Best places to travel in Europe

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20 trendy destinations have just competed for the prestigious title of Best European Destination 2018. After a three weeks’ period of online voting, Wroclaw was elected Best European Destination 2018 and won this prestigious title!

Bilbao, Colmar, Hvar, Riga, Milan, Athens, Budapest, Lisbon, Bohinj, Prague, Kotor, Paris, Vienna and Amsterdam are also among your favourite destinations for a holiday or city-trip.

We thank all the participants from Tourism Offices, community managers and the 320,793 voters who made their choice and influenced the result!

Discover your ranking and travel more often by booking your flighthotel and your things to do at the best price.

1. Wroclaw

Poland

With 41,148 votes, Wroclaw is awarded the title of European Best Destination 2018!

This beautiful city, called the “Polish Venice” is surrounded with canals and is dotted with more than 120 bridges that link 12 wonderful islands (among which the Cathedral island).

You will be seduced by the incredible charm of Wroclaw, the Market Square “Rynek”, its two Town Halls, the Salt Market Square, the Flower Market, the beautiful University, the covered market, the fine architecture of the Centeniall Hall, the botanical garden.

You fancy a good lunch ? Have a break at “Piwnica Świdnicka”: it is the oldest restaurant in the world! Walk around in “Ostrów Tumski”, the oldest part of Wroclaw and fall under the spell of the historical city.

Take a closer look and watch carefully : Wroclaw is dotted with emblematic dwarves. They are all different! Try to find them all: there are 350 of them in the city and there are new ones every year! You can also discover Worclaw by boat or in a city tour with electric car.

Do not miss the opportunity to discover the best of Wroclaw, its inhabitants! They are warm and friendly and will share their love for their city and its hidden gems.

Wroclaw is THE European best destination 2018!

2. Bilbao

Spain

With 39,845 votes, Bilbao has just been voted second best destination at the top of  travellers’ bucket list This destination is amazing ; the atmosphere in the city cannot be captured by pictures or words. Bilbao is ever changing, evolutive and  open to the world ;  unlike many cities in Europe it attracts families with children and grandchildren ; they enjoy the sweetness of the evenings and stroll through the nice streets and alleys of the “Casco Viejo”, the historic centre of Bilbao.

Bilbao, like Porto and Bordeaux, (awarded best destinations in Europe in 2015 and 2017), is linked to the River and the sea. The gastronomy is fine and the wines delicate.

Make the most of your stay in Bilbao and discover its main museums such as the Guggenheim or The Bilbao Fine Arts museum and beautiful landscapes as the Rioja wine region. For lovers of sustainable tourism we recommend  the County of Goeirri with its local “Idiazabal cheese”. Taste the famous cuisine of the Basque Country after a visit to Guggenheim museum on this Guggenheim & Gourmet Pintxos Tour.

Bilbao is also surrounded by charming medieval towns like Balmaseda and Orduna. Do not miss the Basque coast, it is only 30 minutes away from the centre.

Bilbao is the meeting point of the Basque country and the whole world. Book your stay in Bilbao now as well as your best activities such as a Basque cooking lesson and enjoy your stay in the Basque country. We also recommend the city of San Sebastian; it is about one hour drive from Bilbao.

3. Colmar

France

With 32,185 votes Colmar has seduced you ; it is probably one of the most charming, romantic and magical destinations in Europe! Tens of thousands of you  voted for Colmar as one of the first three destinations you would like to discover this year. Colmar really makes travellers from all over the world dream.

 Some who have had the chance to visit it, know the “Petite Venise”, the “Quai des Poissoniers”, the neighbourhood of tanners, its architecture, gastronomy and  charming hotels. Colmar is perfect for young and old and the Alsace region is one of the most beautiful regions in Europe.

Come discover Colmar, its Toy museum, the Unterlinden Museum with works of art from the 12th to the 16th century or The Bartholdi Museum. Did you know that the famous creator of the Statue of Liberty was born in Colmar? This can be another reason for discovering this beautiful destination, chosen among your favourite ones in Europe!

Book your flight to Strasbourg, your stay in Colmar and your best activities such as a this traditional Wine Tasting Tour.

4. Hvar Island

Croatia

With 30,023 votes, Hvar has just been voted among the best destinations to visit in Europe.

Hvar is probably the most beautiful island in Europe. Famous people, crowned heads, artists and travellers from all over the world love it and voted overwhelmingly for this destination that combines quality of life, sumptuous landscapes, crystal clear waters, sun, gastronomy and cultural heritage.

Croatia is a dream destination with cities like ZadarDubrovnikZagrebOpatijaSplit and Rovinj and dream beaches like the Zlatni Rat beach a few kilometres away from Hvar or Stiniva beach on the island of Vis.

Among the thousands of islands in the country we advise you to discover Hvar and its many treasures such as the fortress of Hvar and the Franciscan monastery. For lovers of crystal clear waters, enjoy a catamaran tour and discover the blue cave. If you prefer gastronomy you will not be disappointed and will enjoy sumptuous local wines and seasonal local products on this Hvar Wine Tour with Dalmatian Dinner. Nature lovers will love walking along the lavender fields in the village of Brusje, on the hills of Stari Grad.

Book your flight to Split, spend a day or two in Split, buy your boat tickets and discover the beauties of Hvar, one of your favourite destinations in Europe! Book your accommodation at the best price guaranteed in Hvar as well as your best activities such as a full-day catamaran cruise.

