The 10 most unusual places in Europe Rio Tinto, Spain. The Tinto River is a river that runs through the city of Huelva, in southwestern Spain. Then, a little further along the coast, stop at Dyrholaey, a rocky peninsula that looks down on beaches made of black volcanic sand. Dryholaey is also the perfect place for puffin spotting, as it's home to dozens of cute birds.
You can take the gondola for a six-minute ride to the top of the Pfänder, right from the city center. From the top, you can see 240 alpine peaks of the surrounding mountains. The Lofoten Islands are located above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway. A stunning chain of mountainous islands with beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise blue waters, Lofoten has a lot to love, making it one of the best destinations on the bucket list.
Are you interested in other memorable city breaks in France? Head north to see Normandy's famous beaches. The beaches here are some of the most extraordinary, with crystal clear turquoise waters and white sand. There has been a city on the site of York for nearly 2,000 years, making it one of the 12 cities in England that are so old that they predate records. The city was bombed to near destruction during the war, and much reconstruction was needed in the 1950s and 1960s to restore it to its former greatness.
Are you working on a list of adventures in Europe? Explore a cave in Dachstein. Or cycle through Hallstatt and Obertraun to enjoy the views 2700 m above sea level on the Skywalk Suspension Bridge. Sure, other places in Ireland get more attention, but that just means you'll have more of the magical city of Killarney to yourself if you include it on your list of unique places to visit in Europe. Then, a regularly scheduled 40-minute bus ride will take you from Rimini's main train station to the capital of San Marino, with a few stops in smaller cities within San Marino.
This windy mountain pass reaches a height of 5,285 feet (1,611 meters) and takes you on a spooky journey through the majestic Julian Alps. There are 50 closed curves, each labeled with a number and the elevation. The rocky coast and beautiful beaches in this area boast some of the clearest waters in the world. Not only does Rothenburg offer an incredible Christmas market with mulled wine and delicious schneeballes (a local specialty pastry shop made for over 300 years here), but the Christmas shop, Kathe Wohlfahrt, truly completes the experience.
Are you looking for the sea? Ferry to the Aran Islands, where time seems to have stood still. You can check out a 10-day itinerary in Ireland here. If you're looking for out-of-the-ordinary European destinations, the best thing to do is head east. Climb from Papingo to Drakolimni Tymfi's, the highest mountain lake in Greece.
Or walk through the impressive 20 kilometre long Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Travelers sometimes decide to skip Switzerland because it can be expensive, but it's also one of the most beautiful countries in the world. While I could name 100 places that are incredibly beautiful in this small country, I recommend adding Zermatt to your list of the best holiday destinations in Europe. Or take on the challenging “Kotor Ladder”.
This trail has more than 70 zigzag trails, but you will be rewarded with views of the entire bay and surrounding mountainous area when you reach the top. When people think of blue seas and soft sandy beaches, Scotland isn't usually the first place that comes to mind. But the chain of islands on the northwest coast that makes up the Outer Hebrides offers beaches that will take your breath away. In fact, the beaches of Barra Islands, Lewis and Harris are pristine strips of immaculate golden sands that are rarely touched by human footprints.
And yet, the water is caribbean blue. Finally, there is Harris and Lewis, where stunning beaches merge with mountains and charming little bays. There is also a natural pool near here. And in the east of the island, with a population of less than 900 people, you can explore the beach.
But people come here to see the Rock of Gibraltar, a 1400-foot (426-meter) high limestone ridge that dominates the enclave. With a population of just over 400 inhabitants, Blokhus attracts around 1 million visitors a year. Located on the northwest coast of the Jutland Peninsula, the North Sea juts into the long sandy beaches that visitors drive along, finding secluded spots for fishing and swimming. An Australian equivalent to Blokhus, where locals can drive on miles of sandy beaches, is Rainbow Beach on Australia's east coast.
For an inspiring day trip, consider visiting Walhalla Memorial, a kind of 19th-century German celebrity “hall of fame” with over 2,000 busts. However, temperatures dropped regularly beyond -20° C, it was a frozen paradise to explore; especially in the wider region, too. Be sure to also visit some of the nearby islands; St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks, which is home to a quaint little church that has been there for over 500 years.
