European travel is rapidly getting back to normal as more and more countries drop travel restrictions and life on the continent continues to resemble the “old days” of 2019. Many of us will be heading across the pond this year for long-overdue European escapes, but in addition to making plans to get re-acquainted with the classics like London, Paris and Rome, why not mix in a couple of underrated European destinations too? Your dollar will go further, the crowds you see be smaller and since you’ll arrive with fewer expectations, pleasant surprises are more likely to sprout. Plus, let’s admit it, it’s pretty cool to be the only person you know that went somewhere.
While the following 28 cities and towns aren’t completely undiscovered, they are all underrated destinations in Europe that deserve much more attention than they currently get.