With almost 50 countries, hundreds of cities and a mind-boggling array of natural destinations, Europe has endless possibilities of places to explore, sights to see and delicious foods to taste however one of best ways of getting a true sense of European life is by heading to the fairly off the radar places. From Italy to Iceland, there’s a whole array of amazing places to visit that are fairly far from the madding crowd…
Take a look at Europe’s most stunning off the radar destinations to visit this year:
1.) Faroe Islands
This small archipelago is situated in between Scotland and Iceland with strong connections to Denmark. Faroese nature is as dramatic as you can expect; dramatic cliffs, dramatic lakes… dramatic everything! The islands are nature lovers paradise.
2.) Isles of Scilly, England, United Kingdom
The Isles of Scilly is one of the UK’s best kept secrets. These almost tropical islands are warmed by the Gulf Stream currents from the Caribbean, giving it a warmer climate than the rest of the UK. Filled with white sandy beaches, palm tress and unspoilt nature, the Isles of Scilly are the perfect if you want to explore an unspoilt slice of UK life at a relaxed pace. You can even snorkel with seals! 🙂
Inspired to visit the Isles of Scilly? See more of its stunning islands during a one-week travel itinerary.
3.) Gdańsk, Poland
This quaint sea-side city in northern Poland is a wonderful place to spend a weekend exploring the heritage, delicious food and charm of Poland. Travel here to enjoy its historical allure and learn much more about the cities prized possession, amber.
If you’re thinking of visiting, take a look at some of the best things to see and do in the city right here.
4.) Stromboli Island, Italy
This small volcanic island is just off the north coast of Sicily in Italy (not to be confused with Scilly, in the UK). Complete with a picturesque fishing village this island is best visited in summer when day trips leave from the mainland and Sicily. Discover its small island charm, fishing community and dramatic landscape that basks in the sunshine of the mediterranean.
If you’re visiting Sicily, take a look at our post on spending a weekend in its biggest city, Palermo.
About 5 hours drive from Reykjavik is Dyrhólaey, situated in a South Easterly direction from Iceland’s capital city. Not only is this area of Iceland perfect for nature lovers, it’s one of the best places to view the Northern Lights. Almost total blackness and limited light pollution make this area a stunning backdrop for the light show overhead.
This Eastern European capital city is a picture perfect place to explore a little slice of Slovakian charm. Wander through its cobbled streets and grab some hot cocoa and roasted butter corn. Don’t forget to visit the beautiful Bratislava and Devin castles.
Want to visit Bratislava? Read more on what to do for a weekend in the city, here.
7.) Lake Bled, Slovenia
Nestled within the Julian Alps of Slovenia, Lake Bled is arguably one of Europe’s prettiest lakes. Head to the northwest of this small European country and explore the pristine nature of the Carniolan region.
8.) Bornholm, Denmark
Bornholm is small danish island that sits within the Baltic Sea. Take a ferry to this island or travel directly from the amazing city of Copenhagen. A perfect little island that’s regularly missed when travelling around the Baltic Sea.
9.) Portmeirion, Wales, United Kingdom
This stunning Italian town is actually not in Italy at all but nestled in Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Famed for its beautiful architecture, Cambrian views and relaxed charm, it is the perfect place to spend a day (or a few nights in the towns hotel) while eating gelato and enjoying its surroundings.
10.) Montepulciano, Italy
Montepulciano is a medieval town perched high in southern Tuscany. Take a wander around its independent craft and arts shops while sipping on some of the regions award winning wines. Standing over 600 metres high, you’ll also have some stunning views across the Tuscan countryside. Bellissimo!
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