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5 Underrated Alternatives to Popular Destinations in Europe This Summer


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Planning a trip to Europe this summer? Check out these underrated alternatives to popular destinations for fewer crowds and cheaper prices!

This summer is going to be one of the busiest to travel in Europe.

Naples Italy at dusk

According to the travel insurance company Allianz Worldwide Partners, the number of Americans traveling to Europe this summer will increase 55% higher compared to last summer.

Allianz also revealed the most popular destinations in Europe for US travelers. These hotspots are guaranteed to be crowded and expensive this summer.

Instead, consider these underrated alternatives that offer the same European charm with fewer crowds and more affordable prices.

The Cotswolds England

1. Alternative to London: Oxford

There really isn’t a city comparable to London, but if you’re looking for a more low-key place to stay in England that’s still close to the city, Oxford is a great option.

This historic university town is just 50 minutes from London by train, yet feels a world away. It’s laid back but lots to do. It is also an excellent base for exploring the Cotswolds, one of the most beautiful regions of England.

Here are some more underrated cities in the UK to visit instead of London.

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oxford england

2. Alternative Paris: Lyon

As the third largest city in France, Lyon feels very similar to Paris without the sky-high prices and massive crowds. Located 2.5 hours southeast of Paris by train, Lyon is a great place to start a trip to France.

There are plenty of things to do in this vibrant city, which dates back over 2,000 years. Being close to the Swiss border, you can also visit places like Annecy, France or Geneva, Switzerland on a day trip from Lyon.

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Lyons, France

3. Dublin Alternative: Cork

Dublin is the third most popular destination in Europe for American travelers, but the city of Cork in the south is a great alternative.

It is the second largest city in Ireland after Dublin, but it is only a tenth the size, giving Cork a more relaxed atmosphere. However, there is still plenty to do in Cork, known as the food capital of Ireland.

Cork is also a great base for exploring the southern part of Ireland, including highlights such as Blarney Castle and the famous Blarney Stone.

cork ireland

4. Alternative Rome: Naples

Italy’s capital is a sprawling metropolis that is home to some of the most famous ruins in the world, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. It’s a city that is both chic and chaotic, and during the summer months it can be unbearably hot, crowded, and expensive.

Although no less chaotic, Naples is a great alternative to Rome. Located less than 1.5 hours from Rome by train, Naples is an even bigger city on the coast. Although the city can be a bit gritty, it is extremely affordable.

It’s one of Italy’s top foodie destinations (famous for having the best pizza in the country) and makes a great base for exploring the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, and the islands of Capri, Procida, and Ischia.

Rear view of a beautiful girl in a hat sitting on the wall looking at an amazing panoramic view of Procida island, Naples, Italy

5. Alternative to Reykjavik: Oslo

Summer is the peak tourist season in Iceland, which is famous for its stunning natural scenery.

However, if you want to avoid the crowds in Iceland, head to Norway. Like Iceland, you don’t want to spend a lot of time in Oslo, the capital of Norway. It’s a good place to fly in for a day or two, but the country’s true beauty lies far beyond the city.

Norway is similar to Iceland in that it is known for its natural beauty, including spectacular fjords and mountains. Iceland and Norway are similarly priced (both are expensive), but Norway is much larger and less crowded during the summer.

sunrise over the lofoten islands norway

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