Switch and avoid crowds

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 concern to many travelers, Art In Voyage brings you smaller, yet equally incredible European destinations that avoid crowds while offering 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 renowned blue-topped, whitewashed buildings that spill down the island’s hillsides towards the sea have made the destination a magnet for travelers for decades. For a quieter and less expensive slice of Greek life, the island of Syros has a unique 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 the island’s charm lies. Boasting the beautiful Cycladic landscape, without the crowds, Syros Greece is a top choice for those who want to avoid the masses, chillout, and relax.

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 in the Southwest of England, famed for its world-renowned beaches which make it a surfing haven 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 brimming with natural beauty, bordered by 50 miles of glorious coastline, and topped with colorful skies. It’s the perfect holiday destination, full of quaint villages and medieval towns that draw in artists and writers. It also has a bounty of great produce and restaurants making it a riveting 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 coastal locations. 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, bustling nightlife and outstanding tourist facilities. There is plenty to see and do in Porto and the 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 the better alternative for a holiday destination as opposed to Paris. With fewer crowds and a more relaxing atmosphere, the destination will astound you. Bordeaux is, unsurprisingly, best-known for its wine-related pursuits. 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 may have evolved over time, but its rich history is memorable. From The Saint-Andrew Cathedral to the Museum of Aquitaine and from the bustling Quays Market to the Parc de Majolan, Bordeaux is a brilliant history-rich city to visit.

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 rightfully so as it is home to Florence, Siena and the Chianti wine regions. 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 have not been to Brda before, Dobrovo Castle is the logical first stop on your tour. The region is well-stocked and has a helpful tourist information center.