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Best places to travel in Europe

2024

 

Like every year, this ranking is based on your choice. Over 1 million travellers from 172 countries were consulted to vote for their  Best Destinations in Europe,  the best city breaks in Europe, but also the best nature getaways in Europe, the most beautiful sunny holidays in Europe, the best cultural and gastronomic holidays, whether travelling as a couple, with family or alone, to discover the beauties and riches of Europe.

 

Discover the 20 most voted destinations (out of over 500 destinations) awarded the title of "Best European Destinations 2024".

 

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Choose from this selection of the Best European Destinations 2024book your flightsaccommodationtours and activities and discover the very best of Europe.

 

 


Marbella - European Best Destinations 2024
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1. Marbella, Spain

Marbella is the most beautiful, sunniest, and exclusive of European destinations but also part of the best Golf Destinations in Europe and one of the best destinations for gourmets or shopping addicts.  Marbella is the preferred 5-star destination for travellers in 2024.

 

Wherever golfers choose to play, they will enjoy top-class golf courses, many of them with panoramic views of mountains and the Mediterranean, in addition to being able to savour post-round drinks or a meal in well-appointed clubhouses.

 

Take a gastronomic tour of this food-loving Andalusian city that can cater to any craving – and delivers views and vibes to boot.

 

With three Michelin-starred restaurants serving excellent cuisine, plus hundreds of smaller eateries dishing up everything from Mediterranean and Thai to paella and succulent local tapas, luscious food is a major part of Marbella’s allure. Moreover, with more than 300 guaranteed days of sunshine per year, al fresco dining by the beach or beneath the stars is practically guaranteed.

 

Marbella has everything it needs to please any most demanding traveller. Once you get a taste of the gentle way of life in Marbella, you already know that you will come back.

 

Don't waste time and book your flights to Malaga Airport (30 min by car), your transfer, your accommodation in Marbella as well as your activities and tours such as a "Sunset Sail in Marbella with Drinks & Snacks".

 

Best for: 5 star holidays, Golf, Wellness, Beach, Farniente, Shopping, Foodies, Outdoor Activities, Nature, Romantic Getaway, Families.

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Malaga Airport and your transfer (30 min).

 

Where to stay: "Marbella Club Hotel" is a luxurious beach front hotel in Marbella.

 

 


Monaco European Best Destinations 2024
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2. Monaco

 

Staying in Monaco means choosing an exceptional destination where everyone can enjoy unique and memorable experiences.

 

This country on a human scale reflects the perfect marriage between glamour, culture and relaxation. Renowned for its security, it will surprise you with its multiple facets and the richness of its history.

 

Gastronomic delights, cultural and sporting events, exceptional nightlife, shopping experiences, pampering spas… The most eclectic dreams come true are on these two square kilometres. Small in size, the possible inspirations in this territory are no less numerous.

 

For a romantic stay, a family trip or a getaway with friends, the diversity of the hotel offering will meet all your expectations combining comfort, refinement and excellence of service.

 

Explore Monaco-Ville, where the green of the gardens blends wonderfully with the blue of the Mediterranean. With its breathtaking panoramas, its Oceanographic Museum and its Prince's Palace, this district dominates Port Hercule where it is pleasant to stroll among the fishing boats and prestigious yachts, in the heart of the Principality.

Head to Place d’Armes: Riviera colours and flavours are guaranteed! Take time and taste local specialties such as barbagiuàn, socca or pissaladière.

 

Enter the legend and discover the legendary Place du Casino where the Café de Paris, a true institution of the Principality, and the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, an iconic palace with world renown, are located. Like in a dream…

A few steps away, the Larvotto seaside complex reveals its beach, its shaded promenade, its shops and its restaurants where to relax in summer and winter with your feet in the sand.

 

To gain a little height, the Tête de Chien promontory stands on a terrace above the Big Blue. From there the silhouettes of the French and Italian coasts are revealed: three countries in one look. It is also the ideal place to have the Principality at your feet. A place where we give nature hope for a carbon-free future, a place where we reconcile with the sea and its species by offering them unique development conditions in the world.

 

Enjoy the enchanting Monegasque setting in all circumstances. Monaco makes any experience unique. So unique that no one can claim to have experienced it anywhere else. The Principality of Monaco is undoubtedly like nowhere else.

 

Best for: Safety, Foodies, Culture, Shopping, Nightlife, Wellness, Sports events, Sustainable tourism, Romantic getaway, Family.

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights  to Nice and your transfer.

 

Where to stay: The “Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo” palace features an American-style piano bar and 2 Michelin star restaurants with views of the famous Place du Casino.

