We all love lounging on a Spanish beach or admiring the crumbled buildings of Northern Italy but what about those special little secrets tucked away in other parts of Europe? G&S go off the beaten track to discover Europe’s hidden gems for you to explore this summer…
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovena
This small city straddling the Neretva River is known for its iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge) a reconstructed medieval arched bridge that joins the two sides of the city. The pebbled streets boast quirky statues and interesting street art and are lined with shops and market stalls. By night the restaurants along the river twinkle to create an enchanting scene. For history buffs, the city still has vivid scars of the 1990’s conflict which are worth exploring.
For more natural beauty take a day trip out to Kravice falls. This stunning mini-Niagara is a natural phenomenon protected by state law. The 25-metre cascade pounds into steaming pools, some of which you can swim in during the summer months.
What to wear to visit Mostar…
Home to the Munich Oktoberfest, the Bavarian region isn’t exactly a secret, but it has a lot more to offer than bratvurst and beer. Visit Lake Koningsee just before the Austrian border. With its emerald waters and views of the Alps it’s enough to make you want to break out into The Sound of Music.
Bring out your inner-princess and check out Neuschwanstein Castle. The former home of German monarchy, the turrets make it look like something straight out of a Disney film.
What to wear to visit Bavaria….
The Meteora, Central Greece
Instead of rushing to the islands, why not see what the mainland has to offer? The Meteora in Thessaly is a formation of immense monolithic pillars and hills with eye-boggling monasteries precariously built on top and amongst the boulders. The impressive structures are important Eastern Orthodox monasteries and are included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Many people include taking in Delphi when they go out to see the Meteora. Delphi is a town on Mount Parnassus in the south of mainland Greece. It’s the site of the Temple of Apollo and has many other spectacular archeological remains that are worth an ogle.
What to wear to visit the Meteora...