Lonely Planet reveals its top 10 European destinations for 2019

Mars El Brogy, Laura Hampson
Lonely Planet reveals its top 10 European destinations for 2019

Just in time for summer, travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has revealed its ‘Best in Europe’ list for 2019.

The list, which determines the destinations that ought to be on travellers' radars, includes remote coastlines, vibrant cities and off-the-beaten-track regions.

High Tatras in Slovakia was named Europe’s number one destination for summer 2019 for its rugged, ethereal landscapes and distinct wild life – this is one of the only parts in Europe where you can see brown bears in the wild.

Spanish capital Madrid took the second spot for its street food offerings and cocktail joints, while the newly-founded Arctic Coast Way in Iceland came in third for the road connecting 21 villages and four islands in Iceland’s north – a must-do summer road trip.

The UK also features on the top 10 places to visit this summer with the Shetland Islands coming in at number six. The islands were praised for being an ‘enchanting archipelago’ for the ‘hardiest of adventurers’. The islands can only be reached by plane or overnight ferry from Aberdeen, but once there expect a number of stunning coastal trails, beaches and delicious fish and chips shops.

You can see the complete top 10 below.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2019


1. High Tatras, Slovakia

2. Madrid, Spain

3. The Arctic Coast Way, Iceland

4. Hercegovina, Bosnia and Hercegovina

5. Bari, Italy

6. Shetland, Scotland

7. Lyon, France

8. Liechtenstein

9. Vevey, Switzerland

10. Istria, Croatia

Croatia’s Istria region – found in tenth spot on the list – has been luring in travellers for the past few years but is now a must-visit location this summer, according to Lonely Planet A recent review of the region by the Standard revealed the area is filled with ‘history, character and truffles’ and to expect lashings of sun, sparkling seas and lush vineyards.

Lonely Planet’s VP of Experience, Tom Hall, said: “Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2019 list showcases the European destinations which are worth planning a trip around right now. From cultural city breaks to awe-inspiring scenery, buzzing foodie destinations and the best spots to escape the crowds, there are a wealth of experiences to be enjoyed across the continent this summer.”