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5 Small Unique European Destinations

August 20, 2020

Thinking about visiting Europe this Summer? As the European Union is gradually reopening its borders, why not opt for smaller, less crowded destinations? Since the transmission of covid-19 is still of a concern to many travelers, Art In Voyage brings you smaller, yet equally incredible destinations to avoid crowds while enjoying some similarly exciting experiences.

Syros Greece, By Art In Voyage
Syros Greece, By Art In Voyage
Syros Greece, By Art In Voyage
Syros Greece, By Art In Voyage
Syros Greece, By Art In Voyage

Instead of Santorini, try Syros Island

Santorini’s notorious blue-topped, whitewashed buildings that spill down the island’s hillsides towards the sea have made it a magnet for travelers for decades. For a quieter and less expensive slice of Greek life, the island of Syros has a mixture of beautiful beaches and small towns to visit including historical buildings and churches. It might not be as popular as its neighboring Mykonos, Santorini, and Paros, but that’s where this island’s charm lies. Boasting the beautiful Cycladic landscape, minus the crowds, Syros Greece is a top choice for those who want to avoid crowds, chillout, and relax in the Greek Islands.

Sulffok, By Art In Voyage
Sulffok, By Art In Voyage
Sulffok, By Art In Voyage
Sulffok, By Art In Voyage
Sulffok, By Art In Voyage

Instead of Cornwall, try Suffolk

Cornwall, located on the Southwest of England, famed for its world-renowned beaches which makes it a surfing haven in the UK as well as one of the leading holiday destinations in the UK. But the lesser-crowds in Suffolk, the better. Situated on the east coast of England, Suffolk is a county filled with natural beauty, bordered by 50 miles of glorious coastline, and topped with breathtaking skies. It’s the perfect holiday destination, full of charming villages and medieval towns which draw in artists and writers, and its bounty of great produce and restaurants make it a special spot for foodies.

Portugal at a Glance, by Art In Voyage
Feast of the Senses curated travel journey with Art In Voyage - Lisbon, Alentejo, Douro, Porto. June 2021
Porto, By Art In Voyage
Porto, By Art In Voyage
Porto, By Art In Voyage

Instead if Lisbon, try Porto

Porto is a more chilled-out alternative to Lisbon, though both share winding cobbled streets, buildings covered with colorful azulejo tiles, and a coastal location. Porto is a fascinating and vibrant city that is rapidly becoming one of Western Europe’s most respected tourist destinations. The city boasts an extensive history, interesting tourist attractions, and a buzzing nightlife, and outstanding tourist facilities. There is a lot to see and do in Porto, and this diverse city will appeal to a wide range of visitors.

Bordeaux, By Art In Voyage
Bordeaux, By Art In Voyage
Bordeaux, By Art In Voyage
Bordeaux, By Art In Voyage
Bordeaux, By Art In Voyage

Instead of Paris, explore Bordeaux

Discover why Bordeaux is a better alternative for holiday destinations rather than, Paris. Without a doubt, definitely with much lesser crowds than Paris and more relaxing. Bordeaux is, unsurprisingly, best-known for its wine-related activities. The capital city of the New-Aquitaine region is world-famous for its vineyards and top-notch wine labels, but that’s not all the area has to offer. It might evolve over time, but this place’s rich history is hard to forget – From Saint-Andrew Cathedral of Bordeaux to the Museum of Aquitaine, and from the notorious Quays Market to the Parc de Majolan, Bordeaux is indeed a very pleasant city to visit with its UNESCO World Heritage Sites and rich history.

Brda Slovenia, By Art In Voyage
Brda Slovenia, By Art In Voyage
Brda Slovenia, By Art In Voyage
Brda Slovenia, By Art In Voyage
Brda Slovenia, By Art In Voyage

Instead of Tuscany, try Brda, Slovenia

Tuscany is popular and rightly so — it is home to Florence, Siena and the Chianti wine region. But for the less-traveled road, the Brda region is a quiet respite in Slovenia between the Mediterranean and the Alps. It has been given the nickname ‘Tuscany of Slovenia” for its countless vineyards, rolling hills, and medieval villages. If you’ve never been to Brda before, Dobrovo Castle is a logical first stop on your tour. The region’s well-stocked and extremely helpful tourist information center is located in the courtyard, where you can also find the Briška Butiehca shop, packed with handmade gifts and souvenirs crafted by local artists, artisans, and farmers.