Top up-and-com­ing des­ti­na­tions in Europe

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Re­laxnews

Plan­ning an in­ter­na­tional trip, but don’t want to go to the run-of-the-mill travel des­ti­na­tions? Good idea! There are a host of emerg­ing, up-and-com­ing places that are poised to be­come “the next trav­eler find”. In a list com­piled by a lead­ing travel mag­a­zine, Croa­tia has emerged the top des­ti­na­tion in Europe for 2017.

While Croa­tia has be­come ex­tremely pop­u­lar as a travel des­ti­na­tion in re­cent years, most vis­i­tors are headed to the coun­try’s coast­line in search of beaches and is­land getaways. But Za­greb is also wor­thy of a stopover, ed­i­tors say, with its Aus­troHun­gar­ian cof­fee squares, cafes, street art, Neo-Gothic ar­chi­tec­ture and an ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion that has cre­ated a cos­mopoli­tan and edgy cap­i­tal. A new air­port ter­mi­nal is also ex­pected to make air travel cheaper and eas­ier to the city.

Croa­tia may be one of Europe’s hottest des­ti­na­tions right now, but many peo­ple head straight to the coast, miss­ing out on vis­it­ing a city that has a dy­namic cul­tural of­fer­ing — a thriv­ing food and drink scene.

Af­ter Za­greb, the spot­light is on Got­land, Swe­den’s largest is­land and home to the me­dieval walled town of Visby, also a UNESCO World Her­itage site.

Other no­table des­ti­na­tions in­clude Moldova, for its cliff-perched monas­ter­ies and wine cel­lars; Le Havre, France, for celebrating its 500th an­niver­sary this year; and Pafos, Cyprus, this year’s Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture.

Here are the top 10 des­ti­na­tions in Europe for 2017: 1. Za­greb, Croa­tia 2. Got­land, Swe­den 3. Gali­cia, Spain 4. North­ern Mon­tene­gro 5. Leeds, UK 6. Alen­tejo, Portugal 7. North­ern Ger­many 8. Moldova 9. Pafos, Cyprus 10. Le Havre, France So get go­ing!

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