30 Hidden Gem Places To Visit In Europe

We’ve all heard of Paris, London, Barcelona, and Rome, which are all beautiful yet well-known destinations for to visit. That being said, there are a plethora of other unique places to visit in Europe that are sometimes overlooked. Unusual places in Europe are dotted all across the continent, these unique places are busting with charm, history and culture. It is when you visit these hidden gems in Europe, that you stumble upton the authentic local life. Here are the top 30 hidden gem places to visit in Europe: 


1Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain 

Setenil de las Bodegas Spain

In the Andalusia region of southern Spain, between the cities of Cádiz and Málaga is the lovely village of Setenil de las Bodegas. It is renowned for its unique architecture, with many of its buildings and houses built into the rocky cliffs that surround the town. One of the most unique features of the town is the way its buildings are integrated into the surrounding rocks and cliffs. It is frequently known as the Spanish town under a rock.

This creates a striking and dramatic visual effect, with many buildings appearing to be carved directly into the rock. The most famous example of this is the town’s main street, Calle Cuevas del Sol, which is lined with houses built into the cliff face, providing a stunning and unforgettable sight for visitors.

Setenil de las Bodegas is also known for its delicious cuisine, the region is famed for its its wine and chorizo. The town also boasts a bustling marketplace. And with the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park close by and the Rio Trejo running through the town’s centre, the  neighbouring area offers opportunities for spectacular walks, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities.



2Hydra, Greece

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If you are in Athens, the beautiful island of Hydra beckons! This off the beaten path destination in Greece is just a two-hour ferry crossing from Piraeus. The most unique aspect of this destination in Europe is that there are no vehicles on the island, the main form of transport is donkeys, horses, mules and some water taxis. As if that wasn’t unique enough, Hydra is also home to one of the world’s most beautiful pharmacy – Rafalia.  

The island gained overnight success in 1956 when it was featured in the Michael Cacoyiannis film ‘A Girl in Black’ and later on in ‘Boy on a Dolphin’ – this is really when tourism started booming in Hydra, yet now, it is often overlooked. Hydra is possibly one of the most beautiful port towns in Greece, the port is lined with boats, the harbour has plenty of cafes and restaurants on offer overlooking the port. If you are feeling a little active there hiking routes that have been clearly marked.  Our favourite route is the walk from Hydra town to the picturesque fishing village of Kamini – on your way back make sure to stop by the SunSet restaurant for some great views. 



3Pietrapertosa, Italy 

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Nestled in the Lucanian Dolomites in southern Italy’s Basilicata region, Pietrapertosa is a charming historical village that seems frozen in time. Perched at over 3,500 feet on a rocky crag, this intimate village is entirely constructed of local white stone which glows ethereally under the Mediterranean sun and is one of the hidden gems in Europe. A labyrinth of narrow alleys and stairways winds through ancient homes and churches, overlooking a dramatic ravine below.

Pietrapertosa unique highlight is the stunning “Volo dell’Angelo” or “Flight of the Angel” experience. This thrilling adventure where you glide through the air on a zip line, suspended between two of the area’s highest peaks, Pietrapertosa and nearby Castelmezzano.



4Donegal, Ireland

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Tucked away in the untouched northwestern coast of Ireland lies one of the hidden gem in Europe – Donegal. Land of unspoilt grandeur with rugged landscapes, castles, unspoilt beaches and local charm. Donegal is the perfect destination to get away from it all, with very limited tourists, in fact, this it is also well-loved by celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker.

The town of Donegal makes for a great starting point, located by the mouth of Donegal Bay with the Blue Stack Mountains making a dramatic backdrop. In the heart of Donegal town is the Donegal Castle which offers a unique slice of history. Donegal is part of the most famous coastal roads in the world – Wild Atlantic Way. Drive through Glengesh Pass which is on the Wild Atlantic Way, with endless sloping mountainous terrain, dotted along the way are charming old cottages, farms and don’t be surprised if a sheep or two cross your path along the way.

