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These are the 5 best European destinations for 2024 according to a new report

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Europe, a continent steeped in history and culture, has always been one of the top destinations on the must-see list for American travelers.

However, as the travel industry grows and evolves, tourists are beginning to seek out more unique, off-the-beaten-path experiences that add an extra twist to traditional European getaways.

Hiker standing on top of Husfjellet mountain on the island of Senja in northern Norway, Nordland

Luckily for those looking for their next destination, National geographic has just released its long-awaited list of the most exciting places to visit in the world in 2024.

Here are five of the European destinations selected:

5. Nordland, Norway

At the top of the list we have Nordland, a northern region region of Norway best known for its arctic wilderness, spectacular fjords and mesmerizing northern lights.

Hamnoy in the snow in winter in Lofoten Islands, Norway

The county is also the ideal gateway to the Lofoten Islands.

There, you can marvel at iconic peaks, explore beautiful little fishing villages, and hike to breathtaking viewpoints over the Norwegian Sea.

Other things to add to your Nordland itinerary include marveling at the Svartisen Glacier, Norway’s second largest glacier, as well as seeing one of the world’s strongest tidal currents at Saltstraumen.

Woman standing in front of the Svartisen glacier, Norway

4. Galloway and Southern Ayrshire, Scotland

Situated in the south-west of Scotland, Galloway and South Ayrshire are dotted with rolling hills, charming coastal villages and ancient castles, providing the most picturesque backdrop for your next set of photo shoots. journey.

The area is a nature lover’s paradise, who can birdwatch in the RSPB Mull of Galloway and hike along the Southern Upland Way, Scotland’s longest coast-to-coast trail. .

Waterside Hill on the Southern Upland Way

A unique feature of Galloway and South Ayrshire is that the skies are exceptionally dark, creating the perfect opportunity for stargazing.

3. Emilia-Romagna, Italy

The northern Italian region is synonymous with delicious cuisine, magnificent historic cities and world-class artistic heritage.

Bologna Italy

Here, foodies can finally try traditional balsamic vinegar from Modena, authentic Parmesan cheese from Parma, and Bologna’s iconic artisanal pasta (fun fact: ragu alla bolognese is Italy national dish, so a hot plate of pasta with a rich sauce is a must).

History buffs, meanwhile, can explore the idyllic medieval towns of Ferrara and Ravenna, where they can admire stunning architecture and ancient mosaics.

2. Belfast, Northern Ireland

If you’re more interested in exploring the wonders of Western Europe, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and home to the iconic Titanic Belfast Museum.

Between its rich history, dynamic spirit, thriving arts scene, and welcoming atmosphere, the region has much to offer travelers looking for a unique European escape, far from the chaotic crowds of Paris or Barcelona.

The classic Belfast City Hall building with columns and domes in Donegall Square, seat of the city council

The Titanic Museum that I mentioned previously is truly a must-see. It features 9 interactive galleries that tell the story of the ill-fated ship in a way never told before.

Other attractions to add to your Belfast itinerary include the Cathedral Quarter, Giant’s Causeway, St. George’s Market, Belfast City Hall and the Botanic Gardens.

1. Albanian Alps, Albania

Once a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, Albania has today become the fastest growing destination in Europeattracting tourists with its idyllic views, warm hospitality and reasonable prices.

Albanian Alps

However, it’s worth noting that most tourists flock to the country’s iconic Riviera, which, while beautiful, is far from Albania’s only natural attraction.

If you travel a little further north, you can discover the stunning Albanian Alps, a wild and unspoiled region that promises visitors unforgettable views.

Here, travelers can undertake scenic treks through Valbona Valley National Park, Theth National Park and Lake Komani and enjoy the endemic flora and fauna.

Picturesque church in the remote village of Theth, Albanian Alps, Albania

Those looking for more of an adrenaline rush will be happy to know that rock climbing, kayaking and paragliding opportunities are also abundant in the area.

One thing I want to mention is that I highly recommend hiring a professional guide or joining an organized tour when visiting the Albanian Alps.

Make no mistake, the area is pretty safe and most locals are more than welcoming to outsiders; However, having a professional to help you navigate uneven terrain will make you feel much more comfortable and thus enjoy the experience more.

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