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Unveiling Europe's Hidden Gems: Beyond the Crowds this Summer

Summer in Europe conjures images of sun-drenched beaches, bustling piazzas and iconic landmarks. But with rising tourist numbers, popular destinations can lose their charm.


This year, why not ditch the crowds and explore Europe's hidden gems?


Here are three captivating alternatives to add to your summer bucket list:


Braga, Portugal: A Sanctuary of History and Baroque Splendour

Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal

Often dubbed the "Rome of Portugal," this historic city boasts a wealth of baroque churches, including the magnificent Sé Cathedral, one of the oldest in the country.


Wander the charming, cobbled streets lined with medieval buildings and vibrant shops.


Delve into the city's rich religious heritage at the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, a stunning pilgrimage site adorned with ornate staircases and breath-taking panoramic views.


Braga's smaller size compared to Lisbon allows for a more relaxed and authentic Portuguese experience.


Bay of Kotor, Montenegro: Adriatic Majesty and Dramatic Landscapes

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Nestled amongst dramatic limestone cliffs, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts breath-taking scenery and charming seaside towns.


Explore the car-free town of Kotor, a maze of narrow alleyways, Venetian architecture and ancient city walls.


Climb the imposing San Giovanni Fortress for panoramic views of the bay or take a boat trip to explore hidden coves and secluded beaches.


For the adventurous, the surrounding mountains offer hiking, kayaking and ziplining. Savour fresh seafood dishes at waterfront restaurants, or sample Montenegrin wines at nearby vineyards.


The Bay of Kotor provides a unique and unforgettable summer escape.


Riga, Latvia: A City Steeped in History and Art Nouveau Charm

Riga, Latvia
Riga, Latvia

Explore the medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its cobbled streets, towering churches and distinctive architecture.


Be mesmerized by the ornate buildings in the Art Nouveau style, a unique architectural movement flourishing in the early 20th century.


Take a stroll through the verdant parks, visit the Central Market for local crafts and souvenirs, or explore the Latvian National Museum of Art.


Compared to bustling metropolises like Paris or London, Riga presents a more manageable and walkable city. For a touch of excitement, take a day trip to Jūrmala, a charming seaside resort town with pristine beaches and charming wooden architecture.


Riga promises a culturally rich and affordable summer adventure.


So, ditch the expected and embrace the unexpected. Let these hidden gems be the stars of your European summer adventure!


Get in touch today and let us help you create the trip of a lifetime!


01225 287597 / 07557 771403 / hello@gracefulwanderlust.com

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