10 Of Europe’s Most Instagrammable Locations To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

According to a Forbes article published at the start of last year, among many other things, “Instagram has created a wave of social media-fueled tourism among the millennials.”

Everyone is different when it comes to choosing a holiday destination. For some it’s all about the food, for others the emphasis is on the history behind the location, then there’s the level of tranquillity, the night-life, the weather. But for others, their deciding factor comes down to something else entirely.

How good will the location look on Instagram? And bear with us, we don’t mean that unkindly.

“According to a recent survey conducted by Schofields, more than 40% of those under 33 prioritize ‘Instagrammability’ when choosing their next holiday spot,” the article continues.

“The picture-worthiness of a particular place beats other factors such as cost, local cuisine, and whether or not alcohol is freely available at a low cost. Interestingly enough, sightseeing opportunities scored as the lowest priority on the millennials’ list.”

This isn’t necessarily a reflection of the shallow qualities that millennials are often tarred with but instead a reflection of where they find the content they trust. The argument lies that Instagram, despite constantly being embroiled in authenticity debates, provides a more accurate representation of a location that would be portrayed in a commercial travel guide. That and the fact that if someone that isn’t a professional travel writer or photographer can rack up likes on their Instagram post of a location, that’s a pretty good indication of them being in a spectacular spot.

“When a local tourism board claims they’re the most desirable destination, that breeds scepticism. When other millennials make the claim, that holds more water.”

Ready to up your Insta game and discover new locations? Try one of these picturesque spots for an adventure worthy of all of the likes.

Lisbon

Kill two birds with one stone with one of Europe’s most popular city break destinations. Not only will the panoramic views take your breath away but it’s foodie heaven with tapas-style cuisines that make for impeccable flatlays. Let’s not forget the world-famous Pastel Del Nata, the tasty custard tarts, a staple treat in Portugal.

Dubrovnik

Known for its distinctive Old Town, Dubrovnik is filled with terracotta-roofed houses, domed churches and the most charming of view points, ideal for a moment on the ‘gram. With its world-class restaurants and narrow cobbled streets, Dubrovnik has a way of sucking you into the point where you won’t want to leave.

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is made up of a string of enchanting towns bound by the Tyrrhenian sea and the Lattari mountain range. Combine the sparkling blue sea, colourful cliffside houses and the intricate rockface and you’ll be Instafamous in no time.

Budapest

A city steeped in culture, get lost in the city’s fairytale castle, complete with spectacular views of the entire city, take a trip to the iconic Szechenyi thermal baths and revel in the magical Fisherman’s Bastion – just don’t forget your power bank. Your camera will barely leave your hand.

Edinburgh

You don’t have to venture so far afield to take a break from reality while brushing up on your photography skills. Make your way to bonnie Scotland for old winding roads and to wonder at the architecture with historical references from medieval to neo-classical.

Monaco

Embrace the lives of the rich and famous with a trip to Monaco, a tiny independent city-state situated on France’s Mediterranean coastline known for its upscale casinos, yacht-lined harbour and of course, the prestigious Grand Prix motor race. All that glamour brings about plenty of Instagrammable opportunities around the city.

Santorini

Famous for its white-washed buildings and glistening blue ocean, Santorini is the dream for getting that perfect Instagram shot. Lose yourself in the romance of the cobblestone streets and immerse yourself in Santorini’s magical sunsets.

Cornwall

Back to appreciating the beauty surrounding destinations closer to home, head to Cornwall where coastline surrounds it for almost 300 miles. Dramatic cliffs, bright blue sea views and a vibrant foodie dream will provide you with enough content to smash those #TBT right through to your next trip away.

Lake Bled

Often overlooked, Slovenia is right at the heart of Europe, a charming country between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. Straight out of a storybook, Lake Bled is by no means your average town. Kickstart your trip with a leisurely walk around the lake before heading to Predjama Castle, an 800-year-old castle built into the mouth of a cave, for an afternoon of exploring.

Copenhagen

In the last year, it seems that almost every Instagram account has been hit with a trip to pastel perfect Copenhagen. With your camera at the ready capture the cute, pastel townhouses, the sunset at Nyhavn and to truly add a touch of magic to your Instagram account, venture to the old amusement park, dripping with nostalgia at Tivoli Gardens.

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman.

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