In the shadow of the bustling Ibiza, the cosmic Lake Como and away from the crowded paths of the Mezzogiorno, are well hidden secret locations. Cities with atmospheric caves, islands that have gates of icy runways and frozen lakes in the Alps which on the banks grow exotic, tropical palm trees. Discover the most upcoming and yet uncontaminated by the many hot spots of Europe today.
The most photographed lake, the Como in Italy has stolen the reputation it deserves. The sunny Ticino is just a few minutes away, but it belongs in Switzerland and is named after the river that runs entirely southern of the Alpine valley. Royalty, businessmen or stars who really want to isolate prefer villas that are hidden around Lake Lugano and enjoy the services of their private butler lying at paradise gardens. You can simply make the tour of the lake by bike or on a horse with the help of specialists, as there are many riding clubs in the area. The paradox is that on your way, the dense vegetation of the Alps stops to pop some palm trees, which adds notes of an exotic destination in the landscape.
It is true that Kate Moss adores this place. The island of the Balearic Islands has managed to stay hidden from the mass tourism of Ibiza, but insiders already know the secret to the turquoise waters, sugary beaches, colorful cocktails and afternoon siestas without electronic music blaring in the nearby beach bar. The ideal temperatures for swimming hold until the end of October and the bohemian atmosphere remains throughout the year. The limited surface area makes it easy to explore, it has two rare beauties, lagoons and the capital of a small village with a 18th century castle, which make the nights very atmospheric.
The Spanish response to Tuscany. Located in eastern Aragon, bordering Catalonia and Valencia. A province full of vineyards, rivers and thousand year old olive groves. Life passes slowly here, sweets and traditional residents who wake early in the morning and after watering their garden get their horses or their bikes and go on their farms. Depending on the type of rider you are, you too can explore the wineries and farms in the area. On the way you will meet old castles, ruined fortresses and forts which will make you believe that the shooting of Game of Thrones could have been done here.
The favorite city of Francis Ford Coppola and Pier Paolo Pasolini. It was Francis grandfather birthplace while Pier used it as a setting in his films. The Matera looks like its handmade. This unknown town was discovered by hippies, artists and of course UNESCO and is now under the protection of it since 1993. Away from the mass of tourists it is isolated between the two rocks which have been sculpted by the torrent Gravina. The boundaries between the houses are not visible, everything is evenly attatched to each other.
Island Muhu, Estonia
It is a small island, but is the third largest in the country. Linked by ferry boat all year around while in the winter the ice is formed into a path through the sea. Through that residents and visitors by various means pass on the opposite side. Apart from the wind, the island is home of the god Pan. The 13th century church is famous for its bold patterns in pagan. Moreover, from here passed the Crusaders in 1227. Nowadays, everything is quieter and more peaceful. Small quiet fishing villages with small restaurants by the sea will introduce you to the art of properly cooked salmon.
By Nicole P.