If you are feeling adventurous attempt climbing Mount Errigal, or visit Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) cliffs which will make you feel like you are at the edge of the earth. There are plenty of coastal routes which are ideal for walks or bike ride. Given the long coastline unsurprisingly, Donegal hosts some of the most beautiful beaches, in fact, Portsalon Beach was once also voted as the second most beautiful beach in the world. 

Related: 10 Best Places to Visit in Ireland 


5Gimmelwald, Switzerland


Nestled in the Bernese Alps, Gimmelwald is a charming mountain village that feels frozen in time. At 4,265 feet elevation, it is reachable only by cable car, train, or hiking trails, keeping it secluded from the modern world and making it one of the hidden gems in Europe. This car-free haven has preserved its traditional architecture and way of life for generations and is well worth a visit. The village’s peaceful atmosphere allows visitors to truly disconnect from the outside world.

While small at a population of around 120 residents, Gimmelwald charms visitors with its rolling green hills, winding dirt paths between chalets, and farms with cows grazing in flower-filled pastures. The only sounds are cowbells ringing and the peaceful rush of waterfalls cascading down the cliffs. One of the most popular routes is the scenic hike to the nearby village of Mürren, which offers magnificent panoramas of the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the surrounding mountains.



6Batumi, Georgia


Batumi, a vibrant coastal city located in the southwestern part of Georgia, is a unique and captivating destination that beautifully blends the charms of the Black Sea with a rich history and modern development. Batumi’s picturesque Old Town features architecture interspersed with elegant piazzas, bustling cafés, and chic boutiques. The city’s most iconic feature is its picturesque seafront promenade, which stretches along the Black Sea coast and offers breathtaking views of the sea and surrounding mountains.

Batumi’s architecture is a striking blend of old and new. The city’s historic core features charming, Belle Époque-style buildings, some of which have been beautifully restored. The city underwent massive redevelopment in the 2010s, adding cutting-edge buildings like the soaring 130-meter Alphabetic Tower. In the evening, Batumi comes alive with a lively nightlife scene with beach clubs, bars, and casinos.


7The Soca Valley, Slovenia 

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The Soca Valley is another one of Europe’s hidden gems and in Slovenia, which hosts the impressive Soca river – also known as the ’emerald river’ because of its deep jewel colour. The Soca valley is a great destination in Slovenia with a plethora of activities on offer for the more adventurous ones there is paragliding which offers some of the best views of the valley, water rafting in the mesmerising green water is one of the most popular activities in the valley along with zip lining, mountain biking and hiking. For something a little more relaxing the Soca valley offers a picture-perfect spot for a picnic by the river, there is also horse riding and fishing is a popular activity on the river. 



8Lake Bled / Triglav National Park, Slovenia

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Nestling in central Europe, Slovenia is a country well known for its breathtaking landscape. Being the first country in the world to have been declared a green tourist destination, it is rich in water resources and is home to some of the most picturesque lakes and rivers you will ever see. Triglav is the country’s only National Park, in fact, it is one of the largest National Parks in Europe. You can plan a whole holiday around this natural park with plenty to do from exploring the nearby villages, hiking to explore waterfalls, relax by the calm lakes, canyons and much more. Some of the highlights of Triglav National Park include:

Lake Bled: Lake Bled is one of the country’s most popular attractions. This stunning lake has waters of emerald green, a pretty town on its banks that shares its name and a beautiful little church that perches on a tiny islet in the middle of the water. Discover top things to do around Lake Bled. 

Vintgar Gorge: Part of the Triglav National Park and located just 2 miles from Lake Bled is the most picturesque boardwalk through the canyon with clear water rushing underneath.

Lake Bohinj: This lake is very much loved by the locals, bigger than lake bled and less touristy. Towards the west end of the lake, you will find one of Slovenia’s most visited waterfall, Savica waterfall.

Vogel Cable Car: Enjoy the panoramic view from the top of Mount Vogel. You can take the cable car or even hike to the top.

Related: Beautiful Destinations to visit around Slovenia.



9Duoro Valley, Portugal 

The Douro Valley, referred to as the “Enchanted Valley” in loacted in northern Portugal, Although a world-renowned wine region it is often gets overlooked. It is known for its breathtaking landscapes, centuries-old vineyards, and rich winemaking traditions.  A UNESCO World Heritage site, celebrated for its cultural and natural significance, and it offers a captivating destination for wine enthusiasts.

