Best places to travel in Europe
Like every year, hundreds of thousands of you from more than 190 countries around the world have voted for your European Best Destinations.
Where would you like to go on holiday in Europe as soon as it is safe to travel? Discover your top European travel wishlist of the best city breaks in Europe, some of the best sustainable destinations in Europe, top destinations for beach holidays or best destinations for cultural & gastronomical escapades and destinations for families or lovers.
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1. Braga, Portugal
The so-called Portuguese Rome is your best European destination for 2021. Braga has something to offer each of us. Braga will appeal to lovers of history and architecture. Braga is also a must-see destination for gourmets, but also for shopping addicts (with one of the largest shopping centres and a wide range of independent shops in the city centre). Braga is also a must-see destination for spirituality with sumptuous churches, monasteries and shrines.
Incredibly romantic too, Braga is one of the happiest cities in Europe and among the one with the best quality of life in the world. Still thinking about Covid? Braga has been recognized by the OECD for the quick and innovative response of the authorities to stop the epidemic by protecting the most vulnerable.
Do you like to travel and are looking for a place to invest or settle down? Braga was voted the best destination to invest in Europe. The city is also committed to sustainable tourism and is part of the network of cities with zero CO2 emissions.
City of tradition and modernity, Braga is dynamic, sparkling, cultural, gastronomic, historical,… your best European destination for 2021. With its many cultural events, its great meetings, Braga is a city to discover at any time of the year. For families, lovers, for a cultural city break or shopping or a gastronomic getaway, Braga is the destination to visit.
Best for: City break, Foodies, Culture, Nature, Instagrammers, Spirituality, Lovers, Families.
Nearest airports: Book your flights to Porto (35 min by car, 1h30 by public transport).
Where to stay: "Melia Braga Hotel & Spa" features a spa with indoor and outdoor pools.
2. Rome, Italy
For decades it has been one of the favourite European cities for travellers from all over the world. "Roma Caput Mundi" "Rome is the capital of the world". This is true in many ways. The Romans shaped the borders of Europe and enriched it culturally like no other civilization.
The province of Rome is a matching frame for the many treasures of the capital, and the surrounding area has, more or less directly, experienced the influence of the history of the Eternal City.
Rome is even more than Paris or Athens an open-air museum. The Italian capital is an ideal destination for a family trip to discover the Colosseum or make a romantic getaway to declare your love on the Spanish steps. Thousands of experiences await you in Rome.
Best for: Culture, Foodies, Lovers, History.
Where to stay: "Hotel 55 Fifty-Five - Maison d´Art Collection". Guest love its amazing location and the gorgeous rooms.
3. Cavtat, Croatia
Are you dreaming about a place where life is a simple pleasure? On your doorstep, with a great deal of things to do, to see, to enjoy, to experience. Let us help you find THE place… there is a stunningly beautiful part of Europe, in Croatia, near “must visit” Dubrovnik. It is called Cavtat and is located in Konavle region - so called Croatian Tuscany. The picturesque charming town of Cavtat is possibly the most famous place in Konavle region and it is situated only 18 km from Dubrovnik. Its best kept secret is the old town centre that hides many lovely cafes and restaurants. It has a stunning waterfront lined with palm trees and has been described as closely resembling Saint Tropez.
Life goes by slowly in this part of the world, a quality which made this place a desirable destination for a laid-back holiday. Far from the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik this quiet little town has a magical serene feel. In short, Cavtat is busy enough to keep you entertained but quiet enough to offer a bit of privacy. Cavtat has something for anyone who knows how to open their eyes and their hearts.
Best for: Sea & Sun, Nature, Relax, gastronomy, history, Sustainable tourism, beach holidays.
Nearest airport: Book your flight to Dubrovnik (10 min by car/taxi).
