Best places to travel in Europe
Over half a million travellers from 178 countries have voted for the European Best Destinations 2023.
Discover the 20 most voted destinations (out of over 400 destinations) awarded the title of "Best European Destinations 2023".
Discover your top European destinations to visit and find inspiration among European destinations perfect for a city break, a sunny holiday, a romantic getaway, shopping, culture or immersion in nature.
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1. Warsaw, Poland
Beautiful, friendly, green, open-minded, perfect for a family city break, a cultural city break, a shopping experience, a romantic stay, Warsaw, your European Best Destinations 2023 has something to offer to everyone. Take a walk in its beautiful parks, relax on its city beaches, take advantage of its great gastronomic offer, come at any time of the year and take advantage of its rich calendar of events.
You will be dazzled by its emblematic places such as the Old Town Market Square and its colourful buildings, the Palace of Culture and Science, the Łazienki Park and its palaces, pavilions and orangeries. During your stay in the Best European destination 2023 do not miss to stroll in "Krakowskie Przedmieście" the most prestigious street in Warsaw and to visit The Warsaw Barbican, the historic fortifications that once encircled Warsaw.
Warsaw is a dynamic and sparkling city and there are a thousand activities and experiences to enjoy in Warsaw from tasting local culinary specialties, to a hot air balloon flight or zip line in one of the city's parks. Would you rarther enjoy a cruise on Warsaw's beautiful Vistula River? Are you travelling with family? Be sure to visit Warsaw Zoo and take a dip at Moczydlo Water Park and enjoy its slides, wave pools and other water activities.
Warsaw is considered one of the safest city breaks in Europe. Did you know that Warsaw is three times safer than Paris? Twice as safe as Rome and even safer than Vienna (Numbeo datas) and that the feeling of safety while walking alone was one of the highest for a European capital? It seems there are only good reasons to visit Warsaw this year.
During your stay do not miss to discover the amazing Mazovia Region. Mazovia is full of historic palaces and manor houses, one of them is the Birthplace of Fryderik Chopin! Do not miss to visit the pristine forests, ideal for hiking and cycling.
2. Athens, Greece
The capital of Greece is a must-see destination for many reasons. First of all, it is the cradle of democracy and philosophy. Many assume that the blue of the sea, the incredible landscapes, and the beautiful sunlight help spirits escape from everyday life and arise.
Athens is a sophisticated cosmopolitan hub with excellent gastronomic delights, electrifying nightlife, creative vibes and a booming art scene. It is an artistic beacon of the ancient world with spectacular Mediterranean landscapes. Did you know that Athens is also one of the Best Street Art Destinations in Europe?
Best for: Culture, History, Street Art, Shopping, Instagrammers, Lovers, Families, Foodies, Nightlife.
Where to stay: For excellent value and location with the Acropolis reachable within 100 metres, we recommend the "Coco-mat Athens BC" in the heart of Athens .
3. Maribor, Slovenia
Maribor, one of the most beautiful Slovenian destinations in on your podium of the European Best Destinations 2023!
The city of Maribor is a charming cultural, culinary, and educational centre in the north-eastern part of the country. The city’s deep cultural and historical roots date back to the Middle Ages, and therefore the old city centre offers a rich heritage and a wealth of genuine experiences. In particular, the locals are proud of their Guinness World Record holder, the oldest grapevine in the world.
Maribor – the European Capital of Culture in 2012 – has a reputation for a happy and hospitable city, hosting numerous international cultural and sporting events throughout the year. Don’t miss the lively atmosphere of summer festivals, and enjoy an active city break just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the city centre on the green Mt. Pohorje. The picturesque natural scenery offers endless opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing, and adrenaline sports.
Need another reason to visit Maribor in 2023? It has been awarded the title of Best Culinary Destination in Europe!
4. Vienna, Austria
Vienna is an ideal destination for romantics: what better than a horse-drawn carriage ride followed by a visit to the Royal Palaces of Vienna? And in the evening, a waltz to the sound of Strauss's Blue Danube to transport you to the time of the Empress Sissi?
That said, Vienna is also the perfect city for a sparkling, original city break for friends, families, lovers and singles.
An openly gay-friendly city (you’ll remember Conchita Wurst was from Vienna), it is also one of the safest cities in Europe. The feeling of security is very high and Vienna is known for its quality of life and low crime rate.
