3 little-known European destinations to consider this year

If you need help deciding where to venture this year, here are the cultural highlights of some absolutely spectacular yet little-known European destinations.  Croatia, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic offer an amazing combination of gorgeous countryside, historic cities, and vibrant local cultures and traditions.

Little-known European destinations - Milna, Brac Island, Croatia

Brac Island, Croatia

Brac Island on the Dalmatian coast

 

In Croatia, if you decide to stay on the island of Brac or take a day-trip there on the ferry from Split, the port town of Pucisca is the home of a local stone-cutters school. Brac’s world-renowned stone has been used in the construction of some the world’s most famous buildings, including Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the parliament buildings in Budapest and Vienna, and the White House in Washington, D.C. This is a unique opportunity to see students’ work and learn about a near-forgotten craft at one of the world’s few remaining stone-cutting schools.

Little-known European Destinations - Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

The amazing nature, food, and wine of the Slovenian countryside. 

 

Thinking of exploring the Slovenian countryside? How about learning to make struklji – a traditional local sweet, with a local chef? A cooking class like this would be a great opportunity to interact with people still closely linked to their traditions and you may get lucky and be offered a taste of some of the excellent local wine or brandy as well.

Little-known European Destinations-Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

The historic UNESCO-protected town of Cesky Krumlov in the Bohemian countryside.

 

Just south of Prague – the Czech capital, the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov on the banks of the Vltava River is best explored on a guided walking tour of the city’s historic center and visiting some of the highlights like the Rosenberg (Rozmberk in Czech) family castle whose well-preserved Baroque theater and original stage are sometimes still used for performances.

 

Looking  to travel to any of these little-known European destinations? We’ve been there and done that, so let us know and we will be happy to help!