European capitals remain very popular with tourists, but there are a few hidden gems to discover in Europe. The following 10 cities have a lot to offer without always getting the favor they deserve.
An unknown and beautiful city in Europe: Split, Croatia
Split pleases everyone. It is known for the quality of its cuisine, its excellent shops and its numerous bars. The city is also home to Diocletian’s Palace, a sumptuous place of retirement for the Roman emperor of the same name, built around the year 300 and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If that wasn’t reason enough to see Split right now, the views of the Adriatic from this captivating resort town will win you over.
A Sublime European City: Ferrara, Italy
Rome is not the only Italian city rich in history, culture and architecture. Located in the north of Italy, Ferrara, less known and uncrowded, is the destination missing from your summer travel itinerary. Nearly 9 kilometers of ancient walls surround this town filled with grand churches and castles dating back to the 14th century . Each road and each building recalls the time of the construction of this city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Madrid and Barcelona are certainly amazing cities, but Gibraltar amazes even the most jaded visitor. In principle, the Phoenicians were the first to settle in Gibraltar, around 950 BC. BC, but research suggests that Neanderthals were the first inhabitants, from 28,000 BC. The famous rock, at the northern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, is its main attraction. The city, densely populated and rich in culture and history, never disappoints.
On the borders of Germany and France, this multicultural and multilingual city is a rare pearl. Home to the record number of museums in Europe, it delights culture lovers. It is also calm and peaceful, and offers an atmosphere of serenity. It is an ideal destination to counter the stress of everyday life.
Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg is best known as a university town, but it’s actually much more than that. Its extraordinary festivals make it a dynamic and interesting place to visit all year round. Gothenburg is also a showcase of Scandinavian architectural style and is rich in history and culture. Due to its football and hockey teams, it is also an excellent destination for a sportsman.
The City of Love may be calling your name, but before getting your ticket to Paris, add Vézelay to your itinerary. Built in the 11th century, this town is famous for its vineyards and its church dedicated to Mary Magdalene. Nestled on a hill, this city is nothing short of picturesque. Its fine wines, its architecture and the beauty of the landscape will ensure you an enchanting stay.
Without being the most popular in Europe, this city deserves a place on your itinerary. Bruges, more than any other ancient city, has kept its medieval architectural heritage intact. With its history, breathtaking landscapes, Flemish art treasures and, of course, its world-famous chocolate, Bruges is a detour you won’t regret.
Dresden was largely leveled by air attacks during World War II. Since then, it has been rebuilt and is recognized for its baroque, elegant and chic character. It is home to some of Germany’s largest universities and famous museums. Although picturesque and close to the Czech border, it often goes unnoticed, but fulfills the expectations of the traveler. Be sure to grab a pot at a biergarten (beer garden), a typical German beer hall.
If the name of this city evokes a wine to you, your memory is in good condition: it is, indeed, the region of production of port. The architecture, landscapes and history of this magnificent port city, dating back to Roman times, will amaze you. Its little-known beauty, wet with a glass of the finest wine, is the recipe for the perfect vacation.
Prague, Czech Republic
Although Prague is well known in the Czech Republic, it is overlooked by tourists. However, this city is a place to visit, rich in culture, history and with magnificent architecture. A walk will allow you to see churches from the 10th century and meet its inhabitants, who are as warm as they are welcoming. And if you’re a beer lover, you’ll have one more reason to fall in love with it. It is served at breakfast and is often the cheapest drink on the menu.
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