You’ve heard about Europe’s beautiful historic cities- now it’s time to discover Europe’s most picturesque towns. Check out our pick of Europe’s lesser-known towns for an alternative getaway. Take your pick from these top 10 alternative European destinations, which will mesmerise you with their unique beauty and charms. A great way to kick off an adventurous 2019!
1. Burges, Belgium
This chocolate-box cover of a town is Belgium’s not-so-well-kept secret. Medieval market town squares, fairy-tale like cobbled streets, colourful historic buildings… this historic town will impress you with its postcard-like beauty. Don’t miss a chance to explore its many canals and delicious chocolate shops.
2. Castle Combe, England
Repeatedly voted as the most beautiful village in England, Castle Combe is a picture-perfect village located in the Cotswolds. Expect stone cottages, woodland walks and a winding river, in this adorable compact town. Discover the old Tearoom where numerous movies were shot, and nibble on delicious scones, sandwiches and freshly baked cakes while you’re there!
3. St Gallen, Switzerland
Tucked away in the North of Switzerland, just before reaching Lake Constance, is a little gem of a town called St Gallen. Steeped in history, and only an hour away from Zurich, this cultured town is perfect for a relaxing day excursion. Walking through St Gallen’s half-timbered buildings and winding cobbled streets you will instantly get the feeling that it’s a town steeped in history. You can uncover it all with the help of St Gallen’s dedicated tourism group St Gallen Bodensee– who can provide guided tours and experiences during your time there.
4. Ronda, Spain
As one of the largest towns in Andalucía Spain, Ronda never fails to impress visitors with its spectacular scenery. Built on the mountainous Rio Guadalevín, Ronda is a town with a turbulent history, which is evident from the town’s dramatic appearance. Cliffside views, a world-famous bridge, and impressive architectural sites, including Spain’s oldest bullfighting ring, are all part of what makes the city so impressive. Don’t miss out on exploring this rich historical town in the heart of Andalucía.
5. Bled, Slovenia
Surrounded by the Julian Alps, Bled boasts an unparalleled landscape. Picture a medieval castle on the top of a cliff, a beautiful church set on an islet, and a beautiful blue-green lake surrounding it. And to top it off a charming town that overlooks it all. A visit to Bled in Slovenia will make it clear why the area has been nominated as one of the seven new wonders of the world.
6. Húsavík, Iceland
A small town of over just two thousand people, this hidden gem will impress you with its other-worldly charms. The town makes for a perfect getaway if you are looking for serenity and peace of mind. The town is famous for its geothermic pool and many impressive hiking trails and camping spots. The town is also a famous spot for whale-watching. Check it out for an alternative escape out of the ordinary.
7. Positano, Italy
This cliffside village on the Amalfi coast is like something out of a fairy-tale. The village is practically an explosion of colours with the deep blue of the sea surrounding the colourful cliffside buildings and luscious green forest. Walking through the steeped streets you will discover cosy restaurants, boutique shops and beautiful shores. In other words, a picture-perfect getaway.
8. Hallstatt, Austria
Situated by lake Hallstatt, Austria’s oldest village is one of the most photographed regions of Austria. And it’s no wonder why! The town’s beautiful market square looks like something out of a postcard. You can take in the town’s beauty from above by visiting the skywalk that gives you 360° views of not only the lake but the entire region. Make the most out of your visit by enjoying the region’s panoramic views and by taking beautiful photographs that will last a lifetime.
9. Oia, Greece
Looking like something out of a movie set, Oia will mesmerise you with its whitewashed houses and clifftop views overlooking the ocean. Oia is much more than a beach destination, with its authentic Greek restaurants and beautiful setting: it offers a beautiful escape from the ordinary. Famous for its many great sunset-viewing spots, don’t miss out the chance to watch the sun descend and paint the entire village with its pink and orange hues.
10. Mont-Saint-Michel, France
Mont-Saint-Michel is reminiscent of a fairytale castle, perched on the bay where Normandy and Brittany merge. The historic Abbey in the midst of the water is over 1000 years ago and stands as an architecturally impressive structure. You can take a few hours to explore the Abbey and then venture to town for authentic French omelettes and unique souvenirs to take back home. Easily reachable from Paris, Mont-Saint-Michel makes the perfect destination for a day trip!