When I say Europe, where do you think of?
Probably London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Berlin etc. If you’ve been to any of these places, you might also be thinking of the thousands of people swarming the Eiffel Tower trying to get the perfect Instagram. Or the long line of people queuing for an overpriced London Eye ticket. Or the busy pickpocket hotspot that is the Colosseum.
Yes, the big European cities are fantastic, brim-full of activities and sightseeing to suit any interest. But their size, and fame also means another thing: crowds. And lots of them.
Having spent the last eight months travelling and studying abroad, I’ve been fortunate enough to go to the big cities, and also the smaller ones. And it’s in these smaller cities, that I believe the true charm of a country is revealed, away from the sweaty crowds and overpriced everything.
So, here’s four underrated European cities to try if you want to avoid the crowds!