Summer is coming and we have no doubt you’re already thinking about your next holiday. If you haven’t yet made any plans to get away, then perhaps this article can help you. Most people just choose the top tourist spots for their holiday. But why not try something new this summer?
Today, we compiled a list of 15 of the most beautiful yet underrated cities in Europe. You definitely should visit these places before they become too mainstream.
01. Bruges, Belgium
Gingerbread-like houses, picture-perfect romantic streets connected by arched bridges, and the expansive network of canals are what make Bruges ’the Venice of the North.’ Many people consider it one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and we willingly agree with them.
02. Sintra, Portugal
Amazingly bright and unusual, Sintra will make you believe that you’ve stepped into a fairy tale. With its pompous colorful castles and exotic gardens, this city is not to be missed.
03. Brasov, Romania
People don’t call Brasov ’The Pearl of Transylvania’ for nothing. Hidden somewhere in a valley between snow-capped mountains, it is a perfect place for those who like to unravel the secrets of ancient towns. Brasov looks like a city frozen in medieval times. Centuries-old fortresses, old houses with tiled roofs, and the clock tower chiming every hour create the atmosphere of peace and calm.
04. Gdansk, Poland
This old city sitting on the shores of the Baltic Sea has a unique atmosphere. From dozens of cozy coffee shops to numerous museums, fairs, and exhibitions, everyone will find something special for themselves here.
05. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The old bridge was the structure that divided the city into two parts — the Bosnian and the Croatian. Now Mostar is a unique place where eastern and western civilizations and cultures meet. This is felt not only in the architecture but also in the national cuisine and local traditions.
06. Bled, Slovenia
Bled is located at the foot of the Julian Alps, on the shores of one of the most picturesque lakes in the world. It is almost a meditative moment seeing the smooth surface of the lake in the early morning, with the mountain scenery reflected in the still water.
07. Novi Sad, Serbia
Known for its numerous museums, galleries, and monuments, it is no wonder Novi Sad is considered the cultural capital of Serbia. The symbol of Novi Sad is Petrovaradin Fortress, and it offers stunning views over the city and the Danube. You won’t regret your time spent in this charming town with colorful houses.
08. Koman, Albania
This unremarkable town is worth stopping at only in order to see the natural beauty of Komani lake. Azure water, picturesque shores covered with greenery — it seems you can’t find a more amazing place!
09. Ronda, Spain
This unique centuries-old city seems to be hovering over the precipice. It is wonderful to get lost in the town’s old streets while enjoying its unique atmosphere.
10. Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
With its fabulous atmosphere of paved roads and bridges, lovely houses, and hospitable people, it’s little wonder that this charming small city captivates the hearts of a great majority of its visitors.
11. Annecy, France
Time seems to stand still in this small town which is located on the shore of a lake. Take the opportunity to go on a walking tour around the town, and don’t forget to visit the old castle.
12. Porto, Portugal
The lively and cheerful atmosphere of the former capital of Portugal will charge you with energy and excitement. If you like the hustle and bustle of big cities, this place is just for you.
13. Bergamo, Italy
What makes Bergamo unique is that you can spend hours exploring its narrow ancient streets. And after a walking tour, make sure to visit one of the local restaurants…they have 250 types of pizza to choose from!
14. Bordeaux, France
This majestic city will make you enjoy its peaceful atmosphere. Sipping a glass of fine wine, you will learn how to enjoy every moment of your life.
15. Albarracin, Spain
Standing on the rocky ledges, this pink city looks like a fairy tale kingdom. Visit Albarracin and get lost in its narrow streets where time seems to stand still. It is an amazing experience.