Away from the crowded tourist spots, there are many hidden gems in Europe for walking.
The area is peaceful and affordable, yet beautiful as a popular tourist destination.
Pico Island in the Azores, Portugal
Walk through the Atlantic Ocean and lava tunnels on this elevated island. At an altitude of 2,351 meters above sea level, Pico is the smallest of the Azores islands. Due to its fragile location, traveling with a guide is essential. With their help you can travel underground to the largest lava tube in the area, Gruta das Torres. Return to the top to enjoy the produce of the vineyards cultivated on the black rocks of the mountains.
Vipava Valley in Slovenia
Walk around among the vast vineyards of this beautiful valley. Look past Slovenia’s most crowded holiday destinations like Lake Bled and head to Vipava. Off the beaten track, the Vipava Valley is one of Europe’s hidden gems. The green fields and vineyards look straight out of a Tuscan picture. The place also offers fine wines and food made from local produce. Spring to autumn is the best time to visit Vipava Valley.
Monsanto village in Portugal
Be amazed by the huge rocks of Mosanto Village. These unique reefs offer hidden passageways and escape routes. The village is located on top of a hill, facing the Spanish border. Even though there were strange giant rocks, the people who lived there decided to call this area their home. Admire the impressive views surrounding the building and the historic residences. There aren’t many activities here, which makes it perfect for relaxing in meditation.
Kunsthaus Art Gallery in Graz, Austria
Discover modern art in a futuristic museum. From exhibitions to art projects and performances, this place is full of activities. The Kunsthaus Art Gallery floats on a creative island like a tented guest. Unique architectural projects such as the Kunsthaus explain why Graz is hailed as the ‘City of Design’. Outside of the museum, the city of Graz has many attractions and culinary experiences on the farm. Summer and autumn are the best time to plan a vacation here.
The Caucasus Mountains in Georgia
Climb to the highest point in the rich monastic mountains of Georgia. The Caucasus Mountains connect Azerbaijan and Georgia, two different continents. If you like to hike, then a vacation in the Caucasus has spectacular vistas. Mount Kazbek offers the best view of the region from a height of 5,055 meters. The area has many monasteries and guesthouses, making it an affordable vacation destination. Go any time of the year, the mountains retain their beauty.
Porto Santo Island in Portugal
Lie on the beach under the winter sun on Porto Santo Island. Forget Madeira, take a three-hour boat ride here for a unique vibe. Porto Santo also has the largest natural reserve in Portugal. Grab a book and lie on the golden sands of this 9 kilometer long beach. When you’re hungry, enjoy Porto Santo’s seafood. If you’re looking for some action, the mountains at the back of the island offer great hiking trails. The weather is good all year round. But the winter season sees less activity.
The village of Castlemezzano in Italy
Get lost in this beautiful village perched high on the Dolomiti Lucane. Although many backpackers only pass through this small village, you can stay overnight to take in its charm and culture. While you are here go to the city of Matera. The city has many underground caves and tunnels to explore. There is also a zip wire that will take you to Pietrapertosa, a village on the side of the mountain.
The city of Frosinone in Italy
Get away from all the tourists in this wonderful Italian village. The district of Frosinone is located between Naples and Rome, and is peaceful and picturesque. The most famous building in the village is Montecassino Abbey, a centuries-old church. After sightseeing, head to Atina’s vineyards and sip on their award-winning cabaret. After that you can eat in one of the rural villages (called agriturismos) for meals together.
Nisyros Volcanic Island in Greece
Explore the pristine habitats of this volcanic island. Rocky beaches and clear waters highlight the beauty of this beautiful region. One of the largest hydrothermal chambers, called Stefanos, scattered. The entire island looks like the surface of an alien planet, making Nisyros a hidden gem of Europe. Take a ferry from Kardamena, Kos and arrive here for a relaxing vacation.
Vacation in the Making
Europe has many hidden gems nestled in its surreal surroundings. In addition to the places on this list, there are also Villa Romana del Casale in Italy, Leon in Spain and many others. Just choose your destination and start your magical journey.
Is it safe to visit Europe’s hidden gems?
Yes, these areas are less populated and have a lower crime rate. But you should always be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution.
Can I go to a hidden gem in Europe on a tight budget?
Absolutely! The quiet area has cheap places to eat and drink.
How can I find hidden gems in Europe?
This blog is a starting point. Don’t tire yourself out with decision fatigue. Just choose your destination and start searching from there.
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