Most Underrated European Countries
Europe is the sixth-largest continent on earth and it is home to 44 gorgeous countries with rich culture and beautiful places. While the Scandinavia, the British Isles, West Europe consist and Central Europe consist some of the most popular countries, the East and South-East Europe is home to some of the most underrated European countries.
There are small countries like San Marino, Lichtenstein and Malta that get overshadowed by their neighbouring countries and then there are countries like Slovenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Slovakia that are slowly gaining their fame among travellers. Countries like Latvia, Belarus and Andorra are not only beautiful but they are also cheaper to visit than the other top European destination. Here are 10 Most Underrated European Countries that absolutely worth your attention:
Most Underrated European Countries
Located along the Adriatic coastline, Montenegro is a Balkan country and it is one of the most beautiful European countries. The country has so much to offer from coastal churches to fortified towns to its national park and much more. The country is dotted with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches. Montenegro holds unspoiled beauty and it is much cheaper than many European countries. Visit its dramatic gorges, fast-flowing rivers and the country also offers a lot of outdoor activities. Don’t forget to visit the Bay of Kotor, Durmitor National Park, Tara River Canyon and the glacial lakes.
Romania is among the few European countries that have changed very little in the last decade. It is a great place to visit if you want to go somewhere less crowded and way cheaper. Though Romania is slowly climbing the ladder to join the famous European countries it still has a long way to go. The country has pretty much everything from beautiful landscapes and friendly people to preserved medieval towns to fortified churches and castles and much more. The must-visit in Romania include Transylvania, Carpathian Mountains, Bran Castle, Sighişoara and Bucharest.
Extremely cheap but very beautiful, Albania is a small country with Adriatic and Ionian coastlines situated in Southeastern Europe’s Balkan Peninsula. The country has an interior crossed by the Albanian Alps. Albania is dotted with castles, beaches, museums and archaeological sites and host international music festivals at the seaside. Do visit the capital Tirana, Skanderbeg Square, the 18th-century mosque and the Albanian Riviera.
Moldova is home to many great wine regions including Nistreana which is known for reds, and Codru which is home to some of the world’s largest cellars. Apart from its vineyards, Moldova is also home to forests, rocky hills, museums, beautifully architectured cities and beautiful landscapes. Its capital Chișinău, the National Museum of History and its unspoiled countryside are some of the must-visits in the country.
Located in Northern Europe Estonia includes more than 1,500 islands and it is home to a diverse array of amazing locations. The country shares its borders with the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. Its rocky beaches, old-growth forest castles, churches, old towns, hilltop fortresses and several lakes surely make your visit-worthy. While in the country do visit its capital Tallinn with its preserved Old Town, museums and the 314m-high Tallinn TV Tower.
Lithuania is the southernmost of Europe’s Baltic states. The country shares its borders with Poland, Latvia and Belarus. The former Soviet bloc nation is known for its vibrant and unique places. Visit the capital Vilnius which houses the charming medieval Old Town, cobbled streets and many historical sites, visit the 18th-century cathedral built on a pagan temple site, the hilltop tower and observe its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The beautiful Baltic sea coast, the Curonian Spit, its wetlands are some of the must-visits in the country.
7. Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Located on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe, Bosnia and Herzegovina are known for its charming countrysides that is home to medieval villages, rivers and lakes and the craggy Dinaric Alps and its capital Sarajevo which contains one of the prettiest old towns. The country is dotted with the War Tunnel Museum and historical landmarks. Visit the Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque and the Ottoman-era Latin Bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was killed which ignited World War I.
Georgia is one of the transcontinental countries located both in Europe and Asia. Georgia is one of the most underrated countries in Europe. The former Soviet republic is home to mountains, beaches, dramatic landcapes and beautiful villages. The Caucasus Mountain villages, the Black Sea beaches, Vardzia, Kakheti and Tbilisi are some of the must-visits in the country.
Macedonia is not only beautiful but also a foodies paradise. Located in the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe Macedonia rose out of Yugoslavia in 1991. In this beautiful country, you will find picturesque mountains, dramatic landscapes and lakes. The huge lake Ohrid sitting below the snowcapped mountains of Macedonia presents a sight to behold. Skopje, Bitola, Matka canyon and the Church of St. John are some of the must-visits in the country.
The newest European nation, Kosovo declared its independence in2008 from Serbia. The country is home to charming mountain towns, wonderful hiking trails and many cultural and historical landmarks. The past years have been rough for Kosovo but now the country is absolutely safe to visit. It is located in the Balkan Peninsula and among the least known countries in Europe.