Ljubljana named European Best Destination 2022, Leuven 5th

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, has been named European Best Destination 2022. Leuven in Belgium finished 5th in this popularity contest. 

This poll was organised by EuropeanBestDestinations.com, a website dedicated to tourism in Europe. It cooperates with the European Commission‘s EDEN Network

Twenty destinations selected on the basis of their cultural and touristic offer as well as their quality of life and their sustainable development will be promoted to millions of travellers, media and tourism professionals among the best destinations to visit in Europe in 2022.

“Over half a million of travellers from 182 countries have voted for the European Best Destinations 2022“, the contest organisers say.

Out of over 400 destinations, discover the 20 most voted destinations awarded the title of Best European Destinations 2022.

The final standings

  1. Ljubljana in Slovenia;
  2. Marbella in Spain;
  3. Amiens in France;
  4. Plovdiv in Bulgaria;
  5. Leuven in Belgium;
  6. Oradea in Romania;
  7. London in the United Kingdom;
  8. Nijmegen in the Netherlands;
  9. Lahti Region in Finland;
  10. Istanbul in Turkey;
  11. Amalfi Coast in Italy;
  12. Prague in Czechia (Czech Republic);
  13. Rome in Italy;
  14. Bavaria in Germany;
  15. Athens in Greece;
  16. Clonakilty in Ireland;
  17. Vienna in Austria;
  18. Lucerne in Switzerland;
  19. Graz in Austria;
  20. Crete in Greece.


Of Ljubljana, European Best Destinations says:  “Ljubljana is a city for curious and adventurous souls. The city is a treasure trove of exciting secrets and natural joys. The proud green capital of Slovenia invites all vagabonds who are hungry for culture, art, entertainment, and large green areas, which provide a relaxed atmosphere.”

“It’s not just travellers from all over the world who visit Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Whole delegations of mayors, environmental advisers and town planners visit Ljubljana to understand the green miracle of this unique capital in Europe.”

“Earlier than other European destinations, Ljubljana opted for a pedestrianized historic center. In its heart, while strolling from a trendy boutique to an authentic store, a trendy restaurant or a trendy café, you can hear birdsong.”

“The conglomerate of colorful history and natural heritage adorns the great heart of Ljubljana. Your first visit will definitely not be your last. Ljubljana’s authentic charm is most enjoyed by those travellers who keep coming back for the wonderful culture, cuisine and varied city life.”

Ljubljana 2019

In November 2019, Danny and I travelled to Ljubljana for a weekend.

  1. REVIEW | HOP! by Air France from Paris to Ljubljana in Economy Class.
  2. REVIEW | InterContinental Ljubljana.
  3. Ljubljana Castle.
  4. Slovenian Railway Museum in Ljubljana.
  5. A weekend in Ljubljana.
  6. REVIEW | Hop! By Air France back from Ljubljana to Paris in Economy Class.


Of Leuven, European Best Destinations says: “Welcome to Leuven, a picturesque city in the heart of Belgium, an ideal destination for an exciting all year round city break with your friends, family or individually, a destination awarded among the European Best Destinations 2022.”

“Thanks to its rich and varied offering in heritage, art, culture, science, beer, gastronomy and shopping, this town is an invite to stroll and discover. Moreover, it’s very easily accessible and everything lies within walking or biking distance. The moment you walk out of the Leuven Railway Station, you can already feel the radiation of a hip and urban vibe in an historical setting, guaranteed to draw you into its vibrancy. 157 nationalities from all walks of life call it home and are the beating heart of this 21st century-old university town.”

“This attractive destination is also on the first place of the podium of the Best Open-Minded Destinations in Europe, a ranking of destinations actively working on accessibility, social diversity, solidarity, tolerance, respect and living together.”

“Enjoy shopping in attractive, car-free shopping streets, from eco fashion to major chain stores, from markets with local products to souvenir and gift shops. You are in the land of chocolate, beer and gastronomy so don’t forget to drop by one of the many cosy cafés and charming restaurants you can find one around every corner. Home to the legendary and world-famous Brewery Stella Artois, Leuven has an incredibly rich brewery history (goes back to 1366!). It’s without a doubt the capital of beer. Experience the local breweries in action and enjoy a wonderful beer after your tour.”


Have you been to Leuven, Ljubjana or any of the other nominees? Especially, what do you think of the top 5? Are Marbella, Plovdiv or Amiens worth a visit? Do tell us. 

15 Comments Add yours

  1. elvira797mx says:

    Wow! Amazing, beautiful! Awesome post! Thanks for share Timothy.
    Have a wonderful time!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Timothy says:

      Thank you Elvira!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. elvira797mx says:

        You are welcome Timothy.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. pedmar10 says:

    But of course Amiens is ok for Jules Verne and the Cathedral. 5/10 for me Cheers

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Timothy says:

      Ah yes the cathedral. I didn’t know of the Jules Verne link. Thank you 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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