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4. Florence, Italy
It is probably one of the most beautiful cities in the world and certainly one of the best destinations in Europe. Florence had an influence all over the world and still attracts art lovers and lovers. The Florentine Renaissance really changed our way of thinking about man and the world around him. Humanism has its roots in Florence. Dante, Machiavelli, Galileo but also Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, come from Florence.
During your stay you will not fail to visit the "Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore", one of the iconic symbols of the Florentine landscape. You will visit the Uffizi Gallery and admire "The Birth of Venus" as well as the Galleria dell'Accademia and Michelangelo's most famous statue: "David".
Florence is also a foodie's paradise. Visit the Mercato Centrale to taste fresh pasta or a delicious pizza and treat yourself to an authentic Italian ice cream. Take a romantic stroll in the gardens of "Giardino Bardini". Come in early spring (April to June) when the wisterias are in bloom, it is even more romantic.
5. Sibiu, Romania
Sibiu is probably one of the most beautiful cities in Romania and one of the best destinations in Europe. Sibiu is located in the heart of the famous and beautiful historical province of Transylvania. It is a wonderful combination between history and the vibrant spirit of a modern European city.
The city has deep roots in its over 800 years of history, but it is strongly connected to the European present and values and all these result in a unique character for the city. Sibiu is a successful combination between its valuable built and cultural heritage and a European, cosmopolitan, young and dynamic city life.
European capital of Culture a few years ago, Sibiu is also a first choice destination for foodies since Sibiu is the only city in Romania which was awarded 3 Michelin stars. This charming city will appeal to families as well as history buffs, architecture lovers, instagrammers, food addicts and shopping fans. Stroll through its magnificent medieval historic centre, discover the gastronomic and historical riches of Sibiu and its curiosities such as the roofs with eyes or the bridge of Lies. Sibiu is a destination to be discovered all year round. It is sublime in spring and summer and simply magical at Christmas with its Christmas market which is probably one of the most beautiful in Europe.
This year, discover one of the most beautiful destinations in Romania and treat yourself to a getaway mixing city break, nature, culture, gastronomy, shopping in a city that you have again put at the top of your list of the best destinations in Europe.
Best for: City break, Culture, History, Gourmets, Families, Lovers, Shopping, Instagrammers.
Nearest airport: Book your flights to Sibiu.
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Where to stay: "Continental Forum Sibiu" set in a historic building in the centre of Sibiu
6. Paris, France
Paris will always be Paris. Whatever the events, the world around us, whatever the fashions, the trends, Paris will always be Paris. Paris is sparkling, generous, cultivated. Paris is that friend we would like to have, the one who says yes when you invite her to a prestigious exhibition and the one who also says yes when you take her on the fairgrounds for sweet childhood pleasures.
Paris is an incredible city, made up of thousands of small villages, neighbourhood life, independent shops, large avenues and charming little alleys. City of lovers, culture, museums, contemporary art, gastronomy, fashion,... Paris is the destination of the heart of those who are curious, who wander, who like to get lost, who like to get into a cafe, in an alley, in a shop without knowing what they will find there.
Paris is perfect for gourmets, curious, daring, old and young, lovers. Paris will be in your image, sparkling and luminous, melancholic or romantic, underground or elitist, natural or urban. Paris is good for the soul, the heart, the eyes, the mouth.
Best for: Lovers, Families, Modern Art, City break, Shopping, Instagrammers, Foodies, Friends.
Where to stay: "The Hôtel Particulier Montmartre". A sublime Boutique Hotel hidden in a green oasis. The place to stay if you want to see Brad Pitt at breakfast time.
7. Kefalonia Island, Greece
This year have a holiday in one of the best European destinations, on one of the most beautiful Greek islands.
Located south of the islands of Corfu and Lefkada, Kefalonia is famous for its sandy coves. Do not miss to visit Myrtos Beach and Antisamos beach. For nature lovers we recommend Melissani Lake, ranked among the best nature wonders in Greece.
