Here’s where to travel in 2023, according to the Guardian

From Austria to Italy's Appian Way, the British newspaper has chosen 23 European destinations to visit this year

Grace Beard
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Grace Beard
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The stunning Rosenberg Castle in Copenhagen
Photograph: Shutterstock.comThe stunning Rosenberg Castle in Copenhagen

Ah, Blue Monday. We meet again. Whether you think the ‘most depressing day of the year’ is a giant marketing ploy or you reckon there’s actually some science behind it, the third Monday in January is still a great time to plan your travels. It’s mid-winter, you need to book your time off for the year ahead, and there are still loads of travel deals to take advantage of. 

Just in time for Blue Monday, the folks over at the Guardian have compiled a pretty inspiring list of places to visit in the coming months. From a little-known Portuguese fishing village to France's newest gastronomic capital, the round-up covers all four corners of Europe and focuses on ‘sustainable adventures’. 

Ready for some inspo? Here’s the full list of where to holiday in 2023 – and what to do when you’re there – according to the Guardian.

1. Fuseta, Portugal for a peaceful beach break 

2. Liguria, Italy for the new night train to the Cinque Terre 

3. Kranj, Slovenia for a sustainable city break 

4. North of England, UK for new museums and galleries

5. Spetses, Greece to explore the island featured in ‘Glass Onion’

6. Imotski Lakes, Croatia to explore the Dalmatian lake district

7. MargateUK for film destinations, food and art

8. Ridgeway trailUK to celebrate its 50th anniversary

9. South-east Turkey to discover an unexplored region

10. TuscanyItaly to discover the region’s sculptures

11. Hauts-de-France for an escape to the new European Capital of Gastronomy 2023

12. Affric Highlands, Scotland to see rewilding in action

13. Copenhagen, Denmark for a series of cultural events and talks

14. Leipzig, Germany for classical music and modern art

15. Málaga, Spain for new Picasso exhibitions

16. Canfranc, Huesca, Spain to stay in a new railway hotel

17. France for the Rugby World Cup

18. Southern Scotland to ride a new cycle route between Stranraer and Eyemouth

19. Austria for mountaineering village escapes

20. Dublin, Ireland for a dip in the newly reopened Dún Laoghaire Baths

21. VersaillesFrance for some Marie-Antoinette cosplay

22. Appian WayItaly to walk along Rome’s most historic road

23. Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland to stay in new wilderness cabins

There we have it: 23 reasons to get excited about European travel in 2023. It certainly cheered us up a bit.

Have you seen our pick of underrated destinations to explore in 2023? Plus: How to save money, beat the crowds and travel better in 2023

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