Holidaymakers booking their holidays for 2018 may be struggling to choose a destination this year that isn’t overrun with tourists.

Cities in Spain and Italy have struggled with mass tourism, with measures such as a cap on visitors and removing home letting services.

Venice, Madrid and Palma are just some of the few that have experienced the problems over recent years, resulting in tourism protests.

In answer to this, Lonely Planet has revealed a number of beautiful destinations that holidaymakers should head to avoid over-tourism this year and discover somewhere new without the busy crowds.

Lonely Planet’s number one pick for holidays in 2018 is Emilia-Romagna in Italy.

Lonely Planet’s number one pick for holidays in 2018 is Emilia-Romagna in Italy

Found in the northern part of the country, it’s capital Bologna is often where many visit for a holiday.

The quaint region is home to the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world, as well as eleven UNESCO heritage sites.

It is also a home to vehicle manufacturers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati.

Flights to Bologna start from just £28, according to Skyscanner, also making it an affordable choice.

Coming in second is Cantabria in Spain, located on the north coast with the capital of Santander.

Archaeological sites boast cave paintings back to 37,000 BC and also has many UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Europe holidays 2018 Lonely Planet

Europe holidays 2018: Lonely Planet reveals the best cities to visit without over tourism this year

Other destinations include Friesland in the Netherlands, also known as Frisia, and Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

A surprising entry on the list was Dundee in Scotland, cited as one of the Best in Europe 2018.

Lonely Planet’s spokesperson and Editorial Director, Tom Hall explained the reasons behind the choice: “While visitors have always been assured of a friendly welcome, Dundee has often been overlooked by travellers to Scotland, but that should be set to change.

“The opening of V&A Dundee is a really exciting moment that marks the city out as well worth a visit, but throw in nationally important museums and attractions, and its dynamic, creative spirit, and travellers will find a city boasting plenty to discover.”

Eastern Europe destinations such as Lithuania, Slovenia and Albania also made the list with smaller towns and cities to explore.

Europe holidays 2018 Lonely Planet

Europe holidays 2018: Emilia-Romagna in Italy took the top spot with amazing history and food

Europe holidays 2018 Lonely Planet

Europe holidays 2018: Cantabria in Spain has cave art from 37,000 BC

Mr Hall added: “There is growing concern over the increase in tourism to popular European destinations, particularly over the busy summer months, so with this list we wanted to show that there are a wealth of incredible alternatives to discover across Europe.

“Whether you’re looking for a cultural city break, spectacular scenery or a buzzing foodie destination, there is something for every taste.”

Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2018

1. Emilia-Romagna, Italy

2. Cantabria, Spain

3. Friesland, the Netherlands

4. Kosovo

5. Provence, France

6. Dundee, Scotland

7. Small Cyclades, Greece

8. Vilnius, Lithuania

9. Vipava Valley, Slovenia

10. Tirana, Albania

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