Some of the most memorable travel experiences can often be found off the beaten path where you can avoid swarms of tourists and can take in the sights and sounds without interruption. To help you discover some of Europe’s overlooked destinations, we’ve asked expert travelers to recommend the most unique destinations they’ve visited in their travels.
Check out the list of the 5 hidden European destinations you should add to your next road trip itinerary.
|Cap de Creus Natural Park ~ Spain Independent Travel Cat's Pick||Abbazia di San Galgano ~ Italy FTLO Travel's Pick||Oradour Sur Glane ~ France Finding The Universe's Pick|
|Macocha Abyss ~Czech Republic 1000 Fight's Pick||Villa Aldobrandini ~ Italy Christina Cucina's Pick|
"This natural park is a beautiful windswept place that is the perfect place to connect with nature and get some exercise in the area. The coastal park is full of cliffs, forests, meadows, and coves, offering numerous scenic hiking opportunities. The wind-eroded rocks have been formed into dozens of shapes and were a source of inspiration for Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí."Location: Costa Brava, Spain
"The Abbazia di San Galgano (Abbey of San Galgano) in the heart of Tuscany is about as hidden-gem like as you can get. Despite being one of the most beautiful, serene places I’ve ever been to, it’s rural location has managed to keep it off the tourist track. In fact, the last time I was there, I was the only visitor in the whole place! As an added bonus, the small church just up the hill claims to house the fabled sword in the stone!"Location: Tuscany, Italy
"One of our favorite off the beaten path activities is rafting the Macocha Abyss. Located an hour away the town of Brno, Czech Republic, is an incredible cave network that you are able to take a raft to explore. The cave formations and waterfalls are stunning."Location: Blansko, Czech Republic
"This village isn't that well known, but it is an incredibly moving place to visit in the Limoges region of France. During World War II, it was the site of the worse civilian massacre in war-time France, with 642 of its inhabitants killed by a retreating German SS company. The village has been preserved in exactly the state it was left on that day, as a memorial to those who lost their lives, and is a somber, yet essential, place to visit to get a sense of the devastation of the war in France."Location: France
"A 16th century villa, still owned by the original family, sits high on a hill overlooking the historic wine-making town of Frascati, and Rome beyond. Gardens are free to explore and well worth the steep walk up to the villa. The mythological statues and detailed features in the once glorious fountains will awe all who gaze upon them. The villa and water features were damaged in World War II and never completely repaired."Location: Frascati, Italy