The two Croatian locations on Europe’s most underrated cities list
- by croatiaweek
- in Travel
One of the world’s leading travel magazines, Conde Nast Traveler, released a list of the most underrated European cities, as recommended by seasoned travelers. The magazine sought out advice from their extensive network of travel specialists and European-based writers to compile the list of 22 hidden gems.
“We tapped our network of travel specialists and European-based writers to pull together this list of the most underrated European cities,” Conde Nast Traveler said.
The selected cities offer unique experiences and captivating cultural treasures that are often overlooked by tourists. These lesser-known destinations provide an opportunity to explore Europe beyond the usual tourist hotspots and to uncover hidden treasures that are waiting to be discovered.
Two destinations in Croatia, Trogir and Opatija, were among the chosen destinations that made it onto the coveted list.
Located in the Dalmatian region of Croatia, Trogir is a charming coastal town that boasts a rich history and impressive architecture. The town’s cobbled streets are lined with stunning medieval buildings that have earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.
Opatija, on the other hand, is a picturesque seaside resort town that exudes elegance and charm. With its scenic promenade, stunning villas, and abundant greenery, Opatija is a hidden gem that is sure to impress even the most seasoned traveler.
“Located on a tiny island, Trogir’s Old Town is bursting with charm. Its narrow, ancient streets form a labyrinth lined with medieval town houses. The lively seafront promenade, lined with cafes and restaurants, is abuzz with activity on a summer day. The town also boasts many beautiful and well-preserved buildings from its age of glory between the 13th and 15th centuries. In 1997, its profuse collection of Romanesque and Renaissance buildings earned it UNESCO World Heritage status,” wrote Wanda S. Radetti, President of VisitCroatia.com – Tasteful Croatian Journeys.
“Although today it is often overlooked in favor of cities like Dubrovnik or Split, it is Opatija in the north that is the cradle of tourism in Croatia. Nicknamed “Vienna by the sea” due to its handsome Belle Époque architecture, the Opatija Riviera, a 30-kilometer stretch of land nestled between the wooded slopes of Mount Ucka and the rocky coastline of the Kvarner Gulf, was once the most visited seaside resort of the Austro-Hungarian elite.”
The list of underrated European cities offers a refreshing alternative to the more popular tourist destinations, such as Paris, Rome, and Barcelona. It provides an opportunity to explore the lesser-known parts of Europe and to discover new and exciting destinations that are off the beaten path.
You can see the full list HERE.