Wondering where to travel in 2024? There's a whole world to choose from. Take your pick from European capitals of culture and new heritage sites, national parks and special sporting events – there is a destination for every type of traveller.

Vlorë, Albania

Vlorë of the Adriatic Sea

Vlorë is nestled in a wonderful location between the mountains and the shores of the Adriatic Sea, which repay exploration (Photo: Getty Images)

With its mountains, stunning coastline and rich history, Albania is having a moment right now. Head two hours south of the capital Tirana, where Vlorë is tucked between the mountains and the shores of the Adriatic Sea. From the honeyed hues of the city’s Mediterranean-inspired architecture to the rugged beauty of the surrounding countryside, this is the heart of the Albanian Riviera, where unspoilt beaches and fascinating archaeological sites abound.

Fly into Tirana and combine your coastal stay with a visit to Albania’s capital. The Tirana Marriott Hotel combines Albanian heritage with forward-thinking design and high-level amenities, right in the heart of the city.

Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi National Park, Kenya

From the open grass plains of Nairobi National Park, you're treated to atmospheric glimpses of the Kenyan capital (Photo: Getty Images)

Vibrant Nairobi is cementing its status as one of Africa’s hottest travel destinations. An intriguing mix of tradition and modernity, Kenya’s capital brings an unmistakable cultural buzz – you can visit its vibrant Maasai craft markets in the morning, then take an easy trip into the open grass plains of Nairobi National Park for an unforgettable glimpse of the country’s abundant wildlife.

To the north of the city, in the heart of Nairobi’s commercial and entertainment district, you’ll find Sankara Nairobi, Autograph Collection, a contemporary boutique hotel with an award-winning grill and rooftop pool bar.

Rouen, France

The Gros Horloge, Rouen, France

The Gros Horloge, a 14th-century astronomical clock, graces the centre of Rouen (Photo: Getty Images)

Rouen's beauty has inspired the likes of Monet and Picasso, while its rich heritage invokes legendary figures such as William the Conqueror and Joan of Arc. With 2024 marking 80 years since the D-Day Landings, Rouen is also an excellent base from which to pay tribute to the past. While exploring Normandy, stop off at the new commemorative museum in Arromanches. Alternatively, pay a visit the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, a stunning Catholic church famous for its three towers, each of distinctive styles and periods. 

In Rouen’s peaceful Place de la Pucelle, just a stone’s throw away from the banks of the River Seine, you’ll find Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, Autograph Collection, an opulent boutique hotel set within a historic 15th-century building.

Podgorica, Montenegro

Millennium Bridge (Podgorica)

Few capitals enjoy such a beautiful setting as Podgorica, which sits prettily either side of the Morača river (Photo: Getty Images)

When Montenegrins voted for independence from Serbia in 2006, Podgorica became Europe’s newest capital. Set against a magnificent mountain backdrop, with elegant Byzantine architecture and the celestial sparkle of the Morača River and a buzzing café culture, it is perfect for a city break. Thanks to Montenegro's manageable size, it also makes a great base to explore the rest of the country, as well as giving easy access to the new Trans Dinaricacycling trail – this epic cycling route opens in 2024 and spans 2,000km, passing through eight different Balkan countries.

Drive an hour north of Podgorica for a wonderfully relaxing ski lodge-style stay at Four Points by Sheraton Kolasin, set amidst prehistoric woodlands and glacial lakes, with majestic views of the Bjelasnica y Biogradska Gora mountains.

Tartu, Estonia

University of Tartu, public university in Tartu, Estonia

Home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, Tartu is a haven for intellectuals and creatives alike, and serves as a European Capital of Culture for 2024 (Photo: Getty Images)

One of the European Capitals of Culture for 2024, Tartu lies two hours south of Estonia’s capital Tallinn. Here, classic Rococo and Baroque buildings bring an abundance of beauty in this charming, walkable city, while a slew of fantastic museums immerse you in its rich history and culture. Home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, Tartu is a haven for intellectuals and creatives alike, with a full cultural programme that invites you to everything from vibrant food festivals and street raves to forest hikes and full moon canoe trips along the Emajõgi River.