 

The “Columbus Monte-Carlo” boutique hotel features a bar, a restaurant with terrace, a fitness room and access to an outdoor swimming pool.

 

 


Malta European Best Destinations 2024
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3. Malta 

This year explore more wonders. Malta, Gozo and Comino offer stretches of countryside and stunning coastlines that are

just waiting to be explored!

 

Explore more beauties! Wherever you go in Malta, the scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The colours a striking honey-coloured stone facing the deepest of Mediterranean blues.

 

Explore more flavours! From cuisine and fine wines to architecture and adventure, you’ll find the best of the Mediterranean here in Malta.

 

Explore more calm. With such a fantastically favourable climate and an astonishing array of underwater sites, it’s easy to see why Malta is consistently voted one of the best diving destinations in the World! Malta has also wellness and spa facilities at the luxury hotels and club resorts. 

 

Explore more possibilities, Malta is holidaying as the mood takes you. And with near year-round sun, you can indulge in outdoor living at its best. 

 

Explore more stories. Malta’s culture is a unique blend of influences from various civilizations that have inhabited the islands over thousands of years, from the prehistoric megalithic people, to the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Knights of St. John.

 

Explore more freedom, Malta is your European Best LGBTQ+ destination and #1 on the Rainbow Europe Map For 7 years running. And, if this were not enough, there are the other two islands - Gozo and Comino - which can be a pleasant change of scene during your stay on the mainland or alternative destinations in themselves.

 

Book your flights to Malta as well as your accommodation in Malta and your activities and tours in Malta, such  as a “Malta: Gozo & Comino Islands, Blue Lagoon & Seacaves Tour" and stay in one of the Best Places to Visit in Europe in 2024

 

Best for:  Nature Lovers, Families, Wellness, Calm, Freedom, Wine lovers, Culture, Romantic Getaway, History Buffs, Foodies, Beach lovers, LGBTQ+. 

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Malta and your transfer.

 

Where to stay:  
 "Hyatt Regency Malta" located in St Julian's, 1km from Balluta Beach.

 


European Best Destinations 2024 - Geneva
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4. Geneva, Switzerland

 

Nestled in the heart of Europe, Geneva offers an array of unforgettable experiences amid its unique setting. Surrounded by awe-inspiring nature, the city hugs the tip of the largest alpine lake in Western Europe, with the majestic Alps and the Jura mountains in the backdrop. Rolling vineyards and countryside envelop the city, dotted with picturesque villages, where nature is everywhere.

 

As the second-largest city in Switzerland, Geneva boasts a captivating mix of historical charm and a vibrant cultural scene. Les Nations proudly hosts the European Headquarters of the United Nations, while Les Eaux-Vives invites visitors to witness the iconic Jet d’eau and enjoy a lively beach ambiance.

 

Beyond its diplomatic significance, Geneva is steeped in rich heritage, celebrated through its world-renowned watchmaking and a delectable chocolate tradition. Discovering Geneva is a journey through the biggest Old Town in Switzerland, dining in top-notch restaurants, and indulging in a plethora of outdoor activities. The city consistently exceeds expectations, offering a magical experience in every season. Recent additions to its attractions include the family-friendly Science Getaway, the inviting Eaux-Vives public beach, and the indulgent Choco Pass a selfguided chocolate tour. Geneva is truly a vibrant city that seamlessly blends tradition with modern delights, ensuring every visit is a remarkable and dynamic experience.

 

Book your flights, your accommodation in Geneva as well as your tours & activities in Geneva and stay in one of the Best Places to Visit in Europe in 2024.

 

Best for: Green City Break, Wine Lovers, Shopping,  All-Year Round Events, Exclusive Destination, Outdoor Sport, Star-Awarded Cuisine, Chocolate lovers.

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to  Geneva and your transfer.

 

Where to stay: "CitizenM Geneva". This hotel has an excellent location score.

 


Batumi - European Best Destinations 2024
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5. Batumi, Adjara Region, Georgia

 

Batumi is amongst the trendiest destination of 2024. Forget Barcelona and Berlin, Batumi is so much more surprising, more exciting, more affordable and more exotic.

 

History rubs shoulders with modernity, the cosmopolitan city rubs shoulders with untouched nature in one of the most beautiful regions in the world, the Adjara Region.  For lazy days on the beach, for an exciting nightlife, for a romantic stay, with friends, with family, for wellness or the culinary riches of this region rich in flavours, Batumi is a real sensory journey, a unique and unforgettable destination in the world.

 

Adjara Region is an extraordinary destination for a stay off the beaten track and it offers the best of Europe with affordable prices and well-preserved authenticity. Due to its all-year-round subtropical and mild climate, Batumi is distinguished by its remarkably green natural environment. Batumi has a 19th-century Botanical Garden rich in rare species and the city is surrounded by three National Parks recently recognized by UNESCO as World’s Natural Heritage sites.

