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4 Underrated Destinations to Visit in Europe

Paris, London, Barcelona, the list of popular destinations in Europe goes on and for good reason. However, there’s so much more to Europe and if you’ve already been there, done that, here are 4 underrated destinations that you surely won’t be disappointed with.

1. Kandersteg/Switzerland

Last December, we visited the Kandersteg region in Switzerland. It is easy to reach by train or bus from any anywhere in Switzerland. You must visit emerald Oeschinen Lake, one of the jewels of the Bernese Oberland. Take the gondola from Kandersteg into the mountains above the village, where a path leads high above the north shore of the lake, giving you an unrivalled panorama of Oeschinensee. It’s an easy 1 hour walk, definitely worth it. Along the Lake shore there is a hotel and a restaurant. We were based in Adelboden. I highly recommend a stay at the Cambrian Hotel.

2. The Amalfi Coast, Italy

In Amalfi Coast we stayed at the beautiful Hotel Marincanto in Positano, one of the most picturesque towns along this side of Italy and the best base to explore the region.

Positano is a charming village, it has a plenty of colored and small houses spread out along its coast and cliffs, tight and flowered streets full of cafes and restaurants. The view, certainly, will take your breath away.

A few restaurant recommends:
La Tagliata
Il Ritrovo
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The astonishing Central Church – Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta is a charming must-see-place. To reach the Spiaggia Grande beach, take a flowered little street full of handcraft stores and go all the way down, be aware that the best beach side is available for a fee. However, there is a free beach on the other side close to the port. May to October is the best season to visit Amalfi Coast.

3. Montenegro

From Dubrovnik we took a day trip to Montenegro by car. Along the road we stopped off in Budva, Kotor and Stevi Stevan. My favorite place was Kotor, situated in the northern part of the Montenegro coast on the Adriatic Sea. The city’s old town is listed as UNESCO World heritage site. We Climbed up the 1350 steps and we were rewarded by an spectacular view of Kotor and the bay from the Church of Our Lady of Health (half way up) and the St John’s fortress on top.

Kotor Bay is the deepest natural fjord-like bay in the Mediterranean Sea, and the scenery around it is wonderful. Dont miss a lunch in the luxury hotel Aman Sveti Stevan. Definitely worth it!

4. Étretat, France

Étretat is a “belle” city located in Normandie France, 200km from Paris. The best seasons to visit it is from October to April.

The astonishing verticality of the cliffs of the Alabaster Coast are amazing! Certainly, one of the most striking scenery in all of France. The cliffs are made of white chalk and can get as high as 350 feet.

You can do a boat trip, or if you prefer, you can  follow the trails that overhang the Channel. There are two cliffs to go on – Falaise d’Aval, and Falaise d’Amont. Both cliffs are free of charge. The view from the top of the cliffs are fantastic. You can also have a nice picnic up there.  Numerous writers, painters and film-makers have found inspiration here.

We used the charmimng city – Honfleur – as base to visit the Region.

 

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