Berat is one of the world’s longest continuously inhabited cities (inhabited since 314 BC), nicknamed the ‘city of a thousand windows’ for all the white Ottoman houses that line its river valley. Millennia old, visiting Berat is like stepping back through time and the evolution of Eastern and Western cultures.
Schwangau is home to not one, but two Royal Bavarian castles, the kind Walt Disney would have been proud of. In fact it’s believed the filmmaker’s famous logo is based on real-life fairytale castle Neuschwanstein, perched high in the mountains.
The Adriatic coast doesn’t get much more picturesque than Sveti Stefan, especially this small islet off the coast of Montenegro. It’s home to some beautiful hotels and connected to the mainland via a narrow ribbon of popular beach.
You can walk through ‘mini Prague’ in 20 minutes, but really the journey will take much longer, such is the beauty of its architecture. Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a castle looking down over Vltava River and old town square.
A popular if underrated Mediterranean island off the coast of Croatia, yet to fulfil its potential as one of Europe’s hottest destinations, Hvar has it all. Stunning beaches, good food and interesting architecture it’s also a hedonist paradise with plenty of nightlife.
France’s ‘little Venice’ is full of narrow winding streets lined with colourful medieval timber homes. Colmar is best explored by foot with museums and galleries on every corner.
A popular getaway for Greeks, Andros is just a short ferry ride from Athens. The island has remained largely unchanged for decades and you’ll find plenty of deserted beaches on which to relax throughout the day, not to mention stunning coastal towns like Chora.
The idyllic Slovenian town of Piran is often compared to Venice. The watery wonderland is lined with colourful houses that make for stunning photos, while the sprawling expanse of Tartini Square is great for enjoying a cocktail and people watching.
Golden Beach on Malta’s north coast alone makes Mellieha worth visiting, but you’ll also find plenty of other attractions including some of Europe’s best coastal reefs and Popeye Village, a former film set turned idyllic beachside resort.
Liechtenstein’s capital Vaduz sits on the Rhine river near the Swiss border. This quaint city dates back to the 12th century and is best explored by the miniature city train. It is best known for Vaduz castle, the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein.
Vernazza is up there with some of the most beautiful coastal towns in Italy. Go cliff jumping near the port entrance and enjoy evening aperitivi (drinks and nibbles) near the waterfront surrounded by colourful apartments.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Brussels and head south to Dinant, a riverside town that will take your breathe away with its medieval architecture. Don’t miss the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame de Dinant, a 13th-century gothic cathedral.
Sometimes on holiday all you want to do is sit back with an amazing view and watch the world go by. With just two roads leading to a main square, the sleepy town of Carvoeiro is better known for its fisherman than its night life. It’s also close to the Benagil Caves, some of Portugal’s most impressive natural wonders.
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