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Europe’s Hidden Gems 2024

Europe remains one of the top travel destinations in the world in 2024 – and with good reason! 

From stunning Mediterranean beaches and picturesque mountainscapes to world-class cities and storybook villages, Europe has something for every traveler to enjoy. And, believe it or not, parts of this amazing continent still don’t get the attention they deserve. 

If you’d like to take the road less traveled on your European getaway, check out these 7 hidden gem destinations. 


Experience a Piece of Living History in Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain - Leisure Travel Enterprises

If it’s a taste of the old world you’re after, you’ll fall in love with Valencia. This historic city is characterized by fascinating medieval architecture and jaw-dropping landmarks like the Valencia Cathedral (rumored to house the Holy Grail). 

Tour the incredible La Lonja de la Seda silk exchange (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), indulge in classic Spanish dishes in one of Valencia’s many prized restaurants, or stroll along the romantic Playa de la Malvarrosa beach. 


Escape to the Spanish Countryside in Ares Del Maestre, Spain

Beautiful Ares del Mestre village,Castellon,Spain - Leisure Travel Enterprises

With its quiet beauty and rustic charm, Ares Del Maestre is perfect for slowing down and escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. Perfect for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, this quaint village invites exploration and relaxation. 

Notable sites include the , the Church of Santa María la Mayor, and the Castle of Ares del Maestre.


Your Mediterranean Getaway Awaits in Primosten, Croatia

Primisten, Croatia - Leisure Travel Enterpirises

Known for its stunning natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere, this seaside gem is perfect for those wanting a Mediterranean getaway without fighting the crowds. Sample local wines at Primosten’s many prized vineyards, dine on fresh-caught seafood, or soak in the atmosphere at one of the city’s many world-class family-friendly beaches.


Find Your Zen in Naantali, Finland

Naantali, Finland - Leisure Travel Enterprises

Nestled on the rocky coast of the Baltic Sea, steeped in history and culture, Naantali is one of Finland’s best-kept secrets. Step back into Medieval times in the city’s iconic Old Town district, adorned with adorable cafes and fascinating landmarks. Or, tour the famous Moomin World for a charming immersive experience sure to enchant the whole family.

Once you’ve tired yourself out exploring, relax at Naantali Spa – the most popular wellness destination in Finland. Amenities include saunas, pools, and relaxation areas, perfect for unwinding, recharging, and experiencing the culture. 


Renew Your Sense of Wonder at Lake Bokodi, Hungary

Lake Bokodi, Hungary - Leisure Travel Enterprises
Floating village Bokodi to in Hungary at sunsrise. These houses belong to local fishermen.

One of the more unique locations on this list, Lake Bokodi offers visitors an almost otherworldly experience. While the surrounding natural scenery and the lake itself are popular for their stunning natural beauty, Lake Bokodi’s floating houses are an attraction that must be seen to be believed. 

Suspended on stilts and connected by a system of wooden walkways, these fishing villages are an integral part of what makes this gorgeous lake so renowned. Explore the natural surroundings, take in the peaceful atmosphere, and be sure to take more than a few pictures of this one-of-a-kind location.


Lose Yourself in the Wonder of Ulm, Germany

Panoramic View of the City of Ulm, Germany - Leisure Travel Enterprises

The birthplace of Albert Einstein and home to some of the Western world’s most iconic architecture, Ulm is often overlooked by travelers in search of a true German experience. Ulm hosts numerous festivals and cultural events throughout the year, including the Ulm-Danube Festival, celebrating the city’s connection to the majestic and historically important Danube River with celebrations, musical performances, and classic German food. 

Fans of German architecture, or historic landmarks in general, shouldn’t miss a chance to see the Ulm Minster. With its 530-foot high gothic spire, this church is the tallest in the world! 


Discover the Beauty of Portugal in Aljezur

Odeceixe Village with traditional windmill at the end of the street. Vicentine coast, Algarve, Portugal - Leisure Travel Enerprises

In recent years, Portugal has become one of Europe’s more popular destinations – and it’s not hard to see why. With its blend of cultural influences, affordable prices, and delicious cuisine, this country promises an experience like no other. And Alezur is no exception. 

Surrounded by rolling hills, dramatic cliffs, and a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean, this seaside village is famed for its beauty. But it’s also steeped in history and a rich cultural heritage. Admire the unique Portuguese architecture, tour historic landmarks like the 10th-century Moorish Castle, or discover the surprising (and delicious) flavors of traditional Portuguese cuisine at one of Aljezur’s many seafood restaurants. 


So, what do you think? Are you ready to discover the unseen side of Europe? With over 90 years of combined travel experience, our team at Leisure Travel Enterprises specializes in curating custom vacation plans that align with your preferences to create a one-of-a-kind travel experience. 

For more information, give us a call, complete our online form, or pay us a visit at our branch here in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

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