From Spain to Indonesia, this year’s list of the best summer travel destinations has something for everyone. Whether you want to immerse yourself in history in France or relax and unwind in Seychelles, this list is all about off the beaten path destinations that offer value for money.
So, without further ado, here are the top summer destinations for 2019.
#1. Barcelona, Spain
One of America’s first vacation destinations, Barcelona has been luring travelers for years. This enchanting seaside city boasts amazing architecture, beautiful beaches, traditional Spanish cuisine, and a vibrant nightlife.
Despite being a tourist destination, the city has many local barrios to explore away from the crowds. For a more authentic and less crowded experience, visit the Boqueria Market, go on a picnic at the Mirador del Migdia, revisit history at the castle of Montjuic or stroll through the charming gardens of Jardins Miramar and Mossèn Costa i Llobera.
#2. Marseille, France
Beautiful castles lead to romantic fantasies in Marseille. But the true charm of France’s second-largest city lies in the richness of its cultural heritage which spans more than 1,500 years of history. From wandering along the Boulevard Longchamp and Old Port to getting lost in the smells and colors in La Plaine, Le Panier and Noailles, Marseille has a wealth of cultures and communities to explore.
#3. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Set on the Adriatic Sea, this ancient walled medieval city is a hidden gem that is still untouched by mass tourism. However, it has much to offer: rich history, world-class restaurants, impressive landscapes. It’s no wonder that the city is even on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.
If you have a few days stopover in Dubrovnik, be sure to walk the Dubrovnik Walls, wander the streets of the Old Town, visit the Lovrijenac Fortress and explore Lokrum Island. If time allows, sail on the Adriatic Sea for an unforgettable experience. There are lots of Croatia sailboat rental companies that rent out sailboats and catamarans at affordable prices. If you don’t know how to sail but still want to explore the open waters, don’t fret. Rental companies like 12 Knots Yachting Club offer a wide variety of sailing trips as well as sailing courses on motor and sailing yachts.
#4. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is one of the most popular island destinations in the world. The island appeals to international tourists with its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes, forested mountains, iconic rice pads and white sand beaches that exude peace and serenity. It is home to religious sites such as Tirta Empul Temple and Gunung Kawi Sebatu. Bali is famous for its yoga and meditation retreats and much loved by water lovers.
#5. Seychelles, East Africa
Mother Nature was incredibly generous with Seychelles, a beautiful archaeology that’s synonymous with a flawless beach paradise. With 115 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, Seychelles boasts talcum-powder beaches, shimmery coastline, palm-lined shores, aquamarine-colored waters and a wide variety of marine life. If you’re looking for a beachside retreat this summer, Seychelles is the place to go.
#6. Paros, Greece
Located in the heart of the Cyclades Islands, Paros is best known for its traditional villages and breathtaking beaches. This Greek island lures with its stunning natural landscape, picturesque white sugar-cube towns and villages, and medieval ruins and monuments. There’s also no shortage of restaurants, tavernas bars, cafes, and tourist facilities.
#7. Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most popular destinations with turquoise seas, breathtaking terrain, cinematic piazzas, craggy cliffs, verdant woodland and shimmering bays dotted with pastel-colored fishing villages. Stunning beaches and mysterious grottos, Amalfi Coast is home to Italy’s finest hotels and restaurants.
These are some of the best top summer destinations that are sure to turn your trip into an epic experience. If you already know where you’re going this summer, share your destination picks with us on social media.