Also not to be missed: Xi Beach & the colourful fishing village of Asos. The beach of Xi is famous for the incredible colour of its sand. This red-orange sand, similar to Roland-Garros tennis courts'. The beach has been flying a blue flag for several years now for the exceptional quality of its waters. The ancient, colourful fishing village of Asos is perfect for a family holiday in Kefalonia.
You like good wines, good food? Kefalonia is also a destination for gourmets. After a food tour during which you will enjoy the traditional flavours, exquisite local wines, amazing honey, virgin oil, enjoy a romantic evening on a traditional wooden sailing boat and admire the sunset over the sea.
Best for: Sea & Sun lovers, Nature lovers, families, foodies, romantic, Instagrammers.
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Where to stay: If you want to relax, enjoy a sublime pool, book your room today at the best price at "F Zeen" enjoying panoramic Ionian Sea and garden views.
8. Kotor, Montenegro
This year more than ever you want to travel to dream destinations and you are confirming it by placing Kotor among the best destinations in Europe.
Kotor has succeeded in being both a must-see destination in Europe but also to retain its charm and authenticity. Kotor appeals to lovers of nature, wide open spaces, outdoor sport, history, culture, spiritualities, as well as foodies, Instagrammers, families, lovers, hikers. Everyone loves Kotor and you will love it too.
If you come at the end of August don't miss a costumed boats parade going from Muo to Dobrota, making the bay even more beautiful. If you are passionate for nature, art, history and want to know more about the rich cultural heritage and customs of this region, visit the town of Kotor, the baroque city of Perast and the islet Our lady of the rocks. To live cultural, gastronomic, historical, sporting experiences, but also romantic moments, do not hesitate any longer and stay in Kotor, one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
Best for: Honeymoon, Nature, Lovers, Families, Culture, History, Foodies, Instagrammers..
Nearest airports: Book your flights for Tivat (10 min by car)
Covid-19 latest information: https://www.montenegro.travel/en/news/1692
Where to stay: "Huma Kotor Bay Hotel and Villas" set on the seafront.
9. Soca Valley, Slovenia
Awarded by the European Commission as one of the best sustainable tourism destinations, Soca Valley is a perfect nature destination for families, sportspeople, lovers,... Soca valley is what you need if you are looking for large spaces, gorges and waterfalls, lakes and caves, rivers but also traditions, know-how, incredible gastronomy.
The beautiful Soča river, which flows at the foot of the Julian Alps, by the Italian border has carved an exhilarating valley and has some of the most gorgeous waters in Europe.
The region covers 942 km2 and is divided into three municipalities: Bovec, Kobarid and Tolmin. The picturesque nature of the valley makes it a paradise for water sports on the river Soča (rafting, kayaking, canoeing, hydro-speed, canyoning, etc.), para-gliders, fly-fishers, rock climbers, hikers and mountain bikers.
Slovenia is really the country to put at the top of your travel wishlist if sustainable tourism, nature, is important to you. During your stay do not miss to visit Bohinj, another sustainable tourism destination labeled "EDEN" by the European Commission.
Best for: Sustainable tourism, Nature, Outdoor Sports, Foodies, Families.
Nearest airports: Book your flights to Ljubjana (1H50), Trieste (1H30) or Venice (2H).
Where to stay: "Hotel Sanje ob Soci". Guests love the staff but also the amazing breakfast.
10. Canary Islands, Spain
The Canary Islands enjoy permanent sunshine throughout the year. For some of its islands, like Lanzarote, up to 2,500 hours of sunshine a year is reached, a record in Europe. The temperature in winter is never lower than 14 degrees (57 F) and goes up to 20 degrees (68 F) on sunny days.
Canary Islands have something to offer for all of us. It is the right choice for a relaxing, sunny holiday or for doing sports with your partner or family. Here you can practice water sports, windsurfing, scuba diving and observe the seabed, turtles, dolphins or birdwatching.
