Best European destinations 2019

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Where are the best European destinations? Deciding where to travel for a holiday or even a weekend break can sometimes be difficult. With the wealth of information available it’s sometimes good to have some tips from those in the know. We came across an article by travel firm Bookmundi who have some great suggestions for travel to Europe this summer and we highlight some of them below.

Malaga, Spain.

Malaga in Southern Spain, the birthplace of Picasso, is popular as a chic and cosmopolitan destination. Looming over a modern skyline are the city’s two massive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro which are remnants of Moorish rule. Malaga has many new art galleries, a wonderful port district with flourishing nightlife and of course a fantastic range of restaurants to suit all tastes. You can even take a trip to the Island of Gibraltar and enjoy fantastic views from the famous Gibraltar rock.

Berlin, Germany.

There are many great places to visit in Germany but Berlin the Capital city has to be one of the best simply because of it’s amazing history which dates back to the 13th century. Berlin’s gritty street life collides with glamour in the city and is long on vibrant culture, amazing architecture, flourishing arts scene, divine food and buzzing nightlife.

You can experience classical culture and a multitude of world class museums and visiting during the summer is ideal for strolling around the city and enjoying the sights and sounds of this vibrant Capital.


Porto, Portugal.

Porto is a coastal city in northwest Portugal known among other things for its stately bridges and port wine production. In the medieval Ribeira district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchant houses and cafes. It’s a beautiful city and just small enough to enjoy in 48hrs so ideal for a weekend break. Aside from its labyrinth of medieval streets it has some very interesting architecture including a lavish baroque cathedral and a 19th century palace. There are also a clutch of museums and some fine restaurants to enjoy.

Cinque Terre, Italy.

Cinque Terre is a string of five centuries-old  villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the towns, colourful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, and each has a harbour filled with fishing boats and restaurants and trattorias turn out seafood specialities along with the region’s most famous sauce, pesto.

Cinque Terre or ‘Five Lands’ can only be reached by train or boat and makes for some amazing and exhilarating hiking along the rugged coast which can be enjoyed from March to October.

Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia by the Adriatic Sea. It’s known for its distinctive Old Town, surrounded by massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well preserved buildings range from baroque Churches to Gothic and Renaissance Palaces, one of which is now a history museum. The pedestrianised Stradun is paved with limestone and is lined with shops and restaurants.

Whether you’re relaxing on a beach, sightseeing in the one of the worlds best preserved medieval cities or strolling through its botanical gardens Dubrovnik will leave it’s own special mark on you.

Santorini, Greece.


Santorini is one of the islands in the Aegean Sea known as the Cyclades. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in its early history which shaped its rugged landscape. The whitewashed houses of its two main towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater crater. They overlook the sea and other small islands to the west, with beaches made up of multi-coloured lava pebbles.

If you adore spectacular, romantic sunsets then Santorini is a must-see destination. Set in the beautiful Greek Islands, Santorini’s a combination of sun, sea and refreshing sea breezes. 

Budapest, Hungary.

Budapest is the Capital of Hungary and is bisected by the River Danube. Its famous chain bridge which was built in the 19th century, connects the hilly ‘Buda’ district with flat ‘Pest’. A funicular railway runs up to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest history museum traces city life from Roman times. During the day you can take a cruise on the river, visit the vibrant old centre or enjoy the delightful parks before enjoying some fine food and bustling Budapest nightlife.

This is a little snapshot of some of the best places to visit in Europe in 2019. Much more information can be found by reading the full article.

And don’t forget some European destinations such as Hungary, Croatia and Switzerland don’t have euros as their main currency so if you need to find the best exchange rates for your holiday money then visit our website.

Posted by Graham Morley

Graham Morley

Graham is the Business Development Manager for Compare Holiday Money.

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