Whether it’s the towering Alps of Switzerland or the stunning coastline of Croatia, come with us on a journey through some of Europe’s most stunning off-the-beaten-path destinations. These are the 10 most incredible small towns in Europe that you should visit!
10. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Just 80 minutes from Munich, this small town is surrounded by some of the most amazing ski resorts in the world.
9. Colmar, France
Often called “Little Venice” due to the many waterways that wind along its narrow streets, this little town has both German and French influences.
8. Portmagee, Ireland
This amazing seaside town features some of the best waterfront property in Ireland. It also serves as the primary departure point for visits to the famed Skelligs Rock.
7. Tenby, Wales
The name literally translates to “Little Fortress of the Fish” and the name is appropriate. The town spent a good portion of its history as a heavily guarded fortress but today it is more known for its harbor and natural beauty.
6. Goreme, Turkey
The rock formations surrounding this town are something to behold, especially in the mornings when hundreds of balloons take to sky!
5. Albarracín, Spain
This exquisitely preserved town in northern Spain will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time to the 11th century.
4. Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
One of the best places on Earth to see puffins, this little village is located on an island just off the coast of Iceland (a slightly bigger island)
3. Burano, Italy
Legend has it that the houses were painted so colorfully so that fisherman could see them when they were out fishing!
2. Giethoorn, Netherlands
With no roads this little Dutch town is connected by a series of canals. In fact, motor vehicles have to stay outside the town.
1. Annecy, France
The highlight of this little Alpine town is the Palais de l’Isle, a castle that is built right into the middle of one of the canals flowing through the city.