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Best countries to visit in Europe in 2023

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Europe is the number 1 tourist destination in the world, the very large variety of its landscapes, the diversity of its climates and its history make it travellers' favourite place for a holiday. The European continent has more than 50 countries and it is not always easy to make a choice when planning a trip to visit Europe.


Our site is visited by more than 6 million travellers per year, thanks to traffic data and research in recent months we have been able to set up a ranking of the best countries to visit in 2023.


Whether for a city break in Italy, a nature holiday in Croatia, a cultural trip in France or a beach holiday in Portugal, discover  travellers' favourite European countries for a trip in 2023.


1. Greece


Fira, Santorini Island, Greece


Greece is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe; it also offers one of the best climates to enjoy the sun all year round. The country ranks #1 most searched countries 2023.


The beauties and riches of Greece are numerous, the country offers activities for all. From the traditional but not to miss Acropolis tour to romantic sailing cruises along the coast of Santorini or an afternoon scuba-diving to Mykonos, make your choice among the best things to do in Greece.


Our selection of the best beaches in Greece, the most beautiful islands in Greece, the natural wonders, the best things to do in Greece and the best Castles to visit in Greece will help you find your ideal holiday.



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2. Portugal


Vila Nova de Gaia - Porto, Portugal


Portugal is on the podium of the most searched countries in recent months on our site and therefore ranks 2nd among countries to visit in 2023!


Portugal is recognized for the beauty of its landscapes, its gastronomy, its rich history and its magnificent beaches



Porto Santo (Madeira Islands) and Faial (Azores) were voted among the 20 Best Destinations to visit in 2023 and will be  must-see places during your visit to Portugal. 


World famous for its wine, Porto is an ideal destination for a city break of a few days. You can stay at Porto Moments Apartments which offers a magnificent view of the UNESCO-listed historical area.


The beaches of Cascais and the Algarve region are perfect for recharging your batteries in the sun. The Vila Alba Eco-Resort hotel is located near some of the best beaches in Europe. If you are nature lovers, be sure to visit the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores. If you are an history buff do not miss to visit the amazing city of Braga!



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3. Italy


Pizzomunno Beach - Vieste, Italy


Italy is unique in the world. Rome, the capital, was considered the capital of the world for many centuries. This country has had a profound impact on Europe and continues to fascinate travellers from all over the world.


There is not one place in Italy that is not incredibly interesting and beautiful. You can ski in the best ski resorts of Italy. You can see masterpieces in the best destinations of Italy such as Rome, Milan, Florence. You can go off the beaten track and explore the most beautiful castles in Italy or the best hidden gems in Italy such as Alberobello or Sirmione. Do you want to relax? Discover your ranking of the most beautiful beaches in Italy.


From Cinque Terre to Tropea via Pisa, Venice, Bologna, Monte Isola or Palermo, discover the most beautiful places in Italy.



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Ronda, Malaga, Spain


The assets and beauties of Spain are numerous: the beaches of Tenerife in Formentera, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the Camino del Rey in Malaga, the most beautiful villages in Spain such as Ronda, Cadaques, Cudillero ...


This country is certainly one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.


Put the most beautiful cities, beaches, castles and the best things to do in Spain on top of your travel bucket list and find inspiration for your next trip. Travel more and spend less by booking your flights, accommodation and best tours in Spain.



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5. France


Metz, Moselle, France - Copyright Ross Helen


France is the most visited country in Europe ahead of Spain and Italy. Perhaps it is because Paris is the capital of love or because its wines, especially those of Bordeaux, are among the finest and most famous in the world. It may be that travellers prefer the beautiful landscapes of ‘La France’ or perhaps are drawn to its incredible cultural heritage and historical monuments such as the illustrious châteaux of the Loire Valley.


You want to think outside the box? No problem, we have selected for you the best hidden gems of France. Do not waste time and discover the best places to visit in France.




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6. Turkey




Immerse yourself in millennia of history. Take a dip in the turquoise blue waters of Marmaris and Ölüdeniz. Immerse yourself in the scents of the spices of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. Relax in the thermal waters of Pamukkale. Turkey is unique in the world, incomparable. Take time to discover it and be surprised by the beauty and the richness of this country.


From the Topkapi Palace you can see the Blue Mosque, the Maiden’s Tower, as well as the blue waters of the Bosphorus that surround the Princes Islands. Your journey will take you to Ankara, Bodrum, Marmaris and Oludeniz. You will fly over Cappadocia in a hot air balloon, snuggle up in your cave hotel, see the giant statues of Nemrut Dagi and marvel at the amazing whirling dervishes.


Treat yourself to memories of a lifetime by booking your flightsaccommodationtours and activities in Turkey.



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7. Croatia


Krka National Park, Croatia - Cpyright Ajan Alen


Croatia is a wealthy country that offers travellers the guarantee of an exceptional holiday. You will probably find there the greatest diversity of landscapes in Europe with forests, countryside, hills, beaches, islands and mountains of a rare beauty.


You will fall in love with this country, its history, its beauty, its charm. You will dive into the pure waters of Croatia and discover its 1,000 islands. You can also venture into the hinterland and discover exceptional hills, mountains and forests. 


Croatia is a breathtaking destination. Do a city trip to Zagreb, relax or play sport on its coasts and islands. Croatia is also ideal for green holidays. Have nice walks in its beautiful parks. Enjoy its gastronomy.



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8. Germany


Rothenburg, Germany - Copyright LaMiaFotografia


Germany is one of the most visited countries in Europe along with France, the UK and Italy. This is probably because Germany offers such a diverse and authentic variety of landscapes and destinations.


Germany is the perfect destination for unique experiences in Europe with its magnificent castles, beautiful wild beaches and incredible hidden gems.


Germany is a perfect destination not only for history and nature lovers, but also foodies. Do you expect to drink beer and eat sausage every day? Forget the clichés. Germany is the second European country with the most starred restaurants, just after France. Which German unmissable destinations will you add to your wish list?



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9. Austria


Alte Hofburg, Vienna, Austria - Copyright LaMiaFotografia


Your discovery of Austria will likely start with a stay in Vienna. But where will you go next? Are you going to limit yourself to discovering the beauties and riches of the Austrian capital or would you like to discover the most beautiful destinations in Austria, its sumptuous lakes, its incredible castles, the must-see destinations as well as the best hidden gems and nature wonders of Austria?


Discover must-see places as well as off-the-beaten-path destinations and create your trip à la carte by finding inspiration among the best places to visit in Austria.




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10. Ireland


Cobh, Cork, Ireland


You already know a lot about Ireland. The colours of its flag hold no secrets for you, do they? Do you know some of its symbols like the three leaf clover? You've already had a Guinness and Irish Whiskey. You may have even stayed in Dublin or Belfast before. How about going off the beaten track this time?


Are you ready to discover breathtaking landscapes? Do you fancy getting your fill of ions walking along the Cliffs of Moher, or horseback riding on one of Ireland's best beaches? Exceptional sites like the Giant Causeway, Dark Edges, Kylemore Abbey, Skellig Michael, Portbradden, ranked among the best hidden gems in Ireland await you as well as the best places to visit in Ireland as Kinsale, Belfast, Galway or Cork.



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