Europe is a diverse continent filled with travel opportunities for the intrepid adventurer.
But some destinations stand out more than others. You’ll hear far more about romantic getaways to Rome or Paris and stag-dos in Prague or Amsterdam than you will of explorations in Bucharest or Gothenburg.
Nevertheless, these hidden gems have much to offer visitors in search of something a little different.
Read on to discover three unmissable adventures that you could be missing out on in these underrated cities.
Top Underrated European Cities
When it comes to the UK, many tourists fail to look past London – around the world, people are familiar with iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.
But outside of England there are some incredible UK cities often missed by Anglophilic tourists, and Edinburgh contains some of the British Isles’ finest attractions.
The city’s castle famously inspired the Harry Potter books and those who enjoy walking tours can discover other famed hotspots relating to the series. These visitors may also enjoy one of the city’s many ghost tours – be warned, they are not for the faint of heart!
Nor is the Royal College of Surgeons Museum where true crime fans familiar with the story of Burke and Hare can come face to face with their death masks, as well as the skeleton of William Burke.
If none of this ruins your appetite, don’t miss out on the local delicacies – while you’re in town, why not tuck into a deep-fried Mars bar or haggis?
Lisbon truly deserves its position on this list of underrated European cities.
But it is something of a rising star on the continent, and it’s not uncommon to encounter returning tourists in Portugal – in fact, many of the country’s admirers visit year-in, year-out for their summer holidays.
In fact, some tourists never leave at all, finding their dream homes through real estate agencies such as Property Lisbon and making a new life in this stunning country.
Lisbon offers travellers (and residents) vibrant city life just a thirty-minute drive away from white sandy beaches. On top of this, the city’s coastal areas feature several major fishing hotspots, meaning local menus are sure to please seafood lovers, whilst Lisbon’s many bakeries are perfect to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Overall, Lisbon is not only an underrated city but a versatile holiday destination for all, whether you’re travelling with a family, as a couple, with friends or even on your own.
This seaside city is instantly striking and brimming with history.
Home to St Mary’s Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world, scenes both in the city and on its beaches are breath-taking.
And whilst the architecture reflects the city’s rich history, there are some surprising marks of modernity too in the city’s affection for street art. Visitors to the Zaspa region of the city are greeted with a number of impressive and vibrant street murals and contemporary sculptures.
Remember these three cities next time you’re planning a trip away!
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