 

The architecture of the city was shaped and designed by European architects in the 19th century when Batumi became a port city called “Porto Franco” (freeport). Batumi is home to diverse cultures and religions, where Christian Orthodox, Catholic, or Armenian churches, mosques, and synagogues have lived in harmony throughout the centuries, a way of life we would do well to emulate today.

 

Batumi has a splendid mix of beautiful scenery of sea and high mountains, ancient cultural monuments, monasteries, mediaeval arch bridges, beautiful lakes, and authentic villages to travel back in time.

 

Nowadays, Batumi with its cutting-edge architecture, European-style squares and streets, world-class brand hotels and old city cafes has turned into a cultural hub which often hosts major regional events, international artists, art exhibitions and world sports championships. In addition to a legendary hospitality, Batumi’s offers excellent wines and mostly undiscovered cuisine.

 

Indeed, for a sensory journey, Batumi is the destination to put at the top of your travel wish list in 2024.

 

Best for: Foodies, Wine lovers,  History Buffs, Architecture, Beaches, Nature, Outdoor Sport, Hiking, Biking, Water sport, Shopping.

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Batumi.

 

Where to stay: "Sheraton Batumi". This 5-star hotel is located in Batumi City Center. It has a spa area with indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

 


Riga European Best Destinations 2023
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6. Riga, Latvia

In 2024 visit the most cosmopolitan of the Baltic capitals, Riga, the capital of Latvia, is a modern city with a historical heart that offers a spectacular variety of natural, culinary and cultural charms.

 

Exploring the best places in Riga will give you a definitive answer to the question of why Riga is worth visiting. Riga Old town has UNESCO World Heritage status. The historical center holds many winding paths and well-hidden streets to rediscover the Old Town Riga upon every visit. It is surrounded by Romanticism, Gothic and Baroque testimonials that refresh the views of the modern city. 

 

Pedantic luxury of the rich building facades can be admired for a long time at Art Nouveau district because about a third of the houses in the city center are genuine pearls of this style. Architecture, theaters, art galleries, outdoor events are only a small part of the whole cultural pie that can be tasted in Riga. The luxurious Opera House, various music halls, independent cinemas, and contemporary art scene are among the brightest cultural offerings.  

 

At the end of 2023 Latvia and Riga joined exclusive Michelin guide family, earing it's first star. In Riga you can find cozy cafes or fancy restaurants on every corner in the city center. Food menus there consist of combinations of local and world cuisine flavors, emphasizing seasonal and locally available products. Whether it is a restaurant with white tablecloths or a place to grab a coffee and some vegan bread, it is evident that Riga likes to eat and enjoy food. And let's not forget about the drinks! Riga is home to the best coffee roasters in the Baltics, thus finding a decent cup of Joe in the city is not a problem. The same applies for a glass of beer, as there are a quite a few of home-grown breweries that take their IPA’s and lagers very seriously.

 

Despite the remarkable age of 822, Riga is far from feeling old. The city's youthful spirit is best enjoyed at one of the street food festivals or other creative and urban events held throughout the year. But if you want to get more adventurous and closer to the nature, you just have to spend only thirty minutes from the city center to the beach, districts surrounded by forests and fresh sea air, walking along the pier - unique proximity to nature with breathtaking landscapes that you can enjoy here in Riga. Almost everything nature has to offer is just a short drive away.

 

Best for: Foodies, Art Nouveau Lovers, Art Scene, Nature & Culture City Break, Romantic Getaway, Outdoor sport. 

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Riga. 

 

Where to stay:  "Hilton Garden Inn". This hotel has an excellent score location.

 


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7. Madeira, Portugal

 

You don’t have to travel a long way to find the ideal holiday destination. There are endless reasons for visiting Madeira, one of your Best Destinations to Visit in 2024.

 

In addition to its stunning scenery and luxuriant mountains, this archipelago offers a mild climate all year round, a warm welcome, peace, safety and security

 

To really get to know Madeira, climb to the top of a mountain and enjoy fantastic, breathtaking views or follow the trails and paths in the Laurissilva Forest along more than 1,400 km of Levadas (irrigation channels or aqueducts) in a unique encounter with the island’s soul.

 

Feel the energy flowing from the cosmopolitan ambiance of Funchal’s streets and purchase some of the famous Madeira embroidery, wine or wickerwork.

