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A view of Santorini Islands, Greece. - Photo from AFP
Lonely Planet’s picks of top European destinations 2014.
EDITORS of travel guide Lonely Planet are predicting that Greece will be the top travel destination in Europe this year, as the country shows strong signs of bouncing back from a turbulent few years marked by political instability and anti-austerity protests.
Destinations in the Best in Europe Top 10 list are chosen for being either “under-the-radar”, generating buzz, or for being perennial favourites with reasons to visit in 2014.
Last year, Greece received a record 20 million visitors, and officials are predicting that 2014 will be another bumper year for tourists – welcome news for residents who are still struggling to find work amid the sluggigh economy.
Now that the country has stabilized, Greece has returned as top of mind for visitors looking for a sun-soaked holiday.
Here are Lonely Planet’s picks of top European destinations 2014:
2. Ljubljana, Slovenia
3. Southwest England, Britain
5. Viking Denmark
6. Seville, Spain
7. Outer Hebrides, Scotland
8. Plzen, Czech Republic
9. Stavanger, Norway
10. Toulouse, France
For comparison, here’s a look at Europeanbestdestinations.org ‘s (www.europeanbestdestinations.org/top/europe-best-destinations-2014 ) list of top 10 cities in Europe for 2014, as decided by online voters.
1. Porto, Portugal
2. Zagreb, Croatia
3. Vienna, Austria
4. Nicosia, Cyprus
5. Budapest, Hungary
6. Madeira, Portugal
7. Milan, Italy
8. Madrid, Spain
9. Berlin, Germany
10. Rome, Italy
– AFP Relaxnews
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