Looking to plan your next great European holiday? There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona, London or Rome - but Europe also has some untouched cities that match these popular destinations, they are just as picturesque and exciting, but with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with our top four hidden gems of Europe!
CULTURE BY THE COAST
1. Sperlonga, Italy
There are popular beach places closer to Rome, but nothing as picturesque as Sperlonga, with its pedestrian-only old town (Sperlonga Alta) and spiral staircases that lead down to the beach. Nearby is also the archaeological museum known for housing restored sculptures of the Homer epic, Odysseus. It also used to be the Villa of Tiberius, a Roman Emperor from 14 AD. Sperlonga is not only rich in history but also boasts a beautiful beach. The perfect getaway if you are looking for somewhere peaceful and relaxing.
2. Brighton, England
Brighton is a cosmopolitan city with a Bohemian feel. You are sure to have a fun weekend away with all the water activities like sailing, paragliding or kayaking! Then head off to North Laine, it is the perfect destination for independent boutiques, galleries and restaurants, including vegan-friendly options! This fun shopping area will give you a well-deserved hour or two of retail therapy! And don’t forget to check out the famous Brighton Pier!
3. San Sebastian, Spain
San Sebastián, the heart of Spain's Basque Country, is well known for its fabulous cuisine. The elegant seaside city claims more Michelin stars than any other city in Europe. Hot spots, Arzak and Mugaritz, known for their revolutionary gastronomy, attract diners from all over the globe! Also one of the most notable activities to try is the Pintxo Bar Crawl, found in old town, where you move from bar to bar tasting basque-style tapas and drink wine all night long. This is the perfect little getaway to sample delicious cuisine in a beautiful city that isn’t over populated with tourists – yet.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE – BICYCLE TOURS, MUSEUMS, FOOD, FESTIVALS AND NIGHTLIFE
4. Aarhus, Denmark
Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark. But still gives you a good glimpse of what Denmark has to offer. Grab a bike and tour around this lovely city; spend the afternoon in one of the many museums like, ARoS Art Museum or in one of the many cafes while enjoying Danish sweets. Dinner is a great time to see what Aarhus has to offer in taste. Restaurants range from Parisian cuisine to British pub-style food to Spanish delicacies. Indulge in Aarhus’s creative gastronomy all within walking distance. If you are up for a late night outing, head out to Åboulevarden, the most popular street for bar and club hopping! During the summer, you can enjoy the NorthSide festival held every June featuring Danish and international bands.