One of the primary draws of the Douro Valley is its terraced vineyards that cascade down the hillsides along the Douro River. These carefully cultivated terraces, constructed over centuries, are not only a remarkable feat of engineering but also create a stunning mosaic of green and gold, especially when the grapevines are in full bloom.

Dotting the valley are charming towns like Pinhão, known for its beautiful tile-decorated train station. Picturesque estates called quintas produce and bottle the Duoro’s famous wines and hosts tours and tastings. With its idyllic natural beauty, rich history and world-class wines, Portugal’s Duoro Valley is one of Europe’s most unforgettable destinations.


10Le Marche, Italy

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Le Marche is a essentially the Italy’s hidden gem, much of the region is still relatively tourist free. Stretching for 100 miles along Italy’s eastern Adriatic coast, this region is known for its beautiful coastline, rolling hills, pretty hilltop medieval towns, and rich cultural heritage. Le Marche is a region of olive groves and vineyards and has numerous family-owned businesses where it is fun to try wine and olive tasting. Being surrounded by the coast Le Marche also offers some stunning beaches.

Fano is a popular seaside resort with sandy beaches in the north and pebbles in the south and Senigallia has 13 kilometres of gorgeous sand. Make sure there is time to enjoy a lazy meal either of excellent seafood by the coast – Brodetto is the local fish stew – or of traditional regional dish. Vincisgrassi is the most popular pasta dish with meat and a béchamel sauce enjoyed with a glass of local wine!



11Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal

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Whilst the Algarve is no longer the hidden gem of Portugal, but in the Azores is truly a unique destination to visit in Europe. If you love adventure, nature and exploring – you will love this destination even more. Made up of 9 islands, the Azores are known as the ‘Hawaii of Europe’. Sao Miguel is the largest of the islands and is perfect for nature lovers and born romantics, with dramatic viewpoints, hot springs, dolphin watching and diving to admire the rich marine life – there is something for everyone. There are numerous quaint little villages and three pretty volcanic crater lakes – Sete Cidades, Furnas and Lagoa do Fogo. Sete Cidades the most dramatic and worth a visit as it is, in fact, twin lakes – one blue in colour and the other green. Best view point: Head to the Miradouro da Boca do Inferno viewpoint for a most impressive view of Sete Cidades and away from the tourist. 

As one of the unique places to visit in Europe, the island of Azores has a lot more to offer from waterfalls surrounded by lush landscape, whale watching, beautiful beaches to tea plantations. Ponta Delgada is the island capital but other parts of the island have so much to offer Furnas is popular for its hot springs and live volcanic activity from the ground (geysers). Ribeira grande is great for surfing, beaches and the home to Europe’s only tea plantation. Vila Franca do Campo is a hot spot for whale and dolphins watching.

Related: Top Things To Do In Sao Miguel Azores  


12Trogir, Croatia 

Trogir Croatia

Sitting on a small island just off Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, the enchanting town of Trogir. Trogir is a hidden gem in Europe that boasts a rich historical and architectural heritage. Connected to the mainland and the larger island of Čiovo by bridges, making it easily accessible and an ideal destination for those seeking a mix of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Trogir’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets and well-preserved buildings, offering a glimpse into its centuries-old history. Beyond its Venetian-flavored old town, Trogir exudes a laidback, artistic vibe. Trogir’s charming waterfront promenade, the Riva, is lined with cafes, restaurants, and ice cream shops. The town’s culinary scene features fresh seafood, locally produced olive oil, and wines from nearby vineyards.

The island of Čiovo, just a short walk from Trogir’s Old Town, provides a range of beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. With its postcard-worthy beauty, rich history, and relaxed pace of life, Trogir is an unforgettable window into Dalmatia’s coastal culture.


13Nerja, Spain 

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Nerja makes for an excellent day trip from Malaga, as it’s only about an hour’s drive away along the scenic coastal road. If time permits it is also well worth spending a few days in Nerja, as it is one of the best places to go in Spain. The Balcón de Europa, a picturesque vantage point overlooking the Mediterranean Sea that was formerly a Moorish fortress, is one of Nerja’s popular attractions. Take in expansive views of the ocean and the Sierra Almijara mountains from this gorgeous location.

