Friday 23 August 2019

Lonely Planet Reveals Europe's Top 50 Secrets

The top travel guide has revealed its 50 secret spots for summer... and two are in Ireland.

Playa de los Muertos, Cabo de Gata
Playa de los Muertos, Cabo de Gata
People enjoy the warm weather at the Palais Royal in Paris. THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
GIBRALTAR: The top of the 420-metre-high rock dominating the straits that separate north Africa from southern Europe. CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
basilica of Virgin Mary
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Wanna travel off the beaten track? Two of LP's Top 50 secret spots are right here in Ireland.

How about exploring micro-breweries and museums in the historic Czech town of Olomouc, lolling on the beaches of Cabo de Gata, or supping a quiet pint in... erm, Kavanagh's of Glasnevin?

'Secret Europe' is a new ebook hot off the press from Lonely Planet, and it lists 50 sites so off-radar many of them do not appear in the company's hard-copy guidebooks.

"Many of our favourite experiences remain unknown to most travellers, so we’ve created a sampler of clandestine nightclubs, secret hotels, killer views, off -the-radar villages and more to inspire your next trip," the publisher says.

Revelations range from a hidden picnic spot beneath the arches of the Palais Royal in Paris to a secret staircase up the Rock of Gibralter... and Ireland's Cromane Peninsula.

This tiny spit of land branching off the Ring of Kerry between Killorglin and Glenbeigh is one of two Irish inclusions in the ebook... the other is a pint of Guinness in Kavanagh's pub.

Kavanagh's in Glasnevin

The Glasnevin local is set next to the cemetery gates, and better known to Dubliners as The Gravediggers'.

"Walking into the pub via the left-hand door is literally stepping back in time," the guide reveals. "Local lore has it that the original owner decreed that all subsequent owners not change the décor.

"It is an other-wordly experience."

Secret Europe, 50 truly unforgettable experiences to inspire your next trip, is free to download as an eBook or pdf at

Two Irish gems makes Lonely Planet's list of top secret spots 

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