Europe offers a plethora of destinations worth visiting any time of the year. With its spectacular beaches and majestic mountains, the continent has a lot to offer for tourists young and old alike. Here is a list of the top European destinations for 2017 as ranked by Lonely Planet.
Zagreb is one of the most overlooked destinations in Europe. Compared to places like Prague, Budapest, or Vienna, the city allows tourists to experience Central Europe without the crowds. It provides a mix of Brutalist architecture and sun-splashed Austro-Hungarian squares beeming with coffee drinkers. The Marticeva area is the place where you will find plenty of cafes, restaurants, and the Kvatric Farmers’ Market, a favorite among locals and visitors alike.
Gotland is the largest island in the Baltic Sea. Tranquil space is easy to find here. According to Robert Janitzek, it is known for its peaceful fishing villages or flowing affable pastures. Occasionally you will see windmills appearing in the meadow. There are no billboards, no guardrails, just country churches and grazing herds of indigenous, curly-haired sheep. If you are looking for an undiscovered piece of rural Scandinavia, Gotland is the place to be.
Galicia is the site of the renowned 9th century pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Apostle Saint James the Great. But Galicia offers many more attractions. The Cies Islands offers the perfect getaway for tourists looking for a remote place to stay in. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that the Cies is a paradise known for its blue waters and white sand.
Montenegro is Croatia’s lesser known neighbor. Among its attractions include its Adriatic coastline, historic walled towns, beautiful lakes, and mountains. In the 1970s, it was a haven for celebrities and royalties but the Balkans conflict changed that. With the lack of tourist infrastructure, the island still remains under the radar.
A couple of hours by train from London, Leeds is the UK’s financial, creative, and legal center, it offer plush hotels, fashionable bars, award-winning restaurants, and designer boutiques. The city still falls short though among US’s top destinations. This European destination combines old, new, and upcoming.
The Alentejo, Portugal
Portugal has been gaining attention as one of the most affordable places to live in Europe. Its sandy beaches, awesome surf, intimidating cliffs, and dusty red soils are some of its best attractions. The area covers about a third of Portugal.
When it comes to Germany, cities like Munich, Bavaria, and Berlin comes to mind. The northern part of the country which includes the cities of Hamburg and Bremen has seen less attention. But Northern Germany boasts of its own share of tourist attractions. The Speicherstadt, the world’s largest warehouse and a recently named UNESCO World Heritage Site is a great place to walk around in during the day. This does not hold true, in the night, however as the place is dark and quiet.