04/20/2012 10:14 EDT | Updated 05/03/2012 08:59 EDT

Secret Europe: Off-the-Radar Destinations for 2012


Like a Michael Jackson dance step, classic Europe never goes out of style-but it does get more crowded. No wonder the locals leave Paris and London during the summer! Here, we spill the beans on some of the hottest, off-the-radar destinations in Europe-places that are as captivating as they are affordable and crowd-free. Best of all, these up-and-comers have been catering to local visitors for years, which means that they are tourist-friendly, even if they haven't made their way onto the typical tourist circuit.

Find out about the secret white sandy beaches that the French don't want you to know about, some of the best preserved Greek temples outside of Greece and a forgotten Spanish island that is making a comeback.

How many of these places have you heard of?

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