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17 of the best places to visit in Europe

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Despite it being one the world’s smallest continents, Europe’s got plenty of holiday contenders to choose from for when it’s safe to travel again. Lucy Perrin whittles down over forty countries to just 17 must-visits – along with the best ways to see them.

1. Best for foodies: Amalfi Coast, Italy

The Amalfi coast’s tightly packed hillsides of pastel-hued villages are each as photo-worthy as the next.  The coastline they cling to runs from Salerno to Sorrento – with Ravello, Positano and Capri tending to be the big names on the bill. Tick off all three on a Citalia tour which throws in plenty of gourmet experiences – think Limoncello tastings in Praiano, a cooking demonstration in Tramonti and cake-making at the famous Pasticceria Sal De Riso. Full details below.

2. Best for Instagrammers: Golden Circle, Iceland

While Iceland’s dramatic landscapes demand more attention than your average supermodel –its dashing looks more than warrant it. Glacial rivers, spouting geysers and black-sand beaches compete for camera time against gushing waterfalls, spluttering volcanoes and imposing mountain ranges. Snap the best of it on a bucket list tour of the Golden Circle, with highlights including the two-tier waterfall of Gullfoss, Thingvellir National Park’s volcanic rifts and a chance to spot the northern lights with an expert astronomer.

3. Best for Game of Thrones-esque cities: Split, Croatia

Often overshadowed by neighbouring poster girl Dubrovnik, buzzy Split’s got a carefully balanced scale of centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage Site on one side and just-out-the-wrapper bars, restaurants and shops on the other. Hvar, meanwhile, impresses with gothic palaces and squares bracketed by 13th century walls. The spot you probably haven’t heard of is Korcula – an island scattered with olive groves and vineyards. Can’t choose? Don’t choose – see them all with an eight-day cruise of the coast. Full details below.

4. Best for wildlife brags: The Faroe Islands

Despite being just an hour’s flight from Edinburgh, the Faroe Islands and their orange-billed puffin colonies have managed to fly under the tourist radar – meaning you’ll have them mostly to yourself. The 18 islands, floating between Iceland and Norway, are home to plenty of seabirds – so you can expect to spot everything from guillemots, fulmars and storm petrels to the famous Faroe Island puffins. See them on a four-day tour that also ticks off plenty of historical sites and charming capital cities.

5. Best for tradition: Lisbon, Portugal

Of all the up-and-coming destinations in Europe, Lisbon picks up points for being the most authentic with white-domed churches and canary yellow trams snaking their way around its cobbled streets.  Accommodation-wise, you’ll find something at both ends of the scale, with luxurious hotels and family-run B&Bs neighbouring each other. And, when it comes to dinner, there are plenty of world class restaurants that plate up Portuguese classic dishes – don’t forget to try Caldo Verde, a tantalizing soup made up of onions, potatoes and kale, cooked with garlic and olive oil. Got longer than a few days? Head on a day trip to Sintra, a town home to a fairytale-worthy castle that spills down the hillside.

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6. Best for beaches: Albania

You can easily spot Corfu from across the Ionian Sea, but Albania’s coast is a world away from its Greek neighbour. For beach lovers who want something a little different, explore the laid-back resorts that cluster around the Butrint National Park in the south of the country.

The village of Ksamil is studded with beaches, all of which have the full facilities you would expect, including beach clubs, water sports and play areas. Hire a boat to take you across to the tiny islands in Ksamil’s bay – or you can rent a paddle board or even swim across if you’re a keen swimmer.

7. Best for tranquility: Gozo

Feel time slow down in Malta’s little sister island, which is a magnet for visitors looking for some much-needed tranquillity as well as unusual landscapes and fine beaches. Sleepy Gozo takes you back to a time when life moved at a more relaxed pace, where you can stroll past Roman ruins along the red sands of Ramla Bay and explore the mysterious Neolithic Ggantija Temples.

Take leisurely hikes along trails that offer views of layer-cake cliffs, or discover rich marine life while diving in the Blue Hole. The cuisine is just as marvellous, blending Maltese with Sicilian and Arabic flavours.

