When you think about taking a trip to Europe, what destinations come to mind right away?
Well, the chances are that you've just thought about Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. If you've researched the topic before, such options as Czechia, Greece, and Russia might pop up on your list as well.
But surely Europe has so much more to offer than these well-known and traveled through the length and breadth of destinations.
Whether you are a seasoned traveler who is looking for new ideas or just seeking some inspiration for your upcoming off-the-beaten-track European vacation, you've come to the right place. Let's have a look at a few underrated countries that can offer no less than their in-the-spotlight comrades.
A shy neighbor of Greece and Croatia, amazing Albania doesn't get nearly as many visitors, and is not quite clear why. It boasts a fascinating historical heritage, amazing landscapes, and delicious food and wine, offering everyone something to taste. It works for both beach holidays and sightseeing programs and is home to hundreds of ancient castles, old inspiring churches, west national parks, perfect for hiking trips, and cozy resort towns.
As you can see, it's a really great place to consider if you are looking for a not-in-the-public-eye destination that will steal your heart.
Land of the sun, green hills, old churches, endless vineyards, and amazing vine… No, it's not Italy's Tuscany region, although your confusion is understandable. This enduring combination can be used to describe lovely Moldova as well.
Although it's a rare guest on the travelers' bucket lists, it's one of the places that deserve your attention. There is so much to see and do there that one trip is hardly enough to explore all Moldova's gems. But if you have time for one sightseeing trip only, have a closer look at Orheiul Vechi, one of the oldest Christian monasteries on our planet, boasting more than 2000-year history.
Keep in mind that it's located on the top of a hill, so this tour guarantees not only an amazing cultural experience but some physical activity and mind-blowing views as well!
The location of this country is both amazing and misfortune at the same time. In the heart of Europe, neighboring Switzerland and Austria, what can possibly go wrong?
Well, the problem is that Liechtenstein is tiny and is completely overshadowed by its amazing neighbors. Nevertheless, it is the perfect destination for the lovers of active holidays and hiking enthusiasts, as this country is home to amazing valleys, winding mountain trails, and inspiring valleys.
Liechtenstein is so small that it doesn't have an airport but serves one railway line going from Austria to Switzerland (you can find more information on trains in Central Europe on rail.ninja).
There is no doubt that you've heard about the microstate in Italy, one-of-a-kind Vatican, attracting thousands of tourists every year. You simply can't go to Rome without visiting this sacred place. But do you know about the other European ministates enclaved by Italy?
Sun-kissed Sun Marino is nestled in the South of Italy and can offer you no less than the Motherland of pizza and Sophia Loren. Just as striking views, old castles and churches, atmospheric medieval streets, amazing cuisine are only a fraction of the reasons why San Marino should go on your bucket list. Plus, the prices in this lovely city are much lower, as it is not spoiled by tourist attention.
Set on the shore of the Baltic Sea, Latvia is a country in northeastern Europe. It's one more example of the undeservedly ignored travel destinations. Latvia is famous for its stunning beaches and enchanting forests, but the natural wonders are not the only reason to add the country to your travel bucket list.
The stunning art nouveau architecture, medieval Old Town, authentic churches, and fascinating museums are also excellent reasons to have a closer look at this charming place.
As you can see, Europe truly has a lot to offer. And to truly see all its colors, you need to look beyond the popular travel destinations! And our list is a great place to start planning your unforgettable adventure. No matter if you use the help of travel agencies such as Firebird Tours or organize your vacations by yourself, don't miss your chance to see Europe as you've never done before.