We all know the popular holiday destinations by now, but have you ever considered going somewhere you’ve never heard of? Here are 5 hidden holiday gems in Europe that you should consider visiting!
This Italian hilltop town is fairly unknown by most tourists, making it the perfect destination to feel like you have a whole town to yourself. Pisciotta is just a short journey from Naples, and has a number of local bars and restaurants without inflated tourist prices. While you won’t find busy tourist attractions here, Pisciotta is a holiday gem for those who want to relax in a rustic Italian village.
A Greek coastal town, Stoupa has remained relatively undeveloped but is beginning to attract the attention of tourists across Europe. This former fishing village is becoming popular thanks to it’s picturesque beaches combined with classic architecture. For those looking to see the sights, Stoupa is a great choice with its close proximity to sights such as the Diros caves which can be toured by boat.
Spains Costa Brava is full of many busy destinations, however Llafranc strikes the perfect balance of being large enough for a long stay while not being crowded like other Spanish destinations. This Catalan gem was often frequented by celebrities in the 20th century and remains a favourite of tourists in the know. There is no better place in Spain to experience the crystalline Mediterranean coast and ideal climate then Llafranc.
The most isolated of our 5 European gems, Cirali in Turkey is known for it’s incredible 3km of almost untouched beach. This beach is also the site of a hatching ground of the endangered Loggerhead turtles which can be seen in the summer. Another must-see attraction are ancient ruins of Olympos, which remain relatively in-tact due to the small population of the village. If you are looking to really get close to nature, Cirali is the perfect choice.
This small town is great for those who want to experience both a city break and be able to relax on the beach. Mellieha has allot to see despite it’s size, the main sight being the parish church featuring the famous artwork of Maltese artist Guiseppe Cali. Mellieha also offers great access to some of Malta’s best beaches, including the largest in the country, Ghadira Bay. It’s clear and shallow waters make it perfect for families with young children.