Discover the Most Charming Small Towns in Europe
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Vienna and Salzburg may receive the most visitors, but Graz is worth a trip! The mix of Art Deco, Medieval, and Baroque influence on the architecture makes for beautiful sites as you wander the city. Its storied history is also worth exploring, having changed hands multiple times over the centuries. If you want to see the famous Lipizzaner horses, the Piber Federal Stud is just a short train ride away.
Bruges receives all the love as a day trip from Brussels, but I’m here to tell you not to skip out on Ghent. This Gothic student village is full of friendly Belgians, who will be delighted you’re visiting their city. Cruise the canal, take a walking tour, or just indulge in beer, chocolate, and fries!
Last spring, I had the pleasure of spending a week in Domburg, in the south of the Netherlands. One of three towns (the other two being Westkapelle and Zoutelande) comprises the “Zeeland Riviera” — the province that makes up the stretch of beach. Domburg is by far the cutest, with the best restaurants, and just steps from the beach.
The unofficial capital of the “Albanian Riviera” is located five hours from the capital city, Tirana but feels a world away. Electric blue waters, budget-friendly accommodation, world-class seafood, and some of the friendliest people in the Balkans await you!
Romeo and Juliet’s hometown is an absolute dream. Smaller and less crowded than nearby Venice, you’ll be able to sample local cuisine among ancient Roman ruins and sample local wine. If you have time, take a trip to nearby Lake Garda — a nice alternative to Lake Como.
Greece’s best-kept secret isn’t an island but an adorable former Venetian village on the mainland! Nafplio is located on the Peloponnese Peninsula, an area southwest of Athens and popular with European tourists. Relax on one of the many beaches, hike up to the ancient castle for amazing views, or enjoy a lively night in the town square.