Travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet has created the 2019 iteration of its annual top European summer destinations list.
Lonely Planet’s travel experts have been “scouring the remote coastlines, buzzing cities and unheralded regions of Europe in search of the best places to visit this year”.
The list - a “mixture of reinvigorated mainstays and lesser-known marvels that feel primed to step into the spotlight in 2019”, according to LP - opens with High Tatras mountains in northern Slovakia, on the border with Poland, described as “a lofty realm of crooked peaks and plunging waterfalls where snow willow blankets the ground and fearsome beasts patrol the forests”.
Number four on the list is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s very own region of Herzegovina, or - as Lonely Planet whimsically put it - “the historical region on which counterpart Bosnia geographically piggybacks”. But Herzegovina is more than just Mostar and the Old Bridge.
“Widen your focus in 2019 to Hercegovina’s other highlights with a trip along the CIRO cycling trail, a former Austro-Hungarian railway line that threads through the countryside from Mostar to Dubrovnik, tying together some of the region’s top sights”, wrote Lonely Planet. “Potter around the streets of medieval Pocitelj, explore the Vjetrenica karst wind tunnels or hike to the traditional mountain village of Lukomir - experiences that will provide a new perspective on this picture-perfect region”, the LP concluded.
The list also includes Madrid, the Arctic Coast Way in Iceland, Italian port of Bari, Shetland Islands located some 170 kilometers off the coast of mainland Scotland, Lyon, the tiny country of Lichtenstein, lakeside Swiss town of Vevey, and Croatia’s northern Istria region.