 

Take a tour around the island, stopping off on the way to admire the landscape or to enjoy a traditional gastronomic delicacy. For more energetic visitors there is scuba-diving, surfing, windsurfing or jet-skiing, whereas romantics may prefer a wonderful sailboat trip along the coast to enjoy the sunset.

 

But to make this your dream holiday, you really must spend some time on the paradisiacal island of Porto Santo 40 km from Madeira, only 15 minutes by plane or 2h30 on ferry. Known as the “golden island”, Porto Santo is blessed with a 9 km long fine, unpolluted sandy beach washed by a clear, calm sea - all you need for a perfect stay.

 

Discover these enchanted islands… happiness is so near!

 

Book your flights to Funchal Airport, your transfer, your accommodation as well as your activities and tours in Madeira, such as a "Madeira: Food and Wine Walking Tour".

 

Best for: Nature Lovers, Foodies, Surf, Instragrammers, Outdoor Sport, Safety.

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Funchal Airport and your transfer.

 

Where to stay:  the luxurious "Belmond Reid's Palace" with 3 swimming pools and direct access to oceanic waters.

 


European Best Destinations 2024  - Florence
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8. Florence, Italy

Like Rome, Venice or Paris, Florence is an open-air museum; it is in Florence that you will encounter Michelangelo’s sublime David at the Uffizi Gallery and even Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus".

 

In one of your European Best Destinations 2024 you can also admire the facades of the awe-inspiring basilicas and cathedrals that form its unmistakable skyline, and see the lavish palaces that tell the story of the different periods of the city's history: from the birthplace of the Renaissance to the capital of Italy, all the way through to the first half of the twentieth century when Florence became a hub for the avant-garde.

 

When you visit Florence's museums and see the works housed in them, you are not just delving into the history of a city and its treasures. Rather, you are recognizing the cultural imaginary that has contributed to the creation of Western civilization as we know it, laying the foundations for the aesthetic, educational, scientific, culinary, political and artistic principles that surround us today.

 

Florence is also a romantic, gourmet, astonishing city, which can be discovered on foot, with no other plans than to wander around and be able to marvel. Florence is much more than a historic centre, it is also excursions into the surrounding nature and the Tuscan villages where great vineyards such as Rufina, Pontassieve and Pelago await you.

 

This year discover Florence, one of the European Best Destinations 2024, the art and history capital of the world.

 

Book your flights to Florence, your transfer, your accommodation in Florence as well as your activities and tours, such as a "Florence: Uffizi Gallery, David & Accademia Small Group Tour".

 

Best for: City Break, History Buffs, Culture, Romantic getaway, Nature, Gastronomy.
 
Nearest airport: Book your flights to Florence and your transfer.
 

Where to stay: the “Portrait Firenze” is 30m from the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge.”

 


European Best Destinations 2024 - London
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9. London, United Kingdom

 

With the Paris Olympic Games due to be held in 2024, you will head for the capital of love only if what you like are crowds and sport, otherwise London is a far better choice.

 

London offers a multitude of different atmospheres and neighbourhoods like Carnaby for shopping, Notting Hill for a romantic stroll, Portobello for the flea market, Camden for the punk and libertarian spirit, the West End Theatre District and its legendary musicals or even the gay and sparkling district of Soho, Chinatown, emblematic places like Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, the Shard, Kew Gardens and great parks such as Greenwich Park and Hyde Park:  all of them excellent reasons to visit London in 2024.

 

During your stay, don't miss out on the Best Hidden Gems in England as well as the Best Castles in England and Best Beaches in England for a total English experience and a thoroughly unforgettable stay.

 

Book your flights to London, your transfer, your accommodation in London as well as your tours & activities in London as a "London: The London Eye Entry Ticket".  

 

This year, more than ever, the crown for best offbeat city break goes to London, the capital of abundance.

 

Best for: City Break, Shopping, LGBTQ+, Musicals, Culture, Families, Lovers, Foodies. 

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to London and your transfer

 

Where to stay:  "Shangri-La The Shard, London" offers 5-star luxury and breathtaking views of the capital and beyond.

 


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10. Reykjavik, Iceland

 

Capital of Iceland, land of the Vikings, Reykjavik is one of your Best Destinations to visit in Europe in 2024. Itis renowned for the exceptional environment which surrounds it such as its volcanoes, hills, blue lagoon or even for its sublime church "Hallgrimskirkja" from which each year one is taken of the most beautiful fireworks in Europe.

 

With some 130,000 inhabitants, Reykjavik is the most human-sized European capital, which does not prevent it from having an incredible cultural life, a vibrant nightlife, a large associative and sporting fabric and an exceptional music scene. A city to restart, recharge, refuel, Reykjavik offers experiences only to be lived in Reykjavik.

