The Most Underrated European Vacation Spots

Visiting Europe is one of the most exciting types of vacations! Although many packages and itineraries are offered for the continent’s most popular cities and sites, we invite you to think outside the box and discover some of the best yet underrated vacation spots you can visit in Europe. Let’s see if we can spice up your curiosity, shall we?

Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain

Have you ever heard the expression “Have you lived under a rock?” Well, the inhabitants of this charming town in southern Spain can proudly confirm that they live under a rock! No joke here; Setenil de las Bodegas is carved in stone, making the cliffs hover over the daily life of Spaniards. Usually, tourists are attracted to this city because of its unusual surroundings, but there are also things to see and do here! Be sure to visit the Nazari Castle, an ancient Arab fortress from the 13th century, and the Church of La Encarnacion, the most extravagant Gothic body in Spain!

Salzburg, Austria

In the center-north of Austria is the wealthy and fabulous Salzburg..! An architectural and historical gem, the city embodies the perfect and unique combination of alpine landscape and medieval architecture. Stroll through the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for displaying Italian Renaissance and Baroque style in its buildings. A top tourist attraction here is, of course, the birthplace and residence of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which is a must-see during your visit! As the city is so close to German Bavaria, you can easily reach it by the Munich-Salzburg train!

Perast, Montenegro

A small village with a fascinating historical past, Perast is often overlooked by travellers, when it shouldn’t be! Anchored on the Bay of Kotor, the city looks like a replica of one of the cities in Europe that you may recognize. In fact, you won’t be able to walk around and not feel like Venice was somehow brought here to Montenegro! In the 15th century, Perast served as an intermediate port between the Ottoman Empire and the Venetian Republic. Nowadays, however, the village is appreciated for its small surroundings, only one main street, and the absence of noise and crowds here. It’s also cheap and charming, making for the perfect relaxing vacation! Visit any or all of the 16 churches here and admire the whitewashed buildings right on the water.

Mittenwald, Germany

Do you remember the Grimm fairy tales? The magical environment you would imagine reading these exciting adventure stories? Well, in that case, welcome to Mittenwald! The most magical and typical city, vibrant with colors and life, it should immediately be on your itinerary! Give yourself time to explore the city without a clear plan. Just take a thorough walk and everything worth seeing will be right in front of you, in the general mood of Mittenwald. However, pay more attention to the old town and Obermarkt, which is the main street!

Modeling, Austria

At the picturesque entrance to the Bruhl Valley, Modling is a charming town just outside Vienna. Besides the many sights to visit, which we will mention later, there is a clear winner that will immediately make you want to see this part of Austria!

Modling sits amidst the Vienna Woods, the stunning wooded uplands that form the northeastern buttress of the Northern Limestone Alps. A city, out of nowhere, in the middle of the woods!

Once you’re done admiring the spectacular scenery of the Vienna Woods, continue exploring by visiting the Parish Church of St Othmar, the Modling and Beethoven Museums, and Liechtenstein Castle. Also, if visiting Austria is part of your Eurotrip and you visit neighboring countries, you can reach the city quite easily. For example, if you get the train tickets from Prague to Vienna, it’s only a half hour drive to Modling!

Rye England

Rye, England

If a city in Europe makes you think you’re time traveling, Rye certainly will. Seemingly intact and heritage preserved, this small English town will transport you straight back to the 15th or 16th century, with its old houses and buildings towering over narrow streets. First, be sure to cross Mermaid Street to admire the medieval scenery and museum at Rye Castle. Then, if you are looking for more majestic views, take a walk along the English Channel, and take in the scenery of the River Rother and Romney Marsh! Another great thing logistically is that Rye is only an hour by train from London.


Basel, Switzerland

It’s time to move to Central Europe! Although not officially, Basel has been proclaimed the cultural capital of Switzerland. Yet many travelers tend to look beyond; that’s why we’re here to show how great the city is.

Basel is home to more than 40 museums and cultural attractions, most relating to art and, in particular, painting. Plus, you’ll see exhibits right on the street – young independent artists like to display their collections for all passengers to see!

Visit Basel’s two most popular tourist attractions, which are the Spalentor, or Spalen Gate, and Basel Munster, the magnificent cathedral.

As far as locations go, the city is nestled in the corner of Switzerland, sharing borders with France and Germany. Thus, communication will be effortless!

Alentejo, Portugal

What do you imagine when you think of Portugal? Perhaps, endless vineyards, fine cuisine, vibrant people, warmth on your skin? Well, I hope you do! Because the Alentejo not only includes everything listed, but offers even more!

Walk through the old historic villages and admire the view in complete serenity. Although a fairly sizable part of the country, Alentejo remains unpopular throughout the year, so don’t make the same mistake and buy your ticket now! Start in the town of Evora to explore the streets and houses of Gothic and Romanian designs that merge and work seamlessly together.

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So! The perfect list of the most perfect yet underrated vacation spots in Europe. You can just point and choose one of these destinations. there will be no losers in this game! Each of them, culturally and historically rich, these cities are perfect hidden gems.

Be sure to prepare an itinerary of the places you want to see, although we suggest allowing reasonable time to explore on your own, maybe even get lost? The best experiences require the most surprising situations, after all! So keep thinking outside the box. and just have fun!

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