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The Old Continent is known for its classic city destinations. There’s Rome, London, Paris, Amsterdam and enough gorgeous cities to keep you snapping photos, shopping for souvenirs and tasting gourmet foods until you board the plane back home.
But there are so many places in Europe that often go under-appreciated or even unvisited. Check out these incredible destinations and day trips that can turn your typical European vacation into the most memorable travel experience yet. You can often find travel deals
to all these destinations so don’t wait to plan your next getaway.
Spend a few days in Taormina or make it your vacation destination. The coastal views, public gardens and scenic hikes are enough to make any trip spectacular.
Shop at the St. Peter’s Street market and visit the nearly 1000-year-old St. Albans Cathedral, then head down to what is claimed to be the oldest pub in England — Ye Olde Fighting Cocks.
The translation of this city’s name means “many fountains,” and you’ll be amazed at the 72 waterfalls throughout the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Outdoor enthusiasts find that the Kvarner Islands rival (or even surpass) any Caribbean destination when it comes to gorgeous waters and world-class dive spots.
Travel back to roughly 4500 BC at this sacred destination featuring the Carnac Stones carved from local rock by the pre-Celtic citizens of Brittany.
Rocky cliffs, gray stone architecture and French wines define this culturally diverse region of southeastern Belgium.
The ultimate European beach destination — Sperlonga isn’t far from Rome, and the clear waters and warm sand add even more appeal to the already adorable beach town.
Eccentric Oxford scholar Richard Booth declared Hay on Wye a “book town” in the 1960s and named himself the King of Hay soon after. King Richard’s castle now serves as a massive secondhand bookstore that simply must be seen.
Already booked your tickets to Italy? Don’t miss a visit to Isola del Giglio — a charming, simple and utterly gorgeous isle of the Tuscan archipelago.
There’s no better way to stay fit on vacation than cruising the historic bridleways and footpaths of Cotswold Way.
40,000 basalt columns poke out of the ocean at the base of the basalt cliffs in Northern Ireland. Take a day trip to see what volcanic activity from well over 50 million years ago can do — and don’t forget your camera.
Hvar’s diverse culture and cuisine make your days spent inside cathedrals and cafes just as wonderful as those spent admiring the sea.
A short drive from Marienbad, Kladska is a small town that leaves a big impression on the few who decide to explore it.
From natural wonders to boat rides, beers and nightlife, once you visit this happening city by the sea, you may never want to leave.
Crystal blue seas and black obsidian mountains make way for some of the world’s best guided hiking tours in Lipari.
Riga is the largest city in Latvia, and with a population of roughly 800,000, it can be argued that the city offers more enchanting Art Nouveau facades than it does people.
The closest thing to Neverland — the naturally eroded rock formations in Cappadocia look like something out of a fairy tale.
Less than an hour’s drive from Paris lies this elegant city rich in art history and old country charm.
Tourist shops, tasty restaurants and sneaky courtyards make Vilnius an ideal day place to spend a few days taking in the culture of Lithuania.
2,200 square miles of willow trees, swampland and canals have created one of the best places in the world for bird watching at the Danube River Delta.
A day trip from Barcelona to Catalonia will give you a look inside the lives of the historic Catalan people. And if you visit in the fall, you can hunt over 5,000 types of mushrooms that are said to grow in this hilly region.
Every vacation deserves a visit to the spa, and there’s no better place to be pampered than the world-famous spas and resorts in the Vals Valley.