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The London Olympics are now just around the corner, meaning soon London will be judged against dozens of previous host cities to see how good a games it manages to put on. But after London has had its day in the spotlight, it will be up to other cities to step up to the plate. But which other cities do we think would be great hosts? Have a look at what we think here at Beat the Brochure HQ…
Lisbon is a city which for years seemed to be almost hiding itself when compared to other European capitals. But with its nice compact size, stunning weather, first class infrastructure and the welcoming nature of its people, we couldn’t think of a better city to host the Olympics in the future. Plus, being a costal city, the sea based events would be right on the city’s doorstep!
The Turkish city of Istanbul has applied to host the 2020 Olympics and we for one think that it has an excellent chance. Turkey is renowned for its passion and holding an Olympic games in this buzzing city would be mind-blowing. Thanks to its position as gateway to the east, an Istanbul Olympics would open up a whole new dimension never before seen. Imagine the noise generated by 80,000 Turks at the 100 meters final! It’ll be well worth booking Turkey holidays if this ever becomes a reality.
Like Istanbul, Madrid has also bid for the 2020 games (Google their logo and see if you can spot the glaring mistake), and if it wins it could be fantastic news for the Spanish capital. Prior to the 1992 games, Madrid’s city rival Barcelona was relatively run down and not taking advantage of its true potential. This all changed once the Olympics arrived and now Barcelona is one of the leading European cities for tourism. Imagine if Madrid benefited likewise – it could totally rejuvenate the city and improve many cheap holidays to Spain.
Got a city which you think would host a fantastic Olympic games? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts!
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Ricky is a keen traveller and writer who shares a passion for both. Ricky has travelled extensively, visiting various countries in Europe and South East Asia along with Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Ricky is a resident blogger for travel specialists Beat the Brochure, and in his spare time enjoys playing football and following Chelsea FC. Google Visit his Google + page for more information.