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These are the 5 fastest growing destinations in Europe according to new report

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As European countries see ever-increasing numbers of visitors entering their borders, it is becoming clear that the region’s sustained efforts to return travel to normal are finally paying off.

Although Europe, as a whole, has yet to return to its pre-pandemic glory, some countries are emerging as the fastest growing destinations on the continent, not only catching up, but far surpassing the figures of the tourism of 2019.

woman walking on the streets of Istanbul, Türkiye

According to data recently published by Oxford EconomyThese are the 5 countries currently experiencing the highest tourism growth rates, and you’ll see why below.

5.France

France, the epitome of a dream European getaway, remains a popular location for travelers eager to experience the best of what the continent has to offer.

Paris never ceases to enchant visitors with its plethora of iconic attractions: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Tuileries Gardens, the Musée d’Orsay and the Notre-Dame Cathedral are the types of monuments that the young people that travelers have dreamed of since they made their first bucket list.

view of Notre-Dame Cathedral, France

However, the country has endless treasures beyond its capital.

Those looking to be mesmerized by vast lavender fields and picturesque villages will find that Provence is exactly what they are looking for and much more, while those looking to feel spoiled in a glamorous seaside resort can’t find themselves. fool yourself into choosing any location along the stunning French coast. French Riviera.

French Riviera, French Riviera

4. Spain

Spain, a perennial favorite among travelers, will amaze you with its vibrant culture, natural charm and otherworldly cuisine.

From the architectural wonders of Barcelona to the flamenco rhythms of Seville, Spain offers such a diverse range of experiences that no visitor, regardless of their preferences or backgrounds, will ever be bored on their trip here.

View of Barcelona from the park at sunrise

The Balearic Islands, which recently reached a new milestonecontinue to attract millions of sun-seeking tourists with their world-class beaches and vibrant clubs.

However, it is worth noting that Spain’s growing popularity this year is at least in part due to a vastly improved infrastructure system, with modern airports and high-speed rail networks making it easier to get in, out and out. traveling across the country (probably the worst part of the country). travel experience) feel like a breeze.

3.Portugal

Few countries have experienced this kind of a record summer Portugal did it this year, and the country’s emergence as a travel hotspot was no coincidence.

aerial view of Lisbon in Portugal with rainbow

When rich maritime history, impressive scenery and warm hospitality combine with reasonable prices, most travelers will inevitably rush to experience this once-overlooked European gem.

Whether you want to indulge in the vibrant culture of Lisbon, marvel at the terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley, or lounge on the golden beaches of the Algarve region, Portugal is the perfect place.

2. Croatia

Nestled on the shores of the picturesque Adriatic Sea, this underrated Balkan country has seen an unprecedented tourism surge this year, and for good reason.

Rooftops of the old town of Dubrovnik Croatia

Between Dubrovnik and its superb medieval architecture, Split and its imposing palace and the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia gives tourists the feeling of having missed one of Europe’s best-kept secrets for too long.

1. Türkiye

Turkey’s meteoric rise mainstream popularity was simply remarkable.

Although the country has always attracted the interest of travelers thanks to its ornate mosques, idyllic landscapes and exceptional cuisine, traffic has never quite reached the heights we see now.

With a plethora of stunning and attraction-filled destinations like Istanbul, AntalyaCappadocia and Edirne, travelers will be spoiled for choice when planning their Turkey itinerary.

Aerial view of Istanbul, Türkiye

Having had the chance to visit the country on several occasions, my main advice would be to be realistic in your plans and, if possible, spend as long as your schedule allows.

Turkey, along with its most popular cities, is much larger than you think, and with so much to see and do, you’ll want to spend at least a week here to fully experience the best of what it has to offer. that the country has to offer. offer.

Blue Lagoon Oludeniz Türkiye on the Turkish Riviera

Additionally, I can’t recommend hiring a professional guide highly enough: between the chaotic streets, unfamiliar customs, and language barrier, asking a local to help you navigate your surroundings can make your experience much more enjoyable. simple.

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