We love Vienna in Spring and Summer, with its parks classified among the most beautiful city parks in Europe. Did you know that its amusement park "The Prater" is home to one of the most beautiful Ferris wheels in Europe? It is also considered to be one of the best places for a marriage proposal.
Do you want to meet people? Meet at the Palmenhaus; in addition to being the largest greenhouse in Europe, it houses a bar where you can drink lighter cocktails more suited to cruising and a super trendy restaurant of Austrian specialties.
Book your flights to Vienna as well as your accommodation, tours and activities in Vienna, such as a "Vienna: Classical Concert at the Mozarthaus" and stay in one of the best destinations to visit in 2023.
5. Cittadella, Italy
We invite you to visit Cittadella, the most beautiful walled city in all of Europe. Cittadella is located in the heart of the Veneto Region, in Northern Italy, in a strategic position because it is close to all the most important cities in the area. It is located 60 km from Venice and Verona (1H by car), and only 3h drive from Milan or Florence.
From Cittadella you can easily reach both the sea of the Venetian Lagoon and the the Dolomite mountains with a daily trip. It is obviously an ideal starting point, given its central position, to visit the Veneto and all of Northern Italy. Cittadella is not only the most beautiful walled city in all of Europe, it is also the best-preserved walled city in all of Europe.
Its origin is medieval, its foundation dates back to 1220. This explains the high historical value of its walls, which in 2020 celebrated 800 years of history and foundation. The walls are impressive and are the symbol of all the walled cities in the area because Cittadella is the only walled city in all of Europe to have a medieval walkway, elliptical in shape and completely walkable.
Thanks to your votes, Cittadella enters the major European destinations by ranking among your 5 best European destinations 2023!
6. Essen, Germany
Essen is the most exciting big city you may not have heard of before. Germany's third greenest city, Capital of Culture 2010, European Green Capital and pulsating metropolis in the heart of the Ruhr region. Hardly any other German city stands for so many exciting contrasts.
Here, urban trendy districts meet historic old towns, high culture meets street art, lush green meadows and forests meet the incomparable charm of the spoil heaps of former collieries, the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein meets the magnificent Villa Hügel, the former family seat of the Krupp family, and a high-tech city tour that is unique in the world meets the oldest fully sculptural statue of the Virgin Mary in the world - the Golden Madonna in Essen Cathedral. Essen got it all!
Explore the green south along Baldeneysee and the Ruhr valley or the urban north with its industrial culture and the old colliery settlements. Discover the city on around 260 km of cycle paths, by train or bus. In hardly any other large city you can reach so many highlights from the city centre in less than 20 minutes by car. And if you simply want to unwind, enjoy the tranquillity of the central 70-hectare Grugapark or the Baldeneysee leisure paradise with its numerous water sports activities.
Experience your very own personal contrast programme in one of Germany's most exciting metropoles. Let yourself drift and discover the diverse possibilities. First here, digitally, then in real life. Essen is looking forward to your visit!
7. Veszprém, Hungary
The city of Veszprém is wedged between the wooded slopes of the Bakony Hills and the northern shore of Lake Balaton. It is a place of rare and distinct natural and environmental assets and an attractive cityscape. This amazing city has been a meeting place for cultures for a thousand years.
Take your time to explore the contemporary art galleries and experience a diverse creative community’s art through the frequently changing exhibitions. The vibrant music life and the diverse music festivals play an even more significant role in shaping the cultural life of the city.
High-quality gastronomy enterprises also make the city inviting: cosy cafés and confectioneries, atmospheric bistros and first-rate restaurants.
For a special family experience follow the signs for Veszprém ZOO. The constantly refreshed attraction awaits both young and old all-year-round for an adventure across six continents. Year after year, the City of Queens has something new to offer; visitors will always find novelties to explore.
8. London, UK
After Brexit, Covid and border closures, it is high time to rediscover London in 2023, one of Europe's most extravagant destinations. Capital of the United Kingdom, London brings together like no other destination, traders, business people, eccentrics, artists, creators, designers and more. Its tourist offer goes well beyond Big Ben, the London Eye and Madame Tussauds, which will always delight young and old. London is also an atmosphere, parks of rare beauty ranked among the most attractive city parks in Europe.
Head for Portobello flea markets and colourful houses that are the backdrop to legendary films like “Notting Hill”. Discover the eccentric and colourful neighbourhood of Camden Town. Stroll between the tidy commercial streets of Regent Street and Oxford Street to the designer, artistic and independent shopping districts of Carnaby Street or Covent Garden; do not miss the gay and LGBTQ district of Soho and marvel at the theatre posters hosting world renowned musicals.