For beach lovers, Nerja offers a range of stunning beaches, including the famous Burriana Beach, which boasts a long stretch of golden sand and crystal-clear water. Other popular beaches include Playa Carabeillo, Playa el Salon, and Playa Calahonda, all of which offer a mix of sun, sand, and sea. Nerja is also home to a series of underground caves that are home to ancient cave paintings and a stunning display of stalactites and stalagmites.

From explore the quaint streets and charming squares to taking a stroll along the Paseo de los Carabineros, a seaside promenade that offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Nerja is not only a great Spanish destination for a day trip from Malaga but also as a sole destination itself.



14Asturias, Spain

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Situated on the north-western coast of Spain, Asturias one of the top unique places to visit in Europe. It is bursting with wonderful blend of rugged coastline, stunning beaches, pretty fishing villages and amazing architecture. There is also great local food to enjoy including local cheeses, the popular Asturias cider and fabada asturiana (smoked meat and white bean casserole). Spain is always a destination for many, but it has many hidden destinations seldom gets explored. 

Asturias is home to stretches of sandy beaches, cliffs and cove but one that truly unique is Playa de Gulpiyuri. Known as the secret beach in Asturias is enclosed by land and the sea reaches through underground tunnels. This inland beach can only be reached through underground tunnels and definitely worth exploring. Cudillero is arguably one of the prettiest seaside towns in Asturias. Another town worth exploring is the harbour town of Gijón is lined with seafood restaurants, cider bards, rugged clifftops and much more. When you are in Asturias, one place you have to visit is the convent of Covadonga. This impressive convent stands on top of lake Covadonga. 



15 Salzkammergut region, Austria

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Situated just east of Salzburg, Salzkammergut often coined as lake region in Austria has to one the hidden gem destinations in Europe. This beaut is home to over beautiful 50 lakes surrounded by the dramatic alpine mountains. In the summer months, the area is perfect for hiking, climbing and relaxing on one of the lakeside beaches, whilst in the winter it becomes a skiers’ paradise.

The village of Hallstatt is one of the most unique places to visit in Europe, the beautiful lake Hallstätter See (Lake Hallstatt) is not only Austria’s most famous lake but is also home to the World Heritage site ‘Welterbeblick Skywalk’. Hanging 350 meters over the Hallstätter See or Lake Hallstatt – we cannot recommend visiting this viewpoint enough! The unique panoramic views on offer overlook the magical lake, dramatic alpine mountains and surrounding village. 

Zell Am See is another great place to visit to in Salzkammergut region. It is one of those postcard-perfect villages perched by the lake linked with brightly painted chalets, and the snow capped peaks in the background. This cute little lake village is also home to another jaw-dropping viewpoint, Gipfelwelt 3000 – which literally stands at the top of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier.



16Orvieto, Italy

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Orvieto is a beautiful hilltop city in Umbria, a region in central Italy. It is situated on top of a volcanic rock formation, known as tuff, which gives the city a unique character and appearance. Orvieto is renowned for its artistic and cultural heritage along with stunning architecture, picturesque landscapes and rich history.

If you happen to be travelling between Rome and Florence or the Tuscan region, stop at this stunning Italian destination. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the culture and beauty of the entire country in one place with a traditional way of life, exquisite cuisine and captivating landscapes.

One of the most prominent landmarks in Orvieto is the Duomo, a stunning gothic cathedral that took over three centuries to build. Along with Orvieto’s underground city, a network of tunnels and caves that were excavated by the Etruscans and later used as cellars, wells, and cisterns. Orvieto is also known for its local cuisine, sample local Umbrian dishes which include wild boar, truffles, and pasta along with the famous Orvieto Classico white wine.

Accommodation: Hotels in Orvieto



17 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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Just one hour from the Swiss capital of Bern is the Lauterbrunnen Valley in heart of the Alps. Often known as the valley of 72 waterfalls is home to the highest freefall waterfall in Europe – the Staubbach waterfall. Infact, the waterfall can be spotted from anywhere in the town. The steam of Staubbach waterfall is very striking especially after it has rained in the region. If you fancy getting up close there is a path that takes to a tunnel which runs underneath the waterfall.

