Europe is a gem of a continent to explore, with lots of smaller haunts that don’t seem to get as much attention as the likes of; Paris, London or Rome. I mean, it’s awash with lots of hidden places in Europe. Some within easy reach, others requiring a little more effort – but all are totally worth it!
Whatever the case, there’s a whole heap of gorgeous spots that are often bypassed on our amazing continent.
Take a look at some of the hidden places in Europe you definitely should think of visiting. Oh yeah, if you need a companion (or someone to carry the luggage), take me back with you!
1.) Caminito del Rey, Spain
Now, this is one of Spain’s most incredible hikes, especially with the bridge that spans between the gorge. It’s one incredible place to experience, especially if you’re wanting to explore another side of Spain.
The hike itself is pretty intense with El Caminito del Rey Path taking about 10 hours round trip. Obviously, this depends on how quickly you hike but I’d give a whole day to be sure. Be aware, that you can only hike in one direction ( from the northern entry at Ardales).
It’s one of the hidden places in Europe that never really gets talked about.
2.) Bogliasco, Italy
Just south of Genoa in Italy is the beautiful commune of Bogliasco. This quaint little spot is a great place to spend a lazy afternoon by the sea. Oh, and don’t forget to pop into Al Solito Posto for some of the freshest seafood.
If you want to explore a little more of Italy, head down the coast, slightly, to visit the five towns of Cinque Terre.
3.) The Faroe Islands
Make sure to visit the Saksun Church in Streymoy, ramble to the Mulafossur Waterfall on Vagar Island and visit the incredible lake onto of the cliffs at Lake Sørvágsvatn. It really is one of the more hidden places in Europe.
4.) Oravský Podzámok, Slovakia
Oravský Podzámok is one of the smaller villages of northern Slovakia and one that often gets overshadowed by places like Bratislava. Especially when thinking of visiting Slovakia.
Make sure to visit Orava Castle, I swear it’s one of the prettiest castles in all of Slovakia. Once inside, pop into the Castle Chapel, the Knights’ Room which is stunning.
5.) Ragusa, Sicily
Now, when thinking of visiting Sicily, it’s likely you’ll have heard all about places like Mt. Etna, and Palermo but you should definitely think of visiting Ragusa too.
Nestled in the mountains, around 15 km from the Mediterranean shore, it’s the perfect smaller city to explore in Italy.
For some typically Sicilian charm and welcome, head over to La Taverna del Lupo where you’ll get some of the most authentic Sicilian recipes – all served in a gorgeous little place.
6.) Applecross Peninsular, Scotland
Possibly, one of the prettiest areas in the region, the Applecross Peninsular is a gorgeous spot to visit in the Highlands. In fact, the whole of the Highlands is stunning!
Make sure to drive through Bealach na Ba and see the incredible viewpoints across the glacial landscape of Scotland.
7.) Prokletije, Albania
Fondly known as the Albanian Alps, Prokletije is a gorgeous spot to visit when in the county. The highest place you’ll find is the Maja Jezercë but the whole region is beautiful too. For some other stunning spots in Prokletije, head over to Rugova Canyon and the Valbona Valley.
It’s a beautiful region in the Balkans to explore.
8.) Trentino, Italy
Trentino is often not a typical idea of Italy. I mean, places like Tuscany, Rome and Venice often spring straight to mind. If you’re wanting to edge beyond the usual Italian suspects, you should pop over to Trentino, it’s about 2-hour drive from cities like Verona and a perfect region to explore.
Head to see the Dolomites, ski the slopes in winter or visit the most iconic music venue you’ll ever find (in summer).
9.) Cornago, Spain
This tiny little town is one amazing place to visit in Spain. Perched in the La Rioja region, it’s one beautiful place you should visit, especially if you’re heading to the nearby Logroño.
Also, make sure to pop into the Campo Viejo vineyard too! It’s relatively close by and a delicious little spot to visit.
10.) Berchtesgaden, Germany
About 5 miles or so from Berchtesgaden, the Church of Maria Gern is one of the more hidden places in Europe to explore.
Hike to the top, which takes around an hour and explore the incredible views of the region below. There are quite a few trails that criss-cross this area, so make sure you pay attention to which you’re walking on.
11.) Whitby, England
Although well-known in England – it’s much lesser known internationally. Head to the gorgeous Whitby Abbey, wander the old fisherman harbour and grab some of the best local food at Estbek House or The Star Inn – they’re both incredible.