Europe is one of those wondrous continents full of things to do see and do, drawing millions of visitors every day. One of the most beautiful things about Europe is that the history is so rich and there are so many natural resources, things that you don’t see too commonly here in the US. While there is so much beauty and plenty to explore in the hot spot cities like Amsterdam, London, and Paris, try these under the radar luxurious destinations for different and incredible experiences:
Here are 4 luxe European destinations that are lesser known and traveled to:
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular places in Iceland, and while more tourists are visiting Iceland in recent years it is still considered more of an under-the-radar destination. Spending time at the Blue Lagoon is the ultimate wellness getaway that you need to experience. You can spend time in the healing waters at the Blue Lagoon and once you’re back home and you’ve run out of your favorite skincare products, you can even have their skincare products delivered right to your door by ordering online here, https://skincare.bluelagoon.com/us/. Btw, they also make great gifts!
The island of Ikaria, Greece
Ikaria is an island in the Aegan Sea, perfect for a slow island holiday where you want to relax, enjoy the water, and eat incredible local meats. Head down to one of the many beaches during the day, try the Afianes and local wine, and go for hikes along Raches. Enjoy also the Greek cuisine, its completely underestimated yet so tasty!
Budapest has the split between New Town and Old Town, where you can explore the liveliness of the city, walk along the Danube river, and experience the beautiful bathhouses. There are 7 main thermal baths in Budapest with waters rich in mineral content and healing properties, such as: Széchenyi, Gellért, and Rudas. This centuries-old activity is something that’s still heavily involved in today’s daily life in Budapest.
When asking most tourists about Italy, chances are they will share an experience or dream of going to Florence, Rome, and/or Milan. But there are so many incredible places here, such as Franciacorta which is only about an hour away from Milan. It is located just off of Lake Iseo, so you can not only enjoy the beautiful water views but you can also enjoy the wine country out here. While you’re here, go for a boat ride, visit some vineyards, and be sure to check out historic Palazzo Monti della Corte. Most importantly, make sure to drink some Franciacorta, Italy’s version of champagne.
If you enjoy a destination nestled in the Alps, with a ton of character and traditional German scenery, Mittenwald should be on your list! It is a quintessential German town with colorful homes, beerhouses, and a quaint Old Town to stroll through and enjoy. It is also known for violin making! If you visit in the winter, it is a great place to go skiing and when the snow melts it is a gorgeous place to go hiking.
Not every tourist thinks of visiting these places first, so you can consider yourself a new travel trendsetter because surely after you post pictures of these destinations, your friends will be traveling there too shortly after!