Globetrotters are always looking for new, under-the-radar travel destinations that provide a chance to escape the crowds and sea of selfie sticks.
As summer kicks off, Business Insider asked friends, colleagues, and some of the world’s top travel experts for their favourite – and most overlooked – European destinations that can be seen in a long weekend.
From the mystical Arabic influence of Granada to the dilapidated charm of Porto and the gothic churches of Transylvania, here’s a selection of their top recommendations, along with some local tips.
Pretend you’re in a Bond film at the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.
Montenegro provides a less obvious alternative to neighbouring Croatia, and it’s not hard to see the draw of the stunning setting of the Bay of Kotor, with its glistening Adriatic sea and mountainous backdrop. The bay is also home to the preserved medieval old city of Kotor which just so happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage site.
One TripAdvisor user from the UK called it “Europe’s best kept secret.”
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