It is a wonderful excuse to pull on your climbing boots to enjoy the marvellous Swiss countryside. Just down the road from Staubbach waterfall lies the Trummelbach Falls which are a series of ten glacier-fed waterfalls inside the mountain that can be accessed by a tunnel-funicular. As well as getting up close to these beautiful waterfalls, you can spot the high peaks of the Eiger, MÖnch and Jungfrau from Lauterbrunnen Valley. The town of Murren in Lauterbrunnen offers a cable car service that will take you up to the top of Mount Schilthorn which is at 2,970m. Not only are spectacular views on offer, but there is also a revolving restaurant called 360°-Restaurant Piz Gloria



18Château-d’Oex, Switzerland 

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This beautiful area in western Switzerland stands at an altitude of 1,000 metres and offers great holiday and sporting experiences all year through. Château-d-Oex is situated in spectacular mountain scenery, dotted with decorated wooden chalets. The area’s microclimate has made it a really popular centre for hot air ballooning and you can enjoy a flight all year round. In January every year, the resort hosts a huge international competition called Château-d’Oex International Balloon Festival. In the winter months, Château-d’Oex is transformed into a winter wonderland with four ski lifts and 20 kilometres of pistes.

In the warmer months, with the fast-flowing river Saane close by there are opportunities to enjoy canoeing, kayaking and white water rafting. This is the largest nature conservation area in western Switzerland so there is plenty of scope for nature lovers to enjoy the numerous mountain trails on bike or by foot.

Related: 16 Places To See and Things To Do In Switzerland



19Bogliasco, Italy

Bogliasco is one of the most beautiful Italian destinations. Situated on the Italian Riviera, this charming town is situated between the cities of Genoa and Portofino, offers a taste of traditional Italian coastal life with sunshine, bright blue sea and colourful houses.

One of the main draws of Bogliasco is its beautiful beaches. The town has several small coves and bays, Spiaggia di Bogliasco beach located at the bottom of the town is a great place to relax and soak up the sun. Sample traditional Ligurian cuisine at the town’s many restaurants and cafes. Local specialties include pesto, focaccia, and fresh seafood dishes. Moreover, the surrounding countryside and hills, offer scenic hiking trails and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Accommodation: Hotels in Bogliasco

20Alberobello, Italy

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Alberobello in the Puglia region in southern Italy is one of a kind destination in Europe. Alberobello is a UNESCO site known for its very distinctively shaped white-washed cottages called Trulli. The cobbled streets are lined with Trulli’s, there are more than 1,000 Trulli’s – many of them still lived in. As one of the unique places to visit in Europe, the unique houses in Puglia are made from dry stone walls using local limestone in a square shape with a distinctive coned roof that is topped by a small spire.

 A wander around the hillside area known as Rione Monti reveals the local way of life as does the Rione Aia Piccola district. There is the two-storey Trulli Sourano which is now a museum displaying the traditional styles of furniture and tools. One of the best ways to explore Alberobello is on foot simply wander these unique streets and get lost. There is also an interesting free walking tour of Alberobello. Learn more about the walking tour here.



21 Riquewihr, France


Regarded as one of the prettiest villages in France, Riquewihr is known for its hillside vineyards. It is steeped in history with cobbled streets and half-timbered colourful houses that were built in the 15th – 18th centuries. Explore the medieval Old Town of Riquewihr, where the town looks exactly as it did in the 16th century. Many of the traditional houses are now wine shops, one that is worth trying is Hugel et Fils which was established in 1639 and still running today this day.

Riquewihr is the perfect place to simply wander. There is the 16th century Dolder Tower that was a defensive gate into the village and there is the Thieves Tower which is a former prison with a display of instruments of torture – not for the faint-hearted! 



