25 photos of the best destinations in Europe for 2019

Brian Kinney/ShutterstockParis, France made it to the top of TripAdvisor’s list.

According to TripAdvisor, locations within France and the United Kingdom are among the top 25 destinations in Europe for 2019.

The travel site created the list as part of its Travellers’ Choice Awards, which annually honours the world’s top travel destinations, standout restaurants, and best hotels.

This year’s winners were chosen after the site analysed thousands of online reviews, and handpicked the destinations that travellers were most consistently pleased with. From Portugal to Russia, here are this year’s winners.

25. Krakow, Poland is described by TripAdvisor as one of the country’s “most culturally and politically significant cities.”

Andrzej Rostek/ShutterstockThe Wawel Cathedral is a must-see destination within Krakow, Poland.

While in Krakow, visitors can indulge in unique shops and restaurants at Krakow’s Rynek Glowny Central Square, or learn about the city’s history at the Wawel Cathedral, where many Polish kings are buried.

24. You can see everything from waterfalls to ancient ruins in Manavgat, Turkey.

Nejdet Duzen/ShutterstockThe Manavgat Waterfall is located along a river of the same name.

The town is located along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, and is home to the Manavgat River, which flows into the Manavgat Waterfall.

After getting your feet wet at the river, travellers can visit sites like the Temple of Apollo and Greek Amphitheater, which showcase the location’s rich history.

23. Vienna, Austria, is the ultimate destination to have a cup of coffee.

Imagno/Getty ImagesCoffee is a big part of Vienna’s culture.

According to TripAdvisor, coffee shops in Vienna aren’t “just a hangout” – they’re “an institution.” The country loves the drink so much that it even hosts a celebratory coffee festival each year.

22. Buildings in St. Petersburg, Russia, are unlike those in any other city.

eFesenko / ShutterstockOne of Russia’s most recognisable destinations is the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.

The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood stands out for its uniquely-shaped domes and a plethora of mosaics. Similarly, TripAdvisor recommends visiting the Winter Palace and Kazan Cathedral to see the city’s stunning architecture.

21. In Edinburgh, Scotland, festivals take place all year round.

Johann Knox/ShutterstockThe Fringe Festival is a celebration of art that takes place in Edinburgh.

The Scottish city hosts festivals to celebrate everything from art to science. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, for example, is said to be the largest performing arts festival in the world, while the Edinburgh International Book Festival celebrates the literary world.

20. The city of Berlin, Germany, offers rich history, fashion, and architecture.

PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek/ShutterstockBerlin, Germany, is known for its buildings and architecture.

Of course, the Berlin Wall memorial is one of the most popular destinations to learn about the city’s history. But to learn about local architecture and fashion, travellers should consider stopping by the Deutsches Historisches Museum and Helmut Newton Foundation.

19. You can experience rich history while visiting the island of Malta.

David Ionut/ShutterstockYou can sail throughout the water surrounding Malta.

The island sits inside the Maltese archipelago and is the largest of the bunch. Many buildings within Malta date back to the 16th century, according to TripAdvisor, and are surrounded by the ruins of ancient temples.

Surrounding the bygone city are crystal-clear waters, which are perfect for sailing.

18. The Madeira Islands is an autonomous region of Portugal that’s comprised of four islands.

saiko3p/ShutterstockYou’ll feel like you’re walking through the clouds while on top of Pico Ruivo.

The eponymous Madeira island is the largest within the archipelago and is home to bustling cities like Funchal. Travellers can also go on whale-watching cruises, and climb Pico Ruivo, the island’s highest peak.

17. Budapest, Hungary is the perfect place to visit a spa.

Alex Segre/ShutterstockThe Szechenyi Bath is beloved by travellers and locals alike.

There is a surplus of places to relax within Budapest, like the fan-favourite Szechenyi Bath and luxurious Gellert Spa. Many of Budapest’s locations also date back to the 16th century, providing a peak into Hungary’s past while you indulge in wellness treatments.

16. If you’re looking for a destination where you can de-stress, Corsica, France, might be the place.

Littleaom/ShutterstockCorsica, France is an island comprised of small coastal towns.

There are multiple ways to see the island’s coastal towns, but TripAdvisor recommends travelling by train or walking trails.

15. Venice, Italy is a dream travel destination for many people.

Efired/ShutterstockThe Italian city of Venice is known for its gondolas.