8. Best for pretty old towns: Slovenia

Slovenia’s 27-mile coast is tiny but it packs a punch. Travellers wanting to combine history with some beach time should head for the exquisite fishing village of Piran. Jutting into the Adriatic on a little peninsula, Piran’s Old Town is a beautifully preserved warren of Venetian Gothic architecture. Climb the 17th-century bell tower of St George’s Cathedral for wonderful views of the harbour and a sea of terracotta rooftops.

Join the locals on the rocky beach for a swim before checking out the enticing seafood restaurants along the seafront. You’ll be instantly beguiled by Piran’s irresistible mix of Slovenian and Italian cuisine.

9. Best for a buzzing atmosphere: Lebanon

If you love good food and wine – not to mention the buzzing atmosphere of a coastal metropolis – you can’t pass up the chance to see Beirut. Here, life is lived outdoors along the Corniche in its seafront cafés, bars and restaurants, where you can savour superb wines from the Bekaa Valley and some of the best cuisine in the Middle East.

For something a little calmer, head to the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos, one of the oldest in the region. Immerse yourself in thousands of years of history among the ruins left by the Persians, Greeks, Crusaders and Egyptians.

10. Best for variety: Montenegro

Montenegro pretty much has it covered for travellers looking for variety. Want a classic beach holiday with a bit of history thrown in? Try Budva, a busy resort that comes with a lovely Venetian old town as well as the beaches of neighbouring Becici.

In search of compelling culture and history in a breathtaking setting? Explore the medieval and Baroque beauty of Kotor and its hilltop castle. Carry on further south to Bar, whose old town, Stari Bar, is now an atmospheric ruin. Or get away from it all in Lake Skadar, where you can go kayaking in one of Europe’s largest untouched wildernesses.

11. Best for craggy coastlines: Corsica, France

France’s largest Mediterranean outpost deserves its nickname of Île de Beauté. Craggy coastlines harbour sandy beaches and incredibly clear waters backed by towering cliffs. Stylish port towns all around Corsica’s coast offer a bewildering choice of places to visit, including fashionable Calvi on the northwest coast, Genovese-style Ajaccio on the western side and the mind-boggling sight of Bonafacio clinging to the cliffs on the southern tip.

Oddly, Corsican cuisine looks to its mountainous interior for inspiration more so than the sea: expect to find full-flavoured wild boar saucisson and pungent sheep’s milk cheese, accompanied by exceptionally good rosé.

12. Best for dramatic landscapes: Santorini, Greece

Santorini’s volcanic landscapes are pure drama, from the caldera’s stark reddish-brown cliffs to its black-sand Aegean beaches to the familiar blue domes and whitewashed houses of its villages. Clinging to the edge of the caldera is the village of Fira, from where you can take a jaw-dropping zigzagging path that slices through the cliff down to the port.

For the classic blue-and-white view of Santorini, head to the northwestern village of Oia, whose whitewashed cottages seem to tumble down the cliff. The island produces some of Greece’s finest wines, which you can discover for yourself on a tour of the cellars.

13. Best for fancy capitals: Corfu, Greece

One of Greece’s greenest islands, Corfu also has one of the most attractive capitals. Unesco-listed Corfu Town mixes a handsome Venetian heritage with 19th-century contributions by the British. Head to the town’s easternmost tip to Palaio Frourio, a 16th-century Venetian fortress that offers far-reaching views as well as a small Byzantine museum.

Corfu’s northwest coast has sandy beaches tucked into olive-covered hills and plenty of places to relax, such as Agios Georgios and Afionas. If you want to follow in the footsteps of the Durrell family, you’ll find some of their old haunts around Kouloura cove on the northeast coast.

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14. Best for pretty squares: Ibiza, Spain

Put aside for a moment Ibiza’s reputation as the party capital of the Mediterranean and discover the serene beauty of this Balearic island. Its cove beaches, known as calas, are truly lovely, while thick pine forests smother the island’s hilly interior. Duck behind the medieval walls of the Unesco-listed capital, Ibiza Town, and explore cobbled streets and pretty squares such as Plaça de Vila. Take in panoramic views of the harbour from the hilly vantage point of the 13th-century cathedral.

