6 European destinations to visit which aren't London, Paris or Rome

As the cold snap sets in over Australia, the European summer is heating up.

Many Aussies make the journey north with tens of thousands of travellers hitting up the usual cities like Paris and London each year.

But data from travel search site Kayak shows Australians are starting to think about traveling to more off the beat European destinations.

There are more than 100 million search queries per month on the platform.

Here are some of the more unusual destinations Aussies are searching for on the site.

Ankara, Turkey

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While many Aussies make the trip to Istanbul, searches for Ankara on the site have more than doubled in the past 12 months. Situated in the north east of the country, Ankara is Turkey’s second largest city. With relics from the Ottoman, Roman and Byzantine Empires there's plenty to uncover.

Trieste, Italy

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Isolated from the rest of the Italian Peninsula and almost completely surrounded by Slovenia, Trieste is a city on the Adriatic Coast with a unique history of nationalities and cultures. Australian searches for Trieste have quadrupled in the past 12 months.

Jersey, United Kingdom


The Channel Islands are often overlooked, but are just an hour from London. Located off the coast of Normandy, France, the French influence of Jersey is noticeable.

Carcasonne, France


The fortified city of Carcasonne in the south of France is a wonderful historical monument, with some of the inner walls dating back to Roman times.

Cádiz, Spain


If heading to Spain, many Aussies only make time for Madrid and Barcelona, with Pamplona or Valencia thrown in for good measure. However, Cádiz should definitely be added to the list. Situated on the southwest coast, the city is part of the Andalucía Province.

Leipzig, Germany

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While tourists flock to Berlin and Munich, Leipzig is fast becoming the new place to visit. Australian searches on the site for Leipzig are up 100% year-on-year.

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