11 Secret and Adorable Towns in Europe You Have to Visit Right Now

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Social Content Editor28 July 2017

Europe is a fairytale castle; a classical education; a voyage through history, which is why you need to get out and visit these magical hidden villages now. Magnificent menus, rich historical backgrounds, secret cobblestone streets, endless olive groves and medieval churches – forget places like London and Paris, head to these small European wonders to discover the continent’s soul instead. It’s totally worth the detour.

Göreme, Turkey…

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This rather spectacular Turkish town (if you can call it a town) was established by early Christian settlers thousands of years ago. All the homes here are literally carved into the rock – the luxury five-star hotels too. Best thing about the place? You can go on a hot-air balloon ride over the rest of Cappadocia at sunrise. #instagramporn.

Colmar, France…

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Colmar is home to a unique blend of French and German architecture and is the definition of a ‘true hidden gem’. Super colourful, trendy and cultural, there’s oodles to do in this stunning part of the Alsace region. Book your plane tickets now.

Ronda, Spain…

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Legend has it that the locals used to throw suspected witches off the Ronda’s famous bridge. The town is also home to Spain’s first bullring and is close to some of Andalusia’s prettiest beaches.

Bergen, Norway…

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Bergen began life in 1070 AD. Surrounded by mammoth mountains and fjords, (including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest fjord) it’s an ideal place for sweet panoramic views and no-frills hiking trails.

Hallstatt, Austria…

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This Austrian lakeside beauty has been continuously dubbed the prettiest lakeside town in the whole entire world. It’s also a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site.

Bibury, England…

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Ask anyone what they think one of the most gorgeous towns in England is and they’ll probably say Bibury. The small village in the Cotswolds is full of old-world charm, delightful stone cottages and some of the most excruciatingly divine streets in England!

Annecy, France…

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Built around a Disney-esque 14th-century chateau, Annecy is hands down the most beautiful little towns in Europe. Not only is the lake every Instagrammer’s dream, but adrenaline junkies can take a punt on the nearby French Alps too. Oh, and the food is amazing!

Zalipie, Poland…

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A colourful ancient village in southeastern Poland, Zalipie is definitely the country’s must go-to tourist destination – not because of its five-star hotels, but because of its small adorable wooden cottages, which are covered in tonnes of adorable flowers.

Eguisheim, France…

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You’re probably noticing that France is riddled with beauteous micro towns – they can’t help if they’re so good at them. Since 2003, this French charmer has been recognised as one of France’s most beautiful secret hidden gems. Think cutesy pink buildings, lots of flowers and very, very fine wines.

Oia, Greece…

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One word: Santorini – this should be enough to get you high off wanderlust. Nestled on top of a rather epic cliff, Oia is a hotspot for spectacular ocean views and legendary sunsets.

Sintra, Portugal…

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Sintra is just emotional – a real jewel in Europe’s glittering crown. Those who dare to lose themselves in its majestic historical heritage, luxuriant nature, cosmopolitan culture and gastronomy might just never leave the place. In other words, go now. NOW.

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