Top 10 European countries to visit in 2022
Europe undoubtedly has the largest choice of holiday destinations in the world, and after almost two years of no travel time, you are planning more than one public holiday in 2022.
s Europe has such a variety of options, with most being accessible in just a few hours, we’ve rounded up the top 10 countries you should consider visiting for the first time OR even coming back to see what’s there. again there. The romanticism of Italy, the splendor of France and the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean. The Belfast Telegraph has partnered with Travel Department to help you fall in love with Europe again in 2022 and here are our top ten destinations to visit for a European vacation.
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Italy has it all – Incredible landscapes, evocative history, stunning architecture, wonderful weather and fabulous food. There are so many places to discover on an Italy vacation and there is something for everyone wherever you go. From beautiful Lake Garda to the rustic Tuscan countryside, to a city break in Rome or a relaxing and sunny Italian getaway on the Sorrento coast. Definitely one of the most popular destinations in Europe, it’s fair to say that we are in love with Italy.
Located in the heart of Eastern Europe between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, Slovenia is a country of stunning natural beauty, stunning coastlines and charming towns and villages. You can take a short break in Slovenia to see its most famous site, Lake Bled, located in the Julian Alps, is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery; Slovenia’s charming capital, Ljubljana, is easy to explore on foot.
A vacation in Croatia offers a fascinating blend of history and culture along the Adriatic coast. Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and one of our best sun destinations. Dubrovnik has stunning architecture, spectacular views, wonderful 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 worth a visit, but places like Opatija, Rijeka and Pula are also worth exploring .
The land where civilization began has many gems and there are so many places to visit in Greece. In Athens, one of the oldest cities in the world, it has historical sites such as the Acropolis, Pantheon and Delphi that must be experienced in this lifetime. The largest of the Greek Islands, Crete is known for its magnificent climate, stunning beaches, quaint towns and mountainous landscapes. Santorini, also known as Thira, is part of the Cylades group of islands and is famous for its stunning whitewashed buildings with blue doors and roofs, which correspond to the national flag of Greece. Many tourists visit Santorini to admire the magnificent sunsets, which are considered to be the best in the world.
Malta has a unique charm; its colorful history and the influences of its Mediterranean neighbors have resulted in a magical blend of culture, cuisine, language and landscape. The country has many historical gems such as the Casa Rocca Piccola, a grand 16th-century palace and the UNESCO-listed St. John’s Cathedral in the capital of Valletta. The Ggantija Temples at Xaghra in Gozo are the oldest free-standing structures in the world, dating back to 3600 BC. Sun worshipers will be delighted to learn that this country also has a golden coastline with sandy beaches and warm, clear waters; this is perfect for those looking for a relaxing holiday in Malta.
Montenegro offers incredible landscapes, fascinating history, rich culture and delicious food! Active travelers will enjoy water sports and fantastic hiking trails through its spectacular limestone mountains, while history buffs will love the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor and the medieval streets of Budva. Sun seekers on vacation in Montenegro have everything they need, with Blue Flag beaches dotted with lounge chairs and nearby beach bars.
Cyprus, the birthplace of Aphrodite, is perhaps best known for its array of stunning sandy beaches with their spectacular scenery and crystal blue waters. Located in one of the warmest areas of the Mediterranean, Cyprus experiences an average of 320 sunny days per year. It is also steeped in history, where various sites can be found across 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. On a guided tour of Cyprus, you can visit Nicosia, the only divided capital in the world. The southern part is inhabited by Greeks and the northern part is home to Turkish Cypriots. While visiting the capital, it will appear that you have explored two countries instead of one.
Discover Portugal for an unforgettable vacation – fascinating history, impressive cities, fantastic weather and incredible beaches. The Algarve, one of Portugal’s most popular destinations, is full of attractive sandy beaches. Porto is one of the oldest cities in Europe, located on the Douro River in northern Portugal, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The capital Lisbon is full of culture and history, like the UNESCO-listed Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries, and it is a gourmet’s paradise.
France is full of magnificent historic buildings, stunning coastlines and captivating countryside. Cannes is the perfect choice for those interested in warm weather and beautiful beaches. Take a cruise on the Seine to discover the highlights of France in a unique way, where you can visit the cities of Paris and Rouen. It’s a country where charm and culture are found everywhere you go and it’s easy to see why France is the most visited country in the world.
From countless beaches to cosmopolitan towns and breathtaking landscapes, it’s no surprise that visitors vacation in Spain year after year. Spain is a country full of natural beauties and inspiring landscapes, like Mount Teide in Tenerife, the third largest volcano in the world, and the Nerja Caves near Malaga. Spain has over 5,000 miles of coastline and thousands of beaches, sun worshipers are spoiled for choice! One of our best suggestions would be the Costa de la Luz, located in the region of Andalusia, near the Portuguese border, the bustling cities of Madrid and Barcelona are world famous for their arts and culture scene, fantastic cuisine, their amazing museums and awesome shopping options. . Seville is another remarkable Spanish city, offering visitors a rich cultural experience, from flamenco dancing to architectural heritage.
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