Europe has long been one of the world’s most popular destinations, with travelers all over the world coveting the chance to explore its many magical and diverse cities. From the luxury resorts on the south coast, the romantic streets of Paris or the beautiful Christmas markets of Austria and Germany, there are so many classic sights to see.
However, this also means that many of Europe’s most hidden gems are often overlooked. The following cities would never appear on a ‘Best of Europe’ list, but they’re each spectacular destinations that do not deserve being overlooked.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Awash with culture and history, a simple walk around the streets of St. Petersburg will show you why it’s such an incredible place to visit. The Baroque and neoclassical architecture is a spectacle for the eyes, and many of its most prolific buildings are as beautiful as they are fascinating.
The city houses some of the most classic Russian experiences, including the Alexandrinksy theatre, where you can enjoy authentic ballets and haunting operas. There are also a plethora of world famous landmarks here, including the notorious Winter Palace and Palace Square. Museum lovers will also jump at the chance to witness the astounding collection of the Hermitage Museum.
The tiny country of Slovenia is nestled between Italy and Croatia, and is often overlooked in favor of its more well-known neighbors. Ljubljana is a quaint and picturesque city, showcasing life in Southern Europe beautifully. Cafés stretch up the side of the Llubljanica River and the views of the old town are an alluring sight. Visitors can while away the hours in the beautiful Tivoli Park, or visit one of the city’s many museums.
Ljubljana is also a great place to plan a trip to see Lake Bled. This postcard spot is arguably one of the most beautiful sights on the continent, with its azure waters and thick pined forest. The highlight of the excursion is by far the chance to row across the waters, to visit the central island, which is home to an impressive medieval castle.
When most consider a holiday in Spain, they often choose places such as Barcelona, Madrid or one of the Spanish islands. However, the often-overlooked coast of Andalucia is home to what many describe as ‘the true Spain’. Seville is a lively and exciting city, bustling with the energy and fiery passions of the Spanish people.
Highlights include the nightly flamenco performances, which give you taste of the traditional culture, and the many tapas restaurants whose atmosphere continues into the early hours. The Alcazar Palace is a beautiful and fascinating landmark, which documents the many invasions of Spain in its intricate and luxurious design.
Ireland is slowly moving its way up in terms of popularity for travelers. However, its sleepy west coast still offers an authentic and secluded retreat for those wanting to see all it has to offer. The county of Kerry is at the South-West tip and offers many wondrous sights. Alongside its luscious green countryside, this wild Atlantic coastline boasts cliffs and rock formations that will astound you.
The ring of Kerry is a beautiful and scenic route that circles around all of the areas greatest attractions, and is becoming increasingly popular with tourists. You can also witness Ireland’s vast history in the hills, as there are many medieval and prehistoric remains dotted around. The Cahergal Stone Fort dates back to 600AD, although there is evidence of camps at Ferriter’s Cove, which are thought to be over 6,500 years old.
Sometimes getting off the beaten track and exploring somewhere new provides the best travel experience there is. So what are you waiting for? Add these overlooked spots to your travel bucket list today!
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