Between the city’s gondola cruises and variety of historic buildings, it’s no surprise that Venice made it onto TripAdvisor’s list.

14. Travellers to the Netherlands will want to stop in Amsterdam.

Yasonya/ShutterstockYou can get around town in a variety of ways while visiting Amsterdam.

The city is described by TripAdvisor as “one of Europe’s most picturesque capitals.” Colourful buildings line Amsterdam’s streets, and look stunning whether you’re travelling by bike or on foot.

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13. Travellers seeking a luxurious beach resort should visit the Greek Dodecanese island of Rhodes.

Mistervlad/ShutterstockYou can stay at a variety of ocean-side resorts in Rhodes.

Rhodes is home to both a medieval city filled with ancient palaces, and a beachfront strip of hotels and resorts.

12. TripAdvisor describes Florence, Italy, as “an art historian’s dream.”

Shutterstock / Sergey NovikovYou can see artwork like The Birth of Venus while in Florence.

TheGalleria dell’Accademia, for example, is filled with Michelangelo’s artwork, while Florence’sUffizi Galleries houses pieces like The Birth of Venus painting.

11. Out of all the Cyclades islands in Greece, Santorini is one of the most beautiful.

Dmitry Morgan/ShutterstockSantorini is one of the Cyclades islands in Greece.

Many travellers are familiar with the island’s white buildings and jagged cliffs, and for good reason. While visiting the picturesque destination, travellers can relax on the island’s many beaches or sample wine at one of the region’s vineyards.

10. Another island to make TripAdvisor’s list is Tenerife in Spain.

Victor Torres/ShutterstockNature lovers will flock to the island of Tenerife in 2019.

Tenerife is located within the Canary Islands, and is perfect for nature lovers. Travellers can hike in sections of the island such as Mount Teide, or walk the slopes of Masca Valley.

9. Travellers of the Balearic Islands in Spain will want to check out Majorca.

Anna Lurye/ShutterstockMajorca has relaxing beaches.

You can find relaxing beach resorts within the limestone mountains of Majorca, making it the perfect island getaway.

8. Museum fanatics will love the colourful city of Lisbon, Portugal.

TTstudio/ShutterstockLisbon is home to tons of museums.

Specifically, TripAdvisor recommends the Museu de Marinha for families, and the Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves for art lovers.

7. Historic sites fill the city of Prague, Czech Republic.

PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek/ShutterstockOld Town Square has been in Prague since the 12th century.

Many of Prague’s historical landmarks, like the Church of Our Lady before Týn, can be found within the Old Town Square, which dates back to the 12th century.

6. Istanbul, Turkey is one of the best places in Europe to go shopping.

Seqoya/ShutterstockBazaars are a highlight of Istanbul.

The city of Istanbul is filled with bazaars, which offer everything from rugs to spices. One of the most popular is Kapali Carsi, a market that’s home to more than 4,000 shops.

5. It’s no surprise that Barcelona, Spain, made it to the top of TripAdvisor’s list.

JeniFoto/ShutterstockThere are plenty of places to enjoy tapas and a drink in Barcelona.

The Spanish city is known for its extravagant churches like the Sagrada Familia, and its wide array of tapas bars.

4. Crete is the largest island in Greece.

arturasker/ShutterstockThe island of Crete is a breathtaking travel destination.

According to TripAdvisor, Crete is a “Mediterranean jewel” known for its “archaeological and mythological history.” Elafonissi Beach is said to be one of the best places to relax, while the island’s Botanical Park & Gardens is a great place to view nature.

3. Rome, Italy comes in third place as result of its historic sites and delicious cuisine.

Belenos/ShutterstockThe Trevi Fountain is one of many historical sites in Rome, Italy.

In between sightseeing at places like the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum, TripAdvisor suggests dining in one of Rome’s many cafes to indulge in espresso or gelato.

2. A list of the top travel destinations in Europe wouldn’t be complete without Paris, France.

Brian Kinney/ShutterstockParis, France is also known as the city of love.

An ideal day in the city of love consists of walking along the Seine River and viewing spectacular art in the Louvre museum.

1. At the top of TripAdvisor’s list is London, England.

s4svisual/ShutterstockLondon is a great place to view historical buildings and cultural landmarks.

Between Buckingham Palace and Abbey Road, there are tons of destinations in London that hold historical and cultural significance. There are also ample places to shop and dine in places like Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus.

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