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10 Hidden Spots In Europe That Will Blow Your Mind

Wanderlust July 4, 2017 By Vincent

When it comes to travel, there are certain places that are on everyone's list to go because everyone knows about them. These places are usually stunningly beautiful or unique and so deserve the attention they garner but there are some hidden gems out there that just don't get the credit they deserve alongside these better-known locations.

Here, we take a look at some hidden destinations in Europe that are worth more of a mention than they get.

1. Asturias, Spain

Whilst most head to the capital ofMadrid, the beaches of Barcelona or the festivals and religious sites of Valencia, Spain has a wealth of glorious regions that so often slip under the radar of tourists and travelers alike.

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The Covadonga convent (which doubles as the main entrance to Picos de Europa National Park) is an absolutely stunning spot in the area where the lush green hills and beautifully clear waters make for great hiking and swimming opportunities whilst prices remain a darn site cheaper than other destinations in the country.

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2. Tenby, Wales, UK

Wales is filled with spectacular rolling hills and gloriously quaint villages and even has some of the best beaches in Europe (yes, really) but if heading to the coast, many get down to Polperro or Mevagissey but if you want a real sense of the classic British seaside holiday then Tenby may well be the best option.

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A Victorian seaside development that looks toward Caldey Island, the multicolored houses on the beachfront are just part of the charm of the town, where the center is a collection of narrow, higgledy-piggledy streets that are pedestrianized during the day.

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3. Zaandam, Netherlands

Nearby to Amsterdam, Zaandam often gets overlooked for its neighbor as well as places like Rotterdam and Eindhoven which are noted for their restaurants and compelling nightlife.

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A leading city during the industrial revolution, Zaandam made its name as a big milling city. Now, by modern city standards, it is quite small but the large and brightly colored windmills that have become icons of the country dot the canals.

4. Saaremaa Island, Estonia

The largest island of Estonia, Saaremaa sits in the Baltic sea and holds the 9 Kaali craters that are thought to have been created by meteorites some 3,500 years ago, with the largest now forming the beautifully green-fringed Kaali lake.

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There is only one town on the island that sits in the Gulf of Riga where a stunning medieval castle which houses the Saaremaa Regional Museum can be found.

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5. Colmar, France

In the Alsace region, this gorgeous French town draws its beauty from not being uniquely French but rather being uniquely European. Situated near both Germany and Switzerland, it has a sense of 1,000 years of the continent's history.

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With its historical center being a protected area, it has undergone careful restoration in recent years and holds a certain country town charm to it.

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