There are a thousand good reasons to visit London this year. Our favourite time to discover London is in Spring and Summer. It is less crowded and the parks in the city centre and surrounding areas like Richmond Park, are sublime with flowering plants ancient trees and deer roaming freely.
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9. Grenoble Alpes, France
Grenoble has an exceptional geographical location, nestled at the heart of emblematic mountain ranges like Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledonne. A pioneer, innovative and inspiring city, the Capital of the Alps is constantly reinventing itself. Selected as the green destination for this year's competition (awarded by the EU the title of European Green Capital), you have ranked Grenoble Alpes in your 10 Favourite Destinations in Europe!
It is the ideal destination for an urban and nature-based stay, accessible without a car, offering a subtle balance between culture, living arts, wide open spaces and outdoor activities in winter as in summer (ski touring at ‘Col de Porte’, urban via-ferrata on the foothills of the Bastille, canoeing on the Isère river, paragliding in Saint Hilaire du Touvet, night skiing with breathtaking views of Grenoble…). Everything is possible in Grenoble and in the neighbouring massifs so close and so different from each other!
The flattest city in France, Grenoble Alpes is easily run through by two-wheelers: on a daily basis (450 km of cycle paths) and during leisure time (21 bike loops, signposted paths for mountain biking, etc.). The destination is developing ‘low-carbon’ holiday packages pointing at soft mobility, and in particular cycling.
Did you know that Grenoble is also considered the best destination to visit in France in 2023 and that it is ranked among the Best Street Art Destinations in Europe? There are only good reasons to visit Grenoble this year.
Best for: Nature City Break, Car Free, Street Art, Sustainable Tourism, Green Capitals, Outdoor Sport, Families, Skiing, Biking, Culture.
Nearest airports: Book your flights to Lyon (1h by car or public transport).
Where to stay: "Okko Hotel Grenoble" Great location to explore the city on foot.
10. Mannheim, Germany
Mannheim is the exciting city of experiences at the heart of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. There’s always something going on here. Pure zest for life, enjoyment, a multicultural flair and a jam-packed event calendar await travellers. Known as the city of squares, Mannheim impresses with a host of architectural treasures: the baroque palace, a historic water tower and an Art Nouveau square.
People from more than 170 nations shape the atmosphere of this university city. The city of culture and festivals attracts everyone from theatre lovers to techno fans, jazz connoisseurs or cinema buffs. While the Reiss-Engelhorn museum complex and Kunsthalle art gallery whisk visitors away into worlds of experiences ranging from the early days of human history to contemporary art, the murals by graffiti artists form an open-air gallery for international street art. The green city on the banks of two rivers combines urbanity with recreational activities in almost entirely untouched natural settings.
A highlight for Mannheim in 2023 is the Federal Garden Show “BUGA” (April 14th to October 08th 2023) a large laboratory of the future of urban development that goes far beyond a mere exhibition of plants and flowers.
11. Porto-Santo, Madeira Islands
This island, little sister of the main island of Madeira, is accessible by plane or by ferry and offers wellness hotels, trendy bars and restaurants, the most beautiful sunsets in Europe, a sunny climate almost all year round.
Porto Santo is an invitation to discover paradisiacal beaches, historical heritage and geological exuberance.
Visiting Porto Santo is discovering a golden island, famous for its nine-kilometer sandy beach. The smallest inhabited island of the Madeira Archipelago is only an hour and a half flight away from Lisbon, in the extreme southwest of Europe, 500 km from the African coast and 1000 km from the European continent.
If you want to disconnect from your tumultuous life, experience nature, relax, have no goal in the day except that of watching the sunset, waiting for a good spa treatment, a game of golf or a nautical activity, then Porto Santo is really for you.
Book your flights to Porto Santo or to Funchal + a domestic flight to Porto Santo (20 min) or a Ferry to Porto Santo (2h30) as well as your accommodation in Porto Santo and your activities & tours in Madeira Islands.
12. Toledo, Spain
Toledo blends eras, styles and identities since it is both one of the best medieval destinations in Europe but also one of the Best Erasmus destinations in Europe with its famous world-renowned University. A young and historic city, Toledo is authentic and sparkling, traditional and modern.
‘Toledo’ comes from the Latin word "Toletum" which means "fortified population". Come and discover this city built by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. Located in the centre of Spain, Toledo is within easy reach from Madrid (30 min by train). You can either stay in a hotel, a guesthouse or an apartment in Toledo or find your accommodation in Madrid and book your activities in the region such as a Toledo full-day tour from Madrid.
