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Secret Europe: 50 truly unforgettable experiences to inspire your next trip by Lonely Planet
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At Lonely Planet, many of our favourite European experiences remain unknown to most travellers. Weve created a mini-guide Secret Europe: 50 TRULY UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES TO INSPIRE YOUR NEXT TRIP that includes clandestine nightclubs, secret hotels, killer views, off-the-radar villages, lesser-known cultural capitals, and more. Sourced from our expert authors, locals, and other in-the-know denizens, some of these experiences cannot be found in any guidebook. Its these kinds of unexpected, magical places that make unforgettable memories. Whether youve never been to Europe or have been 100 times, were confident youll find something here to whet your travel appetite, inspiring you to pick a country or region and start planning your next adventure there.
No matter where your excursion leads, how many times youve been, or what youre looking for, theres always more to discover than you might expect. Wandering off beaten paths can happen anywhere, even in iconic well-trodden destinations like Paris, where you can find a hidden picnic area near a patisserie of glorious historic and gastronomic creds that few tourists will ever find. So, go forth, explore, and... shhhh, dont tell too many people about it.
Spain: Cabo de Gata, Parque Natural Sierras Subbeticas, Gibraltar Czech Republic: Olomouc, Prague Poland: Krakow Turkey: Bozcaada Ireland: Cromane, Dublin Macedonia: Dihovo Italy: Lazio, Nocelle, Sibillini Mountains, Ostuni, Venice Croatia: Losinj, Zagreb Germany: Mechernich, Beuron, Berlin Netherlands: Haarlem, Amsterdam England: Battle, South Cotswolds, London Luxembourg: Luxembourg City Norway: Kjerringoy, Bergen Russia: Kaliningrad France: Amiens, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Paris Serbia: Belgrade Iceland: Reykjavik, Nordurfjordur Estonia: Tartu Montenegro: Morinj Belarus: Pripyatsky National Park Switzerland: Lavaux Albania: Shkodra Greece: Ithaca Georgia: Kakheti Portugal: Vila do Bispo Wales: Conwy Latvia: Sigulda Scotland: Claunie Finland: The Lakeland Crete: Milia
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This mini-guide suggests hidden gems and unique activities to kick-start the planning stage of your next European experience. Each experience described in the sampler is paired with a reference to the Lonely Planet guide that will give you more details on the destination described.
Next step, discover Europe beyond the typical iconic sights with Lonely Planet guides. Once youve decided which country, region, or city you want to explore, check out the related Lonely Planet guide for additional itineraries, detailed recommendations, and planning advice to ensure that exploring Europe is the rich, authentic experience youve always dreamt of.
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