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Joanita Wibowo

Top 10 summer destinations in Europe revealed

Top 10 summer destinations in Europe revealed

Looking to escape the cold winter snap? It might be a good idea to start planning a trip to the other side of the world.

Lonely Planet has released its 2019 Best in Europe list to recommend 10 lesser-known places in the continent for your summer getaway, ranging from bear-stalked forests to regal riviera.

The top spot goes to Slovakia’s High Tatras, a rugged mountain range by the northern border of the country where lynx, wolves, brown bears and native chamois thrive and roam. The region is also well-known for its rafting and boating tours as well as the scenic hike trails through the high terrains and underground caves.

Also making the list is Bari, a charming Italian port town filled with cultural spaces and heritage sites. Highlights include Basilica di San Nicola, a Norman church dating back to the 12th century; the historic harbourfront theatre Teatro Margherita; and the versatile multi-use cultural space Officina degli Esordi where concerts and art exhibitions are abuzz.

Rounding up the top 10 is Istria, Croatia. With indulgent gourmet foods (from seafood and steak tartare to truffles and wine), historic spots (Roman Amphitheatre and Euphrasian Basilica, to name a few), and gorgeous beaches and sea cliffs, the small peninsula is a place to be explored.

Find the full list below.

Lonely Planet's best in Europe 2019

  1. High Tatras, Slovakia
  2. Madrid, Spain
  3. The Arctic Coast Way, Iceland
  4. Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  5. Bari, Italy
  6. Shetland, Scotland
  7. Lyon, France
  8. Liechtenstein
  9. Vevey, Switzerland
  10. Istria, Croatia