Have you ever wondered where the Europeans go on vacation? The main destinations, such as Paris and London, seem eerily devoid of ‘authentic’ Europeans (if there is such a thing considering the plentitude of different countries they come from). The tourist centers of the continent have lost their luster, leading a search to new ‘undiscovered’ gems snuggled deep within forests, mountains or beaches.
Positioned in an enclave on the hills along the Amalfi Coast is this picturesque village. It is growing in popularity heightening the urgency to visit it before the authentic cafes turn into a Starbucks and the cobblestone streets become lined with tourist shops.
Located in the Italian-speaking part of southern Switzerland is this fairly large city with an intriguing Mediterranean flare. It offers a cosmopolitan center, a lake to take dips in and a mountainous backdrop. Take a hike, go for a swim, explore museums… the options are endless.
Prepare for pine covered hills and majestic palaces all there for you and your camera to explore. Stepping on its cobblestone streets is like stepping back in history to an elite town of ornate houses. Spend the night here so simply do a day trip from Lisbon, the choice is yours.
These are just three of the plethora of hidden gems that Europe shields with its large metropolitan cities. If you ever wondered where Europeans vacation in Europe, now you know. Why don’t you try vacationing like a true European?