Europe has always topped the charts for travel in the past, and it’s no wonder why. The sophisticated culture and rich history make it a prime location for an exciting getaway filled with lots to see and do. But there’s more in Europe to see than luxurious castles and the Eiffel Tower. In fact, there are hundreds of hidden gems within the continent that you can and should visit sometime in your lifetime. Here are some favorites.
- Bozcaada, Turkey
This is a tiny, often overlooked island in Turkey with just 3,000 residents and lots of culture! The island is only 15 square miles, but it is covered in grapevines and wineries where you can sample some of the finest wine in Europe.
- Salina, Italy
Salina is one of the seven Aeolian Islands (or Lipari Islands) in the Tyrrenian Sea created hundreds of years ago by volcanoes. Though you can only get to the island by boat or helicopter, it’s worth the extra effort to get where you can enjoy lush landscapes and taste the famous Malvasia wine.
- Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Isle of Skye is one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland. It boasts jagged mountains, lush terrain, and plenty of history. From dinosaur fossils to castles, it’s worth it to travel away from the mainland to experience the once in a lifetime experience that is the Isle of Skye.
- Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Most people don’t think of visiting the Czech Republic when they travel to Europe, but it’s one destination you shouldn’t skip. Just a couple of hours drive from Prague, Cesky Krumlov is one of the most colorful and historical places you could visit. Lined with the Vlatava River, the housing and architecture are reminiscent of renaissance and baroque styles.
- Lake Bled, Slovenia
The view from the shores of Lake Bled in Slovenia are nothing short of picturesque. With clear blue waters and stunning scenery, this destination is a nature lover’s dream. If you visit Lake Bled, be sure to rent a boat and go out on the water for the full beauty effect.
- Cabo de Gata, Spain
This rugged beach off of the Mediterranean Sea is untouched by human inhabitation. It’s a wildlife preserve where flora, fauna, and animals are allowed to grow uninterrupted and tourists can roam the serene beaches and hills.
- Bonn, Germany
Though not renowned for its tourism industry, this relaxed city is full of history and local color. It once served as the capital of West Germany and is the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. If you love anything to do with classical music and history, you’ll love this quaint little city.
- Cappadocia, Turkey
The landscape in the plains of this region are nothing short of fantastical. Tourists can traverse honeycombed hills and fascinating natural formations, not to mention the lunarscape panoramas. There is also plenty of historical architecture and a chance to bed down for the night in the Cappadocia cave hotels.
- Rovinj, Croatia
Don’t miss out on this Mediterranean peninsula that’s renowned for its fishing ports. Every inch of the peninsula is packed with buildings, cobbled streets, and piazzas, all the way to the edge of the water.
- Seville, Spain
Flamenco dancing got its start in this Spanish town and it hasn’t lost its flair for musical entertainment. The town is full of conquistador history with a touch of Greek mythology. There’s no shortage of local color in this magical, must-travel destination.[amazon template=iframe image&asin=1612389562]