Globetrotters are always looking for new, under-the-radar travel destinations that provide a chance to escape the crowds and sea of selfie sticks.
From the mystical Arabic influence of Granada to the dilapidated charm of Porto and the gothic churches of Transylvania, here's a selection of top recommendations, along with some local tips.
Pretend you're in a Bond film at the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.
Montenegro provides a less obvious alternative to neighbouring Croatia, and it's not hard to see the draw of the stunning setting of the Bay of Kotor, with its glistening Adriatic sea and mountainous backdrop. The bay is also home to the preserved medieval old city of Kotor which just so happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage site.
One TripAdvisor user from the UK called it "Europe's best kept secret."
"Despite seeing many images of this place before my visit, nothing really prepared me for just how stunningly beautiful this bay is," the review stated. "The waterside setting (obviously) with its mountainous backdrop was for me a cross between the Norwegian fjords and those lovely Alpine lakes."
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