7 Underrated Destinations in Europe for 2022

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Planning a trip to Europe soon? Whether it’s a romantic getaway wandering the cobbled streets of Montmartre in Paris or going shopping on the famous Oxford Street in London, It is undeniable that the Old Continent is a favorite among tourists.

With a history spanning several millennia, and certainly no shortage of attractions, at least one or two of its world-famous destinations is already on your travel bucket list. After all, many European cities are among the most beautiful in the world and offer truly unforgettable breaks. But what about hidden gems away from the crowds?

Sighiشوارoara Castle, Romania

While common destinations such as Paris, London and Barcelona are already known, There is a lot For this magical continent of the classic “Europe Starter Pack”.

Today we present to you 7 Exceptional Destinations In Europe You’ve Never Heard OfAnd why it should definitely be included in your itinerary.

Sighiشوارoara, Romania

Multicolored houses and clock tower in the old town of Sighisoara, Transylvania, Romania

Located deep in the lands of Transylvania in Romania, Sighișoara is the birthplace of Vlad Dracule, the bloodthirsty prince who inspired a legend Count Dracula. With a spooky Gothic clock tower soaring above an ancient medieval castle, it’s not hard to imagine Sighișoara as The perfect script for a spooky movie.

It is easily one of the most beautiful places for tourists to visit in Romania, as it is located between the city walls Some of the best preserved Medieval monuments in all of Europe. Moreover, Dracula’s birthplace is a relatively small city, with a population of only 28,000, which is more attractive than other major cities in Romania.

Colorful houses in the old town of Sighisoara, Transylvania, Romania

On the downside, it does not have a regional airport, Which means that visitors can only access it by train Or group tours departing from the main hubs of Transylvania, such as Braków, Cluj-Napoca or Sibiu.

Despite the more difficult logistics, visiting Sighișoara is well worth the effort and A trip to the past you will never forget. If you need a little more encouragement, Romania has scrapped all Covid entry requirements, welcoming travelers the way it was before March 2020.

Kasamel, Albania

Ksamil Beach in Albania

A small town on the Albanian Riviera not far from Sarandë, Ksamil has everything you want You may not expect to find In a mysterious country like Albania: secret sandy beaches, turquoise waters, many coastal resorts and other tourist complexes and ancient monuments.

As a matter of fact, Kasamel is steeped in ancient history, as it is located in close proximity to the Greek ruins of Butrint (located in Albania).

The Greek Amphitheater in Butrint, Albania

The broader Albanian Riviera is too Short 30 minute ferry ride from CorfuOne of the best rated Greek islands.

Although Corfu might be the more obvious choice, Ksamil has more reasonable prices, as Albania is neither in the EU nor the Eurozone, and lacks the usual massive influx of tourists that Greece struggles with during the summer, making it The ultimate European summer destination.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Aerial view of Ljubljana, Slovenia

One of those countries that Americans will be somewhat familiar with, but may not be able to spot on a map, Slovenia is a small country in central Europe that owes much of its recent history to its association with the now-disintegrated Yugoslavia.

It is now a modern democracy and a member of the European Union The perfect destination off the beaten track. In fact, its capital, Ljubljana, doesn’t look like a metropolis at all, with a total population of 280,000 and a medieval hilltop castle that doesn’t seem out of place in a children’s fairy tale book.

Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is also known as the “City of Dragons”: it is visible everywhere, from statues and beer posters to city flags. Besides its mystical allure, it is a quieter metropolis by European standards and Doesn’t look like he’s over-touristed Like the famous hot spots in Croatia or neighboring Italy.

From here, you can even access the amazing Lake Bled, a natural clear alpine water reservoir with a medieval church on a small island in the middle. It doesn’t get poetic – or European – any more. Even better: as of February 22, 2022, there are no travel restrictions in Slovenia.

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Old Bridge or Stari mostly in the medieval old town of Mostar, Herzegovina, in Bosnia and Herzegovina

With its turbulent past, involving a bloody war sweeping through the 1990s and dividing its territory along ethnic lines, the western Balkan nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina may be a controversial choice for some, but Perhaps the most underrated European destination on this list.

