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Lonely Planet's Best in Europe

Every year, the travel experts at Lonely Planet come up with a list of the hottest European destinations. You can visit most of these places with an Interrail Pass, so get inspired by their picks for 2018. We'll show you the Top 3 as a preview, and dare you to see them all on a single Interrail trip!

 

1. Emilia-Romagna, Italy

 Ancient Roman bridge leading into the town of Bobbio
Ancient Roman bridge leading into the town of Bobbio

Italy always manages to score top points when it comes to beauty, food and lifestyle. The Emilia-Romagna region in the Northeast of the country is no exception with its cultural cities and gastronomic traditions. The region's capital Bologna is a thriving student city boasting the oldest university in the world.

 

Fascinating cities in Emilia-Romagna include Parma, Modena and Ravenna, plus some great coastal resorts. The rich region is also home to famous car brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati.

2. Cantabria, Spain

 View of Arnia Beach in the Cantabria region
View of Arnia Beach in the Cantabria region

The region of Cantabria, on the northern coast of Spain, is a breath of fresh air for those looking to avoid the crowds. With its magnificent coastline and green valleys, it's somewhat of a miracle how Cantabria remains relatively quiet throughout the summer. We promise you won't soon forget the bayside capital of Santander and its pincho bars!

 

Natural beauty is all around you in Cantabria, which is part of the España Verde (Green Spain) region. The majestic Picos de Europa mountains are perfect for walking and climbing.

3. Friesland, the Netherlands

 The Brandaris lighthouse on Terschelling island
The Brandaris lighthouse on Terschelling island

The province of Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands, is where you'll find real peace and quiet. Think farmlands, dykes and windmills, along with a group of islands listed as the Unesco World Heritage. When the tide goes out, you can go mudflat hiking across the Wadden Sea and watch birds and seals along the way.

 

The charming capital Leeuwarden was named European Capital of Culture 2018. Expect tons of entertainment throughout the summer, including a huge exposition on the city's most famous artist, M.C. Escher.

Check out the other best places to visit in Europe according to Lonely Planet today!