Ah, vacation. A time to escape your hectic life and enjoy some much-needed relaxation. You pack your bags and head out to that one special place you've always wanted to visit. But then you arrive and are bombarded with thousands of other people who had the same idea you had. Suddenly, your trip has become more stressful than your life at home as you try to escape the crowds. If you are looking for places to visit in Europe that won't have you rubbing shoulders with a crowd of strangers, read below. These are some of Europe's top destinations that have not yet been overtaken by tourists.
1. Istanbul, Turkey
This is one of Europe's most intriguing cities that is part of both Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus separates the two sides of Istanbul, with each side having a unique charm to it. While it is still a popular destination for summer travellers, it is less crowded than other parts in the West of Europe.
2. Moscow, Russia
This is one of Europe's most interesting but underrated countries to visit. You will need to get a visa to visit but it's worth the effort. So skip the summer crowds and head off the beaten track to what is known as Eastern Europe's historical gem – the Russian capital of Moscow.
3. St. Moritz, Switzerland
In the winter, this area is bustling with the international elite but in the summer, St. Moritz is almost empty. It's the perfect time to visit sunny Switzerland to enjoy the nature and scenery by yourself.
4. Budapest, Hungary
This is by far one of the most underrated cities in all of Europe. Budapest is beautiful to visit during the warmer months and is also one of the cheapest capital cities to visit in Europe. You'll be treated to a spa-like treat since more than 15 million gallons of water bubble daily into Budapest's 118 springs and boreholes. The city of spas offers an array of baths, from the sparkling Gellert Baths to the 1913 neo-baroque Szechenyi Spa to Rudas Spa, a dramatic 16th century Turkish pool with original Ottoman architecture.
5. Blagaj, Boxnia & Herzegovina
While its neighbouring city, Mostar, is becoming a popular destination to visit, Blagaj is still a secret from a lot of tourists. If you visit in the summer you are sure to experience less crowds, not to mention lush green landscapes, unspoiled nature, incredible views and enchanting forests that are home to wolves and wild animals.
6. Munich, Germany
Beer you say? This is one of the most popular places to visit for beer and Oktoberfest celebrations. So if you want to enjoy a cold beverage while avoiding the crowds it's suggested that you visit Munich during the summer. There will still be plenty of beer but more quiet and relaxing places to sip it.
7. Marrkech, Morocco
This place is actually located in North Africa but it's just a couple hours flight from Europe and is worth the extra travel time. It is sure to offer you a totally different cultural and authentic experience you won't get anywhere else. It's famous for its farmers' and flea markets.
8. Lisbon, Portugal
9. Beaune, France
If you visit Paris you will be shoulder to shoulder with other tourists. So why not head out of the capital to one of the many provinces that similarly have a lot to offer. Beaune, France is one of these areas that will leave you breathless, allowing you to still experience the French cultural while being stress-free.
10. Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Isle of Skye is undoubtedly one of the most naturally stunning areas that you can explore in Europe and the UK. This area is known for its scenery and landscapes that will take your breath away. It is also a great destination for wildlife watching with the White Tailed Sea Eagle at the top of bird watchers lists. Otters, seals, whales, dolphins and red deer are also some of the magnificent creatures that can be seen here.