Zagreb main square

Choosing the best places to visit in Europe is no mean feat, but Lonely Planet have announced their top 10 best European destinations to visit in 2017.

Croatia’s capital Zagreb was named the number one destination, with its bustling nightlife and stunning bohemian and Brutalist architecture. The city is quirky, edgy and often overlooked as many flock to the stunning coasts on a Mediterranean cruise.

The Best in Europe list by the travel information and inspiration specialists is held in high regard across the travel and tourism sector. With millions of followers across their social media channels, their favoured destinations are often taken as gospel and helps to spark interest in places often overlooked before.

Leeds in the United Kingdom also featured on the list. The northern city came in at number five, having undergone a huge transformation in the last few years and being regarded as a go-to for a city break. 2017 is also a big year for Leeds, with the city celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Leeds Carnival – the longest running authentic West Indian festival in Europe – and the reopening of its art gallery.

The full list is as follows:

  1. Zagreb, Croatia
  2. Gotland, Sweden
  3. Galicia, Spain
  4. Northern Montenegro
  5. Leeds, United Kingdom
  6. Alentejo, Portugal
  7. Northern Germany
  8. Moldova
  9. Paphos, Cyprus
  10. Le Havre, France

To recognise their inclusion on the list, we have had a look at some of the destinations that you can visit on an ROL Cruise holiday in more depth.

Gotland, Sweden

Coming in a close second to Zagreb, Gotland is a special corner of Sweden relatively undiscovered by holidaymakers but bursting with stunning reasons to visit.

Not only does this part of Sweden receive the most year-round sunshine in the country, but also has the highest density of historical sites than anywhere else. Not only that, but the delightful capital of Gotland, Visby, has more restaurants per capita than any other Swedish city.

Visby itself is UNESCO listed. Plucked from medieval times, its picturesque setting is lined with picture-perfect sights.

Paphos, Cyprus 

Paphos in Cyprus

 

The European Capital of Culture for 2017, Paphos was the first Cypriot capital in Roman times and fortunately you can still see many stunning examples of its history today. Cyprus and Paphos in particular manage to balance the sun-soaked bliss of a relaxing holiday with the rich and powerful history and culture that has stood here for thousands of years.

Le Havre, France

This summer Le Havre celebrates its 500th anniversary with a five-month-long fête of music and art. The stunning harbour will be transformed to host a number of outdoor installations, concerts, street parades, fireworks and much more.

Le Havre has managed to keep the pace with Europe’s leading cities for design and modern-architecture. Auguste Perret, Othello Zavaroni and Oscar Niemeyer have all created designs following a complete rebuild after World War Two.

Whether it’s beaches you crave, stunning architecture or cultural experiences, you can be sure that you’ll find an endless list of possible European destinations to satisfy your every desire. 

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