Top Holiday Destinations For 2018

Get inspired by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 lists and EU Holidays’ own expert holiday picks.

1. Morocco

“Lonely Planet Best Value Destination”

This North African nation is home to vast, sweeping deserts, ancient cities and colourful souks (markets). Come dusk, the Jemaa el-Fnaa square in Marrakesh comes alive with a timeless scene of street stalls selling delicious grilled meats, while acrobats, snake charmers and local musicians entertain the bustling crowds. Nearby, tucked away among the enchanting Majorelle Gardens lies a gorgeous museum dedicated to famous fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. Elsewhere, the city of Chefchaouen is known as the “blue pearl of Morocco” due to its distinctive blue-washed buildings — guaranteed a hit photo on Instagram. Looking for adventure? Head south to Merzouga and the nearby Erg Chebbi, a breathtaking expanse of giant Saharan sand dunes. Exploring this spectacular desert landscape on a camel trek or four-wheel drive safari will live long in your memory.

2. Malta

Malta is known for its lovely mild climate and beautiful architectural, historical monuments and best Europe tour packages. Valletta, the capital of this tiny Mediterranean island, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city’s elegant and aged palaces, gardens, churches and fortifications are predominantly Baroque in style, with magnificent St John’s Co-Cathedral built between 1573 and 1578 a real must-see. Declared European Capital of Culture for 2018, Valleta will have a packed events calendar throughout the year catering to culture vultures of all ages, with world-class music festivals, art exhibitions and lively street performances.

3. Georgia

In-the-know travellers have long appreciated this country’s rich heritage, attractive cities and unspoilt mountains and countryside. The capital, Tbilisi, is home to the impressive Holy Trinity Cathedral, a towering golden structure completed in 2004 that forms part of one of the world’s largest religious buildings. Stand on the ancient Narikala fortress to get stunning panoramic views of Tbilisi and its surrounding mountains. Further east, Kakheti is the country’s premier wine-producing region. Besides a wine tasting or three, travellers can visit the picturesque hilltop town of Sighnaghi and many beautiful castles, churches and the Bodbe Monastery, an important pilgrimage site.

4. Poland

The city of Krakow is one of Europe’s top cultural and historical treasures. Its Old Town, the centre of Poland’s political life for centuries during the early first millennium, is filled with bustling visitors, food stalls and horse-drawn carriages. No trip is complete without a stop in Wroclaw, which lies on the Odra River and is a major banking, industrial and cultural centre in western Poland. Its market square, the Rynek, is smaller than Krakow’s, though no less beautiful with its quaint medieval buildings. At the end of the year, it is turned into a glittery Christmas market with vendors selling mulled wine and gingerbread houses.

5. Seville, Spain

Game of Thrones fans might recognise the allure of Seville and the surrounding region of Andalucía, which has been used for filming locations for the popular television series. Its Old Town contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, while the resplendent Plaza de España, a semicircle of graceful buildings and bridges, and the baroque façades of the Plaza de Toros are also grand sights. Finally, there’s nothing like ending your day at a traditional flamenco club and feasting on delicious Spanish tapas. Finally, the best spain and portugal tours.

6. Provence, France

To fully explore this southeastern region, take a trip to Marseille for its tranquil Old Port, the quaint maze-like streets of Le Panier and the Romanesque-Byzantine Notre-Dame de la Garde. Step into the past in Arles, where Roman buildings like the Amphitheatre and the Baths of Constantine are well-preserved. The Barbegal watermill complex there and the famous aqueduct Pont du Gard near Avignon offer glimpses into the Romans’ technological achievements. Avignon also boasts gorgeous medieval monuments like the Palais de Papes, which was the papal residence during the 14th century, and Pont d’Avignon. Lush lavender fields and fragrant distilleries complete a sweet trip to Provence.

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