A Greek destination is the ultimate European destination for 2016
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A Greek destination is the ultimate European destination for 2016

Lonely Planet’s travel experts have combed the continent to create the ultimate selection of European destinations to see this year. The list features 10 European destinations. In the top of the list we find a Greek destination and to your surprise it is not a Greek island.

Travellers to Greece tend to flock to the myriad islands or marvel at the iconic Acropolis, but one of the country’s most diverse, vibrant regions is often forgotten: the Peloponnese. It remains an affordable enclave of magnificent ancient sights like Olympia, Mycenae and Mystras, which are scattered across a rich landscape of stone villages, teal seas and snow-capped mountains.

2016 brings the chance to hike the Peloponnese’s new Menalon trail or take a tipple in the Nemean wine region, with its vintages gaining prominence around the globe. You can dive shipwrecks off the Navarino coast or visit the wild and remote Mani, home to ancient stone towers converted into boutique luxury lodgings. Beautiful Nafplio blends contemporary art with atmospheric architecture and classic town squares, ideal for a long, lazy lunch.

See the whole list:

1. The Peloponnese, Greece


2. Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus 1

3. Venice, Italy

Βενετία - Venice

4. The Dordogne, France

The Dordogne, Γαλλία

5. Lviv, Ukraine


6. Warwickshire, England


7. Extremadura, Spain


8. East Coast Tenerife

East Coast Tenerife

9. Texel, the Netherlands


10. Northern Dalmatia, Croatia

Northern Dalmatia