The following list of European destinations is perfect for summer travel. More than 320,500 people participated in voting on the top places to visit this summer. Let’s take a look at the results and why you should visit today.
1 Wroclaw, Poland
Wroclaw was awarded the Best European Destination in 2018.
Wroclaw is often referred to as Poland’s Venice because the city is surrounded by canals. There are more than 120 bridges that link Wroclaw’s twelve islands, including Cathedral Island.
Wroclaw offers so much charm to visitors. The Market Square, Rynek, two Halls, the Flower Market, the Salt Market Square, the amazing architecture of Centennial Hall, Wroclaw’s botanical gardens, the covered market and the beautiful University welcomes guests to Wroclaw.
If you want an amazing lunch, visit the oldest restaurant in the world – the Piwnica Swidnicka. This historical city boasts many wonders including the Ostrów Tumski, located in the oldest area of the city.
Wroclaw is dotted with symbolic dwarves if you look carefully, you will find them throughout the city. Each drawf is different, and there are 350 dwarves throughout the city. Each year there are new drawves to discover. Travel the city by boat or electric car for an amazing adventure.
While in the city, make sure that you spend some time getting to know the city’s inhabitants. Visitors say that residents in this area are warm and help them discover the hidden gems that make Wroclaw the perfect place to visit this summer.
2. Bilbao, Spain
Bilbao got an amazing 39,845 votes and was voted the second-best location in Europe for summertime travel. This destination is simply amazing and the Spain Event will ensure you don’t miss out on anything you want to see. The atmosphere in this beautiful city cannot be described in words or captured in photographs. The ever-changing city continually evolves and openly welcomes visitors. Unlike other cities throughout Europe, Bilbao welcomes families with children. Visitors will enjoy strolling the alleys and streets of Casco Viejo, located in the historic centre, in the evening.
Bilbao, like Bordeaux and Porto that was awarded the best European destination in 2015, is linked to both the sea and the river. The wines are delectable and the foods are simply amazing.
Bilbao is filled with everything a visitor could possibly want, including the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum (Guggenheim) as well as the Rioja wine region where beautiful landscapes will amaze visitors. For those who are interested in sustainable tourism, make sure you visit the County of Goeirri where you will find Idiazabal cheese. The Basque country offers wonderful cuisine and is a perfect place to stop on the Guggenheim and Gourmet Pintxos Tour.
Bilbao is surrounded by beautiful medieval towns, including Orduna and Balmaseda. In addition to touring the area, make sure that you visit the Basque coast, located 30 minutes from the city’s centre.
Bilbao is in the centre of the Basque country and is a meeting point of the entire world. When you book your stay, schedule some activities like a Basque cooking class and a day driving to San Sebastian, located about an hour away from Bilbao.
3. Athens, Greece
Athens received 19,424 votes and remains one of the favourite destinations for visitors. This city remains one of the top ten travel locations every year. Athens is not only an unmissable destination for travellers around the world but also attracts Europeans who are searching for their family roots.
This historic city is the centre of European philosophy. Athens is steeped in history as well as designed with the modern man in mind. Travellers will enjoy touring the historic sites filled with architectural wonders as well as visiting the trendy shops, the city’s many monuments and eateries. Downtown Athens is located a mere 15 minutes from the sea, making it the ideal location for beach lovers too.
Visitors will love the Athenian people who happily share this wonderful city with guests. The activities throughout Athens are simply amazing. When scheduling your flight, hotel and activities, make sure to include a full-day trip to Meteora by train.