Beautiful and (almost) unknown. 18 European gems not yet invaded by mass tourism

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In the Old Continent, there are incredible destinations that have not been discovered by the mass. Some are difficult to reach, while others remain enough secret places.

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Procida, Italy

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In Italy and especially abroad is not known as Capri and Ischia, the most famous and largest islands in the Gulf of Naples. Like all people who at least once in their life have visited it know, Procida, memorable set of the film “The Postman” by Massimo Troisi and celebrated by Elsa Morante in the novel “Arturo’s Island”, is an enchanting and fascinating place. “More authentic than Capri and Ischia – writes the Business Insider – has a picturesque setting of citrus trees, pastel-colored houses, lively bars and restaurants along the seafront serving classic dishes of the island cuisine”. The sea remains something extraordinary: “I do not ask to be a gull or a dolphin – reads a passage from the book of Morante – I’d be happy to be a scorpionfish, the ugliest fish in the sea, just to find myself there, to joking in his waters.”

Castelluccio di Norcia, Italy

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A small village in the municipality of Norcia, in the National Park of Sibillini Mountains, lies about 28 km from the village and is reachable by a scenic road that climbs up to 1,452 meters. Despite the unique spectacle of “The Flowering”, the enchanting and numerous flowers that bloom from May to July, transforming the village and the fields that surround it in an explosion of colors ranging from yellow ocher to red, purple to white, this the territory has experienced in the last decade a fast depopulation. If in 2001 there were still 150 inhabitants, residents now are just eight.

Bassano del Grappa, Italy

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Abroad is primarily known for its liqueur and numerous distilleries on its territory. But Bassano del Grappa, in the province of Vicenza, is too often overlooked by tourists who invade the Veneto to admire its many wonders: “The city has charming squares lined with cafes and shops and is a good base for exploring the region”.

Blagaj, Bosnia-Herzegovina

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A village located in the southeastern region of the Mostar basin dominated by the Blagaj Tekija monastery built around 1520 by the Dervishes, Islamic ascetics who still live in mystical poverty. It is possible to visit the building and admire its wooden interior and the spectacular river Buna flowing through the country.

Kizhi, Russia

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Island located in the Onega Lake, Republic of Karelia, Kizhi is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Russia, as well as World Heritage. 7 km long and 500 meters wide, characterized by a set of wooden churches, chapels, and homes. The most beautiful building is undoubtedly the Church of the Transfiguration, an imposing and Baroque structure, built in 1714 which features 22 domes.

Liechtenstein

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Located in the valley of the Rhine, in the Alps between Austria and Switzerland, Liechtenstein, one of the smallest and richest states in the world, stands between mountain peaks, lovely hills, and ancient castles. The highest point is the Grauspitz, with a height of 2,599 m, but despite the alpine location, the climate of Liechtenstein is quite mild, thanks to winds that blow from the south.

La Graciosa, Spain

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Breathtaking nature and lonely beaches are the highlights of La Graciosa, a small island of the Canaries. The village inside the island has sandy streets and whitewashed houses, while diving lovers will experience strong emotions.

Giola, Greece

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Giola is a natural lagoon located on the island of Thassos, Greece. It is a kind of swimming pool carved into the rock and the water is warmer than in the sea. To get there, visitors have to walk a winding path, but once you reach it you enjoy its beautiful clear water.

Roque-Gageac, France

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Considered among the most beautiful villages of France, this town of 431 inhabitants located in the Aquitaine region is famous for its beautiful cliffs and the river Dordogne that runs alongside.

Kungsleden, Sweden

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Hiker’s paradise, the Kungsleden (the King’s Trail) is a Swedish nature trail that extends for about 400 km and passes through four national parks and a nature reserve. Travelers will encounter birch forests, hidden glaciers, long rivers, and beautiful mountains.

Azores, Portugal

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A volcanic archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean, consisting of nine main islands. The Azores disclose a variety of natural wonders: lakes surrounded by forests, vast green pastures, volcanic caves, and freshwater cascades.

Albarracín, Spain

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Spanish medieval town of 1,097 inhabitants, perched on a mountain on the banks of the Río Guadalaviar in the Spanish province of Teruel, Albarracín seems to take us back in time. Narrow, labyrinthine streets, houses huddled together, irregular walls of a reddish color, and the beautiful Plaza Mayor, the only square of the ancient center.

Cirali Beach, Turkey

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Intimate and isolate, this small secret beach on the coast of the province of Antalya, has the clearest waters in the Mediterranean. After a nice day at the beach, you can admire the beautiful village of Cirali and not far away the ruins of Olympos and Chimaera.

Amiens, France

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City of nearly 140,000 inhabitants, in Picardy, Amiens presents not only a variety of parks, gardens, and canals but also many historical and artistic sites including the beautiful Amiens Notre-Dame Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in France and World Heritage.

Bucovina, Romania

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Territory divided between Romania (Bucovina South) and Ukraine (Northern Bucovina), it is famous for its monasteries, and its splendid churches where you can admire centuries-old frescoes.

Fiskebäckskil, Sweden

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Former fishing village in western Sweden, situated on Gullmar Fjord, has charming streets of yellow pebbles, beautiful trails, bike paths, and the best seafood cuisine in the country.

Caporetto, Slovenia

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The symbolic city for Italy and its history, today is a Slovenian municipality of 4,000 souls, surrounded by majestic mountains and green pastures. It presents numerous artistic sites such as the museum home to archaeological finds of the Iron Age and especially the one dedicated to the First World War.

Pelagosa, Croatia

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The Pelagosa islands are a small archipelago in the Adriatic Sea, near the most popular tourist circuits of Croatia. Have secluded beaches and some of the best places in Europe for diving.

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