In regards to amazing destinations all of us know Europe is teeming with options. So many, in reality, that some destinations really fall beneath the radar. But fear not, Culture Trip has compiled a record of this continent’s most lesser known places that some Europhile will adore.
1. Berat, Albania
Berat is among the world’s longest continuously inhabited cities (inhabited since 314 BC), nicknamed the city of a thousand windows’ for most of the snowy Ottoman homes according to its river valley. Millennia older, seeing Berat is like stepping back through the development of Eastern and Western cultures.
2. Schwangau, Germany
Schwangau is home to not just one, but two Royal Bavarian castles, the type Walt Disney could have been proud of. In reality, it is considered the filmmaker’s famous logo relies on real-life fairytale castle Neuschwanstein, perched high in the hills.
3. Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
The Adriatic coast does not get a lot more scenic than Sveti Stefan, particularly this little islet off the coast of Montenegro. It is home to gorgeous resorts and attached to the mainland by means of a narrow ribbon of hot beach.
4. Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
It’s possible to walk through’miniature Prague’ in 20 minutes, but actually, the travel will require considerably longer, this is the beauty of its structure. Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a castle looking down on Vltava River and old city square.
5. Hvar, Croatia
A favorite if underrated Mediterranean island off the coast of Croatia, however, to match its potential as one of Europe’s hottest destinations, Hvar has everything. Stunning beaches, fantastic food, and intriguing buildings it is also hedonist heaven with loads of nightlife.
6. Colmar, France
France’s’little Venice’ is filled with narrow winding roads lined with vibrant medieval wood homes. Colmar is best explored by foot museums and galleries on each corner.
7. Andros, Greece
A favorite escape for Greeks, Andros is only a brief ferry ride from Athens. The island has remained mostly unchanged for decades and you will discover lots of deserted beaches on which to relax through the day, and of course stunning coastal cities like Chora.
8. Piran, Slovenia
The idyllic Slovenian city of Piran is often compared to Venice. The watery wonderland is lined with vibrant homes that make for magnificent photographs, although the sprawling expanse of Tartini Square is very good for enjoying a cocktail and people watching.
9. Mellieha, Malta
Golden Beach on Malta’s north shore alone makes Mellieha worth seeing, but you will also find loads of other attractions including a number of Europe’s finest coastal reefs and Popeye Village, a former movie place turned idyllic beachside hotel.
10. Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein’s funding Vaduz sits around the Rhine river close to the border. This quaint city dates back to the 12th century and is best explored from the tiny city train. It’s best known for Vaduz castle, the official house of the Prince of Liechtenstein.
11. Vernazza, Italy
Vernazza is up there with some of the most beautiful coastal cities in Italy. Go cliff jumping close to the port entry and revel in the night (drinks and nibbles) close to the shore surrounded by vibrant apartments.
12. Dinant, Belgium
Escape the hustle and bustle of Brussels and head south to Dinant, a riverside city that can take your breathe away with its medieval structure. Do not overlook the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame de Dinant, a 13th-century gothic cathedral.
13. Carvoeiro, Portugal
Occasionally on vacation, all you wish to do is sit back with a wonderful view and see the world go by. With two streets resulting in a major square, the town of Carvoeiro is much better known for its fisherman than its nighttime. Additionally, it is near this Benagil Caves, a number of Portugal’s most striking all-natural wonders.