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SECRET EUROPE

Here at Lonely Planet It s not just our writers and editors who are Into travel; we’re all passionate, from our licensing manager to our IT guy. Over the next twelve pages, discover the under-the-radar places and experiences we’re collectively excited about
PHOTOGRAPHS MARKK READ/LONELY PLANET, COURTESY OF GRAANMARKT 13/PH. FREDERIK VERCRUYSSE

BELGIUM

Graanmarkt 13, Antwerp Hazel Lubbock, digital platform editor

Graanmarkt 13 takes the concept store concept to the next level This elegant townhouse is home to a ground-floor shop stocking work by emerging fashion and interior designers, a vegetable-forward basement restaurant by chef Seppe Nobels and a gorgeous (and bookable) rooftop apartment for up to six people. Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen’s cool concrete interiors (pictured below) create a harmonious link between each of the spaces, which feel like homely layers rather than distinct floors. It’s the kind of place you wish you lived in. And you can - for a few days, at least (Graanmarkt 13; 00 32 3 337 79 91).

BOSNIA

Mostar Aircraft Hangar, Gnojnice

Joe Davis, online marketing coordinator

Take a taxi to this site, four miles outside the city of Mostar’s Old Town, and at first glance it feels as if you’ve arrived at an illegal rubbish tip - but this debris-filled aircraft hangar was a top-secret hideaway for fighter jets during the Yugoslav Wars. You can still see the camo-painted polystyrene made to look like rock, and navigate through a warren of’blast doors’. Anywhere else in Europe, this would be a ticketed historic site with a gift shop.

CROATIA

Mljet Matt Phillips, destination editor

I only had eyes for Korcula. The Adriatic island off the coast of Croatia, with its maj estically fortified town of the same name (picture a pint-sized Dubrovnik), had called to me ever since unfavourable wind directions had forced me to give it a miss during a previous sailing holiday.

Yet, as I dropped anchor in the shadow of Korcula’s ramparts on day three of my latest sailing adventure, I was still thinking about the island of Mljet. Td cruised along its ruggedly beautiful north coast the previous evening at sunset, tucked the yacht up near some ancient Roman ruins in the quaint village of Polace for some sleep, and then spent my morning running through the forested hills of Mljet National Park. It was all a revelation.

So, after taking in the Gothic and Renaissance architecture in the citadel of Korcula, I soon set sail back to Mljet. I hugged the island’s southwestern shore, looking into the dense forests of the national park, home to pristine saltwater lakes, before I stopped for some lunch on-board within a stunning cliff-bound bay. Eating had to wait, however, as caves and seductive inlets pulled us from our plates. I took to a stand-up paddle board, while my friends donned their swimmers for a dip. As I paddled, the view looking down into the sparkling blue was spellbinding. It was only overwhelming hunger that eventually brought us back to the boat, though our minds were still swimming.

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In the June issue… see the secret side to Europe with our experts' top unsung recommendations across the continent, beginning with a walking trail through the Balkans' little-known answer to the Alps; further afield, discover Buenos Aires through asado, tango and other enduring passions; search for moose in the woods of New England; focus on city travel with our new monthly section, the Urban Edit; and much more