Cala Jondal on the southern coast is one of the island’s most chilled-out beaches and lies in the shelter of pine-covered hills.

15. Best for glamour: Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia’s countless sandy beaches are among the whitest in Europe. You’d almost think you had landed in the Caribbean when you stroll along the pale sands of Su Giudeu on the Costa del Sud. If you prefer a taste of glamour, head to the glittering beaches of the Costa Smeralda squeezed into its northern jagged coastline. History buffs can explore the Phoenician ruins at Nora or the nuraghic site of Su Nuraxi.

Catalan flavours infuse the flavours of Alghero’s cuisine, while in the south, the island’s capital, Cagliari, makes the most of the fruits of the sea.

16. Best for botanical gardens: Madeira

Seemingly marooned in the Atlantic off the coast of Morocco, this mountainous Portuguese archipelago has an enviable subtropical climate and an exotic lushness to match. Take in some of the finest views on the main island from the slightly scary viewpoint of Cabo Girao, where there’s a glass-bottomed balcony for the brave. Explore the capital, Funchal, by taking the cable car up to the Botanical Gardens.

Take the ferry to Porto Santo, where you’ll find many of Madeira’s best beaches. And don’t leave without raising a glass of the fortified wine that takes its name from the islands.

17. Best for historical capitals: Malta

Tiny Malta, closer to Tunisia than to mainland Europe, is a fascinating hotchpotch of historical influences that have built up over seven millennia. Its equally diminutive Baroque capital, Valletta, sits snugly behind 16th-century bastions and spent 2018 as the European City of Culture, showing off its legacy as the city built by the Knights of St John.

Malta‘s sister island of Gozo has some astounding natural wonders built into its unusual coastline, as well as prehistoric temples that nobody can quite explain. Add to the mix some sublime beaches and a cuisine that blends Sicilian, Arab and Italian flavours.

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Best Places to Travel in November

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Many of us travel in November for Thanksgiving but everyone is usually heading home. Since our whole family lives in Los Angeles, we always know we will be staying put for Thanksgiving. Come Friday though, we are eager to take advantage of a 3 day weekend, which is why you’ll find a some of our favorite California destinations that are perfect for a short trip. If you love to travel, and you have the time, there are some killer bucket list destinations that are truly the places to be in November. For more Fall travel inspiration, also check out the Best Places to Travel in October.

Best places to travel in November 

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Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree is the 11th most visited US National Park. The temperature is perfect in November for hiking, rock climbing, and the most spectacular star gazing. This is the place to get off the beaten path and wander through interesting cactus, beautiful lakes and unique landscapes. Expand your experience by glamping in a boho styled airstream or relaxing by the pool in your remote, stylish vacation home rental. Over the course of a weekend, you will have an experience that is so relaxing and different than the rest of California. Stay: Joshua Tree Tiny Home

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Palm Springs

Another California favorite, Palm Springs adds a completely different spin to your desert getaway with bright midcentury decor and tons of things to do. November is still warm enough to enjoy California weather by the pool. Take the 10 minute trip to the top of the San Jacinto mountains on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway where you will find expansive Coachella Valley views along with tons of hiking trails. You can also take an architecture tour, stroll down Palm Canyon Drive for galleries and shopping, and indulge in one delicious restaurant after the next. Stay: Parker Palm Springs

Related Post: 10 Best Places to Visit in California in December

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Sonoma Valley

One of the best times of year to visit Sonoma Valley is harvest time in the fall. While the actual picking of grapes changes every season, there are seasonal activities like special tastings, fall dining menus, and music festivals. One of the best reasons to visit Sonoma is that there are so many things to do and wine is just one of them. Visit the wild and beautiful Sonoma coast, go horseback riding, hike beautiful trails through the redwoods and hang out in charming little towns. You will fall in love with the low key version of California Wine country. Stay: H2hotel

