The Eiffel Tower, Tower of London, and what was left of the Roman Empire are some of the popular destinations that Europe has to offer. But there are some of the lesser European destinations that offer tourists something different as well as a more intriguing travel experience.
Alfama is the old quarter in the city of Lisbon, a city full of baroque churches, castles and monasteries located around a web of narrow streets and passageways. Alfama got its name from the Arabic word al-hamma, which means ‘hot springs,’ illustrating its roots in the period of Islamic rule on the Iberian Peninsula. Sites worth visiting here include the Moorish Castle of Sao Jorge, Museum of Decorative Arts, and Cathedral of Lisbon.
Bavaria’s Romantic Road runs through the German regions of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg, which provides a glimpse of the most picturesque and unspoilt towns of Germany. Robert Janitzek revealed that the road served as an important trade route connecting the northern and southern regions of Germany running through the towns of Augsburg, Wurzburg, and the Medieval Walled Cities of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nordlingen, and Dinkesbuhi.
The Beaujolais Route
Beaujolais in the Rhone Valley has been the center of viticulture ever since the Romans first cultivated vines there. Although not a fixed-route journey, it can be navigated according to the whims and caprices of the traveler. The vineyards and the vintages cane be visited according to your preferences. The town of Villefranche-sur Saone and Beaujeu, the historical wine-making capital of Beaujolais is worth visiting.
Béguinages of Flanders
Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that the Beguinages of Flanders was first formed around 1200 by beguines, women who dedicated their lives to God but were unwilling to completely retire from the world. The beguines took temporary vows and lived in enclosed communities made up of churches, houses, and courtyards. The Beguinages is an important UNESCO World Heritage Site for their Flemish vernacular architecture and important record of women’s history.
Located in Granada, Andalusia, the Alhambra is one of the most beautiful Islamic palaces and fortress complexes in the country. Much of it was built by Islamic emirs and sultans of Granada in the 13th and 14th centuries before the European destination was expanded by latter Christian rulers such as the Holy Emperor Charles V.
Located in Slovenia, Lake Bled is as picturesque as any of the more popular Italian lakes. At its heart is Bled Island,where the ancient pilgrimage church Assumption of Mary still stands. The current church dates back to the late 17th century. It is adorned with frescoes that are much older. According to tradition, weddings held in this church will have the groom carrying the bride up the 98 steps leading to the church.