Forget Rome and Paris: Here Are Some Underrated European Cities That Everyone Should Visit

Europe is not exactly an exotic destination. In many ways, it’s a safe bet for travelers looking for a laid-back holiday.  Besides, many countries within the European Union share the same currency, so it’s easier to plan on the go. Some might think that there’s nothing new to see there, but the old continent has plenty to offer. Everyone knows the major destinations like Paris and Capri, but there are a few cities and towns you might not have heard of that are truly breathtaking to visit. Here are some lesser-known places you must see on your next vacation!

Narbonne, France

France is a tourist hotspot. Its riviera and capital, Paris, draw millions of visitors every year. That said, the country still has some hidden attractions most people tend to miss. One of them is the city of Narbonne in the Southwest. 

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The place has something for everyone. Fans of Notre Dame can visit the Gothic-style Cathedral of Saint Just et Saint Pasteur, while those who enjoy Roman architecture will love the Horreum, a set of underground warehouses from when the town was an influential Roman port. 

Innsbruck, Austria 

When people plan a trip to Austria, the first stop is always Vienna, but the country has much more to offer than just one city. We’re not telling you not to experience the capital of classical music, but places like Innsbruck are just as exciting and historic. 

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It’s not a metropolis like Vienna is, but that’s part of its charm. Innsbruck is snuggled among the Alps, and its pretty pastel buildings will make you feel like you’re inside a Wes Anderson movie. Those who like bling can also visit the Swarovski factory. 

Ohrid, Macedonia 

The Balkans are quickly becoming a trendy vacationing spot. It’s no surprise since the region’s many lakes and mild weather make them an ideal destination. We don’t know why it took people so long to realize this. Just look at what Ohrid, in Macedonia looks like. 

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If you like lakes, forests, and Byzantine architecture, this is the place for you. You can sunbathe at the shore or explore the UNESCO-protected city while walking through its cobbled streets. The cliffside church of St. John at Kaneo is also a must-see.

Trogir, Croatia

What do Croatia and Game of Thrones have in common? Many of its cities have been used as locations for the show, and fans from all over have been flocking to them. However, if you don’t like crowds, you might be better off visiting Trogir.    

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The town is right on the Adriatic coast, and the turquoise waters give it a dreamy beachside feel. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants on the seafront promenade, but after having some coffee, you should visit the medieval buildings in Trogir’s Old Town. 

Zamora, Spain 

Spain has plenty of sunshine-drenched cities to visit, but most people travel to the overcrowded Barcelona. If you don’t want to get stuck pushing through crowds down the Rambla, explore this off-the-beaten-path. 

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Zamora is located in the Castile and León province in Northwest Spain and lies right on the Duero River’s banks. Besides the quaint buildings and breathtaking views, its main attraction is its Romanesque churches and castles dating back XII and XIII centuries.

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