These Are the Best Destinations in Europe, Apparently

A wild, rugged, mountainous region of Slovakia dotted with plunging waterfalls, lakes and hiking trails has been named the top European destination of 2019 by Lonely Planet. 
Wednesday 22 May 2019
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High Tatras, Slovakia takes the top spot on Lonely Planet‘s annual list, for its “crooked peaks and plunging waterfalls” and wildlife watching, including the rare European sighting of a brown bear. The bucolic region is also home to the country’s highest mountain peak, Gerlach, popular among mountain climbers and trail hikers, and Štrbské Pleso lake, which, for nearly half the year, is frozen solid and doubles as an outdoor skating rink.

The selection is made up of destinations that editors say should be on travellers’ radars this summer and represent the best of travel right now. “From cultural city breaks to awe-inspiring scenery, buzzing foodie destinations and the best spots to escape the crowds, there are a wealth of experiences to be enjoyed across the continent this summer,” said Lonely Planet VP of Experience Tom Hall in a statement.

Here is Lonely Planet’s best in Europe list 2019:

1. High Tatras, Slovakia.

A mythical landscape of waterfalls, mountain peaks, a glacial lake and forest beasts.

2. Madrid, Spain.

Madrid is undergoing a revival and boasts “one of the continent’s coolest nighttime streets,” Calle de Ponzano, a strip of standing-only tapas spots and minimalist cocktail joints.

3. The Arctic Coast Way, Iceland.

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Thunderous waterfalls, colossal glaciers, steaming fumaroles and endless opportunities for snow sports, wildlife watching and wilderness adventures minus the crowds.

4. Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The region is home to medieval Počitelj, hiking trails to the traditional mountain village of Lukomir, and the CIRO cycling trail.

5. Bari, Italy.

Revitalization efforts have polished up the old town, with family-run eateries opening in previously boarded-up shops and a renaissance of cultural spaces breathing new life into locations like ornate Teatro Piccinni theatre and once-condemned heritage hotels like the Oriente.

6. Shetland, Scotland.

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The UK’s northernmost point features awesome coastal trails, sightings of otters and orcas from craggy headlands and top fish and chip shops.

7. Lyon, France.

Set to shine on the international stage hosting the finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in July, Lyon is a dynamic city for food and culture.

8. Liechtenstein.

Created as part of the celebrations marking 300 years since Liechtenstein became a sovereign nation, the Liechtenstein Trail is a scenic 75km cross-country hiking path “twists over peak and pasture.”

9. Vevey, Switzerland.

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Held just once every 20 years, the three-week wine festival, Fête des Vignerons, returns to Vevey in June. Visitors can line their stomachs at one of the Old Town’s myriad quality eateries, offering everything from 20-course tasting menus to cheap-and-cheerful fondue, before working off their food with a swim in the lake.

10. Istria, Croatia.

Expanding European flight connections make this heart-shaped peninsula easier to reach than ever. The region is home to ancient ruins, beaches, gourmet cycling tours, music festivals and truffle-hunting excursions in fall.

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