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QUIZ: Which up-and-coming city should you visit in 2019?

The world is your oyster, you just need to find the pearls. Take our quiz to discover the inspiration you need to book your next city break.

QUIZ: Which up-and-coming city should you visit in 2019?
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It’s never been easier to nip around the world – you can be in one country for breakfast and another for lunch! With so much choice, the hard part is deciding where to go next. This year, why not plan a trip to a city that’s off the beaten track? Indulge your wanderlust and learn about cultures, cuisines and customs that are (quite literally) foreign to you.

Take The Local’s quiz to find out which up-and-coming city (or cities!) you should explore in 2019.

 
<section> <h2> Which up-and-coming city should you visit in 2019?</h2> </section><section> <h2> Lisbon</h2> <p>  </p> <p> Built on several rather steep hills, you’ll have thighs of steel after a couple of days wandering around Portugal’s trendy capital. Over recent years, Lisbon has emerged as one of Europe’s creative hotspots, luring in artsy types with its affordable housing and studios.</p> <p>  </p> <p> The growing creative community has influenced Lisbon’s cultural offering: galleries, hipster cafes and artistic ‘mini-cities’ have sprung up across the city. Don’t miss the hip <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/2tlu” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/2tlu” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/2tlu” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>LX Factory</a>, a vibrant cultural and foodie hub in a former 19th century industrial site, or Mouraria, Lisbon’s coolest district packed full of hidden gems like <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/zuce” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/zuce” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/zuce” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Maria da Mouraria</a>, where you can enjoy local food and music, or <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/y870″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/y870″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/y870″ rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Cortiço & Netos</a>, a shop stocking beautiful azulejos, the city’s ubiquitous tiles.</p> <p>  </p> <p> If you find yourself in the touristic area of Belém, queue at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ujiq” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ujiq” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ujiq” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Pastéis de Belém</a> to try a Portuguese tart, it’s worth the wait.</p> </section><section> <h3> Budapest</h3> <p>  </p> <p> Hungary’s edgy capital city is a cultural mishmash between Eastern and Western European influences. Its complicated history, which includes a string of invasions and a communist occupation, has given birth to a rebellious and creative underground scene.</p> <p>  </p> <p> With its wide streets lined with neo-gothic cathedrals, crumbling ‘ruin bars’, thriving street food scene and even Turkish tombs (you heard us right), you can delve into an eclectic mix of old and new, classical and cutting edge.</p> <p>  </p> <p> In this city of thermals baths, it would be rude not to dive in. Head to <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/mug0″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/mug0″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/mug0″ rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Rudas Baths</a> to experience 16th-century baths or take a dip at the ornate Art Nouveau <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ljx5″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ljx5″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ljx5″ rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Gellert baths</a>. Stroll around the old Jewish Quarter, Budapest’s coolest spot, stop by <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/g38y” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/g38y” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/g38y” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Gettó Gulyás</a>, a restaurant serving traditional Hungarian dishes, or head to the neighbouring Palace Quarter to test the gastronomical delights at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/gqya” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/gqya” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/gqya” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Padron</a> or <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/g1et” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/g1et” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/g1et” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Puglia Al Dente</a>.</p> </section><section> <h3> Turin</h3> <p>  </p> <p> Turin, the capital of northern Italy’s Piemonte region, might be most famous as the birthplace of Fiat, but there’s much more to this unsung city than its nippy little cars.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Sinfully overlooked by travellers, Turin is quietly home to one of Europe’s most thriving art scenes and is a hidden gem for foodies and craft beer lovers. With its grand boulevards, historic squares, verdant parks and myriad museums, it’s a city breaker’s delight and ‘the chocolate capital of Europe’. So indulge your sweet tooth in a local chocolate house or grab a gelato because, you know, ‘when in Italy’.</p> <p>  </p> <p> You won’t go hungry in Turin – from simple trattorias serving all the Italian classics to a growing number of meat-free restaurants like <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/r8q4″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/r8q4″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/r8q4″ rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>L’articiocc</a> or vegan eatery <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/53cu” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/53cu” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/53cu” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Ratatouille</a>, foodies can get their fill and go home full. </p> </section><section> <h3> Belgrade</h3> <p>  </p> <p> Belgrade’s reputation as a party city isn’t unfounded. Its bustling nightlife is world-famous but that’s just one facet of this gritty city’s allure.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Slap bang on the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, Serbia’s capital has a rich history covering almost two millennia. It won’t be taking home the crown for Europe’s most beautiful city anytime soon – although its brutalist architecture does have its charm – but what it lacks in pretty it makes up for with its ever-evolving creative scene and buzzy cafe culture. That’s not to say it doesn’t have a few architectural gems like the four-star Hotel <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/6r55″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/6r55″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/6r55″ rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Moskva</a>, one of the city’s most famous landmarks, and <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/gsbj” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/gsbj” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/gsbj” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Gardos Tower</a>, a memorial tower in Zemun.