|Paralio Astros, Arcadia|
Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has released its annual list of the best places to visit in Europe, this year opting for a mix of the usual suspects (Venice, the Dordogne) and a scattering of off-the-beaten track places such as the Dutch island of Texel.
Topping the list is the the Peloponnese, a region often overlooked by travellers to Greece, who tend to visit the islands or build a sightseeing trip around Athens' iconic Acropolis.
The region is described as “an affordable enclave of magnificent ancient sights like Olympia, Mycenae, Mystra, Epidavros and many more”. The recently opened Menalon trail, in Arcadia, provides a new way to explore the region, which is popular with hikers.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2016
1. Peloponnese, Greece
2. Aarhus, Denmark
3. Venice, Italy
4. The Dordogne, France
5. Lviv, Ukraine
6. Warwickshire, England
7. Extremadura, Spain
8. East Coast Tenerife, Canary Islands
9. Texel, the Netherlands
10. Northern Dalmatia, Croatia