Lonely Planet’s top-10 European destinations for 2013

Lonely Planet named the Portuguese city of Porto as the #1 European destination to visit in 2013.

Lonely Planet named the Portuguese city of Porto as the #1 European destination to visit in 2013.

Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guide book publisher, has released its newest annual list: Lonely Planet’s Top 10 European Destinations for 2013.

The list features Lonely Planet’s picks for the best places to visit in Europe for the year ahead and includes countries, cities, and regions from all across the European continent.

Destinations were chosen by the company’s team of editors and authors based in Lonely Planet’s Oakland, California and London, U.K. offices for either being under-the-radar but generating buzz, or perennial favourites with fresh reasons to visit in 2013.

Portugal‘s Porto and Douro Valley claimed the top honour on the list, chosen as the #1 destination to visit in Europe in 2013. The Portuguese destination was described as being a vibrant arts capital with trendy watering holes in old, atmospheric buildings and wild plant-scapes that is also a great value destination.

The list also features (in ranked order):

Budapest, Hungary; Northern Iceland; Cinque Terre, Italy; Moravia, Czech Republic; Bern, Switzerland; Marseille, France; Croatia; Northern Ireland; and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Additional information explaining why these destinations were chosen can be found at lonelyplanet.com/europe/travel-tips-and-articles/77757.

For those inspired to take a trip to Europe this year, Lonely Planet has also released a brand-new, free ebook titled Europe: 40 Amazing Experiences, which features the best things to see and do in Europe this summer, such as floating down the azure Cetina River in Croatia or chilling out in Barcelona’s beach bars.

Europe: 40 Amazing Experiences is free to download on all ebook platforms and as a downloadable PDF from Lonely Planet’s website.

And, for those hoping to win a European getaway, Lonely Planet is hosting a 40th anniversary campaign in search of the best travel story. Showcase how travel has impacted your life and, in 140 characters or less, submit your very own real-life travel story at lonelyplanet.com/shareyourtravelstory/usca for the chance to win a trip for two to Italy.