Where is it not so crowded, but still impressively beautiful? 10 insider tips in Europe that are worth the trip.
The mini village Nonza (73 inhabitants) is located in the north of Corsica and is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France. It sits enthroned on a 165 meter high rock, and even today the local farmers produce very good olive oil. A staircase with more than 1000 steps leads down to the mostly deserted, gray-green beach.
In the extreme north-west of the Algarve lies the pretty, dreamy town of Odeceixe: winding lanes that wind up the hillside to the windmill “Moinho de Odeceixeaia”, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view. “The Atlantic beach” Praia de Odeceixe “is only four kilometers away and quickly reached by car, where the Rio de Seixe flows into the sea.
Le Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy know most of us. But St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall? The chapel was built in the 15th century on the island hill, there is also a castle and exotic gardens. The island can be reached either by ferry or, at low tide, via a dam from Marazion ( www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk ).
Huh? In the North Rhine-Westphalian Freudenberg all houses look the same! At least the historic city center, the “Alte Flecken”, was completely built in half-timbered construction, and around it the beautiful Siegerland awaits excursionists ( www.freudenberg-stadt.de )!
Peñíscola on the Costa del Azahar, three hours drive from Barcelona, is one of the most beautiful places in Spain, but so far mainly known as a holiday destination by Spaniards. The white old town was built together with fortress and city wall on a rock into the sea. The five-kilometer-long beach is quite busy, but offers all the holiday pleasures by the sea.
Lauterbrunnen is located in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, surrounded by gigantic rock walls, which is also called the “Valley of 72 Waterfalls” because of its numerous waterfalls. The Mürrenbach Falls is considered to be the highest waterfall in Switzerland at 417 meters, the 300-meter-high Staubbach Falls, which falls from a rocky outcrop, is also imposing, and the glacier water of the Trümmelbach Falls falls dramatically down the cliff face. Water, rock, alpine pastures: there is not much more mountains than here in the Bernese Oberland.
The white town of Polignano a Mare in the south of Italy is located about 30 kilometers southeast of Bari and was built in a beautiful location on a dramatic looking cliff by the sea. The bays are also located between rocks and are very popular with cliff diver.
Müritz? Do we know. Much more original is the Feldberg Lakelands north of Berlin: here there are huge forests, even a jungle (the “holy halls”), lovely hills and flower meadows, hidden sea bays for swimming and farmers who still drive their hay in the one-horse. And if you get a bit longing for culture, you visit in Carwitz Hans Fallada’s house, which was converted into a museum ( www.feldberger-seenlandschaft.de ).
Andalusia is one of Spain’s most exciting regions: Seville, Malaga, Grenada, Córdoba and Cadiz are just a few of the sounding names. But apart from the well-known highlights, the white village of Sentinel de las Bodegas also awaits holidaymakers. The special feature: Many houses were built in the protection of huge rocks that serve as a roof. The village is located only 20 kilometers from the very beautiful Ronda.
Seven kilometers northeast of Santa Cruz is the old village of San Andrés with its colorful houses at the foot of the Anaga mountains. Many residents still live on fishing, with some also working in tourism on the nearby Playa de las Teresitas beach. The place itself has remained beautifully original, there are no hotels and guesthouses, only a few apartments.