Deciding where to spend a holiday can be a difficult decision and many people end up sticking to the tried and trusted favourites.
Spain, France and Italy remain hugely popular European destinations, but there are many other hidden gems dotted around the continent worth trying out.
Read on for our top four European places to visit in 2018.
Malta is a small, island country in the Mediterranean Sea that is located to the south of Sicily, Italy. Its main city, Valletta, has been designated a European Capital of Culture in 2018 and is sure to attract tens of thousands of visitors throughout the year.
With diverse heritage and superb cuisine, Malta is a forgotten gem well worth checking out over the next 12 months. Download the Folkeautomaten app for the chance to boost your budget ahead of your visit.
The Azores, Portugal
Tourism in mainland Portugal continues to thrive, but the Azores offers a completely different kind of holiday experience. The Portuguese archipelago of nine volcanic islands is home to rolling hills, black-sand beaches, jagged cliffs and plenty of waterfalls.
Fans of the great outdoors will love the Azores, with the area offering opportunities to go rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking. With 27 species of resident whales and dolphins around the islands, sealife lovers will also be in their element.
Tbilisi has progressed a long way since the troubled times of the Soviet Shevardnadze government rule. Based in the deep valley of the Mtkvari River, Tbilisi features picturesque architecture and a superb arts and cultural scene.
Situated at the strategically important crossroads where Europe meets Asia, Georgia has a unique heritage and is famed for its traditions of hospitality and cuisine.
With excellent cafes and restaurants serving great food, modern accommodation from backpacker hostels to international five-star hotels and a vibrant nightlife, Georgia’s capital is an inviting destination that is steadily growing in popularity amongst discerning travellers.
Czechoslovakia was split into two countries – the Czech Republic and Slovakia – in 1992, but while the former’s cities are often packed with tourists, Slovakia remains an unspoilt haven.
Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital and largest city, is surrounded by vineyards and the beautiful Little Carpathian mountains and has a pedestrian-only, 18th-century Old Town. With Hungary and Austria close by, Bratislava is the perfect base to explore some of Europe’s most beautiful cities and countryside.