Lonely Planet recommends Greek and Danish destinations as 'best in Europe' this year

The Peloponnese in Greece is described as an "affordable enclave of magnificent ancient sights"

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Fish-farming facilities are seen on the coast near Epidauros, in Greece's southern Peloponnese region of Corfos. Image: Dimitri Messinis / AP/Press Association Images

Lonely Planet has unveiled its list of top places to visit in Europe this year.

The Peloponnese - a southern peninsula in Greece, home to the site where the Olympic games were held in ancient times - tops this year's list.

The popular travel publication suggests the area "remains an affordable enclave of magnificent ancient sights like Olympia, Mycenae and Mystras, which are scattered across a rich landscape of stone villages, teal seas and snow-capped mountains.

"Now more than ever the Peloponnese is the perfect destination for absorbing traditional Greek life, compelling history and inspiring landscapes".

Denmark's second-largest city Aarhus is second on the list, while Venice rounds out the top three.

Locations in England, France, Ukraine, Spain, the Netherlands, Croatia and the Canary Islands also make this year's list - although no Irish locations make the cut.

You can see Lonely Planet's top ten recommendations below:

1. Peloponnese, Greece

2. Aarhus, Denmark

3. Venice, Italy

4. The Dordogne, France

5. Lviv, Ukraine

6. Warwickshire, England

7. Extremadura, Spain

8. East Coast Tenerife, Canary Islands

9. Texel, the Netherlands

10. Northern Dalmatia, Croatia