Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than ever, you want to travel far from cities, away from crowds and stress. You long for freedom, nature, wide open spaces; you want to taste new flavours, meet new faces, discover new landscapes.
In contrast to globalisation and social distancing, you seek unique experiences in places free from mass tourism. Your next holiday will give you a chance to reconnect with nature and with yourself by staying in the best hidden gems in Europe.
1. Prokletije, Albania - Fondly known as the Albanian Alps, Prokletije is a gorgeous spot to visit when in the country. The highest place you'll find is the Maja Jezerce but the whole region is beautiful too. For some other stunning spots in Prokletije, head over to Rugova Canyon and the Valbona Valley.
2. Skiathos Island, Greece - Come breathe the fresh air of the sea and the scented smell of pines. The southwestern part of the island is very wooded, perfect for a walk.
From Athens you can reach Skiathos by plane in just 30 minutes. If you prefer the ferry to the plane, the crossing from the port of Volos or Agios Konstantinos will take two hours (there is no direct connection from the port of Athens).
3. Asturias and Covadonga convent, Spain - In the middle of Spain's north coast near the Bay of Biscay, is the Asturias region. It may be small in space, but it’s big on travel value. One-third of the Asturias region is protected and UNESCO has recognised four biosphere reserves within it. The beaches are uncrowded, there is plenty of hiking in complete wilderness as well as cities to explore and cultural highlights. The Covadonga Convent is is a must see and considered one of the most important historical locations in Spain.
4. Tallinn, Estonia - No longer the plaything of greater powers - Danish, Swedish, Polish, German and Soviet - Tallinn is now a proud European capital with an allure of its own. Its lively yet peaceful, absurdly photogenic and bursting with wonderful sights - ancient churches, medieval streetscapes and noble merchants houses. Throw in delightful food and vibrant modern culture and its no wonder Tallinn seems in danger of being loved to death.
5. Islet of Vila Franca Do Campo, Portugal - Facing the island of Sao Miguel, the main island of the Azores Archipelago, the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo will be the icing on the cake of your stay in the Azores. Only 1 kilometre from the coast, this small island is actually the visible part of an incredible underwater volcano. Crystal clear waters and a small beach await you in this unique little corner of paradise.
Have you been to any of these ‘best’ hidden gems in Europe?
If so, let us know which is your favourite! If not, we hope some of these places have made their way onto your bucket list!
These hidden gems in Europe come in all shapes and sizes and are only 5 of a list of many such hidden gems. We hope this article peaked your interest and introduced you to a few under-the-radar destinations and hidden vacation spots in Europe.
At Viaje Tours and Travels, we will organise the trip of your dreams to the least explored parts of Europe. All you've got to do is pack your bags and leave the rest to us!