Seven main and magnificent islands await you: Tenerife which is the largest and most populous, Lanzarote and its still active volcano, Fuerteventura, the hottest and flattest with its kilometre-long beaches, La Palma which is the greenest but also the wettest, Gran Canaria which is in the centre and is a good compromise for family holidays or for sportsmen who want to trek on its steep hills, but also the islands of El Hierro, La Graciosa and La Gomera.
If you want to treat yourself to a stay like a star and cross Brad Pit, stay on the island of La Palma at the "Faro Punta Cumplida" hotel. This former lighthouse has been converted into a boutique hotel with 4 magnificent suites. Oscars winners, in addition to their statuette, are invited to this unique hotel in the world. Book your flights to Canary Islands and your accommodation at the best price.
Best for: Sun lovers, families, nature lovers, good value for money, instagrammers.
Nearest airport: Book your flights to Gran Canaria or Tenerife. Stay on one of these islands or take an internal flight to reach another island of this archipelago.
Where to stay: "Lighthouse on La Palma Island" set in Barlovento. Brad Pitt and Scarlett Johanson are scheduled to stay there in 2021.
11. Tübingen - Germany
This city has an incredible charm. Tübingen is definetely one of Germany's best hidden gems and one of the best destinations in Europe. Located just 40 minutes from Stuttgart, this city is part of the Land of Baden-Württemberg. This land is simply a must-see for castles and best hidden gems lovers in Germany.
Very well preserved, Tübingen is a traditional city but it can also be very modern and very trendy. It is above all a university town, like Ghent in Belgium or Montpellier in France. A dynamic city with rich cultural offers and many events throughout the year.
Perfect for a romantic city break, a shopping spree with friends or for a road trip to discover the best hidden gems of Germany. Tübingen is only halfway between Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Freiburg im Breisgau. Do not hesitate to drive to Lindau, also classified among the most beautiful secret destinations in Germany.
Stroll through its historic streets and have a drink on its sublime "Marktplatz", you will be amazed by its half-timbered houses. For an unforgettable stay treat yourself to a walk on the canals of Tübingen. Nature enthusiasts can visit the botanical garden of the University of Tübingen and culture enthusiasts the "Museum of Ancient Cultures". If your pleasure is shopping and dining, no problem, Tubingen has everything to seduce you with a range of traditional or more modern restaurants as well as numerous independent shops perfect for an afternoon or a shopping weekend in Germany. .
12. Dordogne Valley, France
With its fascinating cultural heritage and beautifully preserved natural environment, the Dordogne Valley has it all. In the summer months, the clear waters of the Dordogne river provide lots of fun activities including swimming and canoeing. It is the only river in France to be part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, a prestigious recognition for an environment of exceptional quality.
The Dordogne Valley retains many traces of its historic past. From cave paintings to Roman occupation, or from the Hundred Years War to the Renaissance, all have shaped the landscape you see today. The Dordogne Valley boasts no less than 5 of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”, including Collonges-la-Rouge, a fairy-tale like village built entirely in red sandstone. With its cobbled streets, manors, artisan shops, cafes and restaurants, it seems to glow in the evening sun. At the heart of the Dordogne Valley stands the sacred city of Rocamadour.
The Dordogne Valley is ideal for nature lovers with an endless choice of hiking, biking and riding tracks in unspoilt countryside. After all of these activities and sightseeing, there is the food to taste! Try their local specialties: truffles, strawberries, walnuts, goat cheese, chestnuts… … a platter of choice that makes the Dordogne Valley world famous for its gastronomy.
13. Tahiti, French Polynesia
Located in the Pacific Ocean, The Islands of Tahiti are a mythical destination. Surrounded by pristine, crystal clear blue waters, 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture, and unique French Polynesia style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for their white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks.
Each island offers a variety of accommodation experiences from luxurious resorts with overwater bungalows, to Tahitian Guesthouses, to sailing via private charter or scheduled cruise. Privacy comes naturally in The Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect and to be embraced by Mana. Mana is the life force and spirit that connects all things in The Islands of Tahiti.
