What’s Hot in 2020: Europe

By Caitlin Hornik

With 2019 quickly coming to a close, you may be thinking about where to visit next! If you’re considering a Eurotrip in 2020, check out these top 10 destinations to visit. From vineyards to cities, and castles to beaches and beyond, there is something for every type of traveler. Visit one or all 10 and complete the ultimate 2020 European vacation!

Manchester, England

The second largest city in England, Manchester’s old and new elements combine to create a unique atmosphere that any traveler would enjoy! The Manchester Museum is a must-see attraction and features assorted items and artifacts from every continent. Two fantastic soccer teams also occupy the city, with the Manchester United-Manchester City rivalry still strong! The National Football Museum is the perfect place to visit to learn more about the history of the sport. Try curry, dance at a nightclub, watch the sunset in Salford Quays, and so much more!

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is the culture-packed capital city of Scotland. Aside from housing the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world, the city is known for its Old Town, New Town, and hilly landscape. For a history lesson, visit the Edinburgh Castle where the crown jewels of Scotland are kept!

Galway, Ireland

With a vibrant college scene and close proximity to many of the top attractions on Ireland’s west coast, it’s no surprise that Galway makes the list! With an abundance of pubs, you’ll easily find traditional live music and a festive atmosphere. Check out the Latin Quarter where parts of the medieval city walls are still standing!

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux has a lively city center and an ideal location near the water. There are plenty of museums, gardens, and delicious restaurants at every turn. But the main attraction here is the wine! Visit the world-famous Bordeaux wine region to try some of the delicious Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blends.

Amalfi, Italy

With sweeping coastal views, vibrant culture, and delicious food, it’s no wonder that Amalfi is a top European destination to visit! Often bustling with tourists and action, the multi-colored homes and buildings create a stunning backdrop for the many activities available. Visit the Amalfi Cathedral in the Piazza del Duomo, two of the highlights of the city!

Mykonos, Greece

Arguably the most famous island in Greece, Mykonos is a top destination especially during the summer months! With party vibes and gorgeous scenery, it’s hard not to fall for this Greek island. Wander through the winding cobblestone streets during the day, then hit the beach for some sun before the party begins at dusk!

Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff is the capital of Wales and the largest city in the country! A cultural and commercial hub, Cardiff is a great starting point for first-time visitors to Wales. Learn more about the Welsh culture and history, and use the city as a base for exploring the incredible natural beauty nearby!

Bilbao, Spain

An important industrial port, Bilbao is a hidden gem in Spain. Sip a coffee and people watch at Plaza Nueva, visit the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, browse the stalls at La Ribera Market, and so much more! Bilbao is the capital of Basque Country, so you can expect to find sumptuous cuisine and Michelin-starred restaurants!

Algarve, Portugal

Known for its beautiful beaches and golf resorts, the Algarve is Portugal’s southernmost region. Within the Algarve, you’ll find charming fishing villages, cliff-top walks, parks, and delicious seafood! Wine lovers will be thrilled to learn about and taste the delicious varieties produced from Portuguese grapes.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

The capital of Northern Ireland and birthplace of the Titanic, Belfast is a charming city brimming with rich history. Of course, visiting the Titanic museum is a must! Game of Thrones fans might also enjoy touring through nearby locations where the show was filmed. Spend your evenings listening to live music in cozy pubs for a truly authentic Irish experience!

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