Hidden underrated tourist spots | Welcome to the most valuable page on our web site. Chili and Chirp would like to show you some of the most amazing but underrated tourist spots. You probably haven’t considered visiting any of them yet – but you really should. Some are worth a day trip, others are good for a week long vacation. All have one thing in common: they are not yet flooded by tourists.
Hidden and underrated tourist spots in Europe
The small town of Bibury in England is featured on the inside cover of all UK passports! This is not just a village in Gloucestershire. It is a nationally notable architectural conservation area of the United Kingdom. Located on both banks of the River Coln, the village slowly morphs into a major destination for tourists eager to visit traditional rural Britain.
While some tourist hot spots are simply loved to death, others still give you room to breathe. Lake Bled in Slovenia is definitely one of them. Worth a day trip. Combine it with visiting Ljubljana.
Fort Bourtange is a star shaped military fort near Groningen, Netherlands. It was built in 1593. Purpose: controling the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen, which was unfortunately patrolled by the Spaniards at that time. During the 80-Years-War from 1568 to 1648, the Spaniards had full control over Groningen and the road leading from there to Germany. William the Silent wanted to break off trade between Spanish occupied Groningen and Germany. He decided that it would be optimal to build a fortification on the Bourtange passage, which was the main road leading to Germany.
Dinant is located at the Meuse River, at a point where the river cuts its way deep into the western Condroz Plateau. Sited in a steep sided valley between rock and river, Dinant had little space to grow, and it therefore developed into a long thin town along the river shore. Nice about Dinant is the city’s landmark Church of Notre Dame de Dinant and the fortified Citadel on top of a cliff. For jazz lovers: The house of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, is located in the street of the same name.
If you’re vacationing in Nice, reserve one day to explore the charming, little medieval town of Eze. A location made for movies. In fact Walt Disney stayed here several times.
2 hours south of Dubrovnik (Croatia) lies Kotor (Montenegro). Kotor is by far the best preserved city in the region. It is hidden within brooding mountains but still has access to the Adria. And that makes it a coastal town, in a secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor. From April until October this gem attracts tourists from all over the world. Together with the nearly overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovćen, Kotor and its surrounding area form an impressive and picturesque Mediterranean landscape.
Hidden tourist spots Luxembourg City, Vianden and Echternach | The mini country of Luxembourg is not known as a major tourist destination. But the old town of Luxembourg City can be quite charming. It got a number of pedestrianized streets for tourists to wander through. Top attractions: Notre Dame Cathedral, Barrio Ground, Palace of the Grand Dukes and Casemates du Bock – the formerly fortified inner city of Luxembourg.
Meteora in Greece is not that underrated anymore, but hidden enough to make into our list. It will take approx. 4 hours by train from Athens to get you to this remote place. What to expect: spectacular rock formations topped with 6 Greek Orthodox monasteries, and the Theopetra Cave . This cave holds the oldest human construction in the world: the Theopetra Cave Wall.
Piran is a small coastal town in Slovenia – a bit off the beaten path. It is not as big and beautiful as nearby big brother Rovinj in Croatia. However Piran makes a very good weekend destination.
Popeye Village in Malta is also known as Sweethaven Village. It has never been a real village but a movie set. In 1979, 19 ramshackle wooden buildings were constructed at Anchor Bay in Malta – 2 miles away from the next real village: Melliena. Popeye Village was built as a film set for the production of the 1980 film Popeye. You might remember the main actor: Robin Williams. Luckily the buildings were not de-constructed after the production. Today Popeye Village is open to tourists as an open-air museum and family entertainment complex.
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