After the vote that thousands of people participated resulted, Europe’s best destinations were announced. The list of 15 countries included many countries from Central and Eastern Europe just like the list one year ago. While Wroclaw was the winner of the European Best Destinations 2018 last year, Budapest took the first place in this year’s list. At the same time Poznan from Poland ranked fifth, while Braga from Portugal ranked second. I would also like to point out that the fact that Wroclaw and Braga, the two cities where I lived while I was living abroad, took the first two places in a row was a joyful situation for me.
Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy, was founded around the Arno River and was briefly the capital of the Italian Kingdom in history. This amazing city is reminiscent of an open-air museum with many workarts remained from the Renaissance Period. In the city you should see before you leave: Piazza della Signoria, Florence Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery and Piazzale Michelangelo.
Riga, the capital of Latvia on the Baltic Sea coast, is located where the great Daugava River spills into the sea. In addition to being the largest city in the Baltic states, Riga is an important center of culture, politics, education, finance, trade and industry. St. St. Peter’s Church, Freedom Monument, Riga Central Market, Riga Cathedral, House of the Blackheads and Riga Castle are some of the must-see places in Riga.
Kotor is one of the coastal towns of Montenegro, one of the newest countries in Europe. This town which is small but important in terms of its historical and architectural monuments, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. In this recently popular town, the must-see places are: Kotor Old Town, Kampana Tower, Church of Sveti Luka, Clock Tower, St. Petersburg. Nikola Church.
Athens is the capital of Greece and the largest city in the country with a population of approximately 4 million people. It is surrounded by hills and only the western part is open. It is 7 kilometers from the port of Piraeus. Acropolis, Parthenon, Plaka Neighborhood and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens are the attractions of the city.
Dinant belongs to the Wallonia Region of Belgium. The city where the Maas River crosses has about 20,000 inhabitants. There are the Collégiale Notre Dame de Dinant, the Citadel of Dinant, Grotte la Merveilleuse, Rocher Bayard and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Leffe among the places to visit.
Sainte-Maxime is a city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is located east of Marseille (about 130 km) and west of Nice (about 90 km), making it easy to reach other major cities. Plage de la Nartelle, Port de Sainte-Maxime Marche couvert, Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma, Jardin Botanique des Myrtes and Plage du Center Ville are some of the highlights of this charming little French city.
Bratisvala, another city on the banks of the Danube, is the border to both Austria and Hungary. Bratislava is the capital and largest city of Slovakia, located about 50 km east of Vienna. The city has a population of approximately 450,000. Bratislava Castle, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Old Town, St. Martin’s Cathedral Micheal Gate and Grassalkovich Palace are seen as the most touristic attractions in Bratislava.
Cavtat is a village in the Dubrovnik-Neretva district of Croatia. In addition to enjoying the sea in this beautiful village on the Adriatic Sea, you can stroll through the old city center or enjoy the unique view of the sea. You can also visit the historical buildings of the Church of St Nicholas, Vlaho Bukovac House and Cavtat Cemetery in the village.
Geneva is the second most populated city in Switzerland after Zurich, on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. It is also the largest city in the French-speaking region of Suisse Romande. It is the capital of the Canton of Geneva with the same name. Located off the Rhône River off Lake Geneva, the city has many tourist attractions such as the Chapel of the Maccabees, the Jardin Botanique, the Palais des Nations, the Molard Tower and the Mont Blanc Bridge.
Málaga is a municipality, capital of the Province of Málaga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain. The city, where the famous painter Pablo Picasso was born, had a natural diversity thanks to the Andalusian influence due to its cultural, climate and geographical location. Spending 300 days of sunshine in Malaga, Malaga offers holidaymakers with clean beaches and a 2000-year cultural heritage. Castillo de Gibralfaro, Alcazaba de Malaga, Malaga Cathedral and Teatro Romano and Fundacion Picasso are some of the attractions in the city.
Like many other European cities, Poznan is a city founded around a river (Warta) too. Poznan is also the capital of Greater Poland Voivodeship. It remains an important center in the fields of history, trade, industry and education and is the fifth largest city in Poland. Ostrow Tumski, Ratusz, The Archcathedral Peter and St. St. Paul in Poznań (Poznan Cathedral), Old Town (Stary Rynek) are some of the must-see places in Poznan.
Metz is a city in northeast France located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers. Located near the tripoint along the junction of France, Germany, and Luxembourg, the city forms a central place of the European Greater Region and the SaarLorLux euroregion. The political, administrative and geographical situation of the city combines with its cultural and historical legacy. So, the strategic importance of the city is high. In addition, there are many historical buildings such as Metz Cathedral, Gare de Metz-Ville, Église Saint-Maximin and Basilica of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains which attract their attention.
Monte Isola is an island on Lake Iseo (Lago d’Iseo), in the Lombardy Region of Italy. It is forbidden to drive car on the island to protect the lush nature of Monte Isola. Only the inhabitants of the island are allowed to use motorcycles. Centro Storico di Monte Isola, Santuario della Madonna della Ceriola, Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo and the Rocca Martinengo are the best places to see in Monte Isola.
Braga, the largest city in northern Portugal, is one of the tourist attractions of Portugal with its historic fabric and authentic atmosphere. The Menagem Tower, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro, Parque da Ponte, Garden of Santa Barbara, The Cathedral of Braga, Praça da República (Old Town) and Bom Jesus do Monte take the first place among must-see places to visit in Braga. For more deatils about Braga, you can take a look at this page.
The capital of this beautiful non-Indo-European country, situated in the heart of Europe, Budapest is located on the Danube River. It is not surprising that this charming city, which welcomes thousands of tourists every year, came first in this year’s European Best Destinations list. Some of the most important places to see in Budapest are as follows: Vörösmarty Square, St. Stepan Basilica, Budapest Parliament Building, Lanchid Chain Bridge, Andrássy Avenue, Buda Castle and Széchenyi Baths.