Europe is one of the most beautiful sightseeing destinations for travellers from all over the world. You can visit so many different places within a span of 3-4 months. Besides the food, cultures, and sights of Europe you get to meet so many people from different places. Like you they are there to cure their sense of wanderlust. But for the woman who wants to see places besides Paris and Venice, it may be hard to narrow her destinations down. Here are five beautiful yet underrated places that are truly worth checking off your bucket list.
Santorini is one of Greece’s most gorgeous islands. This island is charming with its white washed buildings with blue tops overlooking the cerulean Aegean sea. The atmosphere and the people are relaxed and the food is amazing. Rent an ATV and see the entire island within a day or two for only 20-30 euro. The stunning views and the black sand beaches are well worth it. If you’re feeling adventurous, the day cruise around the volcano is a must.
Food: chicken gyro, Greek salad
Destinations: Fira, Oia (where the famous sunset pictures are captured), Black Sand Beach, the Caldera
The entirety of Switzerland is absolutely breathtaking so narrowing it down to one city is hard. Besides Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland has an abundance of beautiful views. Take the train from Lauterbrunnen up 3,466 m ASL to Jungfraujoch the highest accessible point in Europe. For storybook beauty, visit Lucerne. If you want an incredible view, visit Interlaken where you will see lake-locked villages situated in the Swiss Alps.
Food: Swiss chocolate, Swiss cheese, cheese fondue
Destinations: Jungfraujoch – Ice Palace, Lucerne – The Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge, Interlaken
Istanbul recently has become extremely popular due to the rise of entertainment. With its gorgeous architecture and location by the Black Sea, it is one of the most unique Eastern European cities. You can walk the streets and experience the rich culture while enjoying Turkish delights. Take some time to explore the Grand Bazaar where you can buy beautiful jewelry. Dedicate a day to appreciate the mosques and museums. Istanbul will make you feel like you’re in another continent.
Foods: Baklava, Karniyarik, Kebaps
Destinations: Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower
Barcelona is one of the most visited places in Europe because of its beautiful people and culture. The different sights and Gothic architecture truly add to the experience. Take a peak at the Barri Gòtic see the old city for a historical view. Wander in Park Güell in Gràcia to see beautiful Catalan architecture. Walk the busy streets of La Rambla or find a restaurant for tapas. This is one of the best places to explore and enrich yourself with the Spanish culture.
Foods: Paella, Tapas
Destinations: Park Güell, Barri Gòtic, La Rambla, Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
Budapest is one of Europe’s largest cities full of youthful souls, nightlife, and relaxation. Explore caves, visit coffee shops or enjoy the performing arts. If relaxing is your thing, Budapest is known as one of the capital spa locations due to the thermal springs abundant throughout. Treat yourself to one of the many traditional baths offered in the city. For the ultimate cultural experience, go in August for the Sziget festival for live rock music and culinary treats.
Foods: Goulash, Paprikás (a ragout made of pork), Túrós táska (breakfast pastry filled with cottage cheese)
Destinations: Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Shoes on Danube Bank, Széchenyi thermal bath
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