Europe is a continent that never fails to impress. There are certain cities and beaches that must be visited, areas that everyone has on their ‘Bucket List’. But you will never understand the true joy of travelling unless you find those little spots that speak to you; places that fewer people are aware of and that you can enjoy in their purity. Quick! Pack your bags and visit these hidden gems in Europe before the typical touristy crowd gets their first!
Discover 12 hidden gems in europe
The Lofoten Islands, Norway
These islands off the coast of Norway are home to the most incredible natural scenery. You can kayak between the mountainous islands, watch the Northern Lights or explore the quaint fishing villages built on sticks.
Lake Héviz, Hungary
This beautiful location is the world’s second biggest thermal lake. Thermal lakes are created by hot springs 40m below that create a suitable temperature to bathe in all year round. Many enjoy treatments in the spa built floating on the lake, and the water is known to have therapeutic properties.
The Crooked Forest, West Pomerania, Poland
To this day, no one knows why this incredible collection of trees is shaped this way. The peculiar pine forest remains a beautiful mystery hidden in Poland. It is assumed someone purposefully made them grow this way – possibly for timber for boats.
La Laguna de Torrevieja, Spain
Also known as the ‘Pink Lake’ (for obvious reasons), this Spanish salt lake is full of micro-algae that give it this ‘other-worldly’ colour. Despite its weird colour you can still swim and float in this bizarre water!
Christ of the Abyss, Portofino, Italy
Take a swim in Italy to experience the surreal sight of a statue looking up at you from the deep.
The Cappadocia Valley, Turkey
Though some may not count this as technically ‘European’, the combination of breathtaking landscapes and unparalleled architecture make Cappadocia a ‘must-have’ on your travel bucket list. Apart from the temples and houses built in the rock, there is even an entire underground city. If tunnelling doesn’t interest you, you can take an air balloon to see the city from above.
Usually we associate a trip to Greece with whitewashed houses and beaches, but this spectacular mountainous region shows that there is another side to the country. Is it considered a holy place, which is why the mountains are dotted with monasteries.
If you enjoy quaint little villages with preserved traditions, visit this small Italian region where the cone-shaped houses (names ‘trulli’) have remained intact since the 19th century. Many still have symbols painted on the roofs as part of the tradition of the vineyard or farm labourers who lived there.
Sweethaven Village, Mellieha, Malta
If you’re thinking that this looks like a scene from a storybook, you’re right! This village was built as a movie set for Popeye, and it is now open for visitors to come and enjoy the shacks and the beautiful bay.
Salina Turda, Transylvania, Romania
This enormous 17th century salt mine was originally carved deep in the earth by hand and has been converted into a museum, complete with boats to navigate the tunnels. There are attractions and rides among the original machinery.
Blagaj Tekija, Bosnia & Herzegovina
The small town of Blagaj is situated at the mouth of a stream where an old Dervish monastery (Tekija) is one of the most beautiful hidden gems in europe. With Ottoman influences in its architecture, the town itself has an interesting history and is surrounded by natural beauty.
Lake Reschen, Tyrol, Italy
In the early 20th century, the village of Reschen was flooded, leaving all of the buildings underwater. Only the church spire is visible, and in winter the lake freezes over and it is possible to walk over to the tower and inspect it up close!
Where is your favourite location ‘off the beaten track’? Have you visited any of these hidden gems in europe? Let us know in the comments!
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