Top 10 Hidden Gems to Visit in Europe
When looking to plan a trip to Europe, you may find that the prices for popular cities and destinations can be really high depending on the time of year that you are visiting.
This is in part down to flights being more in demand especially during summer and when schools are on holidays.
Well known destinations like Paris, Rome, Venice, Barcelona, the Spanish islands, Algarve and Nice are heaving with tourists and really expensive when it add up accommodation, eating out and sightseeing.
However, you can enjoy a really authentic and amazing trip away by choosing some of Europe's lesser-known locations.
Check out our list of the best unknown, non-touristy and off the beaten track European destinations including underrated cities and beautiful islands that are well worth visiting this year.
1. Wroclaw, Poland
Poland is one of the best value destinations in Europe but in recent years the popularity of cities like Krakow and Warsaw has increased. So where is a good alternative?
The historic town of Wroclaw in Poland is one of the best locations for those that love history and architecture.
With a number of amazing landmarks and old towns for you to explore, this is the perfect location for the whole family to enjoy, regardless of the length of your stay or the budget that you have.
2. Segovia, Spain
Segovia in Spain is amazing city located northwest of Madrid, in central Spain's Castile and León region. Plan a visit here if you've been the main cities in Spain and are looking for somewhere off the beaten track.
Segovia gained UNESCO world heritage site status in 1985 and expect a city with history and amazing scenic views.
With Alcazar of Segovia as well as Segovia Cathedral, this is the perfect place to explore when looking for the very best of everything that Europe has to offer. In addition to this, the amazing weather conditions make it the perfect location to visit all year round.
3. The Hague, The Netherlands
Yes, you need to visit Amsterdam at least once in your life, and if you did enjoy visiting why not plan a trip to see more cities in the country.
With a number of amazing museums, small towns and a market with over 500 stalls, The Hague is the perfect way to explore the Netherlands and experience the very best of their culture.
In addition to this, there are a number of hotels and other unique places to stay that will help you to explore the gorgeous city and see the Netherlands in a brand-new light.
4. Granada, Spain
When you think of a Spanish city break most tourists probably think about Madrid, Barcelona, Velencia or Seville. But you really need to consider Granada as your next destination.
This is one of the best places to see in Andalusia
The main attractions include the impressive Alhambra which looms high on the skyline. There are lots of walking tours available to take when you can discover the lesser known attractions in Granada.
5. Valsugana, Italy
Is there a better country in Europe in terms of sightseeing? From exploring Rome to cruising the Amalfi Coast, Italy offers so many unique a nd special destinations.
If you love Italy you really need to visit Valsugana. Dotted with vineyards, castles and snow-covered mountains perfect for skiing, this is the perfect location for you to explore.
With quite local hotels and other establishments for you to enjoy, you are away from the tourist traps but surrounded by magical scenery. There are rivers, alpine lakes and even fast running streams, you get everything that Italy has to offer without having to visit some of the most tourist-oriented areas of Italy, allowing you to save money in the long term.
6. Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
The islands of Greece are amazing regardless of where you decide to visit. But with a number of tourists traps and sky high prices for holiday braeks to islands like Santorini and Mykonos, it can be an expensive location to visit especially for both budget backpackers and families.
But if you visit the town of Aglos Nikolaos in Crete, you can enjoy amazing weather, even better food and crystal blue water all at a fraction of the cost.
7. The Azores, Portugal
This group of volcanic islands, the Azores is one for those looking for rest and relaxation coupled with amazing weather.
Not only are there a number of thriving cities, but there is also the option to tour the islands from the water allowing you to experience the wonders that mother nature has provided.
Whether you are a fan of photography looking for the perfect image or you are just looking to enjoy some of the best walks that Portugal can offer, this is the perfect location for you.
8. Caminito Del Rey, Spain
If you are looking for an outdoor adventure and enjoy hiking, then the Caminito Del Rey trail is the one for you.
Though it is one of the most torturous in the area, this is a hiking trail that many have explored. With the path originally being built between 1901 and 1905 to transport material and people between two power stations either side of the gorge. Since then, it has become one of the very many wonders of Spain with people looking to walk across it at every point throughout the year.
9. Trentino, Italy
Another entry for Italy on our list, we really could list hundreds of destinations in this beautiful country.
Located in Italy's northeast and home to the Dolomite Mountains, Trentino is popular due to the mountain scenery and pretty city. With the majestic Dolomite Mountains here there are amazing trips and excursions to do all year round.
In winter there there is usually the perfect amount of snow, making this the ultimate skiing location that you might never heard of.
With a number of resorts as well as relaxing holidays by the lake, this is the perfect location for every weather condition. In addition to this, there are also a number of markets at Christmas time, allowing you to enjoy something new every single time you visit.
10. Bournemouth, England
The final location on our list which completes our 10 best underrated places to see in Europe is Bournemouth.
With a beautiful 7 mile long sandy beach, a number of historic buildings as well as nature reserves, museums and day trips, exploring Bournenouth the surrounding Dorset area is highly recommended.
Bournemouth is the perfect summer UK destination to enjoy a relaxing beach or adventure trip.
With small towns to explore as well as the incredible Jurrasic Coast home to the magnificent cliff attraction of Durdle Door, you will love visiting this popular English south coast town.
Bournemouth is also some of the best local restaurants and hotels in England, and you can enjoy the sights that Bournemouth has to offer without spending a small fortune compared to similar European beach break destinations.
Underrated European Destinations
Before you search flights and find accommodation in some of the main tourism hotspots consider the places on our list as a cheaper way to travel in Europe and get a more authentic experience with less crowds.
There really are a number of countries and places waiting for you to explore, either solo, with friends or family where you'll get a really special experience.
Which of these amazing locations will you be visiting first? Also if you have recommendations for places we have missed let us know in the comments section below.