Small towns around the world bring travellers unrivalled experience of relax and peace in combination with incredible landscapes and a wide range of recreational facilities. Let’s tour around some countries below to discover these towns.
The USA: From Camden to Telluride, Stowe, Jackson, and Sedona
Camden is a picturesque year-round coastal town where travelers can immerse in stunning views of the harbour, or the peaceful New England landscape if weather permits a hike in Camden Hills State Park.
For adventure travellers who like to challenge themselves via skiing, hiking, climbing or other sport activities, Stowe, Telluride and the Rocky Mountain town of Jackson may be perfect choices thanks to their preferred terrain of ski lopes, camping grounds, music events and festivals, and top-notch restaurants.
Therein, while Telluride is home to luxury hotels that has welcomed many celebs, Stowe is well-known for world-class spas.
In the meantime, Sedona, which features easily explored range of red-tinted rock formations, includes an array of restaurants, hotels, shops, and art galleries in its uptown area.
France: Let’s visit Annecy, Colmar, and Dinan
In this list, the old towns of Annecy and Colmar will jointly greet travellers by pastel-painted houses and cafés lining a lovely lakeshore, timbered houses and cobbled streets.
Remember to visit historical sites of the Château d’Annecy, Grand St Martin’s church dating back to 1235, and the Unterlinden Museum.
Meanwhile, Dinan is a picturesque walled town in Brittany overlooking the Rance River, that is amazed with ramparts, half-timbered houses, and quaint streets filled with art galleries and craft shops.
Italia: Why not coming to Alberobello, Positano, and Manarola
While Alberobello is famous for its limestone dwellings that have been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Positano is a favourite coastal town for celebs as an unparalleled combination of colourful homes in the blue water and sky of the Mediterranean.
Manarola, in the meantime, is one of Italy’s most sought-after Cinque Terre towns with its fabulous wine of Sciacchetra and an array of vibrant rainbow-colored homes carved right into an impenetrable wall of stone.
Germany: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
As part of the popular Romantic Road through southern Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber reminds travellers of the past medieval time. Wander through this charming town to see windows decorated with hanging baskets, colourful gardens and stunning churches.
Tunisia: Sidi Bou Said
Sitting atop a steep cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the blue and white village of Tunisia has a wide reputation as an artistic bohemian sanctuary, boasting cobblestone streets lined with shops, cafes, and art markets.
Brazil: Morro de São Paulo
The car-free village of Morro de São Paulo on the island of Tinharé sits upon three beautiful jungle-topped hills at a point where the Canal de Taperoá meets a crystal blue Atlantic. In the past, the island acted as both a cove for pirates and a stronghold for the Portuguese.
Here at Albarracín, travellers feel being transported back to the old time as they walk through half-timbered houses, ragged fortress walls, and maze-like streets.
Pucón is a mecca for adventure sports and a world-class destination for adrenaline junkies. This town is now a year-round adventure machine catering to all incomes and alternating floods of package tourists, Santiago holidaymakers, novice Brazilian snowboarders, adventure-seeking backpackers, new age spiritualists and mellowed-out ex-activists turned eco-pioneers.
Bled is a tiny Alpine town alongside glacial Lake Bled in Northwestern Slovenia, famous for a medieval fortress and museum and especially, a charming church floats on an islet amid glassy Lake Bled.
Arosa has the perfect natural conditions for year-round activities, ideal for downhill and cross-country skiers as well as hikers and downhill bikers on account beautiful paths and lopes.
Ittoqqortoormiit is charming in both summer…
This hideaway town of Ittoqqortoormiit in Greenland satisfies travellers with dogsledding, expedition cruises, lots of wildlife and notably, the world’s largest and multi-branched fjord system.
… and winter alike
Hallstatt is considered as one of the oldest and most beautiful settlements in Austria. Founded in 5000 BC to exploit the vast salt reserves in the surrounding breathtaking mountains, this town is a treasure trove of human history with ancient salt mines, muted pink and yellow houses, and enviable lakeside setting.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Mostar
Spring and autumn is ideal to visit Mostar. This beautiful slice of the past enchants travellers with twinkling lights from millhouse restaurants, bustling streets of trinket sellers and the Balkans’ most celebrated bridge which forms a majestic stone arc between reincarnated medieval towers. For travellers in love with historical attractions, they have chances to memorize the 1990s conflict that left still-apparent scars around Spanski Trg, in addition to attractively restored Ottoman quarter.
This pretty European town is land of the white limestone and beautiful bay. Lying at the end of a deep natural bay on the northern coast of Brac, the island rises quickly from the waterfront, giving the town an amphitheater-like appearance. Many of the buildings are built with local stone, and so are the numerous monuments which adorn the town.
The town was established around 1230 AD by Mediterranean settlers, who dug up the canals for the transport of peat extract, connecting the two man-made lakes lying at the eastern and southern sides of town. It was only till 1958 when Dutch director Ber Haanstra featured the town in his movie “Fanfare” that Giethoorn became a popular tourist destination. Visitors can take punter or canoe tours, learn the town’s history in local museums, attend art exhibitions, and even go ice skating on the canals during winter.
This quaint destination features elaborate “fairy chimney” rock formations some of which were hollowed out to create houses and churches. The best way to take in Goreme is climbing into a hot air balloon and flying over the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia.
Located on the beautiful arctic island of Moskenesøya, Reine is voted as the most beautiful village of Norway. Made up of rustic fishermen’s cabins perched by the water’s edge, here visitors can hike up the Reinebriggen peak or take to the glittering lake on a kayak.
Czech Republic: Cesky Krumlov
Come to Cesky Krumlov in the summer and raft down the Vltavy River to step into a time warp with small cobbled roads and nice bridge that appear every way you look for a true leisure holiday.
Vietnam: Hoi An
This UNESCO World Heritage Site brings travellers unforgettable moments with Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples, and ancient tea warehouses lying peacefully along the Thu Bon River.
Laos: Luang Prabang
Situated at the confluence between the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers in northern Laos, Luang Prabang is intriguing for its rich monastic culture and history; astonishing natural beauty, and cocktail of architectural styles: elaborate stone pagodas sit alongside humble wooden houses and decorative colonial buildings.