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Top ten European countries you must visit

17 May 2019
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Europe has undoubtedly the greatest choice of holiday destinations in the world and most can be reached within a couple of hours. From the romance of Italy, the splendour of France and the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean.

Here’s our top ten European destinations you must visit.

1. Italy

Italy has it all – Incredible landscapes, evocative history, stunning architecture, amazing weather and fabulous food. From stunning Lake Garda to the rustic Tuscan countryside, the vibrant city of Rome to the stylish Sorrento coast.

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2. Slovenia

Situated in the heart of Eastern Europe between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, Slovenia is a country of astounding natural beauty, stunning coasts and charming towns and cities. Its most famous sight, Lake Bled, located in the Julian Alps, is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. Slovenia’s charming capital Ljubljana is easy to explore by foot.

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3. Croatia

A holiday to Croatia delivers an intriguing blend of history and culture along the Adriatic coast. Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and one of our top sun destinations. Dubrovnik boasts stunning architecture, spectacular views, beautiful weather and fantastic food. The city has a rich history dating back to the 7th century and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. The capital Zagreb is, of course, well worth a visit but places like Opatija, Rijeka and Pula are also worth exploring.

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4. Greece

Greece, the land where civilisation began has many gems. In Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities, it has historical sights such as the Acropolis, the Pantheon and Delphi need to be experienced in this lifetime. The largest of the Greek islands, Crete is known for its beautiful climate, wonderful beaches, picturesque towns and mountainous landscapes. Santorini, also known as Thira, is part of the Cylades island group and is famous for its stunning whitewash buildings with blue doors and roofs, which correlates with Greece's national flag. Many tourists visit Santorini to view the beautiful sunsets, which are considered to be the best in the world.

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5. Malta

Malta has a unique charm; its colourful history and influences from Mediterranean neighbours have resulted in a magical blend of culture, cuisine, language and landscape. The country has many historic gems such as Casa Rocca Piccola, a 16th Century grand palazzo and the UNESCO listed St John’s Cathedral in the capital of Valletta. The Ggantija Temples at Xaghra in Gozo are the oldest freestanding structures in the world, dating back to 3600 BC. Sunworshipers will be delighted to hear that Malta also has a golden coastline with sandy beaches and warm, clear waters.

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6. Montenegro

Montenegro offers incredible landscapes, fascinating history, rich culture and delicious cuisine! Active travellers will enjoy the water sports and fantastic hiking trails through its dramatic limestone mountains, while history buffs will be love the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor and the medieval streets of Budva. Sun-seekers have everything they need, with blue-flag beaches dotted with sun loungers and nearby beachside bars.

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7. Cyprus

Cyprus, the birthplace of Aphrodite, is perhaps best known for its array of stunning sandy beaches with their dramatic landscapes and crystal clear blue waters. Situated in one of the warmest zones in the Mediterranean, Cyprus experiences an average of 320 sunny days per year. It's also steeped in history, where various sites can be found around the country, such as the Tombs of the Kings, a UNESCO World Heritage site of underground tombs dating back to the 4th century BC and the ancient city of Salamis. Nicosia is the only divided capital city in the world. The southern part is inhabited by Greeks and the northern part is home to Turkish Cypriots. When visiting the capital it will seem like you have explored two countries instead of one.

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8. Portugal

Portugal truly has it all for that unforgettable holiday- a fascinating history, impressive towns and cities, fantastic weather and incredible beaches. The Algarve, one of Portugal's most popular destinations, has an abbundance of attractive sandy beaches to choose from. Porto is one of Europe’s oldest cities, located on the Duoro River in Northern Portugal, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The capital Lisbon is packed full of culture and history, such as the UNESCO listed Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries, and it's a foodie's paradise.

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9. Bulgaria

Bulgaria is small country, yet there are plenty of amazing places to discover, it's steeped in history, culture, traditions and beautiful scenery. Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast is well known as one of Eastern Europe’s premier beach resorts. You can also see ancient Roman Ruins in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city and currently the European Capital of Culture for 2019. With its relaxed atmosphere, the capital Sofia is perfect for a city escape. There are many architectural gems to discover, such as St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St. Sofia Basilica and the National Theatre.

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10. Spain

From the countless beaches, cosmopolitan cities, to the stunning scenery, it's no surprise visitors return to Spain year after year. Spain is a country full of natural beauty and inspiring landscapes, such as Mount Teide in Tenerife, the third biggest volcano in the whole world and the Caves of Nerja near Malaga. Spain has over 5,000 miles of coastline and thousands of beaches, sun worshipers are spoilt for choice! One of our top suggestions would be Costa de la Luz, located in the region of Andalucía, near the Portuguese border The vibrant cities of Madrid and Barcelona are world-renowned for their arts and culture scene, fantastic food, incredible museums and impressive shopping options. Seville is another remarkable Spanish city, offering visitors a rich cultural experience, from flamenco dancing to architectural heritage.

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