Europe is full of magnificent and popular cities such as Paris, Rome and London but there are still some lesser-known destinations which are considered under the radar for those shying away from tourist-filled spots. We’ve teamed up with Topdeck Travel, provider of epic travel adventures for 18-30 somethings, to bring you the five most underrated cities in Europe worth adding to your bucket list.
Pictured above, the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, fair Verona is one of Italy’s most beautiful yet forgotten cities. For those who are fans of the play, it’s a given that you must visit the famous balcony at Casa di Giulietta. If you have spare time in the city, then why not take a stroll through the bustling Piazza delle Erbe or visit the Roman amphitheatre where you can enjoy a unique opera performance.
Try a walking tour of Verona on Topdeck Travel’s Paparazzi Parade tour.
Often outshone by nearby Lisbon, Porto is a vibrant destination that offers artisan shops, tiled architecture and a laidback culture – the perfect recipe for a city break. One of the main highlights in the city is the impressive and colourful Riberia district, situated on the banks of the Douro River. Here you can take a stroll down the picturesque waterfront or sample the local cuisine under the medieval arches. Porto’s offering doesn’t stop there as you can check out the many art galleries, experience a wine tour or wander the narrow cobbled streets in this amazing city.
Discover the quirky alleyways and traditional fishing boats in Porto on Topdeck’s Trail of Columbus tour.
Despite being located in an easily accessible part of Europe, Ljubljana hasn’t experienced the same tourist boom as its Central European neighbour, Prague. Described by many visitors as Europe’s hidden gem, the Slovenian capital boasts a number of stunning sights that will leave you wanting to visit the gorgeous city over and over again. With its impressive hilltop castle, Baroque architecture and spectacular bridges, Ljubljana is an unforgettable destination to add to your wish-list.
Explore Ljubljana’s Old Town and sip on vino in the buzzing art centre of Metelkova Mesto with Topdeck’s Roman Trail tour.
While most travellers who head to Scandinavia visit Stockholm and Copenhagen, the Finnish capital of Helsinki is starting to emerge as one of the new hotspots to include on itineraries. Just like the other Nordic capitals, there is plenty to do and see in the city and Helsinki’s small size means that anyone visiting the city can cover off a lot of sights in a single day. Hop on one of the old school trams, explore the famous design district or take a trip down to the vibrant market square where you can treat yourself to some local food and souvenirs.
Embrace the Finnish traditions in Helsinki with Topdeck’s Big Red to Red Star tour.
Bosnia might not strike some as a bucket-list topper but when there are hidden gems like the historic city of Mostar waiting to be discovered, it would be unwise to disregard it. Located just a few hours away from the coastal Croatian towns of Split and Dubrovnik, Mostar is one of the most charming and tranquil cities in Europe. The iconic Stari Most bridge hovers above the Neretva River for visitors to admire the famous site that was originally destroyed in the Balkans War. For those looking to explore what else the city has to offer, make sure to take a stroll through the Ottoman influenced market also known as Čaršija or visit the stunning Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque.
Wind your way through the picturesque city of Mostar on Topdeck’s Eastern Discovery tour.
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