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5 Off The Beaten Path Destinations To Visit On Your Next Trip To Europe!

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If you are planning that dream Europe trip, one of the best things to do is to avoid the most popular travel destinations and look for destinations that offer something unique, awe-inspiring and authentic. Europe is one of the most incredible travel destinations in the world. Hundreds of thousands of tourist travel frequently to this part of the world annually because of its friendly weather, amazing landscape, stunning cities and it also presents the least amount of barriers for visitors from other continents including Asia, Africa, and South America. It is also considered one of the easiest destinations for travel. Travelling off the beaten path locations in Europe is highly recommended as it offers a feeling of authenticity and amazing fun. Here is a list of my favorite, somewhat off the beaten path destinations you shouldn’t miss out on visiting on your next trip to Europe.

Bled, Slovenia
Slovenia is home to just one island but its uniqueness makes it an amazing place to visit and more attractive when compared to an archipelago. Its vibrant atmosphere, charm, and beauty make tourists from different parts of the world want to return for more remarkable experience. Well known for its beautiful health spa, incredible walking trails, lovely guest houses and hotels, castle treasures, beautiful golf courses as well as breathtaking water sport activities such as fishing, swimming, and diving among others, Bled is an attractive destination truly worth experiencing.

Bled, Slovenia

Motovun – Montona, Croatia
Located in the northern part of Istria Croatia, Motovun-Montona is the most beautiful and popular medieval town of Istria that draws thousands of tourists annually. The town is a very popular destination among visitors and business travelers and for this reason there are loads of magnificent accommodations available in the town center to cater to their needs. If you are looking for the perfect destination in Europe to relax and participate in several colorful events including ballooning events and other festivals, there’s no better place than Motovun-Montona. This captivating hilltop town is also home to plenty of magnificent attractions such as the Romanesque Municipal Palace, Motovun Forest, and Mirna River Valley.

Motovun, Croatia by Jeroen

Sintra, Portugal
Sometimes referred to the Disneyland for grown-ups, Sintra is one of the must-visit destinations which lies on the Atlantic coast of Portugal. Spend your vacation time during your trip to Portugal exploring the excellent seafood restaurants, white-sand beaches and woodlands, and you’ll discover that there’s more than enough to do here. One of the places to visit during your vacation in this historic town is the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park which comprises of wooded hillsides, sand dunes and vineyards. Due to its outstanding castles, extraordinary palaces and lovely buildings, the town of Sintra is a perfect destination for day-trippers from Lisbon.

Azinheiras do Mar landscape, fishing village with colorful houses of fishermen at sunset in Azenhas do Mar, Colares, Sintra, Portugal.

San Sebastian, Spain
Are you looking for the best place to experience true Spanish culture when planning a trip to Spain? No place can be far better than San Sebastian. It offers vibrant atmosphere, beautiful and also the least popular resort for Spanish royals. Beautiful beaches and exotic food makes San Sebastian one of the most amazing travel destinations to visit in Spain.

San Sebastian, Spain

Bordeaux, France
Often described as the sleeping beauty of France, Bordeaux is a destination of class and remarkable fun. Renowned all over the world for its quality wines, there is no better destination in Europe than a France itinerary which includes wine and dine in Bordeaux. Newlyweds and couples will find this incredible town amazing as it offers stunning architecture and romantic evenings all through. Visit the Rue Saint Catherine to shop for great gift items and souvenirs.

Bordeaux, France

Piran, Slovenia
Piran is considered one of the Mediterranean most photogenic cities in Slovenia to visit. Its rich history and unique culture draw visitors all around the world including culture lovers and history lovers. Your vacation in this city makes you feel as though you’ve entered into a picture postcard. Piran’s main square features the statue of Giuseppe Tartini, a very popular composer and virtuoso violinist in the city. One of the must-have memories is having coffee, lunch or dinner with locals in any of the great restaurants. Another top attraction is the pier where visitors can watch fishermen unraveling a fishing net. There are lots of cultural and art establishments in the city worth exploring such as coastal galleries, Tartini theatre, Maritime museum and aquarium.

Skyline of Piran during sunset, Slovenia

Each of these incredible destinations in Europe has something a little different to offer, but they all have a feeling of uniqueness and authenticity. These destinations are affordable, easy to navigate and highly recommended for tourists looking for authentic travel through Europe. We wish you the best of luck on your journey, and in case you’re actually dreaming of an Italy travel itinerary – Start planning your perfect trip with us today!”


The Routeperfect team

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