 

If you like good food, Reykjavik has an incredible range of local and international cuisine. During a food walk you can discover the country's specialties (notably seafood and lamb or fermented shark). 

 

Come in August to celebrate Gay Pride, Reykjavik is proud to raise the LGTBQ+ colours every year since 1999, showing the whole world that even the most virile vikings know how to have fun and are open-minded.

 

For vegetarians and vegans, have no fear, Reykjavik offers more than 40 vegan and vegetarian restaurants, some of which are even cat bars.

 

For a marginal city break combining nature, gastronomy, wellness, Reykjavik the perfect destination for open-minded travellers who love wide open spaces and non-standardized destinations.

 

Book your flights to Reykjavik as well as your accommodation and your activities & tours in Reykjavik and visit one of the Best Destinations in Europe 2024. .

 

Best for: Nature Lovers, LGBTQ+, Instragrammers, Outdoor Sport, Foodies, Nightlife.

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Reykjavik and your transfer.

 

Where to stay:  "Tower Suites Reykjavik". Stylish Suites Located in Central Reykjavik.

 


Cap Ferret  European Best Destinations 2024
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11. Lège-Cap-Ferret, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France

 

Lège-Cap-Ferret is like a Proust madeleine reminiscent of real holidays. Simplicity, sharing, an open-air market, an impromptu concert, new friends met during a bike ride, an aperitif on the beach, this is the South-West and its legendary conviviality.

 

Leave your tourist rental or hotel and take a walk or bike ride. Join the nearby café, visit the lighthouse and admire the Pilat dune, the largest dune in Europe. Taste oysters in the neighbouring oyster village or take a short sea trip with an oyster farmer.

 

Here everything has the great taste of summer holidays, from the freshness of fish to mouth-watering ice cream or the white wine accompanying your seafood. Here there are no shopping centres, just a small boulevard lined with fashion boutiques with their pretty dresses and linen shirts to bring home as souvenirs of an unforgettable holiday in the South-West of France.

 

The Arcachon Bay is a jewel of European tourism once prized by the nobility for the quality of its pure air (sea air and pine air combined). The Arcachon basin offers an incredible architectural heritage and beautiful villas in different architectural styles. The most recent constructions truly embrace nature and give this magical place the appearance of a Robinson Crusoe island, with added comfort and conviviality.

 

Cap-Ferret, a destination which the French would prefer to keep to themselves, is not yet well known to the international traveller; you can only be seduced by this lifestyle combining simplicity, good food and conviviality.

 

For holidays with family, couples or friends, where true luxury is time, nature and horizons, book your flights to Bordeaux (1h by car), your accommodation in Cap Ferret or Arcachon, as well as your activities and tours, such as a "Cap-Ferret with Oysters Tasting".

 

Best for: Robinson Crusoe Holidays, Beach Lovers, Families, Food Lovers, Sunny Holidays, Digital Detox.

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Bordeaux (1h by car).

  

Where to stay: "La Cabane du Ferret". Featuring a sun terrace and a swimming pool.

 


Siena European Best Destinations 2024
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12. Siena, Italy

 

This year get off the beaten track and travel through time. Stay in the heart of Tuscany, probably one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. In addition to Siena, it is an area rich in medieval villages, breathtaking landscapes, historic buildings with much to offer: walks in nature, wine tasting, enjoying olive oils and delicious local products.

 

Surrounded by nature, Siena is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Italy:  its historic centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. One could come to Siena for the beauty of the "Piazza del Campo" alone when it hosts a spectacular horse race in July and August.

 

Climb to the top of the "Torre del Mangia" one of the symbols of Siena and admire the Piazza and the whole city from above. If you are an art enthusiast, be sure to visit the Palazzo Pubblico. It houses masterpieces of Siena's art golden age. Not far from Siena, you can discover Buonconvento, the most beautiful village in Italy, Monticiano and its natural reserves or Rapolano Terme with the best spas in Italy.

 

Much more than a trip, it is an experience. Stroll through Siena, a city that will please everyone, a romantic destination made for lovers of art, theatre, nature, foodies and families. Siena is a perfect choice for a holiday combining city break and nature getaway, far from the tourist crowds of Florence, Rome or Milan.

 

Book your flights to Florence (1h by car), your accommodation in Tuscany as well as your activities and tours in Tuscany, such as a "From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Lunch at Chianti Winery".

 

Best for: History Buffs, Romantic Getaway, Short Breaks, Foodies, Instagrammers, Families, Art Lovers, Nature. 

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Florence (1h by car). and your transfer.

 

Where to stay:  "Il Giardino di Pantaneto Residenza d'Epoca". This property has a garden and city views. 

