10 of the Most Beautiful Small Towns to Visit in Europe

(Last Updated On: October 30, 2018)

It is a well known secret that Europe has lots of beautiful places that you must visit. Some of them are well known to the world and some of them are a little secret that only locals know. After I have spent some good time exploring London and Paris, the real wanderlust kicked in and after that I was looking to find some places that are more quiet and relaxed. Places that are not people`s first choice when it comes to traveling. And, the thing that makes these little towns so special is that they are still untouched and unspoiled by urbanization and stepping into one, you will get the feeling that you are stepping into the past.

Well, thanks to social media now we can discover these hidden treasures and share with the world the most beautiful small towns in Europe.


Boccadasse, Italy

Boccadasse is actually a small neighbourhood of the Italian city of Genoa but it deserves the status of a small town worth visiting. I remember finding an image of the place, but there was not much information where exactly this place is in Genoa. After spending some time on the internet I connected the dots I had the most serene afternoon sipping coffee and listening to the crashing waves.

Read more about Genoa and its surrounding area

Basel, Switzerland

Basel is one of those cities that is beautiful all year round, but it is somehow more magical if you visit it during the winter, especially when there are Christmas markets. There is a great chance that it is going to snow and you can have some mulled wine or hot chocolate to warm you up.

Colmar, France

Near the border with Germany, in northeastern France is a small town which sings its own praises, Colmar. Cobblestone streets will show you the way around this beautiful town with Renaissance buildings and Gothic Churches. Wine lovers can visit local vineyards that specialize in different sorts of wine.

See 20 photos that will inspire you to visit Colmar

Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Portree is a small village that was built in the 19th century as a fishing village. From miles around you can see a large rock called “Old Man” which is at the same time one of the most famous walks on the island of Skye.

Aschaffenburg, Germany

Aschaffenburg is the city by the River Maine in Bavaria. There are plenty of things to see and do in this town which is not so small, compared to other towns on this list. The reason that I included this town is because it is usually overlooked by tourists even though it has so much to offer.

Read more about Top places to visit in Aschaffenburg

Giethoorn, Netherlands

Just couple of hours away from Amsterdam there is a small town that will take you back to your childhood. All those small houses with beautiful flowers look like cottages from your favorite fairy tales. There are no roads, and instead all the houses are connected with canals. If you ever fantasized to live a simple life then this is the perfect place where you can accomplish that dream.

Read my Guide to Giethoorn: A Fairy Tale Town with no Roads

Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu is a small town in southern Romania and is considered one of the most spectacular towns in Europe. The town boasts with medieval charm with its baroque squares and green colored houses. There are lots of cultural events throughout the year like Theatrical Season, Jazz Festival and Fashion Week, just to name some.

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt was a well kept secret until the 19th century mainly because it was hard to reach. Before the construction of the Lake Road, Hallstatt could be reached only by bridle paths and by boats. Hallstatt has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is considered to be one of the most picturesque small towns in Europe.

Sintra, Portugal

The most popular attraction in Sintra is the Pena Palace. The palace itself is amazing with its vibrant colors and its location, standing on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains. It can even be seen from Lisbon on a clear day. But, for me what makes Sintra so special is one attraction that makes this little town so special, it is the Initiation Well. It is a 88 foot deep well and it was actually built not to serve as a well but for secret ceremonial purposes.

Dinant, Belgium

If you are visiting Brussels then a trip to Dinant is a must. This small city is located only 90 km southeast from the Belgium capital and somehow it should find its way to your bucket list. The main attraction is the dramatic setting of the town and it is the home of the man who invented saxophone.


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Author: Elena

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