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Top Destinations 2016

Now the New Year has been ushered in, travel plans are beginning to hatch. Minds will be dreaming of iconic landmarks, untouched paradises and the coolest city for a weekend break.

For travellers, the options are endless, so we’ve pulled together the most exciting destinations to visit in 2016.

Evening Shopping Milan

Milan

Think of Rome, Florence and Venice, and it’s easy to see why Italy is Europe’s richest destination. Deciding where to go is the hard part.

Make for Milan. In ambition, the Duomo Cathedral matches the best of Rome, and then lets you walk it’s roof; compared with Venice, its canals are cool, quiet and carefree, while art lovers can feast on The Last Supper. Then only one decision remains: football at the San Siro or opera at La Scala?

Sicily

Island escapes have an enduring appeal and none more than Sicily. A new year brings a longing for an old favourite, whose calming coves of warm Mediterranean waters, sleepy fishing villages and the ever present Mount Etna are as alluring as ever.

Let Taormina tempt you; the town is a favourite of A-list film stars for its designer shops, twisting medieval streets and immaculate Greek amphitheatre. Or answer the call of Cefalu with its cathedral, castle and infinite charm.


Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
Porto Coast

Porto

Porto has never been more in demand. Still present are verdant vineyards and backstreet port cellars, the beautiful Douro River that still weaves through the city and that magnificent cathedral, dominating the skyline as it always has.

Certainly, Harry Potter has added some magic to the city. Here, JK Rowling found inspiration in the capes of the university’s students and the glorious Lello & Irmão bookshop. Travellers are equally inspired - by the price. Porto affords rich heritage on a shoestring budget.

Aarhus

Nordic cool is still the hottest ticket in travel, and this year Aarhus is the place to be seen.

Denmark’s second city shares the capital’s style: picturesque, cafe-lined waterfronts, a charming old-world centre in Møllestien and chic dockland developments like Dokk1. But what sets Aarhus apart is the array of groundbreaking museums: the modern art at the rainbow-roofed ARoS, the historic Den Gamle By and the unforgettable Moesgaard building.

The ‘world’s biggest smallest city’, has finally found the spotlight.

Isbjerget apartment buildings
Wroclaw multi-coloured facades

Wroclaw

Austrian, Hungarian, German: the Polish city of Wroclaw is used to passing hands and 2016 sees it in demand again, as the European Capital of Culture.

Sovereignty changes have done little to spoil the city. It brims with bold-coloured medieval houses, boasts a charming gothic cathedral and is, presently, untouched by popular tourism. But with classical concerts and operas among this year’s celebrations, that will soon change.

See Wroclaw before the stamp of approval sets the city on the ascendancy.

Ljubljana

With its curving river, white washed architecture and abundant green space, Slovenia's capital is an enchanting destination best explored on foot.

Pleasing pedestrianised, Ljubljana feels like a retreat from the modern world: indulge in the slower pace and enjoy a riverside coffee, cross the Triple Bridge between the old and contemporary city, and find peace in the capital’s vast, green Tivoli Park.


Ljubljana canal

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