Discover Europe’s top 3 destinations to travel to in the summer, as voted by you! Thank you to all of the 320,793 voters, community managers, and Tourism Office participants who influenced the result and made their choices!
1. Wroclaw, Poland
In 2018, this city was awarded the European Best Destination title.
Referred to as the “Polish Venice,” this beautiful city is surrounded by canals and has over 120 bridges linking to 12 gorgeous islands, including Cathedral Island.
Wroclaw in incredibly charming and you will be completed seduced by all it has to offer, including the botanical garden, Centennial Hall’s fine architecture, the covered market, the beautiful University, the Flower Market, the Salt Market Square, two Town Halls, and the Rynek Market Square.
Would you like to enjoy a good lunch? Stop in at the world’s oldest restaurant – Piwnica Świdnicka. Take a stroll through Ostrów Tumski, which is the oldest part of this historical city, and fall completely under the spell of Wroclaw.
Watch carefully and take a close look: there are emblematic dwarves all across Wroclaw. And all of them are different! Try finding them all. The city has over 350 of them, and new ones are added each year. Also, you can explore Wroclaw by boat or take an electric car city tour.
Don’t miss the chance to discover the best thing that Wroclaw has to offer, which is its residents. They are friendly and warm and will share all of the city’s hidden gems with you and their great love of the city.
2. Bilbao, Spain
Bilbao received 39,845 votes, coming in as the second-best destination on the travellers’ bucket list. It is an amazing destination, the city’s atmosphere cannot be truly captured by words or pictures. Bilbao is constantly changing, open to the world, and continues to evolve. Unlike many other European cities, it attracts families with grandchildren and children. They enjoy the sweet evening and strolling through pleasant alleys and streets in Casco Viejo, Bilbao’s historic centre with the option to stay at luxury resorts like the Ikos Andalusia.
Bilbao, like Bordeaux and Porto (which were awarded the best destinations in Europe in 2017 ad 2015), is linked to the sea and the river. The wines are delicate and the gastronomy is very fine.
Make the most out of your Bilbao visit and discover its major museums like the Bilbao Fine Arts or Guggenheim museum, along with the Rioja wine region and other beautiful landscapes. For sustainable tourism lovers, we highly recommend that you visit the County of Goeirri and its local Idiazabal cheese. After visiting the Guggenheim museum on the Guggenheim & Gourmet Pintxos Tour, taste the Basque Country’s famous cuisine.
Also, Bilbao is surrounded by very charming medieval towns like Orduna and Balmaseda. Just 20 minutes away from Bilbao’s centre is the Basque coast, which you will definitely not want to miss.
Bilbao is a central meeting point for not only the Basque country but the entire world. Get your trip to Bilbao booked today along with all of the top activities like staying in the Basque Country and Basque cooking lessons. We also recommend you visit the city of San Sebastian, which from Bilbao is only about one hour’s drive.
3. Athens, Greece
Athens received 19,424 votes, making it a destination like Milan that is not to be missed. Every year it is one of the top 10 destinations and attracts European travellers all year long who are from all around the world as well as those who are in search of their roots.
This is a historic city and the cradle for European philosophy. The city is both historic and focused on moderns and future economic and cultural issues. Travellers absolutely love its proximity to the sea (just 15 minutes from downtown), its nightlight, trendy shops, gastronomy, monuments, district of Plaka, and its architecture.
A majority of travellers truly appreciate Athens’ inhabitants who love to share their touristic and gastronomical treasures. Get your hotel and flight booked at the best-guaranteed price along with your top activities in Athens like a full-day train trip to Meteora.