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When you think of European holiday destinations, where springs to mind? Some of the most obvious include London, Paris, Athens and Rome. However, Europe has so much more to offer than the usual, busy tourist hotspots. There are hidden gems practically around every corner. Don’t believe me? By the end of this post, you’ll be adding these seven destinations to your bucket list. Promise!
1. Lisse, Netherlands
Most people think of Amsterdam when considering The Netherlands, but there’s somewhere much, much better. Lisse is called The Garden of Europe, and for good reason too. In May, the entire town turns into a giant display of colour. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful sights and smells around ever corner, during their annual Flower Parade. If you’re craving a bit of nightlife, then Amsterdam is just half an hour away by car.
2. Rovinj, Croatia
This part of Europe is quickly becoming popular with tourists, so you need to get there quick. As it stands, you’ll find it relatively peaceful in Rovinj, even during the hot summer months. There are miles and miles of beautiful beaches to be found, in what is nicknamed ‘the blue pearl of the Adriatic sea’. Add that to the awe-inspiring buildings, and you’ve found yourself a real gem.
3. Delphi, Greece
If you thought Athens had some historical sights, just wait until you visit Delphi. This used to be the religious centre for Ancient Greece so you can imagine how important it was back then. The archaeological site is now a UNESCO World Heritage area that is well worth a visit. You’re not too far from Athens either if you want to make a daytrip.
4. Antibes, France
Many people think of Cannes and Nice when they think of Southern France, but those people are missing a trick! Antibes on the Riviera is just as nice as any of the other towns in the area. And packed full of stunning villas to spend your week in. The only difference is it won’t be swamped with tourists like the others will be! This means that you can lay back and enjoy this French region as it’s supposed to be enjoyed. With good food, wine, and plenty of sunshine.
5. Sintra, Portugal
One look at the Vila Palace and you’ll fall in love with Sintra, in Portugal. That’s before you’ve even got aboard a horse-drawn carriage up the green, lush mountains. Honestly, there are so many things to love about this hidden gem. You’ll want to return year after year. As it’s not very touristy, it is a lot cheaper than other places in Portugal too.
6. Brighton, UK
Get yourself down to Brighton Beach on a summer weekend to see what the fuss is all about. Okay, it may be a little packed but that is part of the fun. Explore the winding streets beyond the pier and soak up some quirky vintage ambience. Don’t forget to stop for some of the best cakes in the country, too.
7. Sylt, Germany
Did you know you can surf in Germany? Honestly, you can. Head to Sylt and you’ll find some of the most beautiful white sanded beaches in Europe. And perfect surfing water. If you’re not a keen surfer, then there are plenty of other water sports for you to try. This really is a hidden gem!
Book your flights and pack your bags! These quirky holiday destinations will ensure you have a summer vacation to remember this year.