For many people, traveling in Europe is a dream come true. However, the cities mentioned in most travel guides are very common and very, very crowded all year long. Many of them also serve as tourist traps, since they overcharge you and keep you from seeing the real beauties. There are many cities around Europe that don’t get the attention they deserve and that’s probably for the best. They have affordable accomodations, food and drinks and their landscapes and museums will not overcharge you to visit them. So, maybe next time you decide to trip around Europe, you can take these 12 cities into serious consideration, since you will not meet large crowds of tourists that will be bothering you all the time.
1. Edinburgh, Scotland
Not only Edinburgh is magnificently beautiful, but it offers quite cheap accomodation and reasonable plane fares. Fortunately for you, most people are too busy traveling to England and London that they don’t bother going a bit northern.
2. Belfast, Ireland
Belfast is another place to enjoy the unlimited natural beauty. While it is considered as one of the poorest cities in Europe, this shouldn’t keep you from visiting it. It has a great number of great pubs and don’t forget that Game of Thrones and Star Wars filmed many scenes in the entire country.
3. Girona, Spain
Everyone is so busy visiting Barcelona that they forget all about Girona. This small medieval town has stayed away from the giant tourist crowds that Barcelona attracts. It is a low-key destination for those who love history and want to enjoy some quiet time.
4. Brno, Czech Republic
Brno might not be as famous as Prague, but it is surely a good choice for a trip. Its wine scene has been evolving for the past few years and for those interested in food, its gastronomic scene is also on the rise.
5. Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn is known for its extremely low prices in everything. People from Finland will go there just to get cigarettes and go back again. If you’re planning on spending just the weekend there, you might not need to spend more that $100.
6. Azores Islands, Portugal
Its not just the beauty and the remoteness of the the islands that will make you lose time, but also the great food that even Anthony Bourdain noticed in one of his trips. The prices on the island are very affordable and the most expensive thing will be the airplane ticket.
7. Krakow, Poland
Krakow is famous for its beautiful architecture and its history. It’s also very attractive to tourists for its very low prices when it comes to living cost. How would you like it to have to pay only 2 euros for your morning coffee?
8. Vilnius, Lithuania
Vilnius might not be the most impressive city in all Europe, but it has many beautiful sights and it can offer you luxurious accomodation in affordable prices. The bus fares are pretty low and you can easily use them to transfer throughout the city.
9. Riga, Latvia
One of Riga’s most popular sightings in the Motormuseum that showcases amazing pieces of automobiles. There are plenty historical landscapes, including museums and the city itself is a piece of art.
10. Lille, France
France is one of the most popular destinations in the world and especially its capital, Paris. However, many people get disappointed by Paris, since they expect something a lot more spectacular than they actually get. If you want some real beauty and not keep bumping on tourist groups, you can be the exception and travel to Lille.
11. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is truly a magnificent old town, with limestone streets, baroque buildings and a beautiful view of the Adriatic sea. A simple walk at the streets of the city will make you fall in love with it and you will truly appreciate its historical value.
12. Palma de Majorca, Spain
This historical town dates back to the 13th century and everything will remind you of its past. There are many galleries, restaurants and bars and it is perfect for couples. You will definitely not see large crowds of tourists roaming around the streets.
Our world and has endless choices when it comes to traveling. While it is worth your money and time to visit the most famous places around the world, there are also many other, smaller places and cities that you need to discover and walk through. You must have heard before that beauty is in the smaller things.