10 Gorgeous European Places You've Never Heard Of

04/16/2015 07:00 am ET | Updated Jun 27, 2015

You may think you know Europe's wonders from back to front. But newsflash: you don't. As with any well-trodden destination, the continent boasts a number of tucked-away treasures that would make even the most experienced traveler swoon.

The continent brims with uncrowded venues, like the islands of Spain and the lake towns of Lithuania. Oh, and did we mention that now is one of the cheapest times to visit Europe we've ever seen? Let the pros at show you Europe's most secret beauty spots:

  • Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
    This historic town in central Bulgaria is popular with Bulgarians themselves. Young couples tend to come here for local food, and a dose of clean air and relaxation, according to Lonely Planet calls it a "giant open-air museum."
  • Gjirokastër, Albania
    The town in southern Albania features UNESCO-anointed architecture typical of the Ottoman period, which means that it's pretty old and pretty pretty. Come here for culture; stay for the food.
  • Sibiu, Romania
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    This pedestrian-friendly town, popular with Romanians, was once named a European Capital of Culture.
  • Nová Lesná, Slovakia
    Rooms come cheap in this northern town, which is known among eastern Europeans for its plethora of outdoor activities. (Think hiking and downhill skiing.)
  • Novi Sad, Serbia
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    Come here in July for Serbia's biggest music festival, the EXIT Festival. Stay for budget-friendly accommodations, friendly people and killer shopping.
  • Klodzko, Poland
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    According to, solo travelers love to come here for the history and sightseeing. P.S. It's often referred to as "Little Prague."
  • Zarasai, Lithuania
    Right near Latvia sits the adorable town of Zarasai. Here, visitors can enjoy loads of nature with lakes ripe for fishing and boating. It's a popular spot for Russians, Italians and native Lithuanians, too.
  • Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal
    The Portuguese flock to this tranquil town that boasts killer food and wine. There are castles and nature, too.
  • Los Cancajos, Spain
    The tourist resort on Canarian island of La Palma is ideal for travelers who want to chill on the beach or go diving.
  • Myrties, Greece
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    So you want to go to Greece, obviously, but head off the beaten path just a smidge to Myrties, a settlement on the Dodecanese island of Kalymnos. There you'll find a relatively-undiscovered, quiet beach retreat on an island famed for climbing. (P.S. The area is great for scuba diving, too.)

  • Γερεβάν- 782 π.Χ
  • Ζαντάρ- 900 π.Χ
    This photo was taken on my iPhone out side of Zadar.
  • Μτσκέτα- 1000 π.Χ
  • Σεντίζ- 1100 π.Χ
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  • Μυτιλήνη- 1100 π.Χ
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  • Λισαβόνα- 1200 π.Χ
  • Χαλκιδα- 1300 π.Χ
  • Λάρνακα- 1300 π.Χ
  • Θήβα- 3000 π.Χ
  • Τρίκαλα- 3000 π.Χ
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  • Πάτρα- 3.500 π.Χ
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  • Χανιά- 4000 π.Χ
  • Πλοβντίν- 4000 π.Χ
  • Αθήνα- 5000 π.Χ
  • Άργος 5000 π.Χ
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