In Europe there are enchanting cities and regions, mountains and valleys, islands and landscapes that leave a lasting impression and that you always want to visit again. Whether a city break or active hiking trip, they are ideal destination for a holiday off the usual tourist routes.

Europe is also home to some of the world’s most stunning lakes, with mountainous backdrops and quaint little towns along the shores. We’ve brought together some of Europe’s hidden and underrated gems for you.

Just take a look at the most beautiful lakeside towns across the old continent.