The most famous places worldwide seem to be on everyone’s mind when looking for their next holiday destination. But there are other factors to consider when deciding your itinerary than the hype around a city. Some lesser-known places can be even more interesting; they’re just not marketed enough.
The best thing about such spots is that the tourists don’t clog the streets or beaches to the point where wandering around becomes exhausting. Plus, your memories will be unique, and you’ll have something new to discuss with your friends.
The following destinations aren’t as hyped as Bali, Dubai, or Ibiza, fortunately. And they surely offer the same top-level experiences or even better, whether it’s the activities, the quality of the hotel services, or the beauty of the sights you are looking for.
A sparkling gem in the Ionian Sea, Lefkada, one of Greece’s below-the-radar islands, has some of the bluest waters you can see. The lush greenery and the soaring mountains embrace the sea, making this laid-back island the fantastic holiday destination that it is.
Lying off the west coast of Greece, you can find many exotic beaches here, ready to catch your breath, whether you’re admiring them lying on the soft sand or from the terrace of your accommodation. The tourism industry here differs from any other country in that many stunning luxury villas in Greece exceed your expectations, aiming to improve and personalise the tourist’s stay.
Kvarner Riviera, Croatia
Kvarner Riviera, Croatia, is a primarily undiscovered jewel on the North Adriatic coast. Lined with exotic beaches and surrounded by forest-covered mountains, this place is perfect for beach hopping, hikes, or exploring KrK Island on two wheels.
Owing to the mild Mediterranean climate, it’s a perfect destination to visit all year round.
If anyone has told you not to visit Cappadocia, it is because they want to keep it to themselves. The place has been appealing to increasingly more tourists, in part owing to the main attraction here: the hot air balloon.
Hundreds of hot air balloons fire up across the rock formations every morning, allowing enthusiasts to gaze at the valley and chimney formations in tones of pink.
Costa Brava, Spain
Located in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Costa Brava showcases a dramatic coastline with scenic hiking trails and fine golden sand. Depending on the proximity to the sea and altitude of the area, the climate can differ, but generally, the beaches here are perfect for enjoying the good weather and a top destination for those seeking a sun-filled trip.
Côte d’Azur, France
The beachfront stretching from St-Tropez to the French-Italian border is an ideal seaside destination. There’s a myriad of top-rated hotels, fabulous beaches, coastal trails, beautiful villas, and designer bars. Plus, the Côte d’Azur houses some of the most iconic spots in Europe and several gorgeous hilltop villages to visit.
Puglia, located in the sunny southern section of the country, or the “heel of Italy’s boot”, has a unique charm that hordes of tourists haven’t tarnished. It offers all sorts of activities, from discovering how the famous olive oil is produced to trips by boat and from winery tours to cooking classes; everything you’d dream of doing in picturesque Italy.
Andorra is one of the smallest countries in Europe, lying between Spain and France, in the Pyrenees mountain range. It has many ski resorts and scenic slopes, but it isn’t only the winter that makes it an excellent time to visit. In the summer, spring, and early autumn, Andorra turns into the hiker’s paradise.
Riga, often called the “Paris of the North”, has some of Europe’s most stunning art nouveau architecture. Here, you’ll wander around the city on cobblestone streets, admiring medieval squares and visiting canal-bisected parks.
Sighisoara is an underrated, amazing holiday destination for travellers seeking authentic beauty. The citadel here is the only inhabited medieval fortress in Europe, and the attractions you’ll see will take you hundreds of years back in time.
The pretty white houses and striking, contrasting blue of the churches around them – the classic picture of the Greece romantic town. Santorini is as beautiful in reality as you see it in pictures; only that the freedom and grandeur felt when strolling its streets or gazing at the crystal-blue water is unparalleled.
All in all, the beauty of a lesser-known place is that you’re the one to discover the treasure.