Revealed: Europe’s top 10 destinations for 2019

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

The travel guide’s list highlights must-see places and 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.

It is one of the few areas in Europe where you can see brown bears in the wild.

Madrid in Spain took second place, while Iceland’s newly-founded Arctic Coast Way was third.

Tom Hall from Lonely Planet 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.’

Shetland, which consists of more than 100 islands in the far north of Scotland, was placed sixth.

Lonely Planet praised Shetland’s ‘awesome coastal trails, wicked wildlife watching, and fabled fish and chip shops’.

Visit Scotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead said: ‘Shetland’s appearance as the only UK destination in Lonely Planet’s prestigious Best In Europe 2019 is testament to the islands’ strong pull for visitors.

‘Shetland has something for everyone – it boasts breathtaking scenery, unparalleled opportunities to see amazing wildlife and birds, a stunning coastline, delicious local food and drink, unique culture and heritage, and an incredible historical and archaeological story to tell.

‘It is somewhere you can enjoy both a relaxing break and an activity-fuelled trip.’

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

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