3 Most Underrated Cities in Europe

By Alisha Amin

Sevilla-Spain

Seville, Spain

 

“Europe: a continent spanning 44 countries, with both vast mountain ranges, luscious forests, beaches to die for and ancient monuments, where deciding on a country to visit is challenging at the best of times! Europe is scattered with many famous locations, be it the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the intertwined maze of canals in Venice, the ancient Acropolis in Greece or the Berlin Wall. However, there are many underrated cities in Europe, a bit more off the beaten path, that are well worth a visit.”

Kotor, Montenegro

“Arriving in Montenegro, I had few expectations. I had never seen this country featured in travel magazines or websites and knew little about the city. However, this country has quickly become one of my favourites in Europe. The little port town of Kotor has many beautiful beaches and vivid blue waters. A trip to Kotor wouldn’t be complete without wondering through the tiny cobbled alleys of Budva, the old town. You will immediately be transported back to the medieval times when you walk through the huge stone walls boarding town. On the other side of the town there are the beaches of Mogren One and Two. You can also visit Perast and take a small boat to visit ‘our lady of the rocks’, a church built on a tiny artificial island. If hiking is more up your street then there are many untouched paths up Lovcen mountain, with incredible views over the port and town. You can take a drive up the Kotor Serpentine; a long, winding road scattered with multiple viewpoints of the port and Adriatic sea.”

 

Kotor, Montenegro

 

Kotor, Montenegro in Europe

Seville, Spain

“The south of Spain is mostly known either as a playground for the rich and famous or for its party scene, but Seville is much more than that, definitely one of the most underrated cities in Europe. Situated a three-hour drive from the Costa del Sol, a visit to Seville is definitely worth it. You will quickly notice the juxtaposition of old and new, as Seville features both modern architecture and ancient gothic cathedrals along with traditional Spanish touches throughout the city. I would recommend visiting Real Alcazar – Seville’s royal palace. Originally a fort, it has been adapted and modernized over the past 11 centuries. Arguably the most impressive place to visit is Seville Cathedral, the largest gothic cathedral in the world. The cathedral houses the monumental tomb of St Christopher Columbus, a huge bell tower and the Giralda. If you visit the cathedral, ensure you climb up to the top of the Giralda, and you will be rewarded with breath-taking rooftop views from 104m above the city. When strolling around the city, you will not miss the Metropol Parasol - a piece of architectural genius. It was built as a ginormous shade from the intense Spanish sun and is the world’s largest wooden structure. You can take a lift and walk around the path on top of the structure and look at the honeycomb shapes formed by the wood from a different angle. The last place I am going to mention is Plaza de España. This place truly blew me away and I had never seen anything like it before. It’s a colossal building/area with a canal (which you can hire rowing boats on) and walls covered with multicoloured unique ceramics and beautiful bridges. You can marvel in the beauty of this place for hours and is a photographer’s dream.”

 

Seville, Spain

 

Sevilla, España

Bratislava, Slovakia

“Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is only a stone’s throw away from the tourist hub of Vienna; however, it is often forgotten or left out from tourist guides and travel itineraries. Bratislava’s charm is unique and slightly unconventional; it doesn’t necessarily have the natural beauty of some of the other countries however, it has a humble charm that many other European cities lack. It is perfect if you are looking for a city break for a few days and can be accessible very easily and quickly by boat from Vienna. One unmissable sight is the UFO tower – a structure that looks utterly bizarre but is completely unique to Bratislava. You can take a lift to the top where there is a bar and restaurant as well as a viewing platform. Views extend over the Danube river, the rest of the city and on a clear day you can even see Hungary and Austria. Take your time to wander the streets of the old town; dipping into local shops and sampling local delicacies, a recomendation when exploring underrated cities in Europe. When you are walking, look out to see if you can spot ‘Cumil’, otherwise known as ‘the man at work’, a statue of a man, popping his head out of a hole in the road. The blue church is an art noveau church on the outskirts of the city. It looks almost as if it has been lifted out form a fairy-tale. If you have time, other places to see would be Bratislava Castle, Devin Castle and St. Martins Cathedral.”

 

Bratislava, Slovakia

 

bratislava slovakia

 

Written by Alisha Amin:

“My name is Alisha Amin and I am currently studying dentistry. Travel and photography are my passions and what I truly live for. The curiosity and anticipation when first stepping foot in a new place is unrivalled by anything else, along with the countless stories you gain, with each place having its own unique place in your memories. I have a travel Instagram page (@alishaabroad) where I document my travels and photographs. I have travelled to 48 countries to date and cannot wait for the rest!”

 

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