Discover the "city of three cultures" and live unforgettable experiences in Toledo such as a "Madrid: Segovia and Toledo Tour" or a "From Madrid: Toledo Tour with Wine Tasting and 7 Monuments".
13. Faial, Azores
This year go wild and green and experience eco-responsible adventures in the Azores. Greener than Iceland, less expensive, with a more moderate and milder climate, the Azores are a prime destination for lovers of nature, outdoor sports, hiking, but also gastronomy and even for lovers since they are ranked among the best wedding destinations in Europe.
Considered by the European Commission as a European Destination of Excellence (EDEN), Faial has many sweeping landscapes, unique birds and plants and iconic geological formations, all of them surrounded by a magnificent blue, pure and lively sea. With Sao Jorges and Pico they form a triptych of unique and bewitching islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. A place where sailors crossing the ocean like to stop over for a few days or… a lifetime.
The biodiversity of Faial is very rich: 855 vascular plant species that can be found throughout the island, 57 of which are endemic (that exist only in the Azores). The sea of Faial is an extraordinary mosaic of colours, shadows, smells, sounds, silences and emotions, and is emblematic in the life forms it holds, such as cetaceans, seabirds, sharks and all other inhabitants.
Book your flights to Faial (or a flight to Ponta Delgada – Main Island + a domestic flight to Faial), your accommodation in Faial as well as your activities and tours in the Azores such as a "Azores: Whale Watching Boat Tour".
Best for: Nature Lovers, Outdoor Sport, Whale Watching, Sustainable Tourism, Gastronomy, Hiking.
Nearest airport: Book your flights to Faial or Flight to Ponta Delgada + a domestic flight to Faial.
Where to stay: "Quinta das Buganvilias" is surrounded by a large park with lush vegetation. It offers self-catering facilities and free bikes.
14. Rhodes, Greece
The island of Rhodes is a perfect destination for lovers of old stones, heritage, fortresses and castles. You like history? This sublime medieval city is one of the best preserved in Europe, so do not miss a visit to the Palace of the Grand Master. When visiting Rhodes do not miss the Ancient Acropolis of Lindos, the historic Rhodes Old Town or just relax on Agios Pavlos beach.
Rhodes is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece and certainly one of the most beautiful islands in Europe. It is a perfect destination for any type of travellers. You like a sunny holiday? Rhodes is sunny from May to end of September. You just like laying in the sun? The beach of Tsambika and its turquoise waters await you.
If you are looking for an original family outing, treat yourself to an excursion to "Kallithea", the Butterfly Valley or a trip to Kayak or a trip to Lindos Village & Seven Springs. Treat yourself to a dream holiday on one of the most beautiful Greek islands.
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Book your flights to Rhodes or Athens (+1h Flight) as well as your accommodation in Rhodes and your tours & activities in Rhodes such as a "Rhodes: Catamaran Day Cruise with Lunch and Drinks".
15. Copenhagen, Denmark
One of the trendiest capitals in Europe awaits you this year. Come and see for yourself: the thrift stores, independent boutiques, the Tivoli Garden ranked among the best amusement parks in Europe (book your admission ticket here), Copenhagen’s legendary canal with its romantic cruises and of course the "Copenhagen Hidden Gems".
There are a thousand activities and experiences to enjoy in Copenhagen. Feeling hungry? Treat yourself to a "Copenhagen Culinary Experience Tour" and taste the local specialties and find out why Copenhagen is home to some of the best restaurants in the world. Fancy a nice drink? Copenhagen is the centre of Craft Beer! Do you have ants in your pants? Book your tours and activities in Copenhagen such as a "From Copenhagen: Lund & Malmö: Guided Tour of 2 Countries in One Day".
Book your flights to Copenhagen, your accommodation in Copenhagen as well as your activities and tours and discover one of the best City break destinations in Europe. Do not miss a visit to the "little mermaid".
16. Tossa de Mar, Spain
Blue sky, blue sea and fine sand are awaiting you! Tossa de Mar is enchanting. Its pine forests very near the sea and medieval walls are a magical setting for a perfect holiday in Europe.
Located just 1h30 from the centre of Barcelona, Tossa de Mar seems unreal: several fine golden sand beaches and a magnificent medieval castle await you. The sweet scent of pine trees is floating in the beautiful fishing village. Tossa de Mar is a destination to put on top of your travel bucket list if you want to discover one of the most beautiful places in Spain and one of the Best Destinations to visit in Europe.
