The Top 9 Small European Towns to Visit
Planning a European getaway this summer? Feel like discovering and visiting unusual places outside of the usual tourist hotspots? If so, this list is just for you! See our below round up of small and affordable European towns to add to your itinerary.
1. Goreme, Turkey
Part of the wider tourist destination of Cappadocia, Goreme is a treasured old Roman town built upon mountainous foundations, with the natural formation of rocks providing the perfect architecture for the many unique cave hotels, churches and restaurants within this distinctively cultured city. Activities include the ‘Sunset Point’ view, where each and every sunrise and sunset, you can be in awe at the sight of hundreds of hot air balloons floating into the sky and even take part if you’re not afraid of ascending to 1,000 feet.
2. Colmar, France
Also referred to as ‘Little Venice’, Colmar is equally beautiful as it is historically intriguing, with an expansive past dating back to its founding in 1200 at the height of the Holy Roman Empire through to the turbulent times of Nazi occupation in WWII. At present day, the quaint town is filled with an abundance of activities including boat rides along the canal to restaurants offering their Alsatian cuisine with waterfront views perfect for a romantic getaway for two.
3. Manarola, Italy
Housing a charming stream of rainbow coloured houses along the Cliffside of this coastal town, Manarola is the perfect place to relax and re-charge on your European getaway. Removed from the hustle and bustle of other tourist hotspots of Italy, this place is renowned for its delicious wines and art by Antonio Discovolos.
4. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Nestled between Morocco’s Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is recognised for its powder blue and white buildings that provide the perfect backdrop for your holiday snaps. With plenty to see and do, from various treks for those seeking climbing adventures to souvenir shopping in the Chefchaouen Medina – this cultural hotspot should definitely be added to your bucket list!
5. Istria, Croatia
The Italian-infused town of Istria is based along the western peninsula of Croatia. Offering green rolling hillsides in the affectionately known ‘Green Istria’ and scenic seaside villages in the outer ‘Blue Istria’, this place provides an abundance of culture and a vast variety of adventure. Renowned for its prominent exports of wine, olive oil and notably, truffles, this is one destination that all foodies will enjoy!
6. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
For history buffs, Mostar offers an interesting historical insight into the breakup of Yugoslavia. Known as one of the most heavily bombed of all Bosnian cities in the war, Mostar has rebuilt many of its significant buildings, one of which includes ‘The Old Bridge’ that 11 years on in 2004 was finally restored to its former glory thanks to the combined efforts of the international community. Understandably, there may be initial concerns about visiting the area due to remaining active landmines close to the former battle lines, although it is assured that there has never been an incident involving a tourist. In particular parts you may have to exercise caution. However, locals freely roam within town centers and the more populated parts of Mostar safely.
7. Hallstatt, Austria
Tucked away in the upper part of Austria is the small village of Hallstatt. The lake town is part of the Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut Alpine UNESCO World Heritage Site and this is unsurprising news once you see the un-spoilt sapphire lake surrounding the shorelines stream of cottages that build up the little market village of Hallstatt.
8. Bibury, England
For a traditional English village experience, look no further than what Fox News describes as ‘one of the world’s most picturesque villages’. Located just a short drive from the Cotswolds, at first glance you almost feel as though you have travelled back in time at the sight of the famous ‘Arlington Row’ stone cottages. The most popular of rural tourist sights to see in England, this is one not to be missed while passing through Britain.
9. Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany
Situated within the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany, Rothernburg Ob Der Tauber looks like a preserved medieval old town, with its quaint collection of timber framed houses and grand renaissance style churches and museums. The walled city is filled with vast historical sights to see, including the St James’ Church, Toppler castle and medieval tools on display within the criminal museum. Parts of the town may also be recognisable to some as it has inspired and even been featured in films such as Pinocchio and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Parto
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