While Sarajevo earns the status of the capital, the smaller UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Mostar, located in the heart of the Herzegovina region, is certainly the country’s biggest tourist attraction. packed with Medieval and Ottoman landmarksand the clear, winding Neretva River through it, Mostar is the perfect postcard in the Balkans.

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Here you will learn about Bosnia’s role in the break-up of Yugoslavia, marvel at the mosques of the Ottoman era and the impressive Stari Most bridge, a 16th century bridge completely destroyed during the war that has since been reconstructed, and enjoy the complex history of this city.

Watch out for the bullet holes in some of the houses around the Old Town district – they may not be a pleasant sight, but they are indelible scars of war and part of what makes Mostar such an interesting destination.

Budva, Montenegro

Aerial view of the old town of Budva, Montenegro

when you think DalmatiaClassic Croatian hotspots like Dubrovnik or Split immediately come to mind. After all, the country’s coast includes most of this historical region, although the Croats are certainly not the only indigenous people of Dalmatia.

Montenegro shares the same coastline and is part of the wider Dalmatian world, although the Bay of Kotor tends to get the most attention due to its proximity to the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, a small coastal town Budva is just as charming.

Best known for its incredibly well-preserved medieval walled city and sandy beaches, Budva is one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic, with a history spanning over 2,500 years.

Sveti Stefan Island, Montenegro

It’s also a file An ideal destination for those looking for the most secluded paradise retreatsIt houses the famous Sveti Stefan, a 5-star resort on an island resembling an ancient Dalmatian settlement, with access to a private beach and several villas to choose from.

Fortunately for guests, Montenegro is once again fully open to tourism, welcoming both vaccinated and non-vaccinated people under pre-pandemic rules. This means that planning a long weekend in Budva has never been so easy.

Ohrid, North Macedonia

Church of Saint John in Kaneo in Ohrid, overlooking Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia

nested on the banks of the famous Lake OhridOne of the largest cities in Europe, Ohrid in North Macedonia is another hugely underrated destination.

Boasting countless Roman and medieval monuments, including the famous Church of Saint John in Caño overlooking the lake, this city is A hidden gem in the Balkans And well worth a visit.

View of Samuel's Castle in Ohrid, North Macedonia

When in Ohrid, especially in the low season or months before summer, tourists can stroll the crowd-free lakeside, try to find the best Instagrammable spots around the old town, and visit Samuel’s Fortress, a large fortress from the fourth century. From the top of the castleYou can even discover Albania across the lake.

During the busy season, tourists can enjoy various seafoodAter activities around Lake Ohridbecause this is a popular summer destination for both North Macedonians, and their Albanian, Kosovars, Greeks, and Bulgarians neighbors.

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

The main entrance to Tsarevets Castle in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Tourists may have heard of Sofia, a sprawling capital known for its Soviet-era architecture and contrasting Roman ruins, or Plovdiv, considered by many to be the oldest city in all of Europe, but There is so much to discover in Bulgaria that the locals know very little about.

Veliko Tarnovo is one of the many examples.

known as The historical capital of BulgariaOnce a capital before Sofia received the crown, it is one of the most unique cities in Eastern Europe, with the landscape dominated by the massive Tsarevets Castle.

The old town of Veliko Tarnovo seen from Tsarevets Castle, Bulgaria

This ancient fortress, built in 1185, once awarded Veliko Tarnovo the title of “The city of the Caesars‘, and was instrumental in Bulgaria’s defense against external threats. Apart from the castle, the revived Bulgarian architectural style of the ancient city of Veliko Tarnovo is An equally stunning scene.

Click here to view Bulgaria’s Covid entry requirements for 2022.

Europe is ready for you

A woman preparing for international travel with an American passport and luggage

With Europe reopening to tourism after two years of travel uncertainty, so many unexpected countries on the continent are Eager to welcome tourists again.

While popular destinations like Italy and Spain are still reluctant to drop their guard, many Eastern European countries are lifting restrictions, making this the perfect time. Off the beaten path And visit unexpected sites.

When going on vacation, especially to Europe, we strongly advise our readers to purchase travel insurance that covers Covid and other eventualities while traveling.

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