Book your flights to Barcelona (1h20 by car), your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Costa Brava such as a "Best of Costa Brava with boat ride and Tossa Visit".
17. Ascona-Locarno, Switzerland
This year stay in Ascona-Locarno and discover a little corner of paradise and one of the Best Places to visit in Europe in 2023. Nature is quiet, beautiful and peaceful. This destination is enriching from a cultural, gastronomic, sporting point of view or even if you are looking for a romantic getaway or a holiday in a city on a human scale with your family.
The Swiss part of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by the towns Locarno, Ascona, Brissago and further small villages, prides itself on its numerous and extraordinary natural beauty spots. Thanks to the enchanting flowers and plants from all 5 continents, the Botanical Garden of the Brissago Island is of major importance. Near the lakeshore and the centre of Locarno lies the Camellia Park with over 900 species, some of which are very rare.
Locarno is recognized worldwide for its International Film Festival, the biggest cultural event in Switzerland and one of the most important ones in Europe. It also has a strong relationship with flowers: lovers of nature are drawn by the spectacular shows of camellias, mimosas and magnolias.
Book your flights to Locarno or Milan (1h20 min) as well as your accommodation in Ascona or Locarno and your activities and tours in Switzerland such as a "Locarno: Full-Day Ticket to the Termali Salini & Spa Locarno".
18. Milos, Greece
Milos Island is one of the best places for a dream holiday in Greece. Voted one of the Best Places to visit in Europe in 2023, you have also classified Milos Island among the Best Natural Pools in Europe, Best Beaches in Europe (Sarakiniko Beach and its famous volcanic rocks which offer sunbathers a lunar scenery). It is also classified among the Best Sculptures in Europe with the Venus of Milo now exhibited in Paris and discovered by a peasant on the island of Milos in Greece by pure chance. Finally Milos is obviously ranked among your Most Beautiful Islands in Greece.
Treat yourself to a relaxing day on the beautiful beach of Sarakiniko or on the most exclusive beach of Firiplaka. For history lovers, do not forget to visit the Ancient Theatre of Milos and the Milos Archaelogical Museum.
Book your flights to Milos - the best way to get to Milos is to fly from Athens (1 hour). You can also take a ferry or a Sea Jet (faster than the Ferry) from the port of Athens -, your accommodation in Milos as well as your tours and activities in Milos such as a "Milos: Full day Milos and Poliegos Catamaran Cruise".
19. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of your top places to visit in Europe in 2023! Do you like discovering cities away from the crowds? Wake up a little earlier than usual, at 5.30 am-6am, and walk around Prague before city life starts up again. Discover its markets, cafes, restaurants at dawn, watching the sun rise over the most beautiful monuments of Prague. This little tip will cost you nothing (other than a few hours of sleep) and will allow you to see Prague from a different perspective.
Need more reasons to visit Prague in 2023? You have ranked it among your Best Christmas Markets in Europe, Best destinations to celebrate New Year's Eve, Best honeymoon destinations in Europe, Best places to propose in Europe and Best Fairy tale destinations in Europe.
Book your flights to Prague, your accommodation and treat yourself to extras from a selection of the best tours and activities in Prague, such as a "Prague: Sightseeing Dinner Cruise on Open-Top Glass Boat".
20. Sóller, Spain
Want some good reasons to visit Sóller on the island of Mallorca this year? You have ranked Sóller among the best hidden gems in Europe, Best honeymoon destinations in Europe, Best hidden gems in Spain, but also best cycling destinations in Europe and best destinations to visit by train in Europe (the little train that goes up to the top of the mountain is charming and authentic and will appeal to the whole family).
Are you looking for a sunny place for your old age? You also ranked Sóller among your best places to get retired in Europe! There are only good reasons to visit Söller.
Sóller is the most beautiful village on the island of Mallorca. Surrounded by mountains, it is quiet, relaxing and perfect for a family holiday. Although the location is isolated, Sóller is well connected to Palma de Mallorca, (30 minutes from the airport ) by many lines of trams and buses.
If you like nature, hiking, gastronomy, Sóller is for you.
Book your flights to Mallorca (40 mins by car). Book your accommodation and your tours and activities in Mallorca such as a "Mallorca: Tramuntana Panorama Tour - Sóller - Deia - Valldemossa".
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