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European gems for 2015

European gems

Published: 20 November 2014

When thinking of European city breaks, many automatically think of Paris, Rome and London! Whilst these cities are wonderfully charming, there are some great alternative destinations for adventurous travel.

Flexicover look at 5 undiscovered gems for your 2015 list.

Lugano, Switzerland

If you are looking for a destination with a unique melting pot of European culture, Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of southern Switzerland is your place. It is the largest city in the holiday region of Ticino and a beautiful place to discover and explore, with many seeing it as a gate to Europe. The city lies on a bay and is surrounded by a number of mountains offering wonderful views. Enjoy strolling around the traffic free historic centre and the numerous Italianate Lombardy style buildings. A great place for a European break away.

Cinque Terre, Italy

Located in northern Italy between Pisa and Genoa and noted for its beauty, the Clinque Terre (Five Lands) are a string of five fishing villages on the Italian Riviera. Whilst each town is different with its own personality, they are usually all visited in one trip and you can walk from the first to the fifth in a matter of hours. This is the perfect destination for nature lovers, hikers and for those wanting a relaxed and calming break away. The unique mix of Italian culture and nature is second to none. With pristine clear sea and a high percentage of natural preservations, the Cinque Terre makes for a great break away!

Sintra, Portugal

Located between the majestic mountains and the endless sea in the central western Portuguese coast just a short drive from Lisbon, this gem of a destination provides its visitors with a wonderful adventure. Mixed with several historical heritages, breathtaking nature and an urban culture, Sintra is like a page torn from a fairy tale. Sintra-Vila, its Unesco World Heritage listed centre is beautiful, romantic and sophisticated. An ideal place for a day trip, or if time allows, a few days!

Porto Santo, Portugal

Porto, the second largest city in Portugal and part of the Portuguese archipelago near the coast of Africa, makes for an excellent European break. Its volcanic sands are rumoured to have healing and curative powers, thereby making it a destination mostly for travellers who seek a relaxing journey. A charismatic city and a World Heritage Site this is a great one for a weekend break.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini is a beautiful crescent shaped Greek island located in the southern Aegean Sea and an ideal place for relaxation, unwinding and soaking up some quaint culture and tradition. With cobbled streets, whitewashed villages and blue domed churches, it makes for a wonderful break away. The nearby islands of Palea and Nea Kameni are also lovely to visit! This is a great choice – and don’t miss a visit to the northern town of Ola, perched on a cliff top, the sunset from here is breath-taking!

Wherever you are lucky enough in 2015, ensure you have your Flexicover travel insurance with you. Flexicover are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.

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