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Lonely Planet's top 10 places to visit in Europe in 2018

Lonely Planet's Best in Europe list for 2018 revealed the best places to travel this year. The Italian region of Emilia-Romagna is the best place to visit in Europe for 2018, followed by Cantabria in Spain, which came second.

Emilia Romagna

Lonely Planet's experts reveal their pick of the most exciting and underrated destinations to visit across the continent. The experts say that this year's list directly tackles the hot topic of 'overtourism', 'aiming to inspire travellers to discover some of the best lesser-visited regions, alternative city breaks and hidden gems, beyond Europe's busiest tourist hotspots'.

Friesland in the Netherlands, pictured, is third, with Lonely Planet describing it as 'a region of beguiling landscapes and a lively capital city'.

Coming in fourth is the tiny state of Kosovo, where boasts dramatic hiking trails, Ottoman-era history and a growing cultural scene.

Rounding off the top five is the Provence region of France, which is best known for its olive groves and lavender fields.

Dundee entered the list in sixth with Scotland's fourth largest city being praised for its 'head turning' urban redevelopment. Lonely Planet describes it as an “exciting moment” for a city that has often been overlooked by visitors to Scotland, and praised its “nationally important museums and attractions” and “dynamic, creative spirit”.

The Small Cyclades, Greece ranked at 7th place, while Vilnius, Lithuania ranked at 8th place, followed by Vipava Valley, Slovenia and Tirana, Albania which are 9th and 10th position respectively.

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