Europe is just a stone’s throw away for UK holiday-goers and it’s so easy to plan a break to one of the main touristy cities, where you’re guaranteed to see some beautiful sights. But we feel like there are plenty of hidden gems in Europe that don’t get the attention they deserve when it comes to planning an adventure holiday to remember.
Take a look at our three favorite underrated destinations that can take you off the beaten track and let you see Europe from a different perspective.
Cycling the Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Croatia is renowned for its beautiful landscapes, with its pretty coastal towns and stunning unspoiled islands soaked in the Mediterranean sunshine. The country has recently enjoyed a little surge in popularity as it was used as filming locations for the popular American TV series Game of Thrones. However, we still think it’s an underrated holiday destination for those seeking an adventure holiday.
Hire a bike and cycle along the peaceful Dalmatian Coast. It takes you through Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar, so you can take in all the spectacular sights and the unique culture in the country. If you book your cycling tour through a travel company like Exodus, you can also island hop, getting the ferry to the stunning islands of Hvar and Korcula.
Snowshoeing in the Rodopi Mountains, Bulgaria
Looking for a winter adventure? We recommend planning a trip to Bulgaria, where you can go snowshoeing in the remote Rodopi Mountains, a route that’s largely untouched and seemingly cut off from the outside world.
The selection of walking routes is vast and you’ll get the chance to discover subterranean caves, ancient forests, panoramic ridges and deep gorges – what could be more mysterious and exciting? Wrap up warm though because it can get windy in exposed areas and in the winter, there can be heavy snowfall and crisp weather.
Adventure in Ardèche, France
The beautiful region of Ardèche in France is the perfect spot for tourists and adventure seekers. You’ll be trying something new every day of your holiday amongst the scenic mountains, valleys and a 125-mile long river that the region is named after.
Head to the Pont d’Arc, the stunning 54m high natural bridge that’s known as the entrance to the Ardèche canyon. There, you can try your hand at canoeing and kayaking, as well as exciting activities like cycling, zip lines, rock climbing and abseiling.
The cuisine in Ardèche is perfect for refueling after a day of activities. Their dishes are very rustic and classic – creamy goat’s cheeses, delicious red wine-based stews and sweet chestnuts. Wash this down with the region’s well-respected wines, such as the popular Côtes du Vivarais or Coteaux de l’Ardèche.
If you want a change from the touristy cities in Europe, plan a holiday to one of our underrated adventure trips where you can explore remotes areas and try out new activities whilst surrounded by stunning landscapes.