Underrated European Destinations

13 May Underrated European Destinations

Everyone knows about the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the gorgeous beaches in the south of France, the fantastic shopping paradises in Milan. However, there are plenty of other places in Europe that tourists often overlook. Here is a list of precious gems that you may avoid over-prices meals and long lines of people.

1. Porto, Portugal

It is hard not to fall in love with the romantic Porto. Located on the coast of the Rio Douro, the portside town is a melting pot of colours and architectural styles; from the pastel townhouses to the medieval bell towers, the extravagant and flamboyant churches to the classical beaux-arts state buildings.

=What to Do=

 

Douro – River, wine, vineyard, winetasting

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Palacio da Bolsa – Neoclassical landmark

Address: R. de Ferreira Borges, 4050-253 Porto, Portugal

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Clerigos Church – City views from monumental baroque tower

Address: R. de São Filipe de Nery, 4050-546 Porto, Portugal

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=Where to Stay=

Ocean View Oporto Foz ($$$$)

Address: Avenida do Brasil, 538, Aldoar – Foz do Douro – Nevogilde, 4150-153 Porto, Portugal

Porto White City Lofts ($$$$)

Address: Rua Santa Catarina 444, 4000-444 Porto, Portugal

Dukes Corner Guest House ($$)

Address: Rua Duque da Terceira 93, Bonfim, 4000-535 Porto, Portugal

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=What to Eat=

Dama Pe de Cabra ($$)

Address: Passeio de Sao Lazaro, 5, Porto 4000-507, Portugal

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O Paparico ($$$)

Address: Rua de Costa Cabral 2343, Porto 4200 232, Portugal

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Wine Quay Bar ($$$)

Address: Muro dos Bacalhoeiros, 111 e 112, Porto 4050-080, Portugal

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2. Heidelberg, Germany

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Located in the valley of the Odenwald Mountains and on the banks of the River Neckar, Heidelberg is a picturesque and romantic German city. Heidelberg Castle is the most notable landmark in the city. The city is also known for its historical “old town”, the Philosopher’s Walk up the nearby mountains, many historic churches and the University of Heidelberg.

 

=What to Do=

 

Heidelberg Castle – 16th-century ruined castle

Address: Schlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

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Konigstuhl – Hiking, nature

Address: Königstuhl, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

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Church of the Holy Spirit, Heidelberg

Address: Marktpl., 69115 Heidelberg, Germany

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=Where to Stay=

 

Zweite Heimat Heidelberg ($$$)

Address: Gaisbergstr. 29, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany

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Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg ($$)

Address: Pleikartsförster Str. 101, 69124 Heidelberg, Germany

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NH Heidelberg ($$$$)

Address: Bergheimer Str. 91, Bergheim, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany

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=What to Eat=

 

Schnitzelbank

Address: Bauamtsgasse7, 69117 Heidelberg, BadenWurttemberg, Germany

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Vinothek Restaurant Oskar

Address: Haspelgasse 5, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

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Palmbrau Gasse

Address: Hauptstrasse 185 | 69117 Heidelberg, 69117 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

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3. Utrecht, Netherlands

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While Amsterdam is still the choice city for individuals looking to visit the Netherlands, visitors to the country may want to consider Utrecht City, Netherlands.

Bridge across canal in the historic center of Utrecht

Built along a canal, Utrecht has a high student population to keep the city young while also undergoing a series of growth. Despite this, the city is still with great historical character, a shopping centre, museums, and cobbled streets that make it impressionable to any age group.

=What to Do=

Dom Tower of Utrecht – Gothic bell tower with 465 steps

Address: Domplein 21, 3512 JC Utrecht, Netherlands

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St Martin’s Cathedral, Utrecht

Address: Achter de Dom 1, 3512 JN Utrecht, Netherlands

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Museum Speelklok

Address: Steenweg 6, Utrecht, Netherlands

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=Where to Stay=

 

B&B de Singel ($$$)

Address: Wittevrouwensingel 86C, 3572 CD Utrecht, Netherlands

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Apartment Maurits ($$$)

Address: Mauritsstraat 30 , 3583 HR Utrecht, Netherlands

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Apartment Berend Utrecht ($$$$$)

Address: Nieuwegracht a/d Werf 20, City Center, 3512 LR Utrecht, Netherlands

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=What to Eat=

 

Frietwinkel

Address: Vinkenburgstraat 10, 3512AB Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Meneer Smakers

Address: Nobelstraat 143 | Twijnstraat 62, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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American Steakhouse Broadway

Address: Oudegracht 139 a/d Werf, 3511 AJ Utrecht, The Netherlands

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4. Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade is like stepping inside a time warp that is slightly moving forward, but holding on to the past. It is a very eclectic city with a great vibe for the young adults especially.

=What to Do=

 

Nikola Tesla Museum

Address: Krunska 51, Beograd 11000, Serbia

Ruzica Church

Address: Stari Grad, Beograd, Serbia

Avala Tower

Address: Beli Potok, Serbia

 

 

=Where to Stay=

 

Gala Luxury Suites ($$$$)

Address: Cumiceva 2, Stari Grad, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Hotel Moskva ($$$$$)

Address: Balkanska 1, Stari Grad, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Square Nine Hotel Belgrade ($$$$$)

Address: Studentski trg 9, Stari Grad, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

=What to Eat=

 

Toro Latin Gastrobar

Address: Ulica Karadjordjeva 2-4 | BetonHala, Belgrade 11000, Serbia

Casa Nova

Address: Gospodar Jovanova 42a, Belgrade 11000, Serbia

Gradska

Address: Mike Alasa 54 | Beograd, Belgrade 11000, Serbia

 

 

5. Bibury, England

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London gets all of the headlines as the tourist destination for those visiting the UK. However, Bibury can be a great weekend trip for those looking to relax and take in the best of nature that UK has to offer. Bibury does not draw tourists in by the restaurants or tourist attractions; it presents itself the way it is. From horseback riding to the picturesque Arlington Row, Bibury is ready for you to discover.

 

=What to Do=

 

Arlington Row

Address: Arlington Row, Bibury GL7 5NJ, England

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Bibury Trout Farm

Address: Arlington, Bibury GL7 5NL, England

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St Mary’s Church

Address: St Mary’s, Bibury, England

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=Where to Stay=

 

The Swan Hotel ($$$)

Address: Bibury, Bibury, GL7 5NW, United Kingdom

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Barnsley House Hotel ($$$$)

Address: Barnsley, Cirencester, GL7 5EE, United Kingdom

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The Wheatsheaf Inn ($$$)

Address: West End, Northleach, Gloucestershire, Northleach, GL54 3EZ, United Kingdom

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=What to Eat=

 

Catherine Wheel

Address: Arlington Row, Bibury GL7 5ND, England

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Swan Brasserie

Address: The Swan Hotel, Bibury GL7 5NW, England

Bibury Court Afternoon Tea

Address: Bibury Court Hotel, Bibury, England

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