A new Lonely Planet ebook has named two iconic Irish locations in its list of 50 secret spots in Europe.
Secret Europe: 50 Truly Unforgettable Experiences to Inspire Your Next Trip features the Cromane Peninsula in Co. Kerry at number five and the Gravediggers Pub in Glasnevin, North Dublin at number 46. The Co. Kerry destination bested locations across the continent and came ahead of locations in France, Spain and Iceland.
The list aims to celebrate “Undiscovered and overlooked destinations and experiences” in Europe. Cromane Peninsula, a detour off the Ring of Kerry, was selected for its “Open fields giving way to spectacular water vistas and multihued sunsets”. The area typifies the natural beauty evident in the region and its secluded location allows visitors to experience unique views of the area.
Kavanagh’s pub, better known locally as the Gravediggers, is backed onto the equally famous Glasnevin cemetery and derives its name from the grave diggers traditionally unwinding in the pub with a pint after a day’s work.
At the top of the Lonely Planet list is the Czech town of Olomouc, which was described as “The travellers’ equivalent of a special restaurant that is your own little secret”. Italy and the UK share the most number of mentions on the list with five each.