Europe is no doubt the world’s favourite travel destination, but did you know these 10 destinations are becoming the preferred travel destinations for travellers
Armenia is a nation, and former Soviet republic, in the mountainous Caucasus region between Asia and Europe. Among the earliest Christian civilizations, it’s defined by religious sites including the Greco-Roman Temple of Garni and 4th-century Etchmiadzin Cathedral, headquarters of the Armenian Church. Khor Virap Monastery is a pilgrimage site near Mount Ararat, a dormant volcano just across the border in Turkey.
Destinations: Lake Sevan, Geghard, Khor Virap, Temple of Garni, Tatev Monastery, Republic Square, Zvartnots Cathedral, History Museum of Armenia and many more
9. Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe. Its countryside is home to medieval villages, rivers and lakes, plus the craggy Dinaric Alps. National capital Sarajevo has a well preserved old quarter, Baščaršija, with landmarks like 16th-century Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque. Ottoman-era Latin Bridge is the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which ignited World War I.
Destinations: Stari Most, Kravice, Buna, Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque, Baščaršija, Jahorina, Sarajevo Tunnel, and Latin Bridge.
8. The Republic of Moldova
Moldova is an Eastern European country and former Soviet republic. It has varied terrain including forests, rocky hills and vineyards. Its wine regions include Nistreana, are known for reds, and Codru, are home to some of the world’s largest cellars. Capital Chișinău has Soviet-style architecture and the National Museum of History, exhibiting art and ethnographic collections that reflect cultural links with neighbouring Romania.
Destinations: Old Orhei, Cricova, Triumphal arch, Căpriana monastery, Valea Trandafirilor Park, Hâncu monastery, Codru Reserve, Bender Fortress and many more.
Azerbaijan, the nation and former Soviet republic, is bounded by the Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains, which span Asia and Europe. Its capital, Baku, is famed for its medieval walled Inner City. Within the Inner City lies the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a royal retreat dating to the 15th century, and the centuries-old stone Maiden Tower, which dominates the city skyline.
Destinations: Heydar Aliyev Center, Maiden Tower, Flame Towers, Fountains Square in Baku, Palace of Shaki Khans and many more.
Macedonia is a country in the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. It is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. The country is famous for its scenic mountains, and its vast biodiversity.
Destinations: Matka Canyon, Monastery of Saint Naum, Church of St. Johan at Kaneo, Stone Bridge, Samuel’s Fortress
Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, lava fields, and Massive glaciers protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. The capital city, Reykjavik. is well known for the late-night clubs and bars in its compact center. Iceland also offers whale watching, the Northern Lights during winter and unusual delicacies like fermented shark.
Destinations: Blue Lagoon, Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Golden Circle, Skógafoss, Askja, Northern Lights
Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.
Destinations: Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Bosporus, Pamukkale, etc.
Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Israel’s financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for its Bauhaus architecture and beaches.
Destinations: Masada, Ein Gedi, Mount Zion, Israel Musem, Cenacle, Jaffa Port, Mount of Beatitudes, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Georgia, a country at the intersection of Europe and Asia, is a former Soviet republic that’s home to Caucasus Mountain villages and Black Sea beaches. It’s famous for Vardzia, a sprawling cave monastery dating to the 12th century, and the ancient wine-growing region Kakheti. The capital, Tbilisi, is known for the diverse architecture and mazelike, cobblestone streets of its old town. The 11th-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is one of many notable Georgian Orthodox churches centered on the nearby town of Mtskheta. Gergeti Glacier is a popular trekking destination farther up the mountain’s slopes. Along the Black Sea coast, the resort town Batumi has a seaside promenade and vibrant nightlife.
Destinations: Narikala, Ananuri, Vardzia, Gergeti Trinity Church, Uplistsikhe.
1. San Marino
San Marino is a mountainous microstate surrounded by north-central Italy. Among the world’s oldest republics, it retains much of its historic architecture. On the slopes of Monte Titano sits the capital, also called San Marino, known for its medieval walled old town and narrow cobblestone streets. The Three Towers, castlelike citadels dating to the 11th century, sit atop Titano’s neighboring peaks.
Destinations: San Marino, Dogana, Falciano, Montegiardino, Canepa, Murata, Lesignano, Ventoso
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