Europe has always been the favorite destination for tourists across the globe. It is like a tourist magnate with something to offer for everyone— the budget traveler, the discerning tourist, to the leisure lover. It has a rich history, beautiful architecture, glorious museums, and diverse landscapes. Aside from the usual haunts of tourists like Paris, London, Rome, and Venice, there are many hidden gems in the continent that have not been overrun by hordes of tourists tramping through its streets.
Once in a blue moon, a tourist destination grabs our attention and doesn’t let go. It might be a singular resort, coastline, city – or an entire continent – as is the case with Europe, which has been redefining the notion of “travel” for centuries now. To get your wanderlust hot list started, we offer you some out-of-the-way destinations that have much to offer in terms of luxury and leisure.
Into the deep blue
Hvar is a place that very few know about and just the right place to disappear for a much-needed relaxing time.
It is a port and resort town on the Croatian island of Hvar. It is equated to St. Tropez in Europe because of its magnificent Mediterranean coastline that is flocked by the super-rich. Hvar is exclusive and attracts the richest like Bill Gates, Elon Musk and the royalty.
The island is located in the Adriatic Sea and has lush vineyards, gorgeous beaches, world-class restaurants, secluded coves, luxury boutiques and vibrant nightlife. Hula Hula Beach in Hvar and the Stipanska Beach on Marinkovac Island are known for their nightlife and lively bars.
Croatia is among the European countries least affected by coronavirus with up to 20 times fewer infected people per million inhabitants than in other European countries.
St. Barthalemy or St. Barts, as it is popularly known, is a French protectorate in the Caribbean. It is a tiny island, barely 24 square kilometers with 8398 inhabitants at the last census.
It is a popular summer destination for its rugged coastline fringed with sparkling sand and boasts some of the world’s exclusive resorts and hotels.
St Barts has some Swedish influence as it was a part of the Swedish empire for some time. Its building reflect that influence.
In terms of relaxation and rejuvenation, it has water sports, kayaking, hike trails, or idyllic beaches—you can take your pick.
It has excellent harbor that host the yachts of the rich and famous. It is a gourmet destination with the world’s most famous chefs participating in the Saint Barth Gourmet Festival.
In short, it is the perfect summer destination of beaches, shopping, water sports, and natural splendor.
Under the midnight sun
Positano is a cliffside village on southern Italy’s AmalfiCoast. It’s a well-known holiday destination with a pebble beachfront and steep, narrow streets lined with boutiques and cafes. Its kaleidoscopic buildings and hotchpotch houses cascade down the hillside and are most photographed and shared on social media platforms.
It has historical buildings such as the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta with a majolica-tiled dome and a 13th-century Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary. The Sentiero degli Dei hiking trail links Positano to other coastal towns.
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