Rome, London, and Paris are among the most beautiful places on earth. Everybody knows that. But they’re also tourist traps that can get boring after you saw them all at least once. Truth is, Europe is much more than this. The old continent is full of enchanting yet underrated cities you should visit – after all, the best treasures are all hidden.
Here’s a list of some hidden gems you should visit during your next trip to Europe. They’re all worth adding to your travel list.
Even if it’s not a frenetic metropolis like Zagreb, nor a historical wonderland like Dubrovnik, Split is a wonderful place if you’re looking for a Mediterranean city packed with tradition, monuments and beautiful promenades. This coastal town is home to some of the most impressive monuments in Serbia, such as the Cathedral of St Domnius and the Diocletian’s Palace. Take a stroll in the hilly Marjan National Park, or plan a day trip to the tropical paradise of Hvar. Enjoy the tasty Dalmatian cuisine, and the delicious fish dishes made only with a fresh catch – Split is all this, and a lot more.
Lake Komani, Albania
Just a 4-hour drive from Podgorica or the Tirana airport, you can find Lake Komani, a nature lovers paradise. One of the most secret spots in Europe, this wonderful and perfectly flat lake is the perfect place for people who want to experience an outside adventure across the Accused Mountains. You can take a ferry to cross it to enjoy its transparent waters, or stay at the stone house in the middle of the lake to taste the phenomenal homemade liquor, honey, and cheese.
Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain
Andalusia is among the most spectacular regions of Spain. Malaga, Seville, Cadiz, Cordoba, are all amazing destinations, but Andalusia is full of hidden gems for those who prefer to explore the untainted heart of this nation. Setenil de las Bodegas is a cozy little village full of white houses built under a gigantic rock – the so-called “Casa entre rocas.” The villagers smartly did that to avoid paying a ton to build their roofs, and the result is uniquely picturesque. On top of that, you can also visit Ronda, another underrated treasure just a few miles away during the same day.
The whole Northern Italian region of Lombardy is a sight to behold, surrounded by the imposing Alps and filled with tranquil pools of water across the entire territory. Instead of spending a night or two in Milan, enjoy the beautiful historical treasures and charming art and culture of Bergamo, the second largest city in the region. Home of the iconic old town Piazza Vecchia and 14th-century Venetian Walls, Bergamo is the perfect place to taste a strong espresso coffee in one of its many cafes lining the cobblestone streets. A mix of modernity and antiquity, this city is full of art galleries, fashion boutiques, and classy restaurants.
Cochem is a beautiful town famous for the Moselle river and medieval town center. Here travelers can enjoy some of the most beautiful sceneries in Europe, from half-timbered houses to authentically old vineyards, romantic alleyways, and ancient castles. In particular, don’t forget to pay a visit at the robust Cochem Castle.
If you’re planning a trip to Europe, take your time to visit all its most hidden treasures other than the canonical capitals. The old continent is full of unsuspectingly breath-taking destinations only a few miles away from the largest cities, and they’re much easier to reach than you can imagine thanks to the extensive bus and rail connections available.