7 underrated places to visit in Europe
This is a country located in Eastern Europe full of contrast and things to offer, with a long history, arts and scenic beauty. The best part is that is not on many travelers route, yet. A green country with beautiful lush landscapes in the Danube River, rocky mountains, beautiful palaces, medieval cities like Sibiu and of course, castles.
Transylvania is the most famous of all areas in Romania thanks to Dracula, the castles on top of rocky mountains are as spooky as they are astonishing. Among the most picturesque treasures of Romania are the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina. The capital Bucharest is a vibrant and dynamic city, with plenty of museums, marvelous Orthodox churches and good examples of art nouveau. Brasov, which is the second largest city in the country is also a must during your visit to Romania.
2. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
At this point sure you’ve seen on Pinterest a shot of the picturesque and beautiful bridge of Stari Most. It is the most popular image of Mostar which is a tranquil and historic city in southern Bosnia. Located in the Neretva River valley, green hills frame the village characterized by the mill houses, the old bridge and the cobbled streets.
To enjoy one of the most pretty views of the city you can visit the Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque and climb the minaret to take in the landscape.
One of the most charming moments in the city of Mostar is when the sun sets and the lights of the millhouses shine in the evening, the restaurants invite you to stay and enjoy the atmosphere. If you decide to spend the night in one of the Mostar Hotels you can wake up the next day to enjoy a one day excursion to the Kravice Waterfalls, situated just 45 km from Mostar, a place where the waterfalls cascade into a lake of a beautiful emerald color or visit the medieval town of Pocitelj, 30km outside Mostar.
Our favorite place to stay in Mostar is the Neretva Hotel.
3. Biarritz, France
Located in the French Basque Country in southwestern France, you find one of the most beautiful cities in the area. Biarritz is a small village that offers some of the best things in life, good food, good beaches (6 km of them) with amazing surf possibilities and spas with therapeutic waters. Biarritz is also the perfect destination for golf players with 16 golf courses near the city.
Port Vieux used to be the center of Biarritz and has the perfect beach if you are traveling with children. The touristy Fishermen Port is an old port that serves now as a cool emplacement for bars and restaurants to enjoy fresh seafood.
European and Russian nobility used to visit Biarritz to enjoy the beach and the waves and an elegant type of traveler continues to enjoy this city, specially during summer months, which means seasonal prices. Eugenia de Montijo, Napoleon’s wife, built a palace overlooking the sea, nowadays it is a boutique hotel called Hôtel du Palais, one of the best places to stay in Biarritz.
4. Warsaw, Poland
The tremendous and tough past of the city has created a fascinating collection of neighbourhoods and landmarks. The Old Town is magnificent, centered around the Market Square, you can find hip cafés, restaurants and stores. A contrast between a long history and a modern evolution that will surprise you positively.
Warsaw has been restored and you can find Gothic churches and neoclassical palaces to Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers. Its heart is Market Square, with pastel buildings and open-air cafes. Plac Zbawiciela is the trendiest square and hosts some of the most hip spots.
During your visit to Warsaw you can learn so much about its tumultuous past and everything that has been through and you can also take in the life of one of its most honorable citizens, Chopin.
Warsaw’s neighborhoods offer you a variety of experiences, you must visit Mokotów to enjoy cool bars and shops, Poland’s best examples of modernist architecture can be found in the residential area of Saska Kępa and you have to pay a visit to Praga district, which is the center of the artistic scene.
Our favorite place to stay in Warsaw is the H15 boutique hotel.
5. Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
If you are looking for an island destination this year you should put the Canary Islands under your radar. Located on the Atlantic Ocean, they are an archipelago of Spain with mid temperatures all year round. Tenerife is our favorite thanks to the Teide National Park, whale watching and Laguna's old town with its colonial architecture.
Nature in the island is amazing, hiking is a great experience among volcanic lava, tropical forests and stunning beaches. The Teide Volcano is the highest mountain in Spain and has two different ecosystems, climbing it’s an unforgettable experience, the landscapes are stunning and sunsets in the top are memorable.
Of course is also a beach destination and you can find resorts and plenty of hotels to enjoy the lay down vacation you deserve. El Médano Beach is one of the most popular among the locals, a golden sand beach popular to practice wind and kitesurfing, thanks to that the town has a happening nightlife.
6. Ghent, Belgium
Bruges is the most visited city in the country and probably in Europe if we don’t take into account the big capitals such as Rome, Paris, London or Barcelona. However, if you want to spend only a day in Belgium, you should consider to change Bruges, which is absolutely beautiful but very touristy, for Ghent.
Ghent is also really charming, it is a medieval city with the unique atmosphere this type of cities have, but with an industrial touch that gives a twist to the fairytail aspect of it. The city’s modern atmosphere, with its busy port and business people contrasts with the historic background giving it a unique feeling. Ghent offers a vibrant scene, museums, cafés and restaurants and it’s a paradise for veggie and ecofriendly lovers, with a big offer of vegetarian restaurants and sustainable options like ecofriendly hotels.
Walking you’ll enjoy the magnific architecture of the city, the castle is located in the middle of the city and the Klein Begijnhof is one of the most beautiful areas, to enjoy an aerial view of the city you can climb up the Belfry (Belfort) tower.
7. Ljubljana, Slovenia
Last year the capital of Slovenia received an award by the European Union recognizing the efforst of the city for a sustainable living and it was named “Green Capital of Europe”. It is located in one Europe's countries with the largest amount of forests. You guessed well, cycling and walking are two of the best options to explore the city, also you can take public transport to explore the Old City which is closed to traffic. Along the Ljubljanica River you’ll enjoy a pleasant landscape, the river crosses the city and is the neuralgic center of it. When the good weather comes, cafes and citizens stay along the river to create a wonderful atmosphere.
Ljubljana is a walkable city, the Old Town is one of the most beautiful parts, flanked a neat castle-topped hill and the Ljubljanica river. You can also tour it in one of the boats and enjoy the Baroque and Habsburg inspired architecture with colorful houses and churches. It is also a student city with the unique character that it goes with it and a vibrant night life and great cultural scene.
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