When it comes to European vacations, many of us consider Paris, Rome, or even Athens for a sightseeing getaway full of history. But for the more adventurous traveler, there is a seemingly endless list of fascinating destinations to visit. So here are some underrated European destinations you may not have considered but are definitely worth a visit.
The capital city of Malta is a fortress city built into Mount Sceberras peninsula in the mid 1500’s. It has many historical landmarks including statues, fountains, forts, and a cathedral. Valletta is also known for its gorgeous gardens.
The oldest continuously inhabited city in Romania, Constanța, was founded around 600 BC. It was revived in the 19th century by King Carol I as a port-side resort and features historical monuments, ancient ruins, and a museum. There is also a wonderful night life with many beach-side resort hotels.
Hungary’s most populated city has won many hearts for its beautiful destinations. From various historic buildings and sights, to parks, gardens, islands, and spas, Budapest will have something for everyone to enjoy. You can even enjoy a bus-boat tour of the city that goes off-road into the Danube River.
The second largest city in Sweden was founded in 1621 and is home to a myriad of cultural experiences. Along with historical and art museums, there is also an amusement park, and an indoor rainforest at Universium.
The capital of Finland is one of the most populated urban areas in the country and is home to many sights and sounds. The National Museum of Finland and Helsinki City Museum are two famous attractions for tourists and showcase various collections including the 500-year history of Helsinki itself. Along with museums, there are art galleries, orchestras, and cathedrals to view.
As the third largest city on the island of Ireland, this once walled city still shows many remnants of its medieval past in the town center. Sitting on the edge of the River Lee, the city has an array of museums, castles, and adventures to partake in.
Edinburgh has historical evidence of human inhabitants dating back to 8500 BC with a long history from then on. The gorgeous and historic scenery of this ancient city combined with its festivals, libraries, and galleries provides a unique experience for any traveler.
Home to a fourth century Diocletian’s Palace, Split is a city on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. This city combines history with modernity to offer an experience unlike any other. The beaches offer a scenic view and the main promenade on the Riva even has free Wi-Fi wherever you visit.
Granada sits at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is only an hour drive away from the coast of the Mediterranean. The mountains offer skiing and the city sits surrounded by rivers, giving it a breathtaking view from every angle.
The oldest region of Portugal is home of a UNESCO World Heritage site. This cultural hub of tradition and modernity boasts a palace, cathedral, and a famous tower. Also, the music and art scene are sure to spike your interest. Spend a relaxing day along the river enjoying many of the cafes the town has to offer.
Any of these off-the-beaten-path destinations offers rich European history with modern cultural activities and events. So try some of them out the next time you go to Europe and tell us what you thought!