This dream destination awaits you for a safe and relaxing holiday in 2021. For an unforgettable dream trip you can combine a few nights in Papeete with unforgettable days to discover Moorea, Bora Bora,... the connections between the islands are regular and easy.
Best for: Instagramers, lovers, scubadivers, families, nature lovers.
Nearest airport: Book your flights to Papeete.
Covid-19 latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/FRA/7002
Where to stay: "InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa" is the perfect launch-point for your French Polynesian vacation.
14. Capri, Italy
This year discover one of the best destinations in Europe, discover Capri, its blue waters and lemon trees.
Enjoy Capri, one of the most beautiful islands in Europe with its beautiful landscapes and fall under the charm of the Italian island like many celebrities do. Did you know that Mariah Carey loves swimming in the blue waters of Capri?
Mix of gastronomy, relaxation, well-being, Capri is rich in exceptional sites such as the blue grotto that Emperor Tiberius used as a private swimming pool, the white grotto, the gardens of Augustus and its sublime views over Capri and its great variety of Mediterranean plants and flowers, but also the "Arco Naturale" or the famous "Via Krupp": a crisscrossing street that looks a bit like Lombard Street in San Francisco,... places to put at the top of your to do list in Capri.
During your stay in Capri you may come across George Clooney, Leonardo di Caprio or Kim Kardashian West especially if you stay at Casa Margano, Hotel Quisisana, La Scalinatella, 5 stars nestled in the heart of nature with private swimming pools and views of the Mediterranean.
Best for: Wellness, Nature lovers, Celebrities hunters, Instagrammers, foodies.
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Where to stay: "Casa Morgano", to make you pampered like a star.
15. Ghent, Belgium
You probably know Bruges and Brussels and may have heard about Antwerp. Ghent offers the best of each of them! It is as cosmopolitan and lively as Antwerp, as quiet as a walk along the canals in Bruges as gastronomical as Brussels. Ghent is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe but also one of the most romantic. Dynamic and young, Ghent is also a perfect destination for a shopping or cultural city break with its many museums and events throughout the year.
Bourgeois and dynamic city, Ghent is a bit like “Bordeaux”. The city is young and proud of its traditions and its past; it is looking to the future, but with its roots firmly anchored in its history. There is too much to see for an overnight stay, so treat yourself to some extra nights and experience a quirky weekend.
This city is a delicious cocktail blending trendy city life and rich history. The people of Ghent are probably one of the greatest riches of this city. They are very welcoming and warm and just like them, after your stay you will have this city tattooed in your heart for many years to come.
Best for: Citybreak, Foodies, Beer, Event, History, Shopping, Instagramm.
Nearest airports: Book your flights to Brussels (50 min by car, 30 min by train).
Where to stay: "Ghent Marriott Hotel" combines historic charm with modern design.
16. Cappadocia, Turkey
Its wind-sculpted fairy chimneys in the "Love Valley" but also the Goreme National Park and its cave constructions make Cappadocia one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Over the centuries, cave villages but also castles, sanctuary, have been dug by man in the rock of the Cappadocia region. These are real underground cities, invisible to the naked eyes, just waiting to be discovered . Do not miss to fly over the region in a hot air balloon and visit Ulchisar Castle, ranked among the most beautiful castles in Turkey.
Incredible hotels, carved out of stone, will be your home for a romantic getaway, with your family or a road trip in Turkey. Hundreds of unique experiences await you in Cappadocia such as a sunrise hot air balloon flight, a camel safari ride or a horseback riding experience in Cappadocia. Do not miss to visit the Ihlara Canyon, another wonder of Cappadocia.
17. Calpe, Spain
Calpe is one of the best destinations for 2021. It is the perfect destination for a holiday in the sun combining beach, nature, shopping, outdoor sports, gastronomy, culture & history.
