Athens and Crete on the list of “Best European Destinations” for 2022

Athens, Greece. Photo source: EBD / Alekandar Todorovic

Athens and Crete belong to the The 20 best European travel destinations for 2022ranking 15 and 20 or on the list recently published by European Best Destinations (EBD).

EBD is a Brussels-based organization aiming to promote culture and tourism in Europe.

In its 13th edition, the online competition organized by EBD invited travelers from all over the world to vote for their best destination in Europe. More than 400 Cities competed for the prestigious title while winners were determined based on voting 528,069 travelers out 182 Countries.


Photo © Maria Theofanopoulou

In the last 10 years, Athens has repeatedly been ranked among the best European travel destinations. This year, the Greek capital received a total of 5,024 Voices.

According to EBD, Athens is “a youthful city resolutely looking to the future” where travelers return time and again to the Acropolis and the Temple of Poseidon.

The organization also suggests a visit to Varvakios Agora, the city’s central indoor and outdoor food market; the Monastiraki district; the National Gardens and the seafront of Athens.


Crete island, Greece. Image source: EBD / Shutterstock Editorial Georgios Tsichlis

According to the EBD, Crete holds the secret of longevity. The island ranks 20th on the EBD list 1,002 Voices.

“This Greek island, bathed in sun and warm winds, is an ideal destination for lovers of wildlife, but also for farniente and relaxation. Come and sip your raki (Cretan liquor) while enjoying a typical meal; It is said that the secret of its residents’ longevity is its gastronomy,” says the organization.

In Crete, travelers should visit the historical sites of Petras and Kommos; dive into the warm blue waters of Matala or Falasarna; Stay in the legendary city of Heraklion or in the beautiful port towns of Chania and Agios Nikolaos.

Ljubljana was voted the best European destination 2022

Ljubljana in Slovenia was voted the best European destination for 2022 with a total of 75,642 votes.

Marbella in Spain, finished second, followed by amiens in France, in third place, Plovdiv in Bulgaria and lions in Belgium in fourth and fifth place.

The best European travel destinations of 2022

1. Ljubljana, Slovenia

2. Marbella, Spain

3. Amiens, France

4. Plovdiv, Bulgaria

5. Leuven, Belgium

6. Oradea, Romania

7.London, UK

8. Nijmegen, Netherlands

9. Lahti Region – Finland

10. Istanbul, Turkey

11. Amalfi Coast, Italy

12. Prague, Czech Republic

13. Rome, Italy

14. Bavaria, Germany

15. Athens, Greece

16. Clonakilty, Ireland

17. Vienna, Austria

18. Lucerne, Switzerland

19. Graz, Austria

20. Crete, Greece

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