The 15 Most Adorable Small Towns in Europe

Paris, Rome and London are beautiful, but the crowds are annoying and take away a lot of their appeal


Europe is the second smallest continent on the planet, after Australia, but what it lacks in dimensions it makes up for in beauty and splendor. Make a trip to such picture-perfect towns a priority on your bucket list. Their charming and breathtaking scenery will leave you in awe.

Walk through a picturesque market town, visit an old castle where you can stay for the night, sleep in an ancient cave – you are not likely to be offered these thrilling experiences in a crowded mega-city cramped with tourists.[slideshow:97027]

Let yourself be enchanted by destinations with unique character and a lot of rich and diverse history. You may consider small towns in Europe to be hidden gems that also offer bustling local culture, lively entertainment, and adventure opportunities.

Americans are using only 77 percent of their paid time off. More than 222 million such days remained unredeemed in 2015, according to the U.S. Travel Association. If you are part of this sad trend, you need to take a break from everyday life and go on a real break.

Stay in the mountains of Austria and sleep in authentic 16th-century Alpine houses; explore the medieval capital of Ireland; go to a beach town where you can feel like the king of the shores; or learn a new hobby at an up and coming surfing destination.

Stumble upon a quaint town in the middle of nowhere on purpose and see what happens.

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