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And the top spot in Europe is ...

By Maggie Blaha, Special to CNN
June 10, 2014 -- Updated 1356 GMT (2156 HKT)
Beautiful islands, ancient architecture and delicious Mediterranean cuisine are just a few of the reasons why Greece tops Lonely Planet's 2014 Best of Europe Top 10 list. Hopping from one gorgeous island to another is part of the Greek experience, and Santorini (shown here), with its colorful cliffs and white Cycladic houses, is not to be missed. The sunsets are known to be exquisite, and there are also plenty of archaeological sites to explore such as Akrotiri, the site of an ancient Minoan city buried beneath volcanic ash from an eruption dated to the mid-17th century BC. Beautiful islands, ancient architecture and delicious Mediterranean cuisine are just a few of the reasons why Greece tops Lonely Planet's 2014 Best of Europe Top 10 list. Hopping from one gorgeous island to another is part of the Greek experience, and Santorini (shown here), with its colorful cliffs and white Cycladic houses, is not to be missed. The sunsets are known to be exquisite, and there are also plenty of archaeological sites to explore such as Akrotiri, the site of an ancient Minoan city buried beneath volcanic ash from an eruption dated to the mid-17th century BC.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • These European spots are worth a visit in 2014
  • Greece and Italy offer more than the obvious to the European explorer
  • It's Vikings for Denmark and the city of beer in the Czech Republic

(CNN) -- Greece and Italy may seem like obvious choices for the discerning traveler because of their ancient attractions, spectacular cuisine and laid-back culture.

Yet even those popular spots have corners yet to be discovered by the traveling masses. That's why Lonely Planet has named them to its 2014 Best in Europe list.

Ten European destinations with interesting food, architecture and history were chosen by the travel publisher's writers and editors to encourage travelers to explore someplace new on the continent. Picks include island settings, picturesque villages in the countryside and an excellent beer town.

"We're pointing out places that would be fun for tourists to discover," says Noirin Hegarty, Lonely Planet's managing destination editor. "This list was about introducing and reintroducing places."

Think they picked the right spots? Click through the gallery to find out.

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