Travel through time when you next find yourself in Europe, by looking beyond the touristy castles and heading into the countryside to visit some local gems.
In France, hike to the Chateau de Commarque near Sarlat. Walk 20 minutes through a forest of chestnut trees before the mostly ruined castle comes into view. The castle was bought in 1968 by Hubert de Commarque, who is currently working on digging the remains out of the forest, according to CNN.
Wander around Italys Amalfi Cost in Ravello to find the remains of the 13th century Villa Rufolo. Pefectly located on the coastline, the ruins and the sea create a dramatic view that is highlighted by the mountain ranges around it.
Visit Northern Ireland to discover the remnants of Dunluce Castle that is delicately perched on the edge of rocky cliffs. According to the news source, in 1639 a dinner party was interrupted when half of the kitchen fell into the sea. Ever since then, the castle has been vacant and nature has reclaimed the area.
There are plenty of other castles hidden along the European countryside, so travel with a small group of friends and discover some less-known castles.