The hidden gems of Europe
Travelling around Europe will lead you to discover some of the most beautiful places in the world. Whenever you’re travelling around Europe it is important to carry a European health card with you, on top of your travel insurance so as to take full advantage of any medical facilities if the need arises. If you’re looking for something a little different to a standard trip to London, Rome, Paris and Berlin, then these hidden gems in Europe are definitely worth the visit.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre offers one of the best preserved natural and semi-natural areas of the Mediterranean. With excessive housing or major roadways forbidden in the area, its untouched beauty is unrivalled in Italy. Cinque Terre is home to a network of stone walls that is so extensive it is almost equal to the likes of the famous Great Wall of China. Combined with a crystal clear sea and architecturally interesting paths, it is one of the best places in Italy to visit if you’re looking for a hidden gem in Europe.
Kokkari is a village on the Samos Island of Greece, and the traditional fishing harbour has retained its authentic look over the years with its small houses and lanes full of flowers. With a quaint harbour, a beautiful pebble beach and green mountains surrounding the village, it is one of the most magical parts of Greece. In ancient times Samos was a particularly rich and powerful city-state and the island was the birthplace of the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, the philosopher Epicurus and the astronomer Aristarchus of Samos who was the first known individual to propose that the Earth revolves around the sun. Kokkari is in an area surrounded by history and mythology and is one of the best hidden gems Europe has to offer.
Many visitors to Bohinj believe that it is the most beautiful lake in the world and is in many ways more authentic than the famous Lake Bled. Bohinj is far less of a tourist destination than Bled, with its clear water ideal for swimming and water sports such as kayaking. The surrounding area is also great for hiking or simply walking around in a serene and peaceful location. If you’re looking for some culture, then some of the villages to the northeast of the lake have remained faithful to their traditional dairy herding and farming occupations.
Hvar offers a unique combination of culture, history and Mediterranean nature, giving birth to a picturesque and luxurious city. While it is very dedicated to tourism, it is by no means overcrowded with tourists and is easily one of the most beautiful islands in the world. With numerous beaches, glamorous nightlife, winding stone streets and beautiful Gothic palaces, Hvar definitely should not be missed by anyone looking for Europe’s hidden gems.
Although it is located within the Arctic Circle, the archipelago experiences one of the worlds’ largest elevated temperature anomalies and has the largest positive temperature anomaly in the world. It is home to dramatic mountains, open sea and untouched lands and beaches which makes it one of the most unspoilt parts of the world. There are a huge network of trails for hikers to discover, sea kayaking tours perfect for exploring hidden coves and islets and countless beautiful ports perfect to catch a boat for some of the best whale watching in the world. The sun doesn’t set in Lofoten during the summer so time can seem endless in this magical place.
Sintra was once a royal sanctuary, near the city of Lisbon. The resort town rests in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains and is known for its distinguishing palaces and castle. Sintra is a fairytale-like town with mist-soaked forests, turreted palaces and various castle ruins and is steeped in history and beauty. The Pena Palace is the standout monument, painted in vivid colours with decorative towers and battlements and an equally as fascinating on the inside.