European Travel Gems: Budget Destinations You Might Not Know About

Rome, Barcelona, Paris and Berlin are the cities that definitely do not need any advertising.

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People from around the world come to see the sights of the cities that they already know from films, books, magazines and, of course, travel shows. That’s how these cities are literally suffocated by tourists. That is why we have selected the most charming corners of Europe, we are sure you will be happy to explore without a noisy crowd of tourists.

There is, of course, one but. And it lies in the fact that not all of these cities have airports. And even if there are airports, they may not have as frequent flights or as low-cost flights as we would like.

Here a lifesaver comes to the rescue in the form of car rental, which, by the way, unlike the previously mentioned pop cities, will be quite low. You will be pleasantly surprised by the prices for renting, say, a cute mini-cooper for numerous trips to small cozy villages and towns. Even the mini cooper price in UAE, where life and individual services are considered very expensive, are very, very acceptable (everyone can afford such a nimble car). I think you would agree that it’s much better to travel in this way, instead of boring bus tours and a bunch of tourists that you need to adapt to. Thanks to such services as car rental, you can enjoy travel in comfort, style and with accessible prices on the top.

So, after we’ve solved the logistics difficulties, let’s get down to our unexplored budget European diamonds. 

1. Bristol, South West England

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For fans of one of the mysteries of the century, Banksy, you should definitely go to Bristol and follow in the footsteps of the most mysterious street artist in the world.

2. Heviz, Zala County, western Hungary

It is worth a trip to the charming Heviz to swim in an unusual thermal lake, which even in winter is warmed up to at least +24 °C, and in summer even up to +36 °C. The water is completely renewed every 48 hours. Given that Lake Heviz is surrounded by a protected forest, the microclimate here is literally healing.

3. Evora, historical province of Alto Alentejo, Portugal

You won’t have to look for sights in the Portuguese Evora, since it is entirely included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a city-museum.

4. Utrecht, conurbation Randstad, the center of Holland

From Amsterdam to Utrecht – half an hour drive. You will certainly want to take a boat ride through the canals, look into the 13th century Dome Cathedral and spend half a day at the Jukebox Museum. Near the village of Harzeulens, near Utrecht, stands the largest castle in the Netherlands – the neo-Gothic De Haar.

5. Olomouc, Moravia, east of the Czech Republic

Olomouc was founded in the middle of the 13th century and was once the capital of the Moravian state. In Olomouc, many of the most beautiful historical monuments of architecture have been preserved and a rich cultural life is still in full swing. Locals say that Olomouc is like Prague, only it is quiet and not crowded here.

6. Ghent, East Flanders, Belgium

In terms of the number of historical monuments, Ghent in Belgium is second only to Antwerp. See the 12th-century castle of the counts of Flanders and the 13th-century castle of Gererd the Devil.

7. Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, center of Spain

Toledo stands on a picturesque hill and is surrounded by medieval fortifications, but it stands out not only for this. The city has preserved an amazing number of monuments of ancient Roman Arabic, Jewish and Christian architecture.

8. Bologna, Emilia-Romagna region, northern Italy

Be sure to go to see the leaning towers of Asinelli and Garisenda leaning to one side, just like the Leaning Tower, views of the tiled roofs from the observation decks of Bologna, and there is nothing to compare with the majesty of the oldest university in Europe. But most importantly, Bologna is the recognized culinary capital of Italy.

9. Biarritz, New Aquitaine, France

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The resort Biarritz on the Basque Coast is already almost in Spain, but still in France. Because of the powerful waves, the French resort in the Atlantic Pyrenees is popular with experienced surfers: professional competitions and surfing festivals are held here.

10. Bremen, northwest Germany

The heart of Bremen is the magnificent Market Square with the 11th century St. Peter’s Cathedral, the early 15th century town hall and medieval burgher houses that miraculously survived the war. Also, don’t miss the “Bremen Town Musicians” sculpture.

The best education you can afford in life is travel. So never stop and travel as much as possible.

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