If you plan to travel through Europe this year, we recommend that you do not miss anything that we tell you below, since today we are going to show you a ranking prepared by Lonely Planet that includes the best of the old continent.
The list that we show you below has been prepared by the experts of the travel guide editor, who have scoured every corner of Europe to find hidden gems and emerging spots. Thus, we can find from cosmopolitan cities to spectacular beaches, through places where you can enjoy with the family. Would you like to know what is "Best of Europe" in 2016 according to Lonely Planet? You just have to join us!
First of all, they tell us about the Peloponnese, a peninsula in Greece that hides magnificent ancient points of interest, set in a landscape of stone villages, snow-capped mountains and seas that combine green with blue. This year you can hike the new Ménalo trail, enjoy a drink in the Nemea wine region or snorkel off the coast of Pylos, among many other things.
Denmark highlights Aarhus, a city with elegant neighborhoods, striking architecture and culinary magic. In fact, in 2017 it will be the European Capital of Culture and the European Region of Gastronomy. You will be surprised by its port area, its great museums, its festivals and its local products.
We also have to tell you about Venice, which this year celebrates the 500th anniversary of the old Jewish quarter Ghetto , an island located in the heart of the island city. In the Doge’s Palace it is possible to see an exhibition on the extraordinary contribution of this corner. Of course, the table is also worth discovering the Jewish Museum and the synagogues, among many other things you can do in Venice.
The Dordogne, France
The Dordogne, a French department located in the south of the country, is dotted with dreamlike castles , walnut forests and medieval towns. Its select bistros and food markets stand out, as well as the rock art in the Vézère valley, the Lascaux grotto and the Le Thot-Espace Cro-Magnon complex.
What happened in Ukraine in recent times has not made a dent in the west of the country. In fact, destinations like Lviv have prospered a lot. It is a welcoming city that hosts many festivals, the most popular of which are dedicated to coffee, jazz and Ukrainian independence.
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
The county of Warwickshire is also present in this list, something that does not surprise us at all, since it hides sublime castles, bucolic hills and historic villages. Of course, the most important thing is that Stratford-upon-Avon is here, the birthplace of William Shakespeare , which this year celebrates the 400th anniversary of the author’s death.
Lonely Planet has also included Extremadura on its list, a region with countless attractions: the Roman ruins of Mérida, medieval jewels such as Trujillo, the Monfragüe National Park … Of course, both its cheeses and hams must be highlighted. Also, it is important to note that old restored palaces and castles are being reopened.
Eastern coast of Tenerife
Another Spanish destination that appears on the list is Tenerife, and more specifically its eastern coast, where you will find volcanic lunar landscapes, impressive cliffs and simple fishing villages. We have to highlight the town of Abades and El Médano, the best natural beach on the island.
Texel, The Netherlands
Of the Netherlands, Texel, the largest of the islands in the Wadden Sea, stands out. In addition to hosting virgin dunes, it hides wildlife reserves, deserted white sand beaches and forests full of pine. You can also enjoy multiple festivals and all kinds of activities here.
North Dalmatia, Croatia
Finally, we have to talk about the north of Dalmatia, which contains the greatest cultural jewels of the Adriatic, as well as being home to a spectacular unspoiled nature. The impressive Velebit mountain range, which has been declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, draws attention.