Playa Arenal-Bol, Playa Cantal Roig, Cala La Manzarena, Playa de Levante o La Fossa, Cala les Bassetes, ... a dozen beaches and coves await you for a relaxing holiday. Calpe is what you need to fill up on sun, vitamin D and recharge your batteries.
A true symbol of Calpe, the "Penon de Ifach" is an enormous rock (300m high) which dominates the city of Calp. Connected to the city of Calp by an isthmus (thin strip of land surrounded by water), this huge rock is accessible on foot for those who want to enjoy a nature getaway.
Calpe is also suitable for lovers of idleness, beach: the sun shines, from January to December. Calpe is full of architectural treasures, magnificent churches and monuments but also very good restaurants.
Do not miss to visit "Muralla Roja" a group of iconic buildings of Calpe, painted in Pink and Blue, its buildings are, with the Rock of Calpe, one of the symbols of this city.
18. Vienna, Austria
Vienna is, with Paris, Rome, Bruges and Prague, one of the European capitals of love. Perfect destination for lovers, Vienna is also an ideal destination for families as it is one of the safest destinations in Europe.
Vienna is history with a capital H, gastronomy, wine, organic and local markets. Vienna is also an incredible architecture with the Hundertwasser Museum, chic restaurants and trendy bars but also amusement parks for young and old. Vienna is classy and fun at the same time.
Climb aboard one of the most beautiful big wheels in Europe and whistle Strauss’ Blue Danube; you can also make your marriage proposal or treat yourself to a guided tour of the Schönbrunn Palace and learn how to cook the famous "Strudel". There are a thousand experiences to live in Vienna, one of the best European destinations.
19. Cornwall, England
Cornwall is perhaps the most beautiful County in England. Never thought of going to England for a beach holiday? Never heard of Cornwall then? Located in the extreme South West of England Cornwall is an incredible county with hundreds of beautiful sandy beaches.
During your stay you will discover Plymouth but also Penzance, Falmouth, Port Isaac or even the St Michael's Mount (similar to Mont Saint-Michel ") places classified among the best hidden gems in England. Many exceptional places await you in Cornwall such as the old fishing port of St Ives that has conquered the English in search of authenticity, charm, crystal clear blue waters and fine sand. St Ives also attracts artists from around the world who come to find inspiration in this little corner of paradise. micro-climate and its luxuriant vegetation, its palm trees, yukkas, hydrangeas, St Yves is exotic!
Do not miss "Land's End", the most westerly place in England which reminds us of Finistère in France or the Costa Vicentina in Portugal. The landscapes are breathtaking and nature is stunning. If you love the pretty authentic villages that have inspired thousands of watercolour artists, be sure to visit Polperro, also ranked among the best hidden gems in England.
Best for: Nature lovers, Hikers, Gourmet, Lovers.
Nearest airport: Book your flights to Plymouth.
Where to stay: "St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa" overlooking Porthminster Beach.
20. Lofoten Islands, Norway
It owes its name "Lofoten" to its form, that of the footprint of a lynx. Get into the wild this year, leave the busy cities, treat yourself to limitless horizons. The Lofoten Islands are the promise of real contact with nature, with the elements. Located just 200 km from the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands will surprise you.
You will discover fine white sand beaches, a crystal blue sea, fishing villages out of a children's story, unforgettable landscapes. The easiest way is to book your flights to Oslo and take a domestic flight to Bodø. From Bodø, take the ferry to Svolvær where most of the expeditions to the Lofoten Islands leave. You can also reach Bodø by train from Oslo or Tromsø.
Best for: Wild nature lovers, Outdoor sport.
Nearest airport: Book your flights to Oslo as well as your cheapest accommodation in Oslo or Svolvær.
Where to stay: For a stay in full immersion book your room at the best price at the "Anker Brygge" and stay in a real Norwegian fisherman's hut.
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