With the increase in tourism and cruise ship destinations, a vacation in Europe is within the reach of more and more people. But if you want to explore all that Europe has to offer without the crowds, we have the solution.
We put together a list of 5 of the best crowd-free destinations for a European summer getaway, for you to enjoy. With something for everyone, any of the destinations on this list will satisfy even the most discerning traveler.
Croatia is becoming quite the tourist hotspot, and you may be looking for a quieter way to enjoy your summer trip. A yacht charter in Croatia is the ideal mode of transport for exploring the countless islands in the region. You can explore at your own pace, and visit islands that are only discoverable by boat.
Dubrovnik and Split are rather crowded nowadays, so head for the oceanfront town of Šibenik. It is much quieter, but it has something for everyone. You’ll have access to beaches, museums, and galleries as well as the Unesco Heritage Site of the Cathedral St. James and 4 well-preserved fortresses.
This Lithuanian city offers a peaceful glimpse into the Balkan states of the Soviet era. Not only will you escape the crowds but you’ll also be afforded many cultural sights along the way.
As much of the city is closed to vehicular traffic, the best way to traverse the cobblestone pathways is on foot. This ancient city has a long and colorful history. And with castles, palaces, and cathedrals at every turn, you’ll learn much on your walk through the old town.
A peek inside Arkikatedra Bazilika (the Vilnius Cathedral) will delight the hearts of art lovers. This 13th-century church contains great works of art spanning the 14th to 19th centuries.
A visit to Krakow is sure to surprise you. Despite being the second-largest city in Poland, it remains uncrowded even at the height of the tourist season.
Step back in time to the largest medieval town square in Europe. Fans of architecture will be surrounded by almost 10 centuries of architectural history. A walking tour will provide you with the best insight into the historical value of this Polish town.
After a day of walking through the Old Town, you’ll have worked up quite an appetite. So be sure to try the local delicacies such as Pierogi (filled dumplings) and Kielbasa (traditional Polish sausages).
This Portuguese village is a summer getaway spot with a difference. Here, every structure has been erected with respect for the surrounding natural rock formations. And thanks to its steep elevation, Monsanto never gets crowded with tourists.
But you won’t be disappointed, as this medieval town is like no other in Europe. The village was designed and built around imposing moss-covered boulders of varying sizes. Don’t let a trip to southern Europe go by without seeing this remarkable display of living in harmony with nature.
In the Italian region of Puglia, you’ll find the quiet little town of Alberobello. Skip the crowds of Sicily and Sardinia and bask in the sunshine here, surrounded by beautiful views. Legend has it that the town was named for the forest of oak trees that were cut down to make way for it.
However, the main feature is not the scenery but the interesting architecture. The unique feature of this charming town is the trulli. These charming little cottages were built from limestone boulders without mortar and topped with conical stone rooves.
And foodies take note, you’ll be treated to traditional foods that will leave you wanting more.