Ready to start your travel plans for the new year? It may be hard to choose thanks to all the up-and-coming (and classic) European cities there are. According to British Airways and AspirantSG, here are the top six travel destinations in Europe for 2016.
This town on the Basque coast attracts royalty — even Queen Victoria has visited. It’s also often called the surf capital of Europe. Good news: You can fly there from London in less than two hours. There’s also a significant nightlife scene full of bars, clubs, and a well-known beachside casino.
Cornwall, United Kingdom
On the coast of southwest England lies Cornwall, which harbors some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Make sure you pick up an iconic Cornish pasty while there.
Can’t decide between the city and the beach? Lisbon’s a good choice. It combines both, and the beautiful pastel-colored buildings will make for some great photos. Castles, churches, and art museums are all musts in this Portuguese city.
As the capital of Spain, Madrid is a premier destination for sightseeing and culinary delights. Don’t miss out on tapas and sangria, and make sure to check out the Royal Palace of Madrid and Buen Retiro Park, the latter of which was the property of the Spanish Monarchy until the late nineteenth century.
Sicily’s capital is known for incredible restaurants and street food. With catacombs, cathedrals, and captivating views, you really can’t go wrong with a trip here.
The legendary Aurora Borealis isn’t the only reason to visit Iceland — glaciers, black-sand beaches, and waterfalls all abound there. The scenery alone is enough to make you book a flight.