There are always unearthed gems hidden deep under, and when they are dug out, many a times they outshine the dazzle of all the previous ones. Quite like that is the enigma of the hidden lands. The European continent, which boasts of some super popular tourist destinations like Venice, Paris, London et al, has in its lap many a less traversed places too, that promise to offer unmatched, unadulterated beauty and soul-soothing environs. These places are no less than any of the always-in-the-limelight counterparts.
Here is a list of such best kept secrets that you’d rather wish to unravel in your European Travel:
1. Krakow in Poland:
This southern city is undoubtedly the prettiest of all in Poland, with a well-preserved medieval past.Fascinating architectural delights, cozy cafes, art, theater and music - the cultural center of Poland, offers the visitors immense scope of exploration and amusement. The Wavel Castle, Market Square, St. Mary’s Basilica are some of the recommended places to go to.
2. Istria in Croatia:
Never heard of the place? Well, Istria is peninsular land in the Adriatic Sea that is a part of three countries - Croatia (having the major area), Slovenia and Italy. The beautiful coastline is needless to say the most charming attractions, however, the hilltop villages, farmhouse restaurants and the buildings that reflect the great Roman architecture are no less a delight to the eye. Summers are the best time to make your visit to this place.
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3. Rotterdam in Netherlands:
Marvel the unique modern architecture, have a drink or sip some coffee in the sidewalk bars or cafes. Rotterdam is a fitting contrast to the old world charm of Amsterdam reflecting the ambition of future. Enjoy some canal surfing,do visit the Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, Erasmus University, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, the The Euromast and explore the nightlife. You are sure to have an exhilarating experience.
4. Ponza Island in Italy:
This hidden island of Italy is one of the best places for a peaceful getaway. The island offers spellbound vistas of the azure Tyrrhenian Sea. It is one of the best place to satiate your craving for seafood. The historic grandeur of the man-made caves is another attraction, which offer a rare feast of underwater swimming too so keep a snorkel mask with you. It is a delight for adventure seekers to tread the rocky terrains and then sunbathing on the beach.
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5. Valletta in Malta:
Spectacular views and countless monuments define this small capital city of Malta.The city is rich in sites to explore and see, and is affectionately remarked as “a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen.” You can easily stroll around and make your way to the famous cathedrals, palaces and forts. Some must visit places would be National Museum of Archaeology, the National War Museum, Fort St. Elmo, the Barrakka Gardens among others.
So what’s stopping you from exploring the bounties the lovely European continent. Book your tickets and add some interesting chapters in your travel diaries.
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