The Scottish city is one that often gets overlooked for busier and more well known London. Edinburgh though is a gem not to be missed, from stone buildings that look straight out of Harry Potter to an old world feel that feels unique to Scotland, from the heavy Scottish accents to amazing countryside that surrounds the city. The city is becoming more and more of a tourist destination but in the off season you can still wander the streets alongside the locals.
Perhaps because of its fraught history or because most tourists block to Dublin and the Irish countrysides of County Kerry, but Northern Ireland is still a relatively unknown spot for tourists. Home of the Giant’s Causeway and the tiny town of Bushmills famous for its whiskey, Northern Ireland is gorgeous and quiet. Rent a car and drive the countryside, through tiny towns and green fields full of sheep. The North also boasts incredible cliffsides above the ocean and incredible food.
Often overlooked for its famous neighbor, Cannes, Nice in the South of France is still fairly quiet in the off seasons. While the Summers stay busy with tourists, an escape here in the early Spring is the perfect time to wander the Riviera city without being overwhelmed. The mixture of a laid back lifestyle and French food and culture makes Nice a fantastically underrated spot.
While Iceland is becoming more and more popular, there are still a ton of people who say, “why would I go to Iceland?” An untouched world of beauty and superstitions, Iceland is one of those places that you’ll leave saying “why haven’t I been to Iceland sooner?”
The Scandinavian city is often overlooked by tourists who tend to stick to mid to Southern Europe, Denmark’s capital is a great spot to experience Scandinavia and Northern Europe. With a definite charm and super walkable streets, Copenhagen is a great escape from the typical European cities like London and Rome.
Areeba Siddique says
Oh I wanna go Iceland so bad!
It’s so beautiful!!!!
Do you have any plans to visit Eastern or Central Europe? I feel like these posts should be titled “Totally Underrated Spots in Western Europe” or “Top 5 Cities in Western Europe”. I love these lists, but they don’t really include much of the whole continent.
I have plans for possibly next year or the year after for Eastern and Central Europe and more of the continent… but unfortunately this all I’ve visited so far! So these lists are just from my experiences thus far in my journeys… hopefully many more to come though! 🙂
I lived in Copenhagen last year and it is totally underrated! Def one of my favorite places.
Such a great city!!!
Nicole @ Treasure Tromp says
oh I love Copenhagen!
me too! 🙂
Too right! Though I don’t think Copenhagen is underrated really. It’s very popular with us Western-Europeans.
Perhaps it’s in the US that not many people know much about Scandinavia then? But good to know!
Daisy @ Simplicity Relished says
YESSS! I’ve been wanting to visit the UK for those spots exactly. And Nice is amazing!
Yes! I love the UK! So many amazing places!
Kelly Michelle says
I totally have Nice on my radar next year and agree with Edinburgh, such a fabulous place to visit even if it’s just for one night and the folks are so lovely up there x
Nice is amazing! 🙂
Kelly Michelle says
I’ve got a couple of free night vouchers to use so am going to use them in the Intercontinental Carlton x
Franca Calabretta says
I’ve been to some of these spots already and I understand what you mean when you say they are underrated. I still want to go to Copenhagen and Iceland though. Iceland especially looks so different from the rest of Europe and completely unique.
Iceland is so unique! And totally worth a visit, we’re hoping to make it back there this year!
I completely agree with your sentiments on Iceland – it was never a place I really thought of going to, and the moment I left the country I was plotting my return. Have you been to Poland? I feel like it is a very underrated country on a whole, but so wonderful!
I’ve not been to Poland yet but have heard so much about it and it does indeed sound very underrated!