With the world coming to a stop this year, most travel plans were unfortunately put on hold. But here’s the good news: vaccines are coming and things are looking up for 2021 travel. Now is the time to start daydreaming (and planning) your next adventure – so where are the best places to go in 2021? We’ve taken great care in selecting our top destinations for 2021 to make your planning that little bit easier.
The Azores archipelago, located 1,360km off the coast of Portugal, is one of the most spectacular places you can fly to with us. Visitors will experience truly stunning natural beauty, alongside the islands’ volcanic peaks, spectacular views and relaxing beaches, the Azores also offer interesting cultural attractions and exciting outdoor activities.
With cheap flights to Ponta Delgada, you can enjoy a dose of relaxation and fun in the capital of the Azores after the hectic Christmas rush.
Visit the lava tunnel at Gruta do Carvãol, embark on a mini-expedition to catch sight of the whales and dolphins, or unwind with a walk through the Pinhal da Paz forest reserve.
Located on the border of Eastern Europe and Asia, Armenia is a growing tourist hot spot that has something for everyone with its historic sites, exciting culture, extreme sports and delicious Armenian cuisine. Its capital Yerevan is nicknamed ‘The Pink City’ because of the colourful volcanic stones on which it was built centuries ago. If you’re looking to broaden your travel horizons after a quiet 2020 this could be just the unique trip that’s needed in 2021.
Glamorous beaches, picture perfect villages and buzzing nightlife are just a handful of reasons why Mykonos has become a firm favourite with holidaymakers. For a day-trip with a difference, take a boat from the harbour and head to Delos, considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece.
For other instagrammable spots around Greece, why not consider Kos town, renowned for its sunset views over the island. The historic port town of Chania in Crete is a Greek paradise of sparkling blue seas, stunning natural beauty and buzzing with history.
Craving some sun? Well then a trip to Santander is just what you need in 2021. The hidden Spanish gem is stretched across a wide bay, packed with promenades and stunning sandy beaches. Take a stroll around the Fishing Quarter, Barrio Pesquero, and Puerto Chico where you will find incredible local Spanish restaurants and lively tapas bars.
Valencia is another option if you’re looking for a sunny escape in 2021. The Spanish city boasts one of Europe’s most up and coming food scenes, a jam-packed calendar of festivals and plenty of cycling trails for the adventure seekers.
The small resort town of Palanga on Lithuania’s Baltic coast is a favourite for locals looking for an enjoyable break away. Palanga’s Pliažas beach is packed with lively bars and restaurants offering a stunning view of the coast.
Taste the very best of Eastern European cuisine at Vila Komoda, one of Lithuania’s top-five restaurants located in an intimate boutique owned by renowned chef Martynas Meidus.
Let loose with an afternoon of horse riding right on the Baltic Shore, but also make time for a family visit to the Botanical Park and the Musical Fountain, which comes alive with dance and light shows late at night.
Home of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Verona is ranked as the fourth-most visited city in Italy. Perfect for those looking for a budget-friendly trip but also experience Italian food, shopping and culture.
You can shop to your heart’s content at Centro Storico and enjoy a fascinating afternoon at Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheatre which is still used for large-scale opera shows. Don’t miss out visiting Juliet’s Balcony, which is said to have inspired Shakespeare’s play.
Georgia’s capital Tbilisi has become one of Eastern Europe’s fastest-growing tourist hotspots.
The charming cobbled city set in the valley of the Mtkvari river is a must for travel explorers and foodies alike, with local Eastern European cuisine and a close-up look at Georgia’s intriguing history everywhere you turn.
Relax and unwind in the city’s famous sulphur baths, take a cable car trip up to the Narikala Fortress and pay a visit to the Jvari and Svetitskhoveli Monasteries.
Flights to Katowice, one of Poland’s most underrated tourist destinations, won’t break the bank. Immerse yourself in the history of the Katowice and Silesian area. Explore the region’s heritage by visiting The Silesian Museum and the Katowice Historical Museum, two of the preeminent venues in the city.
Boasting stunning beaches, delicious food and a bustling cultural hub –Marseille is not to be missed.
The vibrant city is famous for its edgy culture so be sure to check out Cours Julien, one of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods for the best bars, restaurants and nightclubs around.
Fancy trying somewhere else in France? Ryanair has flights to Toulouse and Nantes, while Belgium’s industrial city Charleroi is a hidden gem for anyone seeking history and intrigue over glitz and glam.
An under-appreciated metropolis, Tel Aviv is rapidly growing as a travel hot-spot thanks to a bunch of new hotels and exciting developments.
Famous for its city beaches and bustling nightlife, Tel Aviv is the perfect travel destination for those looking to try somewhere new.
With 16 beaches and temperatures as high as 27 degrees, you can pick up a glowing tan in the middle of October.
The Jaffa District (Old City) is the heartland of Tel Aviv. Here you’ll enjoy an array of trendy cafés and hipster boutiques, while the Neve Tzedek neighbourhood will open your eyes to the city’s arty side too.
Alternatively, fly to either Aqaba or Amman in Jordan and cross Petra off your bucket list. From the Dead Sea to the spectacular Wadi Rum desert, Jordan is filled with some of the world's most incredible wonders.
Poland offers some of the best city breaks that won’t break the bank. Katowice, one of Poland’s most under-rated tourist destinations and Gdansk are perfect budget friendly destination for the entire family. Immerse yourself in the history of the Katowice and Silesian area. Visit popular tourist attractions like the Golden Gate and Neptune Fountain in Gdansk.
A budget traveller’s paradise, Kyiv is without doubt one of the best getaway destinations for 2021. Those who visit Kyiv usually make the day trip to Chernobyl, the site of a disastrous nuclear event in 1986 to experience first-hand one of the saddest chapters in modern European history.
But the city offers plenty more to see including the Hydropark (sat right on the beach) and the city’s array of counterculture nightclubs like Closer and D.Fleur.
Want to explore more of Ukraine? Lviv is an historic city famous for its chocolate and coffee, while Odesa boasts one of the county’s finest opera and ballet theatres.
Fancy yourself a skiing aficionado? Grenoble’s picturesque alps offer the perfect opportunity to get your skis on without breaking the bank.
Based on the foot of the French Alps, Grenoble is surrounded by stunning snow-capped peaks which you can scale by cable car before zipping back down on your skis.
Prefer some downtime? The city is famous for its art galleries like Archaeological Museum of Saint-Laurent, Le Magasin National Centre of Contemporary Art and Musée Dauphinois.
That’s our list of must see places in 2021. Check out our huge range of flights to new holiday destinations in 2021 on Ryanair.com