5. Riga

Latvia

With 29,456 votes, Riga, the capital of Latvia, is for the first time in the top 5 of the trendiest destinations to visit. You will be dazzled by the incredible beauty of Riga. This city has always been a crossroads of different cultures. The city is also connected to nature, water and forests. You may not know that Riga has beautiful islands, beaches and hills. Its architecture is stunning too.

Come discover superb Baroque, Renaissance, Art Deco, Romanesque and romantic buildings. Riga is at the heart of new trends.

Come discover Riga, book your flight and hotel at the best price guaranteed as well as your best activities such as this Best of Riga Food and Culture Walking Tour.

6. Milan

Italy

With 27,129 votes, Milan joins this year again the ranking of your favourite destinations in Europe. The city has come to be selected among the best European destinations for almost 10 years!

Milan has its symbols, including the Duomo with a superb view to the whole city. You can go shopping in the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery and its chic boutiques, have a picnic in one of the many and beautiful parks in Milan or admire the Da Vinci’s Last Supper at the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church. Rememeber to book your admission in advance to see this masterpiece as at times queues can be long and you would not like to miss out on this highlight.

You can go for a drink in the Navigli area in the evening and discover the beautiful canals of Milan, nice and affordable restaurants or enjoy an evening at the famous La Scala Theater. Stroll around, ask your way, meet the  inhabitants, look up and discover an incredible architecture, you will love this city which, undoubtedly could have won the competition.

Book your best activities in Milan as well as your hotel at the best price in a dazzling and welcoming city.

7. Athens

Greece

With 19,424 votes, Athens remains like Milan an unmissable destination. It is in the top 10 destinations every year and all year through it attracts European travellers in search of their roots but also travellers from all over the world.

The city is historic and is the cradle of European philosophy. Athens is both steeped in history and focused on modernity and tomorrow’s cultural and economic issues. Travellers love its architecture, the district of Plaka, monuments, gastronomy, trendy shops but also its nightlife;  its proximity to the sea (15 minutes away from downtown) makes it very attractive too.

Most travellers appreciate the inhabitants of Athens who share, heart on hand, their gastronomical and touristic treasures. Book your flight and hotel at the best price guaranteed as well as your best activities in Athens such as a full-day trip to Meteora by train.

8. Budapest

Hungary

With 17,745 votes, Budapest is awarded among the trendiest destinations to visit this year!

Budapest is a perfect destination for friends, young couples or long-time lovers, lovers of history, culture, museums but also nightlife shopping. Creators from around the world, the greatest directors but also designers, musicians, are inspired by Budapest.

Indulge yourself and book your admission to one of Budapest’s most famous spas, the Széchenyi Spa. It is recommended to book your admission in advance as in popular times it can get busy.

Those who want to treat themselves with a getaway in a city choose Budapest. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a city where the most famous monuments meet such as Buda Castle, The Parliament, The Chain Bridge, Margaret Island, The Spas of Budapest, and an endless list of beautiful alleys and facades, atypical shops or bars, churches, parks.

Treat yourself to an unforgettable holiday by booking your flight and hotel at the best price guaranteed in Budapest as well as original guided tours.

9. Lisbon

Portugal

With 13,384 votes, Lisbon, the capital of Portugal is a unique destination in the world.

Portugal today welcomes a bigger number of travellers than the number of its inhabitants and it is no coincidence: the whole country is dotted with sublime landscapes, incredible cities, dazzling architecture, sumptuous monuments, palaces, castles, medieval villages, sandy beaches, surf beaches, beaches dedicated to idleness… Lisbon, the capital, welcomes lots of travellers every year who come to discover a city with a soul, a city to be discovered on foot or by eletrico.

Lisbon has been a major destination in Europe for many years and was the first city to be awarded “European Best Destination” in 2010. Lisbon is a destination that travellers discover or keep on discovering; it is and will remain a superb getaway for those who have had a crush for Portugal.

Lisbon is surrounded by tourist jewels like Sintra, Estoril, Cascais but also the natural park of Arrabida and it is only two hours by train from the lovely city of Porto.

Stay 4 days in Lisbon and book your flight to Madeira or the Azores: you will travel from Lisbon’s Castelo Sao Jorge to the Lagoa do Fogo of Sao Miguel Island or the volcanic pool of Porto Moniz in just a few hours! Book your flight, your hotel and your best activities for a dream holiday in Portugal.

10. Bohinj

Slovenia

Bohinj is ranked among the best European destinations to discover this year. You are more and more numerous to discover Slovenia, every year ; the country evokes nature, forest, lakes, authenticity, outdoor activities and encourages you to recharge your batteries, disconnecting from routine.

This year again you have decided to place a sustainable tourism destination in your ranking of the best destinations in Europe.  Bohinj is awarded by the European Commission for the quality of its tourist offer and respect for nature and its sustainable tourism. It is an emblematic destination of the EDEN networkthat gathers the most beautiful destinations of sustainable tourism in Europe.

Enjoy the quietness of nature and the everchanging landscapes. Clouds are above you sometimes and sometimes you are above them.

Enjoy the International Festival of Wildflowers, the Savica Waterfall, (78 meters high), taste local products and enjoy the beauty of the Julian alps. Come discover this destination which has just been selected by travellers from around the world as one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe.