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Croatia’s capital of Zagreb topped Lonely Planet’s annual list of places to visit in Europe in 2017

Croatia’s capital city of Zagreb has been named as the best place to visit in Europe by a prestigious travel guide, Montenegro finished fourth.

The city has topped Lonely Planet’s 2017 Best in Europe list, with judges praising it as being ‘both cosmopolitan and edgy’ and noting that its newly opened airport means it’s never been cheaper or easier to get to.

According to the experts at Lonely Planet, Zagreb is often overlooked by visitors in favour of the country’s extensive Adriatic coastline.

It states: ‘But this booming inland capital is both cosmopolitan and edgy, combining sun-splashed Austro-Hungarian squares brimming with coffee drinkers with a heady mix of Brutalist architecture, thriving street art and urban regeneration.

‘With the city’s long awaited airport terminal opening earlier this year, it’s never been easier or cheaper to reach the Croatian capital, where visitors can discover a blossoming food and drink scene.’

For Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2017 we’ve compiled our hotlist of destinations across the continent to visit this summer, all offering something new, exciting or undiscovered that make them worth exploring right now.’

‘Zagreb tops our list because it ticks all of these boxes.

‘Croatia is one of Europe’s hottest destinations right now but many people head straight to the coast, meaning they miss out on visiting a city that has a dynamic cultural offering and a thriving food and drink scene.’ according to Lonely Planet.

The rugged landscape of northern Montenegro puts it 4th on the Lonely Planet list of best places to visit.

Adventure hunters can raft through Europe’s deepest canyon at Tara, or cycle through lunar landscapes around the Durmitor ring. Foodies are catered for in highland towns where you can savour Montenegro’s growing slow food scene with mountain cheeses and hearty beef stews; while history buffs can take a pilgrimage to stunning monasteries etched into cliff faces at Ostrog or nestled in breathtaking valleys at Morača.

Full list:

  1. Zagreb, Croatia
  2. Gotland, Sweden
  3. Galicia, Spain
  4. Northern Montenegro
  5. Leeds, UK
  6. The Alentejo, Portugal
  7. Northern Germany
  8. Moldova
  9. Pafos, Cyprus
  10. Le Havre, France