22Kotor, Montenegro

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Nestled in the secluded corner of the stunning Bay of Kotor (locally known as Boka) is the medieval town of Kotor. This UNESCO listed city is a breathtaking beauty, with a backdrop of Dinaric alps and glistening sea. Kotor has a lot to offer itself but it is also a great base to explore other destinations in Montenegro such as Perast which is a lovely old town that stands on the bay just north of Kotor. 

Explore the old town of Kotor by simply getting lost in the narrow cobbled streets, stumble upon cafes and Venetian palaces along the way. It is fun to climb the San Giovanni Fortress – to see the city from a completely different perspective and also to take a boat trip out to the church of Our Lady of the Rocks that sits on a small rocky island. As one of the most unqiue places to visit in Europe, Kotor has a rich calendar of events with colourful festivals all year through. The perfect time to absorb the sheer magic of Kotor is as the sun sets and the lights on its defensive walls encircle it like a golden halo.


23Segovia, Spain 

Segovia Spain

Segovia is one of Spain’s most picturesque cities and is only a one-hour drive from Madrid (two hours by rail). Located in the autonomous community of Castile and León in Spain, Segovia is a World Heritage City, famous for its ancient Roman aqueduct, which dates back to the 1st century AD.

The aqueduct is one of the most impressive Roman Empire relics in Spain. The aqueduct, which carried water from La Acebeda to the Alcázar across a distance of more than 17 km, is built up of 166 arches. This structure defies gravity since no mortar of any type was employed in its construction; instead the only thing that keeps the structure standing is its balance of forces. This structure itself makes a trip to Segovia well worth and one of the best places to visit in Spain.

Segovia’s old town is filled with narrow streets and alleyways that date back to the Middle Ages, including the Jewish Quarter, which is home to many historic buildings, synagogues, and museums. Segovia is also known for its delicious cuisine, such as its famous roast suckling pig and its delectable sweets made from almond paste known as Ponche Segoviano.



24 Mostar – Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Mostar is one of Europe’s best kept secret destinations, and truly one of the most unique places to visit in Europe. Whether you are planning to spend a few days here or just passing by on a road trip through Bosnia and Herzegovina is a destination worth exploring. The jewel of Mostar is the iconic Stari Most, a 16th century, Ottoman-style bridge that connects two sides of the city. Along with the rich history what makes this place more interesting is people jumping off the bridge into the cold water. The locals have been jumping off this bridge for the last 450 years as a means of passing time and now it has been attracting tourists who join in on this tradition, while crowds cheer on. Around this iconic bridge, you will find some cafes offering the best views of the bridge. 

There is so much to do in Mostar, charming little alleyways filled with shops and markets, great hiking routes along forested trails and numerous holy sites to visit. Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque is well worth visiting for the small fee charged as there are fantastic panoramic views to enjoy from the top of its minaret. If you fancy just enjoying a relaxing day, the 25-metre high Kravivc waterfall lies just 40 kilometres away and has a lovely large lake for swimming.



25 Stavanger, Norway

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Stavanger unique places to visit in europe

Stavanger, which is often known as the gateway to the Norwegian Fjords is a perfect destination for a weekend getaway in Europe. Stavanger has a lot to offer from museums, street art, cultural events, incredible hikes and stunning scenery. Summer is when this destination truly comes alive, the harbour is buzzing with cafes and restaurants. Many of the major attractions in the city are in close proximity making it easy to explore on foot.

Just a short walk from the harbour is the old Stavanger, known as Gamle Stavanger. This historic area is lined with well preserved traditional white wooden houses, in a narrow cobbled street which is well worth a visit. It is a true hidden gems in Europe. Stavanger is also an adventure lovers dream, with boat trips to the nearby fjords, with great hiking opportunities. One of the most popular hikes is Prekestolen also known as the Pulpit Rock, the views are simply jaw dropping with the blue waters of Lysefjord far below you.


26 Gozo, Malta

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The beautiful island of Gozo is the second largest of the 21 island’s in the Maltese archipelago. Sister island of Malta located just 20 minutes away by ferry. This tiny island is often missed by many. It is one of the top unique places to visit in Europe. It is a tranquil haven and has a lot to explore, with its rugged coastline, secluded beaches, valleys and even a winery. If you are staying in Malta we highly recommend spending a day exploring Gozo – there’s plenty to explore!

