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Where should you go on a trip in 2023? This is the question that many sites – including the one you are currently reading – are trying to answer. It is not easy to answer, moreover; there are so many breath-taking places which know how to welcome visitors. Across the Atlantic, every year, many travellers await the publication of the favourite destinations of the New York Times, the most illustrious of American newspapers, for the next twelve months. For 2023, there’s still a great variety to choose from, from London, UK, to La Guajira, Colombia, to Accra, Ghana. So, what about Europe?
Of the 52 destinations chosen by the New York Times, fifteen are located on the European continent. This ranking is based on four criteria: food, culture, adventure, and the natural beauty of the place. Here are the top ten travel destinations in Europe in 2023, according to the American daily.
1. London | United Kingdom
London, the cosmopolitan city par excellence, offers a unique blend of history, culture, and modernity. Iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye attract visitors from around the world, while theatres, museums, and art galleries provide a rich cultural experience. It is no coincidence that the megalopolis is at the top of this ranking, despite Brexit and an economic crisis darkening the picture.
Moreover, we are not short of articles on this destination. Do you want to dream about your vacation here? Take a look at our selection of hotels with a view of London.
2. Kilmartin Glen | United Kingdom (Scotland)
The Kilmartin Glen, located in the Scottish Highlands, is a place of pilgrimage for lovers of Celtic history and culture. Numerous megaliths and tombs dating from the Stone Age attract visitors to discover the secrets of our ancestors. There are nearly 150 prehistoric monuments in this region, so there are plenty of things to see.
Moreover, if you are not already convinced about making a short getaway to Scotland, here are five magical places to discover (in video), and our guide for Edinburgh.
3. The Vjosa River | Albania
The Vjosa River in Albania is a hidden natural gem. Or almost hidden. The crystal-clear waters of the river meander through the mountains, offering a wild and unique landscape in Europe. Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts can explore the hiking trails and admire the waterfalls, while rafting and kayaking enthusiasts can enjoy the white waters.
4. Tromso | Norway
Tromsø, the northernmost city in Norway, is a favourite spot for nature and adventure lovers. The northern lights, fjords, and glaciers attract visitors from all over the world to admire the wonders of its nature, which are absolutely unique. Boating, snowmobiling, and dog sledding are other popular activities.
Nimes | France
Nîmes, located in the south-east of France, has an almost unrivalled ancient heritage in the country. History buffs will be fascinated by the Roman remains in the area, including arenas, the Temple of Diana, and the Augustus Bridge. The city is also home to many museums, gardens, historical monuments, and regular cultural events.
Odense | Denmark
Odense, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, offers unparalleled insight into the life and work of the famous storyteller. Visitors can visit Andersen’s birthplace, the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, and discover the places that inspired his fairy tales. It is a bucolic place, perfect for endless strolls.
Tarragona | Spain
Tarragona, located on the Catalan coast in Spain, also has a solid ancient heritage. History buffs can visit the Roman ruins, including the bullring, the amphitheatre, and the Roman circus. Tarragona’s old town is an architectural gem, with churches, palaces and fortifications dating back to the Middle Ages.
Burgundy | France
Burgundy in eastern France is renowned for its prestigious vineyards and sumptuous castles dating back to medieval times. Wine lovers go there almost on pilgrimage, to discover the cellars of local winegrowers and taste the famous wines of the region, such as Gevrey-Chambertin and Meursault. History and architecture lovers will also be delighted by the many castles and abbeys, such as Fontenay Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Istanbul | Turkey
Located on the borders of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a cosmopolitan city, with architecture which reflects its glorious and tumultuous past. Visitors can rediscover the splendours of the Ottoman Empire by visiting the many monuments to the time, such as the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. The busy streets of the old town are full of colourful bazaars and bustling markets, where it is possible to discover local foods and artisans. A pure delight.
Lausanne | Swiss
Lausanne, located on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, is a city that is both peaceful and elegant. Visitors can experience the magnificent views of the Swiss Alps or stroll along the cobbled streets of the old town. Lausanne is also renowned for its cultural heritage, with many museums, theatres, and art galleries. UNESCO has even classified the historic centre of the city as a world heritage site. That’s a bit of a clue, isn’t it?
Further down the rankings, other destinations do honour to Europe, including Vilnius, in Lithuania, or Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.