10 Of The Best Alternative Cities In Europe

Europe’s best kept secret cities!

These incredible hidden gems in Europe are just waiting to be visited! Add these to your inter railing itineraries, or just snap them up on a weekend city break. Either way, discover all that Europe has to offer with these off the radar cities.

1. Portofino, Italy.

Portofino in Italy
Portofino in Italy

The small fishing village on the Italian Riviera is home to many unknown treasures. Not just a quaint and picturesque town, Portofino houses ‘Christ Of The Abyss’, a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ.The lux Mediterranean area attracts some serious boating culture with Super yachts a frequent occurrence.

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2. Piran, Slovenia.

Piran, Slovenia.
Piran, Slovenia

Quite probably one of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean. The idyllic town of Piran sits perfectly on the tip of this Slovenian peninsula. It’s in a picture postcard position along the Adriatic coastline, filled with narrow streets and quaint architecture.

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3. Hvar, Croatia.

Hvar, Croatia.
Hvar, Croatia

This Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea offers tourists and travelers its 13th-century walls, a hilltop fortress and finally the main square anchored by the Renaissance-era. Hvar town combines a unique fusion of luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich culture, and historical heritage.

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4. Dinant, Belgium.

Dinant, Belgium.
Dinant, Belgium

The city of Dinant is situated in Belgium’s Walloon Region. On the banks of the Meuse River and backed by steep cliffs it is a beautiful city to visit in both Summer and Winter months. Many visitors are drawn to the area for the network of  2,000km of signposted trails, a great river, the Meuse, offering a wide range of activities, and a rich historic past.

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5. Sveti Stefan, Montenegro.

Sveti Stefan, MontenegroSveti Stefan coastline in Montenegro

Not only is Sveti Stefan an unusual and unique town in Montenegro but in the whole Mediterranean. It stands along Budva’s Riviera, attached to the coast by a narrow isthmus. This charming seaside hideaway pairs cobbled lanes, shaded courtyards and 600-year-old red-tiled roofs with three pink-sand beaches. The perfect secluded getaway!

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6. Ploumanac’h, Brittany in France.

Ploumanac'h, Brittany in France

The secret seaside destination in France that no one knows about, Ploumanac’h. The entire shoreline of Brittany is extravagantly indented, with each little inlet concealing another wooded cove or sandy beach. In the section known as the Côte de Granit Rose, or “Pink Granite Coast”.

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7. Lake Ohrid, Macedonia.

Lake Ohrid in Macedonia.
Lake Ohrid in Macedonia

Macedonia’s most intriguing destination. Rich with an atmospheric old quarter which cascades down a graceful hill, crammed full of beautiful churches and topped by the bones of a medieval castle.  Traditional restaurants and lakeside cafes line Lake Ohrid’s cobbled.

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8. Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Maastricht, The Netherlands
Maastricht, The Netherlands

Distinguished by its medieval-era architecture and vibrant cultural scene. In Maastricht’s cobbled old town, is the Gothic-style church Sint Janskerk, and the Romanesque Basilica of St. Servatius houses a significant collection of religious art.

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9. Matera, Italy.

Matera, Italy
Matera in Italy

Southern Italy is home to Matera, a province in the region of Basilicata. The town of Matera is actually the third-longest continuously inhabited human settlement in the world. Therefore history and culture run deep in their way of life. Matera’s incredible natural caves in the tufa limestone have been exposed as the Gravina cut its gorge.

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10. Sibiu, Romania.

Sibiu in Romania
Sibiu in Romania

Situated in Transylvania, Sibiu is known for its Germanic architecture in its old town. Packed with aristocratic elegance and noble Saxon history. Renowned composers Strauss, Brahms, and Liszt all played here during the 19th century. Sibiu has always stayed at the forefront of Romania’s cultural scene.

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