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Prepare To Swoon: Lonely Planet Named Their Top 10 European Destinations

These off-the-radar spots are where you should be heading next.

Thinking about a Eurotrip? Who isn’t? The travel experts over at Lonely Planet have combed through the continent to find the ultimate destinations for your 2016 bucket list – and they sure are stunners.

Lonely Planet‘s annual Best In Europe list has arrived, with the Peloponnese in Greece taking out the top spot. Found in southern Greece, the Peloponnese is rife with myth (it’s here that Hercules fought the Nemean lion, or so the legend says) and also an authentic sense of European charm. It’s also home to the amazing town of Monemvasia, hidden behind a rocky Greek island.

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The Peloponnese, Greece. Photo: Amphithoe/Flickr

The region is covered in mountains and vast gorges with sandy beaches and perfect blue waters circling the peninsula. Known for their abundant vineyards, delicious food and hospitality, the Peloponnese is picture-perfect Greece, without a doubt.

The Danish city of Aarhus took out second place and was praised for its commitment to the arts and community spaces. Aarhus boasts cool neighbourhoods, quirky architecture and damn fine food to boot.

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Aarhus, Denmark. Photo: Neville Borg/Flickr

Third place was taken out by none other than Venice. The famed Italian water-bed town was apparently not receiving the accolades it deserves, and Lonely Planet believe now is the perfect time to dive a little deeper into Venice’s storied past and celebrate the 500-year anniversary of the city.

Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Europe’ for 2016

#1 The Peloponnese, Greece
#2 Aarhus, Denmark
#3 Venice, Italy
#4 The Dordogne, France
#5 Lviv, Ukraine
#6 Warwickshire, England
#7 Extremadura, Spain
#8 The east coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain)
#9 Texel, The Netherlands
#10 Northern Dalmatia, Croatia

(Lead image: Northern Dalmatia’s Krka National Park, Ben Wilcock)

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