Lonely Planet is one of the most trusted names in travel. No matter what time of the year you are planning a trip for, Lonely Planet serves as a great guide for you to explore the attractions as well as interiors of the region you plan to visit. It is also a leader in analysing travel trends and coming up with the best options for your holidays. Europe remains the most alluring holiday destination for people all across the planet. Its vibrant culture and numerous historical and architectural attractions make it a preferred destination for all kinds of travelers. With that in mind, Lonely Planets travel experts combed the continent and came up with the best European destinations to visit. (ALSO SEE These are the 10 best destinations for New Years Eve in Europe) Here is the Best in Europe according to Lonely Planet!
The Peloponnese, Greece
One of the offbeat destinations in the beautiful country of Greece, the Peloponnese is worth visiting for its diverse and vibrant spectacles. Its breathtaking views of teal seas and snow-capped mountains are out of this world. Popular attractions like Olympia, Mycenae and Mystras are located against stunning backdrops making the Pelopponese a picturesque place to visit for photographers. From hiking on the Menalon trail to exploring the remote wilderness in Mani which is home to some stone houses-turned-luxury lodges, you can indulge in a host of activities here. The Peloponnese is an ideal place to soak in the Greek culture while enjoying its astonishing landscapes. (CHECK OUT These 10 hot photos of Kingfisher Calendar 2017 shot in Greece are raising temperatures globally!)
Aarhus in Denmark is all set to beat Copenhagen as Denmark’s prime tourist attraction. It has been declared European Capital of Culture and European Region of Gastronomy for 2017. With its lip-smacking cuisine and beautiful neighborhoods boasting of marvelous architecture, this dreamy city makes for a fantastic European getaway. Attractions include Scandinavia’s largest library in Dokk1, the photogenic Iceberg and the lively music events hosted here. DON’T MISS Cheap air tickets from India to Europe: Return flights under Rs 30,000 to 8 picturesque European cities!
Dubbed as one of the most romantic cities on the planet, Venice on Italy’s northeastern coast is known for its breathtaking beauty, efficient canal system and historic Venetian ghetto. It is made up of more than 100 small islands built in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Attractions include the famous St. Marks Basilica on the central Piazza San Marco square. You can have delicious meals at the numerous trendy restaurants or visit the newly restored synagogues or museums that introduce you to the art and history of this lovely city. DO SEE 10 spectacular waterfront cities in the world!
The Dordogne, France
The Dordogne in France is emerging as one of the hidden gems of the country. Visit it for its lovely medieval houses, Saturday morning food markets and beautiful walnut groves. The cave art in the Vézère Valley is worth checking out for history and archaeology buffs. Attractions here include the Grotte de Lascaux and the augmented reality animation at Le Thot. The Château de Castelnaud offers fantastic views of the Dordogne Valley. DO SEE Best places in India to wake up on the first day of 2017
Located in central Europe, Ukraine is fast-emerging as Europe’s go-to destination for many a backpacker and honeymooner. Lviv is one of Ukraine’s most welcoming cities and is known for its lively events and vibrant culture. It is also one of the cheapest places to visit in Europe. Its jazz and coffee events are particularly popular and give you a sneal peak of the local life in this part of Europe. DON’T MISS Chernobyl: 18 haunting photos of the Ukrainian nuclear disaster site
Warwickshire in England is a big hit on account of its vast farmlands, historic castles, and of course William Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon. Its spectacular hill views are popular amongst nature lovers and its lively market towns are a great way to get a slice of local life in the region. You must not miss the historic ruins of Kenilworth Castle which contain Queen Elizabeth I’s rooms that were inaccessible for three and a half centuries until 2014. Not very long ago, Warwick Castle restored and relaunched its 22-tonne trebuchet which is the world’s largest siege machine making it a popular attraction. Warwickshire is also home to The Cross which is one of UK’s most popular and recommended gastropubs. CHECK OUT These were the 10 most Instagrammed places in India in 2016
If you would like to take an offbeat trip to Spain, then Extremedura is the place to be! Attractions here include the Roman ruins in the city of Merida, medeival architecture in Caceres, and the natural beauty of Parque Nacional de Monfragüe. Extremedura’s historic castles and palaces make for a great trip for history buffs. It is also where you can find some of Spains most celebrated cheeses and jamón.
East Coast Tenerife
Another hidden gem is the Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary islands. Its eastern coast is particularly lesser explored and makes for a great holiday amidst nature. Be it the tranquil fishing village of Abades or the serene beach at El Medano, East COast Tenerife is just too stunning to ignore. the Anaga mountains located in the far northeast are perfect for those wanting to get as far away from the crowds as possible. ALSO SEE Top 10 most searched destinations in India in 2016 according to Google
Texel, The Netherlands
Texel is the largest of the Wadden Sea islands and is a must-visit European gem for its amazing wildlife reserves, white sand beaches and vast green pine forests. If you like adventure, you will love Texel! It offers a wide range of activities like boat cruises, skydiving and wildlife safaris. Stretching 25 km long and 9 km wide, the Texel island is also known for its untouched dunescapes which are preserved as part of the Texel Dunes National Park.
Northern Dalmatia, Croatia
Another European destination known for its wilderness and rugged terrain is Northern Dalmatia in Croatia. It is an ideal holiday spot for nature lovers as it is home to the Velebit mountain range which is a UNESCO World Biosphere reserve. Its blue waters, gushing waterfalls and stunning views of the mountains make Northern Dalmatia one of the most wonderful places to see in Europe. It is also home to the lesser-known Croatian city of Zadar which is worth visiting for its rich cultural history and mesmerizing view of the sea. NOW SEE 15 breathtaking photos of the greatest cities of Europe!
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