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4 European destinations off the beaten track

With summer fast approaching, many people will be starting to think about where to travel to for a sunshine break. The summer months bring tourists from across the globe to Europe, to visit the stunning beaches, beautiful and historically important cities and to soak up the sunshine. This can mean many of Europe’s top destinations become crowded with tourists, and so it can be a great idea to visit some quieter and less well-known places to avoid the masses.

1. Zadar, Croatia

Whilst Croatia has become more popular in recent years with tourists who come for the seemingly endless sunshine, gorgeous landscapes, pretty beaches and bright turquoise waters, Zadar is still much quieter than many other European destinations in summer.

Zadar is located on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast and is known for its historical ruins and incredible coastline. The archipelago that Zadar lies within contains 24 large islands and around 300 small islets. There are also three nature parks and five national parks, highlighting the immense beauty of this area.

2. Paxos, Greece

Generally Greece is incredibly busy in summer, but look hard enough and you’ll find some spots that are far more peaceful. Paxos is definitely one of these places. It is one of Greece’s 1,400 islands and has a population of just 2,500. With so few people living and working there it is delightfully laid-back, rustic and charming.

Beaches in Paxos are some of the very best in Greece and the crystal clear waters are wonderfully inviting. Don’t miss Monodendri Beach on the north of the island and Kipiadi Beach, the longest on the island, as these are two of Paxos’ very best beaches.

3. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia’s capital city is one of Europe’s prettiest capitals, with Ljubljanica River meandering through the heart of it. Much of the city centre is pedestrianised, contributing to it being awarded the Green Capital of Europe title for 2016 by the European Commission. The lack of traffic makes it a perfect place to explore on foot and visitors will be sure to love the adorable architecture throughout the city. In summer the banks of the river are lined with outdoor bars, cafes and seating areas, making it an ideal place to relax and enjoy the sunshine.

4. Lake Constance, Germany

Germany might not be the first destination that springs to mind for a European summer break, but that doesn’t mean is should be overlooked. Lake Constance is more than 60 kilometres long and borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The shores of the lake are peppered with resort towns and it’s the perfect place for all sorts of water-based adventures, such as sailing, swimming, kayaking and windsurfing.

As well as water sports, visitors to this area will enjoy picturesque landscapes dotted with palm trees, delicious food, a great choice of high-end hotels and plenty of superb German wines to sample.

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