The Best Destinations in Europe: 2016

The Best Destinations in Europe: 2016

The Best Destinations in Europe 2016

Every new year all the big-wigs of travel come out with their ‘best destinations’ lists. I love it. Travel + Leisure, Lonely Planet, TripAdvisor, I’m on all their email lists and eagerly await their press releases. This year I compiled the listings and pulled out all those in Europe, my favorite place to travel. Grouped by City, Region and Country, take a peek at the best destinations in Europe for 2016 then tell me where you want to go to most!

(Full lists are at the bottom of the post!)

TOP CITIES

Kotor, Montenegro // #1 Lonely Planet | Top 10 Cities

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London, England // #1 US News & World Report | World’s Best Places to Visit 2015 – 2016

London, England

Porto, Portugal // #3 Trip Advisor | Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise

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Dublin, Ireland // #3 Lonely Planet | Top 10 Cities

Barcelona, Spain // #3 US News & World Report | World’s Best Places to Visit 2015 – 2016

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Check out my day exploring Barcelona on 3 wheels!

Paris, France // #4 US News & World Report | World’s Best Places to Visit 2015 – 2016
Lille, France // #4 Travel + Leisure | Best Places to Travel 2016
Rotterdam, Netherlands // #5 Lonely Planet | Top 10 Cities
Brighton, United Kingdom // #6 Trip Advisor | Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise
Manchester, England // #8 Lonely Planet | Top 10 Cities
Frankfurt, Germany // #9 Travel + Leisure | Best Places to Travel 2018
Rome, Italy // #10 Lonely Planet | Top 10 Cities
San Sebastian, Spain // Top 25 Fodor’s | Go List
Stratford-upon-Avon, England // Top 25 Fodor’s | Go List

TOP REGIONS

Transylvania, Romania // #1 Lonely Planet | Top 10 Regions

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West Iceland // #2 Lonely Planet | Top 10 Regions

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Check out Kaelene’s 10 Must See Places in Iceland!

Friuli’s Wine Vineyards, Italy (near Venice) // #4 Lonely Planet | Top 10 Regions

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Auvergne, France // #6 Lonely Planet | Top 10 Regions

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Bavaria, Germany // #8 Lonely Planet | Top 10 Regions & Top 25 Fodor’s | Go List

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Seriously thinking about going? Check out my Mini Guide to Bavaria

Douro Valley, Portugal // #8 Travel + Leisure | Best Places to Travel 2016
Sicily, Italy // Top 25 Fodor’s | Go List
Faroe Islands, Denmark // Top 25 Fodor’s | Go List
Normandy, France // Top 25 Fodor’s | Go List

TOP COUNTRIES

Latvia // #5 Lonely Planet | Top 10 Countries

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Portugal // #5 Afar Magazine | Best Destinations for 2016

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Check out this Quick Guide on What to See, Eat & Do in Lisbon!

Poland // #7 Lonely Planet | Top 10 Countries

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Greenland // #9 Lonely Planet | Top 10 Countries

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Ireland // #10 Afar Magazine | Best Destinations for 2016

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Read about my beautiful drive around the Ring of Kerry!

Spain // Top 25 Fodor’s | Go List
Lithuania // Top 25 Fodor’s | Go List


Complete Lists

Lonely Planet | Top 10 Cities

1. Kotor
2. Quito
3. Dublin
4. George Town, Malaysia
5. Rotterdam
6. Mumbai
7. Fremantle
8. Manchester
9. Nashville
10. Rome

Lonely Planet | Top 10 Regions

1. Transylvania (Romania)
2. West Iceland
3. Valle de Vinales (Cuba)
4. Friuli’s Wine Vineyards (near Venice, Italy)
5. Waiheke Island (Australia)
6. Auvergne (France)
7. Hawaii
8. Bavaria (Germany)
9. Costa Verde (Brazil)
10. St. Helena (South Atlantic Ocean)

Lonely Planet | Top 10 Countries

1. Botswana
2. Japan
3. USA
4. Palau
5. Latvia
6. Australia
7. Poland
8. Uruguay
9. Greenland
10. Fiji

US News & World Report | World’s Best Places to Visit 2015 – 2016

1. London
2. Bora Bora
3. Barcelona
4. Paris
5. Sydney
6. NYC
7. Maui
8. Rio de Janeiro
9. Cape Town
10. San Francisco

Travel + Leisure | Best Places to Travel 2016

1. Bocas del Toro, Panama
2. Guadalajara, Mexico
3. Richmond, Virginia
4. Lille, France
5. Iran
6. Lanai, Hawaii
7. Hangzhou, China
8. Douro Valley, Portugal
9. Frankfurt, Germany
10. Asbury Park, New Jersey

Afar Magazine | Best Destinations for 2016

1. American Southwest
2. Nepal
3. Tasmania
4. Cuba
5. Portugal
6. Granada, Nicaragua
7. Mongolia
8. East Africa
9. Cabo
10. Ireland

Fodor’s | Go List

Utah * TOP PICK
(all else unranked)
America’s National Parks
Philadelphia
Maine
North Loop, Minneapolis
Palm Springs, California
Cuba
Haiti
Guadeloupe
San Sebastian
Spain
Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Sicily, Italy
Faroe Islands, Denmark
Lithuania
Bavaria, Germany
Normandy, France
St. Helena
Fez, Morocco
Nepal
Philippines
Taipei
Taiwan
Guam
Adelaide, Australia
Abu Dhabi
Ecuador

Trip Advisor | Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise – World:

1. Tulum, Mexico
2. Cartagena, Colombia
3. Porto, Portugal
4. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
5. Moscow, Russia
6. Brighton, United Kingdom
7. New Delhi, India
8. Banff, Canada
9. Lima, Peru
10. Foz do Iguacu, Brazil