Can you guess which European destinations are trending for 2019?

With spring coming and days getting warmer, a city break somewhere in Europe does sound like a great idea. And if you’re looking for inspiration on where to go, a newly released list of the best destinations in the continent might just be the help you need.

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With spring coming, a city break somewhere in Europe sounds like a really good idea. Image by Muriel de Seze/Getty Images

Europe-focused travel group European Best Destinations asked its travellers to vote for the most sought after cities for city breaks and weekends in 2019, and have just recently published the results.

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is the top trending European destination for 2019. Image by Yasonia/Shutterstock

The top spot on the list went to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. “The city setting is stunning with a rich architectural and historical heritage,” it reads on the European Best Destinations’ official description. “It offers an unmatched combination of culture, blooming gastronomy and the advantage of thermal waters and world heritage sights”. If you’d like to vacation in the number one trending European destination, then, the “pearl of the Danube” is the city for you.

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Second place-winner Braga, in Portugal, is perfect for shopping, among several other qualities. Image by Marek Stepan/Getty Images

If you’re looking for a warmer destination in which to enjoy spring, then Braga, in Portugal, might be perfect for you. The city ranked second in the list – it’s very easy to reach since it’s only one hour by train away from bigger and more famous Porto, and “it offers the best of Portugal in a friendly and warm atmosphere.”

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The village of Monte Isola on the shores of Lake Iseo in Italy was ranked third on the list. Image by Mirko Costantini/ClickAlps/REDA&CO/UIG/Getty Images

How could Italy not be present on a list detailing the best destinations in Europe? The village of Monte Isola in Lombardy, just two hours away from the country’s most advanced metropolis Milan, took the third spot on the list. The lakeside village, sitting snugly on the shores of Lake Iseo, is “paradise on earth [and it] seduces families, lovers, hikers, those who want to relax, feel authenticity, human warmth and respect for nature.”

The whole list, compiled by analysing around half a million votes, consists of fifteen cities. If you’re curious to know them all you can check it on its website here, while down below you have the top ten.

  1. Budapest, Hungary
  2. Braga, Portugal
  3. Monte Isola, Italy
  4. Metz, France
  5. Poznan, Poland
  6. Malaga, Spain
  7. Geneva, Switzerland
  8. Cavtat, Croatia
  9. Bratislava, Slovakia
  10. Sainte-Maxime, France