2016 has arrived! While many of us are making our way back to work, some of us are already making travel plans for the year ahead. But where to go? I’ve knitted together 16 of the newest travel hotspots, events and golden oldie locations to hit up in 2016, so you can get the most from your holiday.
16. Spilt, Croatia
Spilt has won my heart. A beautiful white-marble walled town on the Dalmatian coast. The locals are friendly, it’s budget travel friendly and doesn’t get the hectic crowds like Dubrovnik. It’s only dead easy to hop to one of Croatia’s breathtaking islands, such as Hvar or Korčula.
15. Füssen, Germany
If you’re planning on being in Munich this year, make time for a day-trip to this wee town. I’ve already bragged about the beauty of Füssen in a previous blog, but I’ll happily do it again. Located in the southern Bavarian Alps, the little town of Füssen hosts an array of quaint Alpine architecture encapsulated with the beauty of nature.
Situated just 3km from the town you’ll the ultimate fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein. Walt Disney himself based Sleeping Beauty’s castle on this stunning, beautiful building.
14. Padua, Italy
The picturesque city of Padua is completely underrated when it comes to tourism in Northern Italy. Yes, ok Venice has beautiful, winding canals, Verona plays host to the greatest love story in theatre history, Romeo & Juliet.
But Padua boasts incredible conservation of old roman buildings, stunning basilicas and might I say, the best Italian food I’ve ever sampled. Head to Piazza dei Frutti to relish in fresh traditional cuisine such as garlic-infused octopus and pistachio covered tuna, produced by Italy’s most famous food stand, La Folperia.
13. Killarney, Ireland
I’m not usually a fan of the countryside, but I’m always up for a trip to Killarney. With it’s ancient rolling hills covering the landscape, I can’t help but completely adore the scenery. Located in the south-west of Ireland, Killarney makes a scenic base for discovering the rest of the region.
Even in the traditional Irish weather Killarney National Park is still extremely appetising to the eys. Take a trip around the Ring-of-Kerry to get the most from this place of natural beauty and check out the Irish towns attached to this mountain for views, such as this.
12. Berlin, Germany
Here I go, writing about Berlin again, typical of me I know. But I love this city so of course I’m going to recommend it to everyone. It has everything: eccentric culture, extensive history and an exciting buzz about it. Don’t believe me? Check out my previous blog ’44 Little Great Things About Berlin’ and I promise you’ll be convinced afterwards 😉
11. Zadar, Croatia
Croatia, again? Yes please. Croatia is home to beautiful town after town, after town! And Zadar is no exception to that. Like Spilt, it’s a walled city with rolling white-stoned streets but what makes it different is the bustling markets, ancient building and the world’s only sea organ.
A sea organ… right. It’s awesome. It’s an experimental musical instrument in which tubes, located under a set of large marble steps plays music orchestrated by the tumbling waves of the Adriatic sea.
10. Rome, Italy
Rome is the perfect weekend holiday; iconic sites, incredible history and that romantic touch. Rome should be a must on each traveller’s bucketlist. However, I’d avoid going during the peak tourist season as lines for sights such as the Colosseum and the Vatican can be long, and you might melt with the heat.
9. Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary
I love Sziget. I love the unity of it all. People from all over the world flocking towards the most bonkers festival in Europe. Each year Sziget plays host to a mammoth array of acts, from mainstream pop to alternative rock, Sziget truly has something for everyone!
8. Wroclaw, Poland
Wroclaw has become a bit of hotspot for tourism in 2015, and I can see why. Not only does this city boom with character, but it’s known for friendly locals and a hopping nightlife. Given the title of 2016 Capital of Culture, Wroclaw has become the place to visit in Europe.
7. Walk the Camino de Santiago
The great Spanish pilgrimage trail. Although it is typically a Christian pilgrimage route, it has been adopted into the hiking and backpacking bucketlist. The route hosts magnificent natural beauty, small traditional Spanish towns and a time to reflect. Something I believe travelling offers to each individual, the time to get to know yourself, and to grow as a person.
6. Dublin, Ireland
Shout out to my hometown! Dublin’s tourism is booming in the recent years, but 2016 will be even bigger. With the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising on March 17th, Dublin is going to mental.
Not to mention Dublin is home to many incredible things like Guinness, buzzing nightlife and literary greats such as Jame Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. Not too shabby at all.
5. Ljubljana, Slovenia
I love hearing people trying to pronounce Ljubljana, let alone trying to spell it. Don’t let the name deter you from visiting. Ljubljana is one of my favourite places to visit. It’s a small city, also the capital of Slovenia. But the locals are extremely cheery, the scenery is stunning and the bohemian art scene is pretty cool.
4. Paris, France
There is no where in the world quite like Paris. Despite the devastating attacks in 2015 I still highly advise for you to go. Paris is just breathtaking. Okay so there’s the Eiffel Tower which you’re obviously going to see, but to appreciate the city you need to walk around it. Explore areas like Montmartre, the Latin Quarter and Ilé de le Cité, you won’t regret it.
3. Cesky Krumlov
You may have already seen Cesky Krumlov across various travel sights, Pinterest posts and tumblr blogs but there is a reason. It’s an example of how a city gained popularity through the medium of online word-of-mouth. Located just 3 hours from Prague, Cesky Krumlov is a shining beacon of beautiful bohemia buildings.
2. Bruges, Belgium
Just because it’s really…
1. Edinburgh, Scotland
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, a ghost hunter or like hill walking then giving Edinburgh a visit in 2016. It’s home to J.K. Rowling, hosts the spookiest graveyard in the world (Greyfriars) and it is certainly hilly.
There you have it folks! The 16 places to visit in 2016. Whether you’re planning a weekend away or a trip of a lifetime be sure to put some of these incredible place or adventures on your itinerary!
Lazy Gal Out