- Who needs Paris? 10 smaller cities with just as much culture and style -

Forget Paris, Rome and Vienna; these smaller cities are just as big on culture and style

1. Vintage Seville. Andalucia’s lively capital may lack size, but it offers an atmospheric old town, 12th-century architecture, the Moorish Alcázar palace and the square of Plaza de España.

All combined with fiery flamenco shows, top-notch tapas bars and good-value hotels. There’s also a chance for some late-night partying in the bars and terraces of Alameda de Hércules.

2. Musical Salzburg

Best known as the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for the 1965 film The Sound of Music, this Austrian city’s elegant historic centre – with its alluring mix of medieval and baroque architecture – is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Hotels book out well in advance for the prestigious music festival, which takes place annually in July and August.

3. A food lover’s Lyon

Strangely off the radar of British holidaymakers, despite a direct link with Eurostar, Lyon not only has a remarkably beautiful old town of Roman, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, but a spectacular redevelopment has recently transformed the riverside Confluence district, and, of course, this is the food capital of France.

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