Tbilisi among 21 European cities you never thought to visit – but definitely should
23 January, 2017
Tbilisi among 21 European cities you never thought to visit – but definitely should
Fancy a city break without the crowds? The Telegraph gives a list of underrated European destinations for a weekend of great food, rich culture and splendid sights. The capital of Georgia, Tbilisi is among the cities to visit.

Tbilisi, Georgia

Claire
Allfree recommends getting lost in the splendour of the Georgian capital. "These days, its fine Art Nouveau buildings and pretty, traditional balconied houses are what some would call shabby chic: if any city needed a good lick of Farrow and Ball, this one does. Yet new hotels and shopping malls are springing up. Tbilisi feels like a city finally coming into itself."

Tbilisi among European cities you never thought to visit - but probably should


Georgia recommended among splendid places for isolation – The Telegraph


Bergamo, Italy
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Largely ignored by travellers in favour of nearby Milan, Bergamo is Lombardy's "finest hill town", according to Janette Griffiths, while its Piazza Vecchia is "one of the loveliest" in Italy.

Skopje, Macedonia
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With its grand hammams, tangle of cobbles streets and atmospheric food markets, Skopje makes for an Eastern European city break with a difference.

Treviso, Italy

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No-frills flights to Venice often land in Treviso, some 20 miles away. But there's good reason to delay the onward trip. The centre of Treviso is a little walled city, with medieval gates and narrow, cobbled streets of arcaded rose-red brick and stone.

Tiny canals run past handkerchief-sized gardens, and gushing millstreams, some with black water-wheels that once had a commercial purpose, now turn lazily.

Segovia, Spain
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"Go to Segovia for one single stunning Roman view, and a spectacular piece of Roman engineering," advises Mary Beard. "The huge aqueduct, built at the end of the first century AD, on a series of double-decker arches almost thirty metres tall, still comes right into the middle of the modern town, dominating the central square."

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
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Overshadowed by its glitzier sisters Bilbao and San Sebastian, Vitoria-Gasteiz is the Basque Country's forgotten gem, according to Tim Pozzi. "From early evening until midnight, the atmosphere around the central plazas and their bar-crammed side streets is as convivial as any I've encountered.

"It's that familiar Mediterranean thing of people strolling, gossiping, waving wine glasses about, while seniors play cards and kids muck about on the steps of venerable churches."

Tavira, Portugal
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To glimpse what the Algarve looked like before mass tourism, head to Tavira, says Helen Pickles. "Straddling the Gilão river, it exudes an authentic Portuguese charm. Big hotels are few, churches are many, fishing boats crowd the water and everyone has time to dawdle."

Osijek, Croatia

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Osijek is picturesquely positioned on the river Drava. Attractions include a fortified centre (the Tvrda) dating back to the 18th century, the splendid neo-Gothic Church of St Peter and St Paul and the grand Europska Avenija, along which can be seen some excellent examples of the Art Nouveau architecture.

Umea, Sweden
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2014's European Capital of Culture, but we'd wager still largely unknown among British travellers, Umea has a tranquil riverside setting and is the former home of Stieg Larsson, author of The Girl with Dragon Tattoo.

It's a great base for outdoor pursuits, from kayaking the Kvarken Archipelago to snowmobile rides and dog-sledding in winter.

Nantes, France

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"Long-rated one of France's best places to live, the capital of the western Loire has changed from provincial town to buzzing city," says Kathy Arnold. Nowhere is that more apparent than on the Île de Nantes, a three-mile-long island in the Loire. Another unsung option in France is Nancy, around 90 minutes from Paris by train.

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