Some of the best things in life fly a little under the radar. Whilst some things are popular, over-visited, and much documented, the smaller, quainter things often have more charm.
When it comes to travel, avoiding the majorly touristic kind of places means you often get to see a more authentic way of life, avoid crowds, and often keep costs lower as a result. Having said that however, if these things are hidden, how do you know about them in the first place?
Europe is full of places to visit and sights to see, but there are many places which are underrated, which should certainly be receiving more in the way of visitors. If you’re looking for somewhere a little different this year, check out these five underrated gems in Europe.
The Peak District, England
Beautiful doesn’t have to shout loudly, it can be understated and chic without being too in your face. The Peak District is a stunning part of England, located in Derbyshire, and epitomises quaint in many ways. Rolling hills, amazing views, and plenty of country pubs for a pint of beer or a glass of wine as you go walking, you will find many small towns and villages along the way too. This is scenery at its best.
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Good things come in small packages sometimes, and Luxembourg may be small, but it packs a lot into its size. The capital city is surrounded by beautiful scenery, with valleys and forest views, however the city itself has art galleries, architecture, shopping, and is dripping in money.
Estonia itself is becoming more popular, mainly due to the low prices in this Baltic country, however many people miss out on the beauty and architecture of Tartu, and instead head to the more well-known Tallinn. Tartu is a vibrant university town, and the prices here are cheap because of that fact. Toomemagi Park is a must visit.
Like something from a fairy-tale, Mechernich is pretty and quaint. The Christmas market pulls many visitors, and it is also within very easy reach of places such as Bonn and Cologne. A little off the beaten track, this is a quaint place to visit, but with plenty of charm.
This isn’t the easiest of places to reach, but sometimes you have to go a little out of your way to find somewhere special. Located between mainland Greece and the island of Kefalonia, Ithaca is a nature lover’s paradise, with many walking trails, amazing beaches, and delicious, fresh seafood to try.
Check out these five hidden gems and discover a different side to Europe.