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Off the Beaten Path European Cities: 5 Locations For Your Bucket List

Off the Beaten Path European Cities: 5 Locations For Your Bucket List


Summer is here! That means it’s time to travel to gorgeous and exciting destinations around the world. There’s nothing better than packing your bag and catching a flight to Europe. Yet it can be even more exciting to visit destinations that many travelers overlook. That’s right, you might want to skip the major tourist cities in favor of someplace even more exotic.

In this article, we take a look at 5 off the beaten path Europe cities for those seeking a more unique vacation experience. Keep reading to discover some hidden gems of Europe you won’t want to miss.

1. Maastricht, Holland

It’s no secret that Holland is one of the most magical countries on earth. It is a country filled with friendly people, breathtaking landscapes, and some of the most amazing food you could hope to find anywhere. And yet many travelers make the mistake of bypassing the picturesque city of Maastricht. This is a destination that is culturally diverse and filled with amazing architecture.

The city has a great bus system that makes getting around efficient and easy. They also have a tremendous selection of dining options that will keep you returning year after year.

2. Basel, Switzerland

This picture-postcard destination is considered the cultural and historical hub of Switzerland. Basel has a large open square that offers an amazing place to buy gifts and watch street performs as you enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

And you won’t want to miss the museums, Botanical Gardens, or the parks and other public spaces located along the banks of the Rhine River.

3. Avignon, France

Forget Paris. We have something better to suggest. Avignon, France is one of the most exciting cities in all of Europe. Come for the art festivals and local cuisine, but stay for the romance and beauty! If you’ve been thinking of planning an even more exciting adventure, imagine yourself on one of many Greek cruises.

4. San Sebastian, Spain

Speaking of romance, few destinations on the planet can match the romantic sights and sounds of San Sebastian, Spain. You will love the food, the people, and the gorgeous harbor. This is truly one of the great hidden cities of the world, perfect for getting lost with the love of your life.

5. Manchester, UK

Any visit to the UK offers a lifetime of grand travel and bountiful memories. But why limit yourself to London when you can treat yourself to the cultural riches located in Manchester?

This is a city overflowing with museums, galleries, specialized restaurants, and exquisite hotels. For history buffs, this is heaven on earth. And for those who simply want to enjoy a pint while catching a soccer match on TV, Manchester’s bar scene is second to none.

Great Destinations of Off the Beaten Path Europe

This list of off the beaten path Europe is merely the tip of the iceberg. Europe is filled with beautiful cities and amazing people. This list gives you a place to start. Now it’s up to you to pack your bags and let the adventure begin!

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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Rahul Patel
    July 19, 2019 at 3:22 am

    most popular and incredible place in the world to Switzerland they are a very most important place, so nice blog and images are valuable, they many places are the history of own moments.

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 6, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      I love exploring Europe – so much to see!

  2. Atrium
    July 23, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Europe is the perfect location for planning out your vacations. Europe travel can be an unforgettable tour for all who wish to

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 6, 2019 at 3:00 pm

      I agree, Europe is so incredible!

  3. Roshni
    July 25, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    I used to live in manchester and loved it but it has changed a lot in the 10 years since I was there

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 6, 2019 at 3:01 pm

      Yes so many amazing changes!

  4. Emily, The JetSetting Fashionista
    July 29, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    I haven’t been to Europe in years, but seeing this list makes me want to go back! Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 6, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      There’s always so much to see and do there!

  5. lordkrishna
    July 31, 2019 at 8:54 am

    its a awesome palace to enjoying our vacations next year i will try to go europe for vacation trip.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      August 6, 2019 at 3:05 pm

      I hope you have an amazing time!

  6. Gary Francis
    August 5, 2019 at 1:51 am

    There are so many places we’ve still to discover. Each time we come to Europe we try to include at least a couple of places that are off the main tourist radar. Last year it was Treviso in Italy. Very pretty place.

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 6, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      How lovely, I’d love to visit Treviso!

  7. Anjali Chawla
    March 4, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Ah! How I love Europe. Its charm is inescapable. I’m yet to visit Basel, Switzerland. Thanks for the beautiful list 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 12, 2021 at 1:20 am

      I totally agree, love Europe!

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