A destination worth visiting doesn’t have to be huge and packed with massive tourist attractions, in fact a lot of the time, undiscovered treasures are more rewarding, because you’re one of the first to experience their charm.
Europe is full of towns and cities of historical and cultural importance, as well as many areas of natural beauty. It’s hard to narrow it down to a few places you must visit that are hugely well known, let alone also including those which are a little off the radar, but if you’re wanting to head off and explore Europe without having to fight for space, consider these five small towns instead, and see if you fall in love with a new, undiscovered gem before everyone else.
Manarola is like something out of a picture postcard, a totally perfect scene, yet the place is so unspoilt and almost undiscovered, that it’s like no footprints were ever made in the sand. Sat right on the Mediterranean coastline, this small fishing village is filled with beautiful, colourful flowers, and stunning views out to sea. You won’t find hustle and bustle here, this is total relaxation.
Malta is a beautiful island which has retained a lot of its charm in general, but Marsaxlokk seems to have totally missed the memo of tourism! Dating back to 900BC, this port town is home to huge fish markets, but also a laid-back way of life which is totally authentic and unique to the area. If you want to see real Maltese life, without the trappings of tourism, this is the place to head.
You may have seen a picture of Goreme and its famous hot air balloons in travel brochures, but despite the fact it is quite touristic in that way, the town itself is small, definitely cute, and most certainly unique. The architecture around here is exactly as it was when it was built by the Romans, with churches carved into the rock formations that rise out of the ground like turrets. Every morning at sunrise you will experience the beautiful scene of colourful hot air balloons floating into the sky. Stunning.
Now, the Romans had a hand to play in this particular town too, naming it Sintra, or Cynthia, after the goddess of the moon. Sintra has an almost fairytale like theme about it, with architecture so beautiful it will make you weep. The natural area around here is also stunning and begs to be explored. Basically, Sintra is where you will find an authentic way of life.
The towns and cities of the Czech Republic tend to have that castle/story-book feel to them, but the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov is one that should certainly be on your visit list. Set in the South Bohemia region of the country, along the banks of the Vltava, this town is so unspoilt it beggars belief.
These are just a selection of five towns you should be heading to in Europe; having said that, the list really does continue.