Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona are some of the most beautiful, must-visit cities of Europe but if you want to go off the beaten track on a short break this year, there are some outstanding alternatives to the continent's most popular cities.
By visiting an underrated European city, you can soak up the best of local culture, explore some hidden gems and even discover the next Berlin or Copenhagen before the hordes arrive.
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We've picked a few of our favourite cities that are well worth the short flight, from baroque Braga, the oldest Portuguese city with a wealth of historical sites, lively cafes and excellent dining to experience, to terrific Turin, a must for its grand architecture, elegant avenues and wonderful food.
Whether you're returning to a country you love, or visiting somewhere new, these are the European cities you probably haven't visited but should...