Related Post: A Local’s Guide to the Best California Coastal Towns

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Hawaii

Hawaii is always a good idea and the weather is pretty similar year round. November is considered to be the rainiest, cheapest, and least crowded month but we went to Maui one year to celebrate Thanksgiving with our whole family and never saw one drop of rain. Kauai is another family favorite with the incredible Waimea Canyon and beautiful Poipu beaches. November is also the beginning of Big Wave surfing season at north shore Oahu. Catch of of the Pro surfing events at the end of the month. Stay: Turtle Bay Resort

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Bahamas

November is the Bahamas sweet spot. It’s after hurricane season and before the holiday rush. For anyone living on the east coast, it’s a quick jump over to paradise. If you head to the Exuma Islands, you can go swimming with pigs or sharks, snorkel at Thunderball Grotto, relax on a perfect white sand beach or kick back and grab a drink with locals. There are also great dive sites in the Bahamas and Caribbean overall. Stay: Grand Isle Resort & Spa or Sandals All Inclusive Resort

Related: 10 Things to Do in Exuma Including Swimming With Pigs

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Iceland

November is the perfect time to see the Northern Lights, the beginning of ice cave season and catch the Icelandic music scene at the Iceland Airwaves Festival November 13-14, 2020 (happening online this year). In November the average temperature is 40°, which makes it cold enough for ice caves to be safe but warm enough that you won’t be completely freezing. Plan your visit around a new moon for best views of the aurora and stay for 3-4 days to maximize your chance of seeing them. Stay: Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre

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Egypt

Step back in time to the land of Pharaohs and pyramids. We were lucky enough to do this trip of a lifetime in October and would definitely recommend Egypt as one of the best places to travel in November when the weather cools a little. Egypt is filled with more incredible monuments than anywhere we’ve ever been. Make sure you get to Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan. One of the best ways to enjoy the sights from Luxor to Aswan is a nile cruise on the Oberoi, the ultimate in luxury. Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

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New Zealand

While New Zealand is an incredible destination year round, Spring and specifically November is the absolute best time to visit. There are so many things to do that a Campervanning New Zealand is the ideal way to explore. From the small town of Paihia at the top of the North Island to Stewart Island off the Southernmost tip, there is adventure and beauty everywhere. Don’t miss Milford Sound, Glacier County, Rotorua, Queenstown, Auckland and of course the beaches and cute towns. Stay: Eichardt’s Private Hotel

Related Post: The Best Places to Travel in December

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Sydney

Flying into Sydney takes your breath away. That first glimpse of the world’s prettiest harbor is only a preview of the wonderful city below. In November, spending 3 days in Sydney at the end of Spring, you can hit the world famous beaches, enjoy festivals like Return to Rio, climb the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge and attend an event at the Opera House. You can even catch the beginning of a summer Christmas season down under. Stay: Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour

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Chiang Mai

Yi Peng, the biggest Lantern Festival in the world, will be celebrated October 31 & November 1, 2020 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The photos of lanterns being released into the sky by thousand of people at once are stunning have had this on my bucket list for a long time. While visiting Chiang Mai, you should definitely visit the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. You can play and swim with these amazing elephants that have been rescued from the tourism industry. Adventure seekers can go ziplining and foodies can learn how to make delectable dishes at a Thai cooking class. Chiang Mai is just one wonderful location a 10 day Thailand itinerary. Stay: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

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Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is all about experiencing the joys in life. The Argentine polo season is underway in November. This is the birthplace of Nacho Figueras after all. Ladies, if you don’t know who he is, google NOW! Enjoy the cafe culture, take in the beautiful architecture, spend some time at the museum or theater. Better yet, venture out for a delicious Argentinean steak dinner after your sultry Tango lesson. Spring has sprung in Argentina. There are also great things to do with kids. Enjoy! Stay: Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt 

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines offer some of the Caribbean’s best sailing thanks to white sands, calm turquoise waters, and a string of islands perfect for docking that yacht. Sail up to Basil’s Beach Bar on Mustique and keep an eye out for Mick Jagger, who has a house nearby.

