Hidden Gem Destinations to Experience in Europe

From the Balkans to the Baltics, the North Atlantic to the Adriatic, Europe has always captured hearts with its iconic destinations. While many look to spend the summer in Mykonos, Barcelona, Paris and Rome, these cultural hubs and beauty spots are becoming extremely overcrowded and void of authentic local experiences. 

Luxury jet setters are seeking out new and undiscovered locations to experience the essence of Europe. The best hidden gem destinations across the continent are often those that are hardest to reach. A private charter provides a tangible solution to reach these little-known locations. 

Take a look at some of Europe’s overlooked destinations waiting to be explored.

Hidden gem destinations - Kotor

Kotor, Montenegro

Shining on the Adriatic coast, Montenegro is filled with towering mountains, cobblestone towns and idyllic beaches. Combining breathtaking landscapes, a rich cultural heritage and rural charm, Montenegro is the underrated European gem that should be on everyone’s radar.

Nestled in the secluded corner of the spectacular Bay of Kotor sits the old town of Kotor, a living, breathing entity from a time long forgotten. Set against the backdrop of the Dinaric Alps, this ancient town’s Venetian palaces, dramatic scenery and spirit of antiquity is not to be missed. Visit the charming Our Lady of the Rocks or reach the monumental vantage point of the San Giovanni fortress to experience Kotor from new perspectives.

Hidden gem destinations - Azores

Azores, Portugal

Surrounded by azure waters, the Azores is the perfect destination to reconnect with nature. This archipelago is composed of nine charismatic islands, each with its own unique identity. 

The largest of the nine islands, São Miguel is known for its lush green hills, dramatic viewpoints and geothermal hot springs. It is also home to Europe’s only tea plantation. Lava-walled vineyards line the island of Pico to create an intriguing wine scene. While Terceira is known as the purple island for its beautiful blanket of hydrangeas.

Hidden gem destinations - Menton

Menton, France

While many look to spend their summer in Nice or Cannes, Menton is one of the best hidden gem destinations on the French Riviera. Backed by the foothills of the Alps and open to the Mediterranean, year round sun is guaranteed with the city’s subtropical microclimate. 

Considered a preserved Eden, this colourful destination is a city of artists, craftsmen, botanists and gardeners. With its unique ochre and pastel buildings, and abundance of lemon trees, it’s no wonder that Menton is known as the Pearl of France.

Stari Most bridge in Mostar

Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina

From emerald green rivers to intricate Ottoman architecture, Bosnia Herzegovina is one of the most unique places to visit in Europe. Spanning cultures from the east and west, this fascinating country is home to one of Europe’s best kept secret destinations, Mostar. 

From picturesque alleyways filled with local shops and traditional Bosnian coffee, to unbelievable landscapes and holy sites, Mostar has it all. The true jewel of Mostar is the historic Stari Most, a 16th century bridge connecting two culturally and religiously diverse areas of the town. This architecture has a rich history, and has seen locals daring to take the plunge from the bridge for the last 450 years. 

Trulli houses in Alberobello

Alberobello, Italy

Hidden in the Puglia region lies the fairytale town of Alberobello. Home to 1500 trulli, this peaceful part of southern Italy is the only place this distinctive architecture has ever existed. The ancient houses built with dry stone walls and conical roofs interject the olive groves with history and wonder.  

The Rione Aia Piccola district offers an authentic sense of what life is like living amongst the trulli. It also grants the best view over the cluster of trulli patches in Rione Monti, which lies beneath the Chiesa di Sant’Antonio.

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