Winter is finally here.
If you can’t decide where to go, here’s a great place to start: Lonely Planet just released their annual Best in Europe list.
The list was curated by LP’s European travel editors and writers, who chose their must-see destinations. Those were then rated by a panel of judges based on criteria such as wow factor, topicality, and timeliness.
Keep scrolling to see this year’s hot spots. Happy travelling!
10. A Mediterranean gem that's not overly touristy, Northern Dalmatia is Croatia at its finest. There are three national parks in the region, bright blue waters for sailing, and the cultural hub of Zadar.
9. Located off the coast of North Holland, Texel is the largest of the Wadden Islands. Texel is known for its wool, so you'll see a fair amount of sheep, but there's also tons of local dairies producing cheese, white sand beaches, and a picturesque red lighthouse.
8. Tenerife is the largest of Spain's Canary Islands, and its east coast is still relatively undiscovered. Here, you'll find colourful villages and stretches of surfable beach.
7. Extremadura is a Western region of Spain bordering Portugal. Its capital, Mérida, is home to beautiful Roman ruins. There are also the Monfragüe and Cornalvo Natural Parks, which offer fantastic bird watching.
6. Known mostly for being the birthplace of Shakespeare, Warwickshire, England, is home to Warwick, a town that showcases impressive medieval architecture, thanks to the towering Warwick Castle.
5. The Ukraine might not be the most obvious stop on your Europe trip, but the city of Lviv might change your mind. A Unesco World Heritage Site, Lviv has barely any Soviet or Russian influence, allowing the city to have its own charming identity, complete with cobblestone streets, trams, and quaint coffeehouses.
4. For idyllic views of the French countryside, take a trip to the Dordogne, a region in Southwestern France bordered by the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees Mountains. Besides its châteaus, the Dordogne also boasts some of the most well-preserved prehistoric cave art.
3. Known for the Grand Canal that winds through it, as well as its long, slender gondolas, Venice is one of Italy's most beautiful cities. The impressive Saint Mark's Basilica and Piazza San Marco are must-sees.
2. The second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus offers an interesting dichotomy between its trendy neighbourhoods and traditional architecture, set atop cobblestone streets. Take a trip to one of the city's many art museums and enjoy some of its delicious restaurants.
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