Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013

Porto & Douro Valley

The Yeatman is Porto’s finest hotel, and its Michelin-starred restaurant is well worth a visit even if you don’t stay the night.

Rooftops of Porto and the Douro River. Photo by Dmitry Shakin / Getty Images.

Budapest, Hungary

Szimpla Kert is the granddaddy of the garden bars and one of the best, now winterized to be open year-round.

The Széchenyi Baths on a summer day in Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Ellen Rooney / Getty Images.

Northern Iceland

Fancy a peek at a puffin? On the island of Grimsey, Iceland’s only true piece of the Artctic Circle, birds outnumber people 1000 to one. Divers can swim with seabirds, watching guillemots hunting for food deep in the crystal waters.

Fire and Ice – Riders on the frozen Myvatn Lake. Photo by Reinhard Pantke / Getty Images.

Cinque Terre, Italy

The best way to get around the Cinque Terre is with the Cinque Terre card available at all of the local train stations, which gives you unlimited use of the walking paths, electric village buses, the elevator in Riomaggiore and cultural exhibitions (one/two days €5/9).

Colourful Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre. Photo by Sergio Del Rosso / Getty Images.

Moravia, Czech Republic

To pedal your way through Moravian wine country, follow the Mikulov Wine Trail. The Mikulov tourist office (www.mikulov.cz/tourism) can help steer you to a one-day ride that takes in the nearby chateaux at Valtice and Lednice, stopping at small local vineyards along the way.

Elderflower wine, Mikulov, Moravia, Czech Republic. Photo by Paul Harris / Getty Images.

Bern, Switzerland

Get a taste of Bern’s locavore leanings at the popular Lötschberg AOC (www.loetschberg-aoc.ch), with an all-Swiss wine and beer list, local cheese specialities and seasonal produce.

Bern’s Old Town and the Aare River. Izzet Keribar / Getty Images.

Marseille, France

For a true bouillabaisse experience, head to Le Rhul for a classic approach or L’Epuisette for a swank Michelin-starred experience; reserve in advance for both.

Marseille’s Vieux Port. Photo by Alexandre Fundone / Getty Images.

Croatia

To experience Zagreb like a local, don’t miss Saturday morning špica, the coffee-drinking and people watching ritual that is the peak of the weekly social calendar.

Plitvice Lakes National Park. Photo by Kelly Cheng / Getty Images.

Northern Ireland

In October, Derry/Londonderry dusts off the skeletons and puts on the spooky makeup for the annual Halloween Carnival, Ireland’s biggest street party.

Dawn on the Giant’s Causeway. Photo by Riccardo Spila / Getty Images.

Copenhagen, Denmark

The strikingly modern Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in nearby Humelbæk is worth the side trip even if you’re not a passionate fan of modern art. Inside find Picasso, Giacometti and an entire wing for kids; outside find Henry Moore, Alexander Calder and artfully framed views across the water to Sweden.

City bikers in Copenhagen. Photo by Dag Sundberg / Getty Images.

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