</p> <p>  </p> <p> No city break is complete without taking getting stuck into the local cuisine. Enjoy authentic Serbian dishes and wine at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/dua9″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/dua9″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/dua9″ rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Bistro Grad Hometown Food</a>, guzzle cheap cocktails in the garden of <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/zz4n” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/zz4n” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/zz4n” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Blaznavac</a> and, if you are there to party, drop by <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/rgzo” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/rgzo” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/rgzo” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Drugstore</a> and dance ‘til dawn.</p> </section><section> <h3> Munich</h3> <p>  </p> <p> Munich, Bavaria’s chic capital, may be most famous for Oktoberfest but it also ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities. By extension, it’s also one of the most visitable cities.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Stroll through trendy <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/oill” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/oill” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/oill” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Schwabing</a>, Munich’s artistic quarter, with its bohemian bars and boutiquey stores. Browse the second-hand bargains at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/fsez” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/fsez” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/fsez” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Midnightbazar</a>, a night-time flea market packed with vintage steals. Kick back with a beer in <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/vxnl” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/vxnl” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/vxnl” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Augustiner-Keller</a>, a 200-year-old beer garden, or in Park-Cafe, a beer garden in front of a traditional 1937 Bavarian building.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Go native and enjoy the German afternoon tradition of Kaffee und Kuchen at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/jdof” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/jdof” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/jdof” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Cafe Luitpold</a> or try out some traditional Bavarian food at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/1eyr” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/1eyr” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/1eyr” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Wirtshaus Hohenwart</a>. Just a couple of days in Munich will have you wondering what you ever saw in Berlin.</p> </section><section> <h3> Tel Aviv</h3> <p>  </p> <p> Tel Aviv’s incredible cultural scene is only rivalled by its restaurants, nightlife, beaches and bars. In short, it’s one of the world’s most vibrant and current cities.</p> <p>  </p> <p> The Mediterranean metropolis has near-perfect weather all year round, ideal for enjoying its beautiful beaches like <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/p5tq” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/p5tq” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/p5tq” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Hilton Beach</a>, famous for its water sports, or <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/876a” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/876a” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/876a” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Bograshov Beach</a>, a sandy beach right in the centre of the action.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Hedonists out there will no doubt be drawn to Tel Aviv for its hedonistic nightlife. There’s no shortage of bacchanalian bars and clubs; while you’re in town stop by <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/rnpt” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/rnpt” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/rnpt” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Voodoo</a>, a large terrace bar that invites patrons to ‘unite as one under an enchanting Voodoo spell’, or drop into <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/tfiu” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/tfiu” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/tfiu” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Kuli Alma</a>, a cool underground nightspot with art exhibitions, live music and vegetarian Israeli food.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Grab a second-hard bargain from an eclectic stall at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/l602″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/l602″ _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/l602″ rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Jaffa’s flea market</a>; pick up some spices or simply sit and enjoy the vibe at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/x3px” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/x3px” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/x3px” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Shuk Ha’Carmel</a>, Tel Aviv’s largest market. Dip into some hummus at <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/i3ak” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/i3ak” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/i3ak” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Abu Hassan</a>, one of Israel’s oldest and most famous hummus restaurants, and wander around <a href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ux0g” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ux0g” _cke_saved_href=”http://clickmetertracking.com/ux0g” rel=”nofollow” style=”color: rgb(21, 101, 192);” target=”_blank”>Florentin</a>, a trendy neighbourhood full of galleries, bars and street art.</p> </section><section> <h2> Let’s start planning! Who’s your travel buddy?</h2> </section><section> <h3> What’s your favourite climate?</h3> </section><section> <h3> Where will you stay?</h3> </section><section> <h3> What’s on the menu?</h3> </section><section> <h3> While on holiday, you like…</h3> </section><section> <h3> Pick a nightcap</h3> </section>

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IN IMAGES: Spain’s ‘scrap cathedral’ lives on after creator’s death

For over 60 years, former monk Justo Gallego almost single-handedly built a cathedral out of scrap materials on the outskirts of Madrid. Here is a picture-based ode to his remarkable labour of love.

