritage status.
At its peak, Girona had one of medieval Europe’s most important Kabbalistic schools, where a host of important Jewish thinkers and poets lived.
It’s a very photogenic area, with stone walls and crevasse-like alleys with stairways and secret gardens.
About an hour by bus from Barcelona, it’s worth spending some time in Girona itself, as it is, perversely, a popular spot to visit for Barcelona natives.
The town is built on the confluence of four rivers, and consequently, most of the old town is teeters on the sides of the steep Hill of the Capuchins.
Sitting on the banks of the Drava River, the town centre is mostly stately 15th century buildings, their red-tiled roofs surrounding squares and lanes around which you can comfortably stroll.
After being heavily bombed in World War Two, you might not be so keen on some of the reconstruction, but things are improving nowadays. Head to the Old Vine Museum for tasting sessions of the product the locals are so passionate about (and with good reason). The city has a couple of good microbreweries, and Postna street near the university has some great bars. The Salon of Applied Arts on Glavni was formerly a casino that went bust, but now it’s a beautifully restored cafe-bar that hosts gigs and sells work by local designers.Old Paphos was supposed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, so maybe this could be somewhere romantic to take a loved one…? There’s been a settlement here since Neolithic times, but Paphos now is the modern city that incorporates the harbour, and the ancient ruins of tombs, fortresses, theatres and villas at Paphos Archaeological Park.The Troodos Mountains are worth hiking out to, and the pines and cedars occasionally make way for some of the most spectacular hidden churches in Europe.In 2015, 20 it was included in the Mercer Top 100 Most Liveable Cities list and its reputation continues to rise.It can compete as well in high culture – it’s home to the Wrocław Opera, National Puppet Theatre, Karol Lipiński Academy of Music and the National Forum of Music – as well as it can throw a party.A lot of the buildings in the centre of the city date from as far back as the 9th century, so history buffs won’t go unrewarded.