Traveling is a lovely hobby that many people enjoy. It is a perfect way of exploring other cultures and experiencing new things. Plus, it is a perfect getaway from the usual daily responsibilities that all of us face. One of the best locations for traveling are located in Europe, however, there is so much more that you can experience beyond Paris, Rome, Barcelona and other grand cities. Let’s take a look at some of the smaller cities which also offer unique and wonderful experience to tourists from around the world.
Manarola is a small city in Italy which is perfect for people who adore the Italian culture and want to take a closer look. One of the very interesting things about this town is that you are not going to find any motorized vehicles in it, as only pedestrians are allowed in the streets. If you are traveling by a car, you are going to have to leave it at a huge parking lot before you enter.
The town is simply breathtaking, with an incredible amount of vibrantly colored houses. The small town is actually a fishing settlement, where people enjoy rich cuisine, followed by incredibly tasty vines. If you are looking for a place that is going to let you unwind and relax completely, you should definitely visit this city.
If you are already visiting Germany, or if you are already in Munich, make sure that you make time to visit this lovely little town, as it is rich with history. Before the Olympic Winter games in 1936, this town was split in two smaller ones, one dating back to the Roman and the other to the Teutonic period. The Partenkirchen part dates back to 15 AD, which is dominated with extremely narrow streets, paved with cobblestone.
The buildings were made in Bavarian gasthaus, having three or four floors. It is a time machine, which is going to take you deep into the past, so make sure that you visit this small town, which is only an hour and a half away from Munich by train.
The Isle of Skye in Scotland is a truly remarkable place for all the explorers who enjoy natural phenomena. Portree is a small town with only 2,500 residents. However, it counts a high number of pubs, seafood restaurants and breathtaking scenery. This little town is not only a port, but a cultural center which will help you understand the locals, their traditions and their style of life. Additionally, you can enjoy the nearby sights such as Kilt Rock, the Old Man of Storr and highpoints of the Quiraing.
This little town counts a bit over 300 residents, but is located in a place which actually resembles a fairy tale. The town is on the edge of magnificent mountains and beautiful fjords. The region is rich with untouched wilderness. This little fishing residence was crowned with the title of the most beautiful village in Norway. Numerous fishing tents have been turned into wonderful tourist cottages. While you are staying in this wonderful place, you are going to have a chance to witness the gripping northern lights.
This is a wonderful and breathtaking little town located in France, near the German border. The town dates back to the 9th century. The small waterways entwining the city are the reason why this little town is also referred to as the “Little Venice”.
Throughout history, the town was influenced by both French and German culture, which can be noticed in the local cuisine that is offered to tourists. The buildings also resonate with different architectural styles specific to French Neo-Baroque and German Gothic.
Additionally, if you enjoy drinking magnificent wines, this town is the right place to taste them. If you want to see more of French nature, there is a great National Park nearby which is going to let you experience the lovely wilderness of France.
This is a truly unique and wonderful port town located in Malta. The fact that there are no modern buildings in this little place indicates that you are going to actually travel to the past. The settlement dates back to the 900 BC, when the Phoenicians landed on the shores of this Island. If you are a big fan of seafood, this wonderful place has a variety of fish to offer, Lampuki being the local favorite.
Even though the town is small, it ensures that the whole nation situated on this island is supplied with enough fish. It is said that the town’s design was not changed from the Phoenician times, meaning that you can experience how architects planned settlements in the past.
The rustic looking fish town is going to leave you speechless with incredibly pleasant weather and the whole atmosphere. There are a lot of brightly colored buildings which are going to stay engraved in your memories. More importantly, the town is located near Skelligs Rock, which contains the monastic settlements which were created back in the 6th century.
If you are interested in learning more about the Irish culture, this is the perfect town to visit, as there are numerous places where you are going to be able to taste the local cuisine, as well as the Irish best brew, Guinness.
This spectacular town is one of the oldest places in Austria. It dates back to 5,000 BC, due to the salt rich mountains surrounding the town. The salt is still mined by the town, however, it is now considered part of the cultural heritage due to its age. The beautiful ivy covered buildings fit well with the breathtaking fairy tale look. Surrounded by mountains, rising beside a lake, this city is a unique sight that is well worth visiting.
Founded in the hilly Cotswold landscape, this little town is considered the most beautiful one in England. If you are in love with rustic houses, there are plenty of those, which are a hundreds of years old. The way this town fits its nature surroundings is perfect, so if you are in England, make sure to visit this lovely place which is going to leave you truly speechless. If this kind of scenery is your cup of tea, this is the perfect place to visit.
These are some of the best hidden gems that you should look for when you are in Europe. There are plenty of agencies with reasonable offers, so make sure that you do your online research a lot, as it is best to hire agencies which rely on travel agency software, responsible for easier booking management, which removes the chance for errors. Review your options and, no matter which of these places you choose, it is certain that you are going to love the unique experience that they offer.
Grecia is the author of tournavationmke.com. She loves to travel around the world and share her experience and knowledge about the travel industry, features about travel trends. Prior to travel writing, Grecia covered Internet and Technology articles and contributing for many other web blogs.