Europe might seem like one huge tourist trap, but there are hidden gems waiting to be discovered along the road less traveled. Enjoy these destinations away from other travelers:
Slovenia’s charming little town of Bled is a short train ride away from the capital of Ljubljana, making it a convenient stop should you find yourself in the country. The best time to visit is during summer, where you can partake in a range of activities like trekking, biking or water sports.
Faroe Islands, Denmark
The unspoiled and unexplored Faroe Islands is an exciting challenge to take on, especially if you’re the kind of traveler who’s pretty much seen and done everything. Dramatic landscapes of wave-battered cliffs and the greenest of pastures will be a treat for aspiring photographers, while foodies will be pleasantly surprised with its thriving Nordic cuisine.
Tbilisi is both ancient and contemporary, where 17th-century buildings and crumbling old houses are within walking distance of art cafes and trendy restaurants. It’s also at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, a lively blend of East and West influences that make for thrilling discoveries.
Want a dose of Cinque Terre’s iconic landscape, minus the huge crowd? Camogli in Northern Italy is a romantic, picturesque town filled with colorful houses and family-owned restaurants facing the blue sea. Spend your vacation by exploring on foot, stopping by meals lovingly prepared by the locals or wandering around the charming countryside views.
Azore Islands, Portugal
Located 800 miles off the coast of Portugal, Azores Islands is considered to be one of the continent’s best-kept secrets. Adventurous travelers will enjoy the thrills of swimming in pristine beaches, diving into the kaleidoscope of an underwater world, trekking into cave systems and even rappelling waterfalls.
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