With over 300 km of marked trails and hiking trails, it is one of the best places to come and experience nature here in Slovakia. Be sure to visit some of the stunning caves while you're there, too. This is the list of the top 18 secret destinations. To see more hidden treasures you can go here.
The island of the Azores, one of Portugal's two autonomous regions (along with Madeira), is an archipelago composed of nine islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, some 1,360 kilometers west of mainland Portugal. This postcard town in the Spanish province of Huesca, Aragon, is surrounded by gigantic rock formations 200 meters high and is the third best hidden gem in Europe. Located on the northern coast of Sicily, about 70 kilometers from Palermo, the historic village of Cefalù is in the shadow of a monumental rock that rises up to 270 meters high that the Phoenicians already knew as the “promontory of Hercules” and where the Temple of Diana is located. With its 1000-year-old churches, medieval stone houses, fortified towers and ancient frescoes, Adishi offers authenticity and real skiing experiences in the heart of nature.
Sami is located on the northeastern coast of Kefalonia, just 24 kilometres from Argostoli and Melissani Cave is one of the best hidden gems on the island of Kefalonia. It has a lighthouse dating back to 1857 and where it is possible to spend the night. This beautiful city of 10,000 inhabitants, located at the foot of the Pyrenees in the Occitane region of southwestern France, is located south of Toulouse, close to the borders with Spain and Andorra. The old core, the city of London, extends over 1.12 square meters.
Miles, also known as Square Mile, has its prehistoric limits. The city of Westminster or inland London district has the status of city. The island that forms Santorini was born due to enormous volcanic activity, with 12 huge eruptions, one every 20,000 years approximately, and each violent eruption caused the central part of the volcano to collapse to create a caldera (a large crater). However, the volcano has finally been recreated time and time again.
The archipelago of Malta is located in the heart of the Mediterranean, 288 km north of Africa and 93 km south of Sicily. The archipelago has three islands: Gozo, Malta and Comino, with more than 400,000 residents covering more than 316 square meters. Kotor is a coastal city with a population of more than 13,500 residents in Montenegro. It is highly appreciated for the medieval churches and fortifications, which are also World Heritage Sites and its serene natural environment on the edge of the mountains of Kotor Bay.
This place is accessible by boat and has more than 150 bridges. The small canals and surrounding areas are very well maintained. Picturesque houses and well-kept gardens are located on the banks of the canal. The Holy Trinity has a difficult approach where one needs to cross a valley and climb through the outcrop.
Today you can get there by elevator or on a track on foot. The 15th century cathedral with frescoes and the church, columns and arches are fascinating. There is a garden at the top and, of course, the monastery and the views around it are breathtaking. Outside the city, you have the Durham Heritage Coast, ideal for hiking and relaxing, and many castles and green hills in the region, with Raby Castle being the favorite of those I visited.
The Vipava Valley is just another reason to visit it and probably much cheaper and less crowded than France. The natural beauty, the thermal pools, the cracas dish, fado and sangria make your visit a welcome experience. Between the three towers, the stunning location on top of Mount Titano and a handful of strange museums, it is a very exciting place to visit. When you cross one of the bridges to Pest, you can stroll along the riverbank to visit important attractions, such as the Parliament Building and St.
But no matter if you choose to climb to the top of the mountain or relax on the balcony of your guesthouse, we guarantee you an amazing visit to Zagori. After admiring Helsinki's beautiful art nouveau architecture and visiting the city's fabulous art museums, take a break at a local cafe for Finnish coffee and pastries. With countless woodcarving shops, candle makers, Christmas angel designers and a host of other magical and winter traditions here, it is a pleasure to visit in the festive season, but that is carried over to other parts of the year. The mountains of Los Mallos are appreciated by climbers, but also by photographers and instagramers looking for unique places in the world.
Plus, there are plenty of amazing places in Iceland to visit, so you'll be spoilt for choice while exploring one of the most unusual places in Europe. Now, I've tried to share some from across the continent, so I hope you'll find some that are close to the country you're visiting. Be sure to visit Aviemore, a sweet town with plenty of good restaurants, such as local food at the Old Bridge Inn and the cakes at Asher's Bakery. With unique accommodation options at affordable prices, such as staying in castles, vineyards, even windmills in orchards or even watching a Roman amphitheater, it is a part of Spain that deserves much more attention.