Europe’s Underrated Towns & Villages That You Must Visit

Colmar, France

Located in Eastern France, in Alsace region, home to France’s best Vin Blanc & Pain d’Epice, only 45 minutes from Strasbourg. Has a unique worth seeing blend of French & German architecture,

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Shere, England

Located in the English countryside, 20 minutes from Guildford, in Surrey, this is where the famous movie “The Holiday” was filmed, once you step in you’ll get a sense that you stepped into another era, another world.

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Montreux, Switzerland

Within the French part of Switzerland and one that is really worth visiting, make sure to take a boat ride in Lac Leman (Lake Geneva), to swim in the lake if you can stand its low temperature, and take a scenic walk up to Chateau de Chillon.

8533923071_de263fd308_zLac Leman in Montreux by Javier Collado Jimenez

4323316049_e5af6626e0_zChateau de Chillon in Veytaux (45min walk from Montreux) by Shawn Stilwell

Heidelberg, Germany

A popular destination due to its romantic and picturesque city scape. Walking through the old town is pleasing and climbing all the way up to Heidelberg Castle.

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Another tiny town in Switzerland, located in the German part of it, offering scenic walks, views of the Swiss alps, finest chocolatiers and museums that are worth visiting. Walking in Lucerne and getting lost in there is a pleasure in itself.

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Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Who would ever thought that Bosnia has such a charming beauty? Make sure to visit nearby Blagaj, another charmer!

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Albaraccin, Spain

Just 2 hours drive from the underrated city of Valencia -a Spanish hidden gem-, that is voted by so many as Spain’s most scenic villages.

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Goreme, Turkey

A hiking heaven it is that could be enjoyed in several ways, trekking is an option and hot air ballooning is another. A town first built by the Romans and was carved into the hard rock.

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Ghent, Belgium

Not so many have heard of Ghent, everybody goes to Bruges instead, both are equally charming but each has a different style that you must see for yourself.

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech

3 hours and a half from Prague, located in southern Bohemia. Small cobblestone roads and bridges in every shape, it’s like stepping into a fairy-tale.

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Hallstatt, Austria

The lakeside town is a UNESCO world heritage, whether you visit in winter or in summer every season has its own charm.

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Bled, Slovenia

I guess the picture is enough to show you how much you’re missing. Lake Bled is among the most beautiful in the world, and is best visited in April when not there aren’t so many tourists.

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Bibury, England

England and the entire UK is known for its scenic countryside, and Bibury is no exception!

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Folegandros, Greece

Everybody goes to Santorini, but nobody knows Folegandros which has similar architecture and as beautiful as its neighbor island.

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Volendam & Marken, The Netherlands

Two old fishing villages, Volendam offers delicious seafood and amazing views, make sure to take a boat ride to Marken for some cheese tasting and to walk through the Dutch countryside.

5339116458_cea443c7a8_zVolendam by David Castanon

8170248106_9592bf22cb_zMarken by Bert Knottenbeld

Telč, Czech Republic

Founded in the 13th century as a royal water fort on the crossroads between Bohemia, Moravia and Austria. Stepping into Telc means being in another era.

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Pučiśća, Croatia

In the Island of Brac, amazing place for water sports, and a beautifully built town that you would enjoy exploring.

Video by Adria Databanka – travel agency

Marsaxlokk, Malta

Is Malta’s main fishing village, offering great views and mouth-watering seafood.

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Reine, Norway

Selected as the 1970’s most beautiful village in Norway, Reine is a fishing village that offers great views and a chance to explore a village that is still not very well known to tourists.

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Annecy, France

in the Rhone-Alpes region of southeastern France filled with castles, cathedrals and unique architecture. Don’t forget to go to the Lover’s Bridge (Pont des Amours) before walking down the Rue Royale.

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Tellaro, Italy

Now everybody knows about Cinque Terre which makes it a tourist hub, if you want to skip the crowds head directly to Tellaro.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. My god, theese are places where to move for the rest of your life!!!! I love Colmar and Bibury, such quiet cities! Thank you for sharing this!

  2. LOVE the article, and a great photographer you are 😉 (Y)

  3. Very nice article , and helpfull for any one want to travel

  4. Are you planning those trips too, or just picturing ? I would like to know?

    • You can always call our agents to plan any trip that you want :)
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  5. this Is MAGNIFICENT ..
    Seriously, I’ve been to a lot of places (unfortunately all just in Egypt) .. and i’m dying to visit such beautiful places like those above ..
    do you plan trips to those places .. or do you just organize flights ??
    i think there’s that website that plans and organizes as well .. i believe it was EgyTravel.com .. i’m not quit sure ..

    Thanks again for such beautiful scenes :)
    Cheers!

    • Thank you very much, really glad that you enjoyed it.
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  6. Thank you for this inspiration .. I will definitely include Telč and Cesky Krumlov in my itinerary when visiting Czech Republic .. Awesome pictures as well but i think you need a separate article for each and every one of them with lots of pictures and videos.

    • Thank you Amr, in fact I was planning to make separate ones, at least for the ones that I have been to.
      Stay tuned 😉

  7. If i want to be a tour guide , travel around the world , how can i do this 😀 ?
    Really ? This is my dream .

    • Hey Omar, you gotta search and look for what it takes to become a tour guide, as for touring the world it’s my dream too, i know that someday i will 😀

  8. Well well well , went to Strasbourg,Colmar , Annecy, people you have to see such cities it’s like a childhood colorful fairy tail book !

  9. I would on top like to add to this great compilation the beautiful and magical towns of Toledo and Segovia in Spain. Both are less than 100km far from Madrid.

    • I just been to Toledo, and I caaaaaaaaannot agree more :)
      Thanks Shady for the recommendations

  10. It is wonderful. …. i m planning to travel end of year but didn’t set a destination yet

    • Heba, you gotta visit one of those places, I have been to most of them….MAGICAL!
      Thanks, and let me know if I can help you choose your destination :)

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