 


Ponza Italy European Best Destinations 2024
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13. Ponza Island - Italy

 

 

This small Italian island of a few thousand inhabitants will be your favourite destination this year 2024.

This Eden, with an area of only 7km2, is located off the coasts of Rome and Naples and was until recently a well- kept secret by the richest Italian families.

 

Ponza, for the oldest among us, will remind us of Saint Tropez in the 60s and 70s with its festive atmosphere, simplicity, colour, meetings, cocktails, designer boutiques, coves and beaches.

 

The best way to enjoy the island is to rent a boat or take a water taxi and discover the most beautiful coves and beaches of Ponza but also its caves and natural pools such as the natural pool of Cala Feola to the West of Ponza. Do you like the views? You will enjoy superb panoramas from the top of the cliffs of Ponza such as the Maria Rosa Cliffs.

 

Come and taste the fish of the day at “Da Enzo al Frontone” also nicknamed “Solo a Vela” because this restaurant is only accessible by boat from the port. Finally, don't forget that you are in Italy, it would be sacrilege not to end your meal with an Italian ice cream. The Bar Gelateria Panoramica is located in the port of Ponza and it is one of the best ice cream parlours on the island:  its strawberry sorbet is a delight!

 

Ponza is magical at any time of the year but if you can take your holiday in September (until mid-October) it is certainly the best time of the year to discover Ponza.

 

Book your flights to Rome, your accommodation in Ponza as well as your activities & tours, such as a "From Rome: Ponza Island Day Trip with Boat Excursion".

 

Best for: Secluded Island Holidays, Beach Lovers, Instagrammers, Ice Cream Lovers, Families, Sun Seekers.

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Rome, take the ferry at Anzio Porto direction Ponza (1h30 car + ferry from Rome, 2h50 if you land in Naples Airport).

 

Where to stay: "Hotel Chiaia Di Luna" set on the cliffs of Ponza.

 


European Best Destinations 2024 - Porto-Vecchio
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14. Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, France

 

This year, more than ever, you want destinations of rare beauty but also exclusive destinations far from the crowds. Porto-Vecchio is the perfect choice for this. Imagine a destination with a 16th century Genoese citadel, a great marina, a few yachts and fishing boats, shops, bars, restaurants…  You will find some of the most beautiful beaches in France like Santa Giulia and its crystal-clear waters and fine white sand, or even Palombaggia and its umbrella pines to rest in the shade under their sweet scent. 

 

In Porto-Vecchio you have the charm of an old Croatian or Montenegrin town with the beauty of a Tahitian lagoon a few kilometres away. You will discover the Corsican identity, which is neither France, nor Italy, nor a mixture of the two, but a uniquely Corsican feel to be appreciated with humility and respect just as the Corsicans do.

 

Porto-Vecchio is the promise of an unforgettable gastronomic, cultural and visual experience. Are you stiff from too much lazing at the beach? Meet the winegrowers, the women and men who cultivate the land to give you wines of character. Too much sun? Immerse yourself in the heart of the maquis and be transported by the smell of Mediterranean plants, unless it is the beautiful heritage of Porto-Vecchio that thrills you, its Genoese citadels, Romanesque chapels or prehistoric villages. 

 

Whether you are looking for a relaxing, sporting, gastronomic, oenological, cultural holiday, with family, friends or as a couple, Porto-Vecchio is the guarantee of an unforgettable vacation. It is for this reason that Porto-Vecchio is truly one of the best European destinations 2024.

 

Book your flights to Figari Airport (30 min by car), your transfer, your accommodation in Porto-Vecchio as well as your activities and tours in Porto-Vecchio, such as a "Porto Vecchio: South Corsica Cruise and Snorkelling Day Trip".

 

Best for: Nature Lovers, Outdoor Sport, Sustainable Tourism, Beach Lovers, Water Sport,  Gastronomy, Hiking, Families, History Buffs. 

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Figari Airport (30 min by car). 

 

Where to stay: "Domaine Santa Giulia Palace". The modern apartments are part of a domain situated in a 10-hectare park. They are between 400 and 800 metres from Santa Giulia Beach.

 


Champagne Wine Region European Best Destinations 2024
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15. Champagne Wine Region, France

 

For many years, the Champagne Wine Region has become a popular destination for travellers looking for unique experiences combining gastronomy, wellness, outdoor activities, heritage, and… champagne! The landscapes of the Champagne vineyards are magnificent at any time of the year with their colour variations ranging from light green to fiery red in autumn. Here, nature rolls as far as the eye can see and unveils for you the secret of the wine of kings: Champagne!

 

From Epernay to Dormans, villages located along the meanders of the Marne, you will visit a unique land in the world where more than 200 million bottles of champagne rest, nestled in more than 100 km of galleries dug in the chalk. 

