Shop in Het Industriegebouw in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

"Rotterdam is one of those cities you need to do a little bit of research before you go otherwise you'll end up in the main shopping streets and you miss the more hidden spots," Egge said. "Like Het Industriegebouw, a post-war building which now houses famous Dutch architect MVRDV and several restaurants and shops. Visit Groos if you want to shop for cool local design and art, and try By Jarmusch for all-day breakfast."

Indulge in pintxos plates on a bar-hopping evening in San Sebastian, Spain.

Indulge in pintxos plates on a bar-hopping evening in San Sebastian, Spain. Our Awesome Planet/Anton Diaz

"San Sebastian is known for its pintxos culture," Diaz said. "The best way to experience it is to go on a bar-hopping food trip with your foodie friends. It's also the town with the highest concentration of Michelin stars and home of a trio of three-star Michelin restaurants."

Wander until you're lost in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, Turkey.

Wander until you're lost in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, Turkey.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul
Flickr/Pedro Szekely

"Istanbul is where Europe meets Asia, and is teeming with culture and experience thanks to its rich Ottoman history," Diaz said. "It's unforgettable going on your first cruise in the Bosphorus or experiencing authentic Turkish bath or getting lost in the Grand Bazaar."

Explore Ireland's ancient history in the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

Niam Walsh, senior editor at HolidayPirates, said: "The island of Inis MΓ³r is home to miles of hand-built stone walls, a prehistoric hill fort, and knitted woolly jumpers. Each year, the Red Bull Cliff Diving festival takes place at Serpent's Lair; a perfectly rectangular, naturally created pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean."

Go for a cocktail in Yukon, Canada's ghost town β€” Dawson City.

Pauline Beneat, Senior Communications Manager at HolidayPirates, said: "This town used to be the epicentre of the gold rush, but now barely has 1,000 inhabitants. In the evening, go watch an old-school "Cancan show" at Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall. If you're brave enough, head to the local saloon and order a Sourtoe cocktail β€” a notorious drink garnished with an amputated human toe!"

Stand under the bone chandeliers of Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic.

"Just a couple of hours on the train from Prague lies the town of Kutna Hora, whose star attraction is the slightly macabre Sedlec Ossuary," Reay said. "This Roman Catholic chapel is decorated with the bones of upwards of 40,000 people β€” a rather grisly but strangely compelling sight."

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