If you want to enjoy a holiday weekend of spring but now you know very well Paris, London, Budapest, Madrid, Barcelona and all the other major destinations in just a few hours of flight, or you still want to give the first bath of 2019, you might opt for a weekend in one of the european capitals less visited.
In addition to the great metropolis visited each year by millions of tourists, in Europe there are capital little known and visited very interesting place to spend a weekend unusual and full of surprises. These capitals, in fact, have a number of attractions compared to other european destinations the most popular destinations have preserved their uniqueness, as if they had remained secluded compared with the rush to globalization.
You may want to visit Tallin in Estonia, a capital city with a medieval old town that seems taken from a book of fairy tales or the tiny Vaduz in Lichestein where you can relax between mountain scenery breathtaking, and a lively town centre.
Other european capitals are little-known and all to discover Zagreb in Croatia, a city rich in museums and works of art, Skopje in Macedonia, the birthplace of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, suspended between Europe and eastern influences, and The Vella, a city nestled on the Pireni in the tiny Principality of Andorra, offers its visitors the biggest thermal spa in Europe.
Discover, then, what are the european capitals are less visited where you will spend a weekend alternative in the months of April, may and June, what to see and tips on where to sleep:
1 – Tallinn, Estonia
Among the european capitals are less visited where you treat yourself to an unforgettable break away from the crowd, there is Tallinn in Estonia.
This city is relatively small compared to other european capitals, offers its visitors a historic centre of medieval origin, called the Old Town, perfectly preserved which is characterized by a succession of beautiful buildings from sloped roofs and red.
Among the main attractions of Tallinn there are, in addition, the town Hall, the oldest civil building in the city built in the gothic style, the Kadriorg palace , an elegant building immersed in a marvellous park, realized with a style reminiscent of the villas of the Italian noble of the Nineteenth century and the Orthodox Church of Aleksandr Nevsky, whose domes dominate the city.
- Where to sleep in Tallinn: Tallink Express Hotel is located just 500 metres from Tallin’s old town and offers modern and bright rooms with all the comfort, or the Hotel Telegraaf is a stylish boutique hotel housed in a Nineteenth century building, located just 70 metres from the town Hall Square.
- The best time to visit Tallinn, estonia: the end of may/June when it finishes the wettest time of year and latitudes northern offer endless days of sunshine with average temperatures during the day of 20 degrees.
2 – Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Another capital little visited in Europe is Vaduz in Liechtenstein, the small country nestled between Switzerland and Austria.
This capital city is located on the right bank of the Rhine has a population of only 2,000 inhabitants, but which may represent an interesting option to spend a relaxing weekend, immersed in a landscape is typically alpine.
During a break in Vaduz, it is possible to treat yourself to a little shopping along Das Städtle, the main street of the city, where stylish shops alternate with restaurants or bars, a visit to the beautiful Cathedral of St. Florin, in the neo-gothic style and characterized by a high tower, and if you are a ski enthusiasts to visit the museum where you will retrace 100 years of the history of the sport.
The Vaduz castle overlooking the capital is the official residence of the royal family and unfortunately can not be visited but the walk that leads from the town centre to the walls is very pleasant and offers beautiful views on the surrounding nature.
- Where to stay in Vaduz: Hotel Restaurant Kulm, a comfortable hotel located at about 3 km from the capital furnished in alpine style or Park-Hotel Sonnenhof, a resort with a gourmet restaurant and a large park with breathtaking views of the Alps, the Rhine Valley and on the Castle of Vaduz.
- The best time to visit Vaduz: from mid-may to mid-September, the town enjoys a mild climate with cool nights, perfect for anyone who hates heat and humidity of the cities of the plain.
3 – Zagreb, Croatia
For years Croatia is a top destination for the summer holidays, thanks to its beautiful beaches, but also a break in its capital, Zagreb, may offer unexpected emotions.
Zagreb is a capital of the less visited of Europe but also one of the most young people, his investiture took place only in 1995 when it was declared the independence of Croatia from Yugoslavia.
This capital is divided into upper Town and Lower Town is rich in places of worship, museums and buildings from the long history of which it is impossible to get bored, and indeed probably a weekend is too short to discover all its wonders.
Among the attractions of Zagreb to visit are the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a place of worship in the gothic style, characterised by two towering spires, the Mimara Museum , which houses more than 3,500 works by some of the most famous artists in the world, the picturesque Church of San Marco on the roof are depicted the coats of arms of the medieval city and the Park Maksimir, a magnificent green oasis where you can relax after so many emotions.
- Where to sleep in Zagreb , Hotel Jägerhorn, the oldest hotel in the city, totally renovated in 2011, located in a strategic position to visit all the main sights and attractions, or Esplanade Zagreb Hotel is an elegant and refined hotel in the style of art noveau, which features a fitness centre, a sauna, a restaurant and a bistro.
- The best time to visit Zagreb: the spring and summer months, even if rainfall can be frequent and their duration is usually short.
4 – Skopje, Macedonia
Skopje in Macedonia is another of the european capitals less visited, also, if it offers different and interesting attractions.
The capital of Macedonia, which overlooks the banks of the river Vardar has, in fact, a very long history that is ripercorribile by visiting its beautiful historic center and its surroundings.
The council is, therefore, to start your weekend in Skopje from Kale Fortress, situated in the old part of the city, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view and then continue your break strolling along the Stone Bridge that connects the old historic centre to the new districts and reach theOld Bazaar , where you are immersed in an atmosphere that is decidedly eastern.
Other interesting sights in Skopje are the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, the Mosque of Mustafa Pasha, the aqueduct of roman origin, and the Millennium Cross that overlooks the mount Vodno.
- Where to stay in Skopje: Hotel, Ultra Star a comfortable hotel in the city center, with a reception open 24 hours on 24 or Bushi Resort & SPA is an elegant hotel located near the Old Bazaar which offers a wellness centre, spa and indoor swimming pool.
- The best time to visit Skopje: the months of may and June and then September, because of its continental climate, it is best to avoid visits in the winter for the frost and in the summer for the scorching temperatures.
5 – La Vella, Andorra
Another european capital little visit and perhaps, even, a little-known La Vella in the small Principality of Andorra, located on the Pyrenees between France and Spain.
La Vella is the perfect destination if you want to spend a weekend in the mountains giving you long hours of relaxation in the fantastic spa, the complex Centre Termolúdic Caldea is the largest spa complex in the european and offers 6,000 square meters of hot tubs, lagoons, waterfalls, emotional, and relaxation areas.