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Forbes: Europe's Hidden Travel Gems


Sep 22, 2009
Forget the Eiffel Tower and the Vatican--these lesser-known destinations are among the continent's best.

First settled more than 2,000 years ago, the town of Stari Grad is one of Europe's oldest. Indeed, the name Stari Grad is Croatian for "old town." Consequently, tourists overlook the tiny village--and miss one of the most delightful attractions on the continent.

"Most visitors disembark the ferry at Stari Grad and head straight to Hvar Town, with its sleek hotels, flashy nightclubs and luxury yachts," says Michelle Finkelstein, vice president of travel agency OurPersonalGuest. "Unfortunately they miss out on this quaint hamlet with cobblestone streets, gelaterias and quirky art galleries."

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In order to come up with Europe's 10 best-hidden travel gems, we solicited nominations from travel professionals including Patrick Evans, spokesman for STA Travel, a travel agency that caters to students; George Hobica, founder of AirfareWatchdog.com; and Finkelstein. Our final list includes the most frequently and vociferously mentioned locations by the trio.

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Santa Maria del Naranco
Spain

This pre-Romanesque church is situated just outside the city of Oviedo in Northern Spain. Completed in 848 AD and originally built for a larger palace, the structure was converted to a church in the 13th century. It offers plenty to those of the secular persuasion. Says Finkelstein: "The vast green lawn is the perfect spot for a picnic overlooking the city."

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Frasassi Caves
Italy

While most visitors check out the Coliseum in Rome or observe high fashion in Milan, the Frasassi Caves of Italy's northern Marche region remain comparatively empty. "The Marche is one of the least touristed regions of Italy," says Finkelstein. "But one of the most rewarding." Only discovered in the 1970s, the caves are nearly new--at least as far as geological attractions go.

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Stari Grad
Croatia

Situated on the Croatian island Hvar, Stari Grad is one of Europe's oldest towns, first settled more than 2,000 years ago. Indeed, the name Stari Grad is Croatian for "old town." But don't dismiss this town because of its age. "Most visitors disembark the ferry at Stari Grad and head straight to Hvar Town, with its sleek hotels, flashy nightclubs and luxury yachts," says Finkelstein. "Unfortunately they miss out on this quaint hamlet with cobblestone streets, gelaterias and quirky art galleries." Finkelstein recommends visiting the Dominican monastery behind the town.

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