Combine Tartu with a stay in charming Tallinn's Old Town, where you’ll find the sophisticated charm of Hotel Telegraaf, Autograph Collection, home to one of the city’s best restaurants.

Fethiye, Türkiye

Fethiye, Türkiye

Whether you sunbathe on the golden sands of Fethiye's unspoilt beaches or marvel at its old-world wonders, the Turkish gem will not leave you disappointed (Photo: Getty Images)

An unsung Turquoise Coast delight, Türkiye’s Fethiye fuses breathtaking natural beauty with ancient history and vibrant culture. Flanked by deep fragrant pine forests and surrounded by quaint old towns, this is a city steeped in millennia of history. Whether sunbathing on the golden sands of its unspoilt beaches or marvelling at old-world wonders, there’s plenty to offer in this mesmerising blend of myth and modernity.

Fly into Türkiye’s Izmir Airport and enjoy the seafront luxury of the Izmir Marriott Hotel before you embark on your journey south along the Turkish Riviera to Fethiye. Consider calling in at Kuşadası and Bodrum along the way.

Galway, Ireland

Galway, Ireland

Galway is one of the best bases for trips along the Wild Atlantic Way driving route, which takes in stunning scenes such as the landscapes of the Connemara region (Photo: Getty Images)

With its unique blend of enchanting villages, ancient monuments and breathtaking coastline, the Wild Atlantic Way is one of Ireland’s most stunning driving routes. Celebrate it turning 10 in 2024 and visit Galway, an essential stop along the route, where you can sample fresh Atlantic oysters, explore fabulous festivals and immerse yourself in its music-filled bars.

Fly into Dublin, an easy two-hour drive east of Galway, and enjoy a stay in the capital at stylish Moxy Dublin City, with its vibrant playful design that riffs on Ireland’s history. 

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

With its winding cobblestone streets, Viennese-style architecture and stone structures, Mostar has a fairytale feel (Photo: Getty Images)

Lying two hours away from the capital city Sarajevo, Mostar is a picturesque town, overlooked by handsome mountains. Its winding cobblestone streets, Viennese-style architecture and stone structures give it a fairytale quality. Visit in 2024 and the city will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the reconstruction of Stari Most. The bridge is a living monument to the original 16th-century monument, destroyed during the Bosnian War but rebuilt as a symbol of hope.

Make the trip to Mostar from Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital, where you can stay at Courtyard Sarajevo, with its impressive views of the city and mountains.

San Marino

San Marino, Europe

The Tour de France passes through stunning San Marino in 2024 as it travels from Florence to Rimini (Photo: Getty Images)

2024 sees the first time that the Tour de France has its Grand Depart in Italy, passing through the microstate of San Marino as it travels from Florence to Rimini on the first stage. It’s the perfect excuse to visit an underrated travel gem, combining stunning medieval architecture in the city’s old town, epic mountain scenery, incredible shopping, and a vibrant cultural scene.

Stay in Florence, where the superb The Westin Excelsior, Florence is set on the banks of the Arno River, before following the Tour two-and-a-half hours to pretty San Marino. 

Santa Eulalia, Ibiza

Santa Eulalia, Ibiza

Everywhere you turn in Santa Eulalia, the beach town showcases its laid-back side (Photo: Getty Images)

You’ll find a gentler pace to life in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza’s ultra cool, laid-back beach town. While the White Isle is famed for its party lifestyle, Santa Eulalia showcases its tranquil side. A palm-lined promenade dotted with serene sandy beaches and wonderful restaurants, together with a thriving community of artists and glorious galleries, give Santa Eulalia a unique, beguilling charm.

While in Santa Eulalia, stay at the sensational Hotel Riomar, Ibiza, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, a haven for peace and relaxation with a focus on luxury and wellbeing.

 

Published: December 14, 2023

Last Updated: February 21, 2024

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