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Underrated small towns in Europe to visit

04 Jan 2023, 18:24 GMT+10

Often, when people plan to go to Europe, only a few limited cities come to mind like Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid etc. But the real tourists and explorers know that the real magic of Europe lies in its small towns. The only difference is that these small towns are not crowded with tourists, hence making them the perfect spot for a calm, simple and peaceful location.

The best part about these towns is their medieval houses, hilltops, river streams, farms, beaches and more. Book your flight now to one of the following towns and get the best of Europe on your next trip:

Giethoorn, Netherlands

The 'Venice of the Netherlands' or the 'Dutch Venice' is a popular destination in the country. the reason it is referred to as Venice is its freshwater streams which you can ride a boat in. this village can be explored on food and on a bicycle. With miles and miles of fresh air, river stream, thatched houses, more than a hundred bridges and a Michelin-star restaurant.

Anghiari, Italy

This small medieval hilltop town doesn't have that extravagance to it for most visitors. But, the simplicity, architecture, alleys, countryside views, artisan shops and more bewitches a visitor for more and more trips. The town is ideal to visit in any season, tho summer and autumn are preferable to explore the beauty of the land. Don't forget to visit the centuries old Abbey Church.

Nafplio, Greece

Greece being one of the romantic destinations attract a lot of couples. If you want to visit Greece with your partner, avoid the crowd and head to Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece. It is perfect for beach lovers for its quiet and beautiful beaches and for history enthusiasts to explore the medieval castles, fountains, buildings, and more. While you are there, explore the archaeological site of Tiryns and Mycenae. The town also has two Turkish mosques which you can visit. The Bourtzi castle is a small fortress on the islet of Agioi Theodoroi. You can view it from Nafplio or visit there by boat.

Dinkelsbühl, Germany

Dinkelsbuhl is a picture-perfect old town in southern Germany adored by visitors for its colorful half-timbered houses, centuries old churches, and more unique things. Educate yourself on the 800-year-old history of the town. Explore the Gothic church, St. George's Church built in the 15th century. Sip some coffee at a cute cafe in Weinmarkt. One of the most famous buildings in the town is Deutsches Haus built in 1400s as residence, now a hotel and restaurant. Some other well-known places to visit are Museum of the 3rd Dimension, Castle of the Teutonic Order and more.

Obidos, Portugal

This historical town on a hilltop has a fortified wall. Obidos attracts tourists because of its medieval architecture, castle, white-washed houses decorated with flowers. Visit the famous churches, Santa Maria Main Church, the Misericordia Church, the Church of Sao Pedro and more. Have the delicious local cuisine with the wines of the region. Throughout the year the lively town organizes many events which you can be a part of like International Chocolate Festival, Opera Festival, Mediaeval Market and more. Enjoy the coast at El Rey Beach and get in the Atlantic Ocean.

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

Saint-Jean-de-Luz gives fishing village vibes with old timbered houses and boats in a port along with a scenic beach which is adored by surfers throughout the year. The town is heavy on tourism, so you will be able to find great hotels, spa, casino, golf courses and more. Tho what attracts the tourists are the local shops, clean beaches, and the numerous events they organize throughout the year. Take walks through the town to explore the architecture. Visit the Eglise St-Jean Baptiste for its remarkable interior. Fly to France now for a memorable vacation.

Cadaques, Spain

Cadaques is a network of whitewashed buildings with beautiful, sunny beaches. During summers, the town attracts a lot of tourists due to its warm coastal weather, beautiful beaches, amazing food and picturesque views. Visit the Salvador Dali House-Museum where the renowned surreal artist, Salvador Dali lived and worked for most of his life. The clear sea offers some of the most adventurous water sports like diving, sailing, windsurfing and more.

Ambleside, England

Ambleside is the perfect town for you if you are a mountain person. This small town offers various adventurous opportunities like hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and more. The main attractions in Ambleside are the historical buildings like Bridge House, St. Mary's Church and more. See the Stock Ghyll Force, a 70-foot waterfall that looks magical especially in spring. Don't forget to explore the Stagshaw Gardens for fine collections of trees and shrubs. The town also organizes some annual events which you can be a part of too. Book your cheap flight ticket to England now.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Have a winter wonderland vacation by skiing, snowboarding and doing other winter activities in Zermatt. These adventurous are available throughout the year due to the high altitudes of the town. You can easily spend a few days just at the ski resort having fun. The town is as pleasing as the slopes, explore the car-free town center, hiking, riding cable etc.

Korčula, Croatia

Korčula is an island sitting on the Croatian coast, on the east coast of the island lies the town with the same name, Korčula. The town is famous for its history, the 15th century architecture and quiet beaches. The white streets and buildings covered with blue water all around is a picture perfect small coastal town to spend a low-key vacation. Watch the local dance weapon dance, Moreska, from the Middle Ages. Visit the Church of Saint-Nicholas and the town walls to explore the history of the town.

Visit these small towns of Europe with friends and family for an extra-ordinary experience. Less crowd, reasonable hotel prices, mesmerizing views and peaceful surroundings, one can never go wrong with these for a getaway trip.

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