10 undiscovered tourist destinations in Europe worth visiting in 2024

By TravelWiseFeb 23, 2024 11:09 AMNews
10 undiscovered tourist destinations in Europe worth visiting in 2024
Gavarni - a small stunning village in the picturesque French Pyrenees. Source: pixabay

As international travel gains momentum, more and more people are seeking out lesser-visited destinations that offer unique attractions and define their individuality. London, Paris, Barcelona, and even Rome have long held their positions as popular European destinations. But Europe has much more to offer than just these famous places.

In Europe, it's easy to find places that are less frequented by the masses. Planning the perfect vacation in overlooked European countries like Latvia or visiting some underrated Eastern European cities is now becoming a trend among millennial travelers. Thetravel.com has compiled a list of 10 undiscovered tourist destinations in Europe that are worth visiting this year.

10. Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki still lags behind Athens in terms of tourist numbers. Despite having a population of just under one million, Greece's second-largest city remains largely undiscovered by most tourists. The city is renowned for its festivals, events, and vibrant cultural scene, earning it the title of the cultural capital of the country. Thessaloniki is a hidden gem in Greece as a travel destination with plenty to see and explore.

10 undiscovered tourist destinations in Europe worth visiting in 2024
Moldova has beautiful landscapes. Source: pixabay

9. Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau is the capital of the Eastern European Republic of Moldova. It is a historic city and the most economically prosperous in Moldova. Almost a third of Moldova's population lives in the metropolitan area. Through Moldovan, Ottoman, and Russian imperial periods, Chisinau vividly depicts the country's history.

Moldova boasts a long history of winemaking and some of the finest wines globally, with Chisinau hosting some remarkable wineries for visitors to enjoy. Amidst the Soviet-era architectural neighborhoods stand notable buildings, including the neoclassical Nativity Cathedral. This church, with its domed crown, adorns Chisinau's Cathedral Park, a square featuring the Arc de Triomphe.

8. Montpellier, France

With almost half a million inhabitants, Montpellier remains relatively unknown to tourists. The University of Montpellier, founded in 1220, stands as one of the oldest universities globally. Situated just 6 miles from the Mediterranean coast, it houses an ancient medical school that remains active. Sophisticated and relaxed, Montpellier is a chic metropolis adorned with elegant buildings, majestic hotels, and private mansions. The best way to experience it is by strolling through its various neighborhoods.

10 undiscovered tourist destinations in Europe worth visiting in 2024
Long white beaches and historic cobblestone streets in Norway's oil capital Stavanger. Source: Pixabay

7. Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger is Norway's third-largest city. It's likely that many tourists haven't heard of it, as it often doesn't make it onto lists of the most beautiful places to visit in Norway. However, Stavanger boasts incredible and diverse beauty, ranging from long white beaches to the winter wonderland of Sirdal.

Stavanger is renowned for its status as an oil capital, its fascinating Viking history, and its charming coastline. From the historic district of white wooden houses to the street art adorning the cobblestone streets of the city center, Stavanger offers visitors plenty to see and do.

6. Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg, located in the picturesque Upper Franconia region of Bavaria in southern Germany, is an old town considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, with its medieval streets and buildings. Since 1993, it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bamberg stretches over seven hills, each crowned by a church, and is intersected by numerous rivers and canals.

The tombs of Henry II and Kunigunde are must-see sights in Bamberg. Exploring the streets, monuments, shops, and people of this historic city is a popular activity enjoyed by most visitors.

10 undiscovered tourist destinations in Europe worth visiting in 2024
The historic city of Samora with the largest number of Romanesque churches in Europe. Source: Pixabay

5. Zamora, Spain

Situated along the majestic Duero River, Zamora is a picturesque city in Spain and one of the world's foremost destinations for Romanesque architecture and history. Zamora boasts 24 typical Romanesque-style churches dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, earning it the title of the "Museum of Romanesque Art."

During the Holy Week of Semana Santa (the week leading up to Easter), Zamora transforms into a magical place. The Semana Santa Museum houses 36 sets of statues of immense artistic value, making it a unique attraction. Additionally, the Zamora train station is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain and is well worth a visit.

4. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nestled on the banks of the Neretva River, Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a historical gem renowned for its exceptional natural beauty and architecture. The city is home to the iconic Old Bridge, from which it derives its name. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bridge, constructed in the 16th century, stands as one of the most visited attractions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, the most beautiful mosque in the city, is a must-visit destination in Mostar, welcoming both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Its minaret offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

10 undiscovered tourist destinations in Europe worth visiting in 2024
Erice is a medieval hilltop castle town with stunning sea views. Source: Pixabay

3. Erice, Italy

Perched atop Mount Erice at an elevation of 2,460 feet, Erice in Sicily, Italy, is a member of the "The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy" association. It boasts a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages and World War II.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the splendor and charm, traditions and tales of yore, and the beauty and wonders while strolling through the streets of Erice, flanked by churches and noble palaces. Today, the city is home to two remaining castles: Pepoli Castle and Castello di Venere ("Venus Castle"). One of the must-visit spots is the Spanish Quarter.

2. Kotor, Montenegro

Historically known as Cattaro, the picturesque city of Kotor in Montenegro is nestled in a secluded corner of the stunning Bay of Kotor and is the oldest city in Montenegro. Renowned for its medieval architecture and verdant landscapes, Montenegro offers no less in Kotor.

The city's breathtaking scenery, natural setting, and historical significance have fueled tourism growth over the past two decades. Kotor's fortified old town is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Venetian fortifications.

1. Gavarni-Gédrard, France

Gavarny is a quaint village located approximately 25 kilometers south of Luz-Saint-Sauveur in the French Pyrenees, near the border with Spain. In 2016, it merged with the new commune of Gavarni-Gedres along with Gedres. It is renowned for the Cirque de Gavarnie and the Gavarnie Falls, both part of the UNESCO Pyrénées-Mont Perdu World Heritage Site. Moreover, the prime meridian once passed through Gavarni.

While many flock to the Swiss, Austrian, or eastern French Alps, the French Pyrenees offer equally stunning yet less touristy landscapes, ideal for hiking and mountaineering in the warmer months and skiing and snowboarding in winter.

Earlier, TravelWise highlighted some of the world's most breathtaking destinations, which are popular among travelers.

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