The most common way to reach Gozo is via Malta, we also have a Malta guide for you. There are beautiful blue lagoons and golden beaches to tempt and plenty of history including the Citadel in Rabat (also known as Victoria) which is a fortified site that was founded in 1500BC.  Not far away is Dwejra and the area known as Azure Window which was the site of a dramatic sea arch that sadly toppled into the sea in March 2017. There is also the Dwejra Tower to see in the vicinity which was used as a watch tower for centuries. Whilst in Gozo, you will have the chance to try many of the excellent local dishes and if you enjoy fresh fish, what better than to find a little restaurant overlooking one of the harbours? 

Related: Top 17 Things to do in Malta 

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27Kemi Finland

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For one of the best unique places to visit in Europe’s cold region is Kemi in Finland on the Bay of Lapland. One of the most unique and popular things to do in Kemi is the Sampo icebreaker. The Sampo Icebreaker is Finnish ship which was used as an icebreaker by the government but now you can experience this for yourself. Witness the ice fields stretch across the water, you can also swim in the icy Arctic sea, float amongst the ice wearing a special suit. We highly recommend Polar Explorer Ice breaker

Kemi is also home to a snow hotel, the rooms are beautifully decorated with ice carvings and you are provided with really warm sleeping bags. It is also offers a ice restaurant which has tables and chairs carved from ice. There’s even a Snowcastle which as you expect is only made from snow and ice. One of our favourite places to stay in Kemi is the Seaside Glass Villas. especially in the winter months when it is snowing, there are seaside glass villas that are truly unique with two walls of glass and a glass ceiling. The villas are warm and cosy with amazing views over the frozen sea and of course watching the spectacular light show of the Aurora Borealis from the comfort of your bed is amazing. 



28Varenna, Lake Como Italy

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Overlooking the central stretch of beautiful Lake Como is the picturesque and traditional village of Varenna. Quieter and less touristy than famous Bellagio, Varenna is bursting with Italian charmm making it one of the best unique places to visit in Europe away from the crowds. It has everything you you expect from an Italian lake town, relax by the lake, visit the gardens of two villas, Villa Monastero and Villa Cipressi, get lost in the narrow alleys, indulge in a aperitivo by the waterfront watching the sunset. 



29Lake Komani, Albania

Situated in northern Albania lies Lake Komani a man-made hidden gem destination which is often overlooked as a destination. It is still pretty much untouched by tourists and only recently have car ferries began to operate to Lake Komani making this hidden paradise accessible enough. One of the most common ways to explore Lake Komani is by taking a ferry tours. As one of the top unique places to visit in Europe, Lake Komini is a great destination to get away from it all but there are plenty of things to other than taking the ferry tour if you plan on spending a few days here.

Along the Komani Lake is Shala River which is known as Thailand of Albania – we couldn’t agree more, it very much resembles Thailand’s Maya Bay minus the crowd. Crystal clear turquoise water surrounded by dramatic rocks covered with green plants rising up to the sky. Another jaw-dropping point along Lake Komani is Lumi-i-Shales – we will just let the pictures do the talking. Luxury hotels are yet to make it to this destination but along the Komani Lake and its river branches, you will find guesthouses situated right along the river offering an up-close and raw experience. Some of the standout guesthouses include Blini-Park Guesthouse and Eagles Land



30 Lofoten Islands, Norway

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 Norway’s’ untouched archipelago of islands – Lofoten Islands offer one of a kind experience. Situated above the Arctic Circle these islands would be a nature lover’s dream destination. Kayak between the islands, go fishing or hiking, discover off the beaten path fishing villages and so much more. 

Offering a wonderful blend of craggy mountains, fjords, and a chance to even catch the northern lights (between September to mid-April) and midnight sun (between May and mid-July). It is also the world’s northernmost spot for surfing and offers some of the world’s most beautiful white-sand beaches. There are plenty of hiking trails around the Loften Islands with some of the most breathtaking views. Reinebringen is the most popular hike, Ryten offers views of the Kvalvika beach, some of the other hikes include Svolvaer Fløya and Festvagtind offering views of the fishing villages and the archipelago of islands. 


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