With the end of the year quickly creeping up on us all, it’s time to start planning adventures for the new year. Let’s talk about the quintessential Euro trip. Exploring this beautiful continent – whether as a backpacker or a luxury jet setter – is something that should be on every traveller’s must-do list, at least once in his or her life.
Next year could be your year for an incredible trip around Europe – a different one. Oh, of course there are the old favourites – Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona; all gorgeous places, but rather over-visited and at many times teeming with hordes of tourists.
It’s time for the spotlight to fall on other stunning places in Europe that are just crying out to be explored. We’ve put together an exciting list of five offbeat, unmissable holiday destinations that you absolutely must check out in 2019 for that genuine European experience.
1. Lofoten Islands, Norway
This group of islands in northern Norway is an archipelago known for its dramatic scenery, surrounded by jagged mountain peaks, colourful fishing villages, and the most beautiful, jaw-dropping show in the sky – the aurora borealis, or the northern lights.
Flights from Singapore to Oslo and back start from SGD 1167.
2. Lisbon, Portugal
The hilly, coastal city of Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is often overlooked as a destination in Europe when it should be at the top of every traveller’s wish list. It has everything – gorgeous beaches, a thrilling nightlife, a deep cultural heritage, beautiful architecture and crazy-delicious food.
Lisbon has become a foodie’s dream destination to watch out for. Check out these amazing food markets – Time Out Mercado da Ribeira, where renowned Portuguese chefs serve up authentic cuisine and play with new flavours to create modern and trendy fusion recipes; Bairro Alto, a lively night market of food and drinks with a party atmosphere (tip: go to Bairro Alto after 11PM for the best nighttime market experience); and Rua Augusta, where traditional Portuguese cuisine is at its finest and most pure.
Flights from Singapore to Lisbon and back start from SGD 1089.
3. The Cairngorms, Scotland
Flights from Singapore to Edinburgh and back start from SGD 1115.
4. Pompeii, Italy
Flights from Singapore to Naples and back start from SGD 935.
5. Düsseldorf, Germany
Grab an Arts Card from the Tourist Office and get entry for a year to most of the city’s 26 museums. Besides museums, Düsseldorf is home to more than 100 art galleries for your perusal, featuring cutting-edge, contemporary art. Don’t miss the yearly Art Düsseldorf art festival, which is the leading contemporary art fair in Europe.
With loads of parks and marked bike lanes, Düsseldorf is best explored by cycling. Check out Königsallee street, which is lined by shops of famous, high-end fashion brands like Gucci and Chanel. If you’ve got the money to spend, this is where you want to be.
There you have it – five unmissable holiday destinations offering a wide variety of activities and sites, from the ruggedly natural to the edgy and contemporary. Your Euro trip does not have to be old, overused or overdone; it can be original and outstanding. Think about it, read about it, talk about it, plan it, and then just do it! Europe awaits, standing by to offer you something different each time around.