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There are 32 islands and cays that make up St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Nine are inhabited, including the mainland St. Vincent and the Grenadines islands: Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, Mayreau, Petit St Vincent and Palm Island. The stunning Tobago Cays National Marine Park is also located within SVG. This multi-island Caribbean nation offers a combination of rainforest eco-adventures, scuba diving, classic Caribbean powder-white sand beaches, luxury accommodation and yachting or sailing adventures.

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About St Vincent and the Grenadines

Scattered across the Caribbean Sea like so many emeralds, St Vincent & the Grenadines is a glorious-looking archipelago. The country’s name makes it sound like an old soul band, and aptly there’s something timeless about the place. Lush mountain peaks, white sands, secluded coves, volcanic landscapes and spectacular coral reefs all go towards making this one of the region’s most diverse spots. For hikers, sailors and those who just fancy kicking back in wave-lapped sunshine for a week or two, it’s some proposition.

The country, which found Hollywood fame when it was used as a setting for the Pirates of the Caribbean films, is made up of 32 islands and cays. St Vincent itself is by far the largest, and has a laid-back capital city, Kingstown, to show for it. Colonial architecture, botanical gardens and a fish market are among the attractions. The latter hints at the dishes that dominate the archipelago’s food scene – fresh seafood, usually washed down with a cold Hairoun beer, is a speciality. Elsewhere on St Vincent there’s some fantastic walking to be had, most notably the trail that leads up to La Soufrière volcano.

The smaller islands that make up the Grenadines offer an even quieter pace of life. Among the most appealing spots are Bequia, which has good claim to that overused adage “the Caribbean as it used to be,” and Mustique, a long-established A-list bolthole that has welcomed the likes of Mick Jagger, Kate Moss and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The best way to experience the outlying islands is to hop between them by boat, and the country as a whole has near-legendary status in the yachting community. The most obvious focal point on a sailing trip is the stupendously scenic Tobago Cays, which is made up of five uninhabited islands and offers excellent potential for divers and snorkelers.

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Area:

389 sq km (150 sq miles).

Population:

109,644 (UN estimate 2016).

Government:

Constitutional monarachy.

Head of state:

Queen Elizabeth II since 1952, represented locally by Governor-General Susan Dougan since 2019.

Head of government:

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves since 2001.

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There are 32 islands and cays that make up St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Nine are inhabited, including the mainland St. Vincent and the Grenadines islands: Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island, Mayreau, Petit St Vincent and Palm Island. The stunning Tobago Cays National Marine Park is also located within SVG. This multi-island Caribbean nation offers a combination of rainforest eco-adventures, scuba diving, classic Caribbean powder-white sand beaches, luxury accommodation and yachting or sailing adventures.

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White sand beaches, crystal blue waters, swaying palm trees — St. Vincent and the Grenadines offer all the hallmarks of a tropical getaway in the Caribbean, without the tourist traffic of its better-known isles. Located just south of St. Lucia, St. Vincent and its neighboring 32-island chain have long been the destination of choice for elite travelers (think Tommy Hilfiger and Mick Jagger) who moor their private yachts off its secluded shorelines. Now, an airport on the main island makes travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines a more democratic affair, but it’s still sufficiently off the beaten path to provided peace and quiet to all of its visitors. Let Travel + Leisure’s St. Vincent and the Grenadines travel guide lead you there.

Things Not to Miss in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

• A day spent sunbathing on the beaches of Bequia island
 • A stroll through the public market in Kingstown, the region’s largest city
 • A visit to the St Vincent Botanic Gardens, the oldest in the Western Hemisphere
 • A swim with sea turtles at the Tobago Cays wildlife preserve

When to Go to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

An idyllic Caribbean climate and year-round temperatures hovering in the mid-80s means travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines is sure to satisfy, no matter the season. Most tourists visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines between December and April for a break from the winter cold, but hotel rates tend to drop at the beginning and end of this high season, in May and June and November. The area is at risk for hurricanes each July through October.

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