When we think of Scotland, of course we think of its capital city, Edinburgh.
Edinburgh, with about 463,000 inhabitants, is the second most visited city in the UK (London is the first). Its history and beautiful landscapes attract a lot of tourists coming from countries all over the world.
Did you know that it is considered one of the five most beautiful cities in the world and that for this reason it is called “The Athens of the North”?
The oldest part of Edinburgh, known as the “old town”, consists of narrow streets with churches, houses and buildings typical of the Middle Ages.
The “Royal Mile” is a road that links Holyrood Castle to Edinburg castle, Edinburgh’s most famous castle built on a hill. This castle was witness to several past events: here James, Mary Stuart’s son, was born, the first king who would reign over Scotland and England. Here are the priceless Crown Jewels, and the “Stone of Destiny”, the coronation stone of Scottish kings. The castle is also the place where witches were executed.
Edinburgh also has a great night life : in the “modern” part of the city in fact we can find restaurants, discos, glamour pubs and shops.
Edinburgh is a lively city where cultural events are organized throughout the year. The most awaited and of course the most famous among them is the Edinburg International Festival (EIF), which is held in summer.
It all started after the second world war, in 1947: a group of managers decided to organize a festival with the aim of helping people to get over the pains and the horrors that WWII had brought to them and to their families. Since then, the festival has been incredibly famous and successful.
This manifestation takes place in Edinburgh castle and along the Royal Mile, with the purpose of presenting Scottish traditions through the arts.
In this period the city seems a big party: every evening there are performances of drama, dance and music accompanied by fireworks ; we can also watch funny shows acted by “street artists” , in which the audience is very often involved.
However, the International festival is the most famous but it is not the only one : in August there are in fact other “Festivals of Edinburgh” that you might find interesting, like the Edinburg Film Festival, the Jazz and Blues Festival, the International Book Festival, the Television Festival and the Edinburg Military Tattoo.
The EIF is always on the last three weeks of August… This year it is from 13th August to 5th September .
If you go there, have fun and please send us a postcard! 🙂
Have nice holidays