 

During your stay, don't forget to board the tethered balloon to enjoy a glass of champagne and a 360-degree view of the Champagne vineyards. Other villages in Champagne are also worth discovering, such as Hautvillers, the cradle of Champagne and known worldwide for the famous "Dom Pérignon" champagne. Also, don't miss Reims, the capital of Champagne wines, its famous Champagne houses such as "Demoiselle", "Taittinger"and "Veuve-Cliquot" and also its spectacular cathedral. 

 

This year, just 1.5 hours from Paris, take off for new emotions by discovering the Marne Valley and the Champagne wine region one of the Best Destinations in Europe for lovers.

 

Book your flights to Paris (1h30 from Reims) your accommodation in Champagne, as well as your activities and tours, such as a "Champagne and Family-Run Wineries Tour".

 

Best for: Foodies, Wellness, Heritage, Champagne Lovers, Romantic Getaway.

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Paris (1h30 by car or train). and your transfer.

 

Where to stay: Domaine les Crayères”: this 5-star hotel has a garden, a terrace and a restaurant.

 


European Best Destinations 2024 - Faroe Islands
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16. Faroe Islands

An autonomous territory of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Faroes are an archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean to put at the top of your travel wish-list in 2024.

 

Formerly the private turf of a few travellers passionate about ornithology or hiking, the Faroes today attract travellers looking for authenticity, preserved nature, spectacular landscapes, sometimes dramatic, steep cliffs populated by thousands of sea birds or from which spring fountains flow into the sea.

 

Today very well connected by road tunnel, ferry, bridge and roads, you will not miss anything of the Faroes during your stay in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean.

 

Still having trouble figuring out where this archipelago is located? Let's say between the tip of Scotland and Iceland to keep it simple. This gives you an idea of the climate. If you like extreme conditions, come in winter, otherwise come in spring or summer. The Faroes can be summed up in a slogan "Discover the islands, discover yourself".

 

Discovering the Faroes is discovering a destination which has experienced isolation for centuries and has therefore preserved its traditions, authenticity and natural habitat. Eighteen mountainous islands are waiting for you, are you ready?

 

Book your flights to Vagar Airport (1h20 by car), your accommodation in the Faroes and your tours and activities in Faroe Islands such as a "Guided boat tour".

 

Best for: Nature Lovers, Hiking, Birdwatching, Foodies, Instragrammers.

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Vagar Airport.

 

Where to stay: "The View" is a sustainable holiday home in Bour.

 


European Best Destinations 2024 - Sirmione
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17. Sirmione, Lombardy, Italy

 

Sirmione is a dream, a feast for the eyes, the icing on the cake of Lombardy.
This year discover an unusual destination, a destination that you may have never heard of and which the locals would like to keep secret: Sirmione on Lake Garda in Lombardy, Italy.
This 12th century medieval castle, partly submerged in the blue waters of Lake Garda, is one of the city’s landmarks. Located only 1-hour drive from Milan-Bergamo airport (2 hours by train), Sirmione is one of the most beautiful secret destinations in Italy.
Stroll through the castle’s dungeons and the tower and enjoy magnificent views of the beautiful city of Sirmione. Lose yourself in the streets of this charming medieval city and discover the best of Lombardy for a week of romantic, cultural or family stay.  It's hot? Take your swimsuit, there are beautiful little beaches such as “Spiaggia Lido delle Bionde” for swimming in the lake. 
Who knows, you may bump into George Clooney (in his swimming trunks!), although his house is located on Lake Como and not on Lake Garda (3 hours by car). Book flights to Milan-Bergamo, your stay on the Garda Lake as well as your activities and tours in Lombardy, such as a “Sirmione Sunset Boat Cruise with Local Wine”.

Best for: Romantic Getaway, Family Holidays, Active Holidays, Nature Lovers. 

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Milan Bergamo Airport (2h by car).

 

Where to stay: "Olivi Hotel & Natural Spa". Surrounded by olive groves on the Sirmione Peninsula.

 


Piran European Best Destinations 2024
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18. Piran, Slovenia

 

Piran is probably the most beautiful little town in Europe and in any case the most photogenic destination in Europe. Piran is located in Istria, a region renowned for its vineyards, its gastronomy close to Italian gastronomy (oh these truffles!) and also for the beauty of its crystal-clear waters and nature.

 

Piran is, along with Portoroz and Koper, one of the few seaside resorts in Slovenia and probably the most beautiful one. City of love, Piran will seduce you with its narrow town streets, the beauty of its facades and the picture sights of the Slovenian Mediterranean.

