Which small towns in Europe are worth visiting? If you're following us for a longer time now, you've probably noticed that nature and outdoor activities are kind of our thing! However, while exploring beautiful landscapes in all these countries, we also stumbled upon some cute little towns. Now, we listed them here with hope you'll have the chance to visit at least some of them!
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Small Towns in Europe You Should Visit
1# Marsaxlokk, Malta
Marsaxlokk is a beautiful small fishing town in the South of Europe - Malta. There are many fish restaurants along the seashore, trying to catch your attention. Speaking of attention, the biggest eye-catchers are these colourful boats parked in the bay. Go and visit Marsaxlokk to enjoy some calm hours in Malta!
2# Gjogv, Faroe Islands
When exploring North Europe, don't miss out the extraordinary Faroe Islands. There is a cute little town which goes by the name Gjogv. Those colourful houses in the middle of nowhere make your visit worth it!
3# Mtskheta, Georgia
If you're the one counting Georgia to Europe, then Mtskheta definitely belongs onto this list! It's a half an hour drive from Tbilisi, and is one of the oldest towns in the country. Makes sure to check out all the souvenirs stands here, as the shopping in Mtskheta is one of the best in Georgia!
4# Vernazza, Italy
Have you heard of Cinque Terre in Italy? There is a scenic hike between 5 towns at the coastline of West Italy. One of the towns which can be visited on this hike is called Vernazza. It's a picturesque place with cafes and restaurants and with beautiful views on the cliffs. Go for it!
5# Reine, Norway
Surrounded by picturesque mountains, Reine with its red wooden houses located at the seaside has it all to leave one impressed. Once in Reine, go for hiking, kayaking, boating and fishing. If you like a combination of nature and small towns, then the Lofoten islands in Norway will make your heart beat faster. Here is a great travel itinerary for your 7-day stay.
6# Meersburg, Germany
Meersburg is located at the world-famous Constance lake. Despite its crowdedness, it makes it a great day-trip. The Meersburg castle with its majesticity is certainly the center of attention and is picture-perfect!
7# Piran, Slovenia
At the Slovenian coast, there is a cute town called Piran. It's one of prettiest towns in our home country - Slovenia. The architecture of the buildings is promising and reminds a bit of the Venetian Gothic style. Stroll down the narrow streets, have an ice-cream and wait for the nice sunset at the seashore.
8# Saint-Malo, France
The region Bretagne has a a true gem - Saint-Malo. The most famous part in this town is the island Mont Saint-Michel with a church on it. I really liked the vibe in this town - the small cute streets and the nice beach. You should explore it!
9# Sitges, Spain
One hour from Barcelona, another Mediterranean town is waiting for you - Sitges. A long promenade along the coastline, fish restaurants, palm trees, cliffs and turquoise sea water pretty much describe this lovely town.
10# Porvoo, Finland
There is a pretty little town, just 45-minute drive out of Helsinki. With its red wooden houses along the sea it is the second oldest town in Finland, just after Turku. Make sure to include it in your travel itinerary!
11# Stein am Rhein, Switzerland
Stein am Rhein is a historical town at the Constance lake and well-known among locals. It's old town is located at the border with Germany, so when you take a boat trip from Stein am Rhein, you can basically enter Germany by boat. How cool is that?!
12# Jurmala, Latvia
Jurmala is a famous seashore town in Latvia with charming wooden architecture. The town is 10 km out of Riga, the capital city, and can be easily accessed by train. The town has a long beach, where many locals meet at the weekend to chill out.
13# Arucas, Gran Canaria, Spain
With its 37,300 inhabitans, Arucas is the forth biggest town on the Gran Canaria island and a place we really really liked. The most important historical sight in the town is the church called San Juan Bautista. It's majestic and a huge eye-catcher.
14# Kinsale, Ireland
One of the small towns in Europe you should visit is Kinsale. It is one of those cute little towns Ireland is famous for. Narrow streets, colourful houses, cute shops, many cafes and restaurants, located at the waterfront. Just lovely! Check out this blog post.
15# Kranj, Slovenia
Our lovely home town belongs on this list too! Okay, it's not as famous as Lake Bled or Ljubljana, but that doesn't mean it's less worth your time. What we like about Kranj is the impressive historical centre, the little colourful houses, narrow streets, local shops AND - it is surrounded by lots of nature (check out the blog post here)! It's actually a great basis if you want to hike the surrounding hills, visit the lakes Bled and Bohinj, explore the capital city Ljubljana etc. Check out the accommodation here:
16# Nordeste, Sao Miguel Island, Azores
With only 4900 inhabitants, Nordeste is a really small town in the Azores. We found the town very impressive with all the white houses, decorated with lots of flowers, romantic bridges etc. wonderful town worth to stop by. If you need a 7-day itinerary for your trip to the Azores, here it is.
17# Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Teguise is a small town on the Canary Island called Lanzarote. We haven't really heard about it, so we actually just stumbled upon it and it was a very nice surprise. The cuteness is unreal! Little white houses with lots of handicraft shops, cafes and restaurants. I love towns like this!! Stay tuned for the blog post about Lanzarote.
There is no doubt that there are many more must-see towns in Europe that belong onto this list. Most certainly we will add some places to this blog post after next travels. Now go and explore the ones above! :)
Have you visited one of these small towns in Europe? Which one did you like specifically? Any other recommendations you have? Let us know in the comments below!