Edinburgh boasts to be among Europe’s most beautiful cities. It grasps the enchanting rocky panorama typical for Scotland, and tightly entwines it with the buildings and ancient monuments that can be found there, creating a successful and sophisticated mix of traditional and contemporary. This can be seen clearly in two of the city’s most famous names. Owing to the presence of neo-classical architecture, Edinburgh was known as ‘the Athens of the North’, well seen within its historic landmarks and abundant national heritage. On the other hand, Edinburgh is also regarded as ‘Auld Reekie’ (Scots for Old Smoky) , which would likely point people to the large quantity of pubs and bistros, and the constant nightlife and late-night parties, and also the soccer.
[photo by: Donald Macleod]
The years prior to the 18th century, Edinburgh was incorporated mostly by what we know currently as the Old Town . The well-known today University of Edinburgh was established in 1583, followed a one hundred year later by The Bank of Scotland, jump-starting the development of education and learning and economics in the region. 1707 is well-known for the Act of Union, engaging Scotland an England in a political alliance. Around 1762, the local authorities introduced an sophisticated undertaking of city development which was finished in 1810. Coming at the year 1822, Edinburgh being the seat of the Scottish Parliament, had developed into the most important financial center apart from of London.
Once you arrive at the city, it is obvious that transportation is very easy. Edinburgh is a pleasant and compact city, which would make it easy to get around on foot. City centre attractions are within walking range of one another. While local bus services cover the greater part of the town, train and bus services are your link to the Lothian region. The UNESCO World Heritage Site at the core of the city combines the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town. Exploring Edinburgh, you will see views that make for perfect picture postcards, glamorous winding streets, classy terraces and an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants. The places that one absolutely has to see during their visit include the Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral, the somewhat uncommon Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, Huntley House Museum etc.
The capital of Scotland is also a major festival city, being an yearly host to events such as the Edinburgh Festival, a selection of official and separate festivals over four weeks coming from early August, as well as the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe (the largest performing arts festival in the world), the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Book serviced apartments Edinburgh with us in advance, and we will provide you with the opportunity to make the best of your stay, by saving you money and time. An interesting fact – the city was alsovoted the “most desirable city in which to live in the UK”. We offer Holiday apartments in Edinburgh that can prove that statement by providing excellent service, convenient location at the best prices. Currently, the city attracts 1 million visitors overseas a year, making it the second (After London) most visited tourist destination in the United Kingdom.
By: Benigno Conti