The European locations that are definitely under the radar
Looking for destinations that are still to be discovered by the masses? We have some tips.
Barcelona, Rome, Athens, Berlin – there are many fascinating cities in Europe that enjoy great popularity among travellers, but that also can be off-putting as crowds of tourists often roll through the pedestrian zones and every corner is explored. So, why not consider some lesser-known locations as an alternative to the major destinations.
Falstaff has some guidance for European trips that are (still) under the radar.
The picturesque town of Monschau, located in the heart of the Eifel, is like something out of a storybook. The colourful half-timbered houses, narrow streets and historic mustard mill add to the town’s charm. The River Rur meanders gently through the town, adding an idyllic touch to the scenery, while a walk to Monschau Castle, which towers majestically over the town, offers an unforgettable view.
Ronda is known for its stunning location on a steep cliff in the Andalusian countryside, with the famous Puente Nuevo, a bridge spanning the deep El Tajo Canyon, offering spectacular views. The Moorish baths and the bullring are other highlights of this historic town, with Ronda a true paradise for lovers of history and culture.
Kinsale, a historic port town on the southern coast of Ireland, is known for its colourful streets and excellent restaurants. With a rich history that can be experienced at the Kinsale Regional Museum and a vibrant arts scene, the town offers much to explore. The surrounding green hills and azure sea offer a natural beauty that is second to none.
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
This charming town, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is like stepping back in time to the Middle Ages. Cesky Krumlov's mighty castle, with its impressive round tower and Baroque theatre, dominates the townscape. The Vltava River, which meanders through the town, offers a beautiful panorama, while the many galleries and craft shops add to its charm.
Pitigliano, also known as “Little Jerusalem”, sits spectacularly on a tufa rock in Tuscany, with narrow streets, stone-carved houses and historic synagogues all telling stories of times gone by. A walk through the surrounding ‘vie cave’ (ancient Etruscan streets) is an unforgettable experience, and the local food and wine, especially Bianco di Pitigliano, are a treat for the palate.
Dinant, situated on the banks of the Meuse, is a city of rare beauty. The landmark Notre Dame Cathedral and the citadel that towers high above Dinant are well worth a visit, and a walk along the Meuse offers picturesque views. As the birthplace of the saxophone, Dinant also has an interesting music museum.
This charming Finnish spot is known for its colourful wooden houses and medieval cathedral, while the red barns along the Porvoo River are a popular photo motif. The old town offers many small shops, galleries and cafés that invite you to linger. In Porvoo you can experience the peace and serenity of the Finnish lifestyle.
Often referred to as the “Venice of the Alps”, Annecy is captivating with its picturesque canals and flower-strewn streets. The turquoise waters of Lac d'Annecy and the snow-capped peaks of the surrounding mountains provide a stunning backdrop. The Château d'Annecy, which towers high above the city, and the old town are highlights worth seeing, with a boat trip on the lake an ideal way to enjoy the natural beauty of the region.
This charming Algarve town is a maze of narrow cobbled streets, ancient bridges and traditional Portuguese houses. The numerous churches and the Roman bridge spanning the River Gilão give Tavira a unique charm, and the nearby sandy beaches and warm climate make Tavira an ideal destination for those seeking relaxation.
Eger, known for its majestic castle, magnificent baroque buildings and renowned wines, is one of Hungary's most beautiful cities. The thermal baths and Turkish minaret are reminders of its Ottoman past, and a tasting in the famous wine cellars of the Valley of Beautiful Women is a must. The friendly locals and lively culture make Eger an unforgettable destination.