IN IMAGES: Spain's 'scrap cathedral' lives on after creator's death
File photo taken on August 3, 1999 shows Justo Gallego Martinez, then 73, posing in front of his cathedral. Photo: ERIC CABANIS / AFP

The 96-year-old died over the weekend, but left the unfinished complex in Mejorada del Campo to a charity run by a priest that has vowed to complete his labour of love.

Gallego began the project in 1961 when he was in his mid-30s on land inherited from his family after a bout of tuberculosis forced him to leave an order of Trappist monks.

Today, the “Cathedral of Justo” features a crypt, two cloisters and 12 towers spread over 4,700 square metres (50,600 square feet), although the central dome still does not have a cover.

He used bricks, wood and other material scavenged from old building sites, as well as through donations that began to arrive once the project became better known.

A woman prays at the Cathedral of Justo on November 26, 2021. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
A woman prays at the Cathedral of Justo on November 26, 2021. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
 

The building’s pillars are made from stacked oil drums while windows have been cobbled and glued together from shards of coloured glass.

“Recycling is fashionable now, but he used it 60 years ago when nobody talked about it,” said Juan Carlos Arroyo, an engineer and architect with engineering firm Calter.

Men work at the Cathedral of Justo on November 26, 2021 in Mejorada del Campo, 20km east of Madrid.
Men work at the Cathedral of Justo on November 26, 2021 in Mejorada del Campo, 20km east of Madrid. Photo: (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)

The charity that is taking over the project, “Messengers of Peace”, hired the firm to assess the structural soundness of the building, which lacks a permit.

No blueprint

“The structure has withstood significant weather events throughout its construction,” Arroyo told AFP, predicting it will only need some “small surgical interventions”.

Renowned British architect Norman Foster visited the site in 2009 — when he came to Spain to collect a prize — telling Gallego that he should be the one getting the award, Arroyo added.

Religious murals on a walls of Justo's cathedral. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
Religious murals on a walls of Justo’s cathedral. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
 

The sturdiness of the project is surprising given that Gallego had no formal training as a builder, and he worked without a blueprint.

In interviews, he repeatedly said that the details for the cathedral were “in his head” and “it all comes from above”.

Builders work on the dome of the Cathedral of Justo on November 26th. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
Builders work on the dome of the Cathedral of Justo on November 26th. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
 

The complex stands in a street called Avenida Antoni Gaudi, named after the architect behind Barcelona’s iconic Sagrada Familia basilica which has been under construction since 1883.

But unlike the Sagrada Familia, the Cathedral of Justo Gallego as it is known is not recognised by the Roman Catholic Church as a place of worship.

Visit gaze at the stained glass and busts in of the cathedral's completed sections. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
Visit gaze at the stained glass and busts in of the cathedral’s completed sections. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
 

‘Worth visiting’

Father Angel Garcia Rodriguez, the maverick priest who heads Messengers of Peace, wants to turn Gallego’s building into an inclusive space for all faiths and one that is used to help the poor.

“There are already too many cathedrals and too many churches, that sometimes lack people,” he said.

“It will not be a typical cathedral, but a social centre where people can come to pray or if they are facing difficulties,” he added.

A photo of Justo Gallego Martinez on display at his cathedral following his passing. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
A photo of Justo Gallego Martinez on display at his cathedral following his passing. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
 

Father Angel is famous in Spain for running a restaurant offering meals to the homeless and for running a church in central Madrid where pets are welcome and the faithful can confess via iPad.

Inside the Cathedral of Justo, volunteers continued working on the structure while a steady stream of visitors walked around the grounds admiring the building in the nondescript suburb.

“If the means are put in, especially materials and money, to finish it, then it will be a very beautiful place of worship,” said Ramon Calvo, 74, who was visiting the grounds with friends.

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