 

Discover the Venetian architecture, the ancient city walls, the Monastery of St Francis and participate in the harvest of the famous Piran fleur de sel. This medieval city has it all:  dive into the underwater world with your family or discover that the stars are also visible in broad daylight at the wonderful Pira aquarium.

 

Take an E-Bike to discover the Slovenian Coast on a tour that combines local cuisine and beautiful beaches or try homemade premium extra virgin olive oil in the small village of Marezige. You can even take a "Mediterranean Fish Cooking Workshop with Irena Fonda" (not Jane Fonda's sister) in her magnificent garden. She will turn you in no time into an expert in preparing fish and other seafood.

 

Piran is the perfect destination for unforgettable gastronomic, oenological, cultural and sensory experiences.

 

During your stay, don't forget the other towns in Istria such as Motovun and Rovinj in Croatia or, of course, the amazing Slovenian capital Ljubljana (1h by car); you can also treat yourself to a day trip to Venice facing the beautiful town of Piran.

 

Book your flights to Ljubljana (1h), Rijeka (2h) or Venice (2h) as well as your accommodation in Piran and your activities and tours, such as a "Piran: E-Bike rental".

 

Best for: Foodies, Instagrammers, Nature Lovers, Wine Lovers, Water Sport, Biking, Hiking, Families. 

 

Nearest airports: Book your flights to Ljubljana (1h), Rijeka (2h) or Venice (2h)

 

Where to stay: "Hotel Piran". That property has a restaurant and a terrace.

 


Newquay - European Best Destinations 2024
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19. Newquay, Cornwall

 

In 2024, discover Newquay, one of the best destinations to visit in Europe and one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in the UK. Also awarded the title of Best family Holiday Destination in England, Newquay is often compared to Biarritz in the South-West of France, or to a city in Australia, with its feet in the ocean.

 

This city is a real invitation to surfing, relaxation and conviviality around a shared meal or an impromptu concert.

 

Newquay is also a perfect destination for a romantic getaway in Cornwall. With its many spa hotels and à la carte restaurants, Newquay is an ideal destination for a stay with your loved one.

 

You can also treat yourself to a getaway to the countryside in a cosy lodge with hot tub and log burner.  An introduction to surfing is one of the many activities to be experienced: Newquay is the surfing capital of England. There are many surf schools if you want to learn or simply rent equipment. Newquay also offers other activities like golf, bike riding, go-karts and many more. If you are travelling with family, don't miss a visit to the "Trenance Valley": there is a free play park with slides, the Newquay Zoo, a miniature railway, a swimming pool and the star of the moment, a trampoline park.

 

For families, long-term friends looking for a place to get together or for lovers, there is everything you dream of for a holiday that suits you in Newquay.

 

Book your flights to Plymouth (1h by car), your accommodation in Newquay as well as your tours and activities in Cornwall such as a "Newquay: Introduction to Surfing Lesson".

 

Best for: Surfing, Friends, Romantic Getaway, Outdour Sport, Families. 

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Plymouth.

 

Where to stay: "Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa". This adults- only hotel and spa boasts a bar and a restaurant.

 


Thassos Greece European Best Destinations 2024
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20. Thassos, North Aegean Sea, Greece

 

We all want to go to Greece but where exactly? Athens or Santorini? These two destinations are often classified as overtourism destinations where you are more likely to come across another tourist than a local.

 

Imagine an island with deserted beaches, a little corner of lost paradise that the Greeks prefer to keep for themselves and where you can enjoy delicious mezze for a few euros in typical cafés. Add to that a natural lagoon, Marble Beach which contrasts with the turquoise blue of the water, and a warm welcome from the locals.

 

There are only very, very good reasons to visit Thassos, one of your best European destinations in 2024.

 

Have a few lazy days at the beach, then climb the mountains to meet the inhabitants of Panagia or Kazavati. They will welcome you with open arms.

 

Thassos is an adventure, don't hesitate to rent a 4x4 to wander through its wild and untouched nature and do not miss anything of this earthly paradise.

 

Take your flights to Athens, then a domestic flight to Kavala and the ferry to the island. Alternate lazy days with days of discovery in the mountains, restaurants, trendy bars, visits to authentic villages, meeting people and sharing unforgettable moments.

 

 

Best for: Nature lovers, Hikers, Foodies, Families, Beach Lovers, Instagrammers, Sun Seekers.

 

Nearest airport: Book your flights to Athens + a domestic flight to Kavala and take the Ferry to Keramoti (30 min).

 

Where to stay: "Hotel Sirines".  Featuring a swimming pool with hot tub and pool snack bar, it is situated just 250 metres from the beach. 

 


 

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