1. Ronda, Spain
Ronda is one of the oldest towns in Europe, with the area’s history dating back 30,000 years. Set dramatically above a deep gorge, the stone Puente Nuevo bridge stands high above the waterfall below.
2. Mont St Michel, France
Home to only 50 locals and situated about one kilometre off the mainland, this colossal gothic structure is isolated when the tide is in, but surrounded by sand and mudflats at low tide.
3. Bled, Slovenia
Bled is one of Slovenia’s treasures, with its tranquil emerald lake, ideallic church on a tiny island in the centre and snow-capped mountains on the horizon, the entire town feels like you’ve fallen into a fairytale.
4. Hallstatt, Austria
Tucked away between the base of Salzkammergut mountain range and the edge of Hallstättersee lake is the postcard perfect town of Home to less than 900 residents, this town is considered to be one of the oldest still inhabited settlement in Europe. The Chinese have even created a copy of this ancient salt mine village.
5. Burano Island, Italy
Burano Island is only a 45-minute ferry journey from Venice, but is often missed by tourists. Colourful houses line each street, and was originally a way of listing addresses and differentiating between houses. Today, if a resident wants to repaint their house they have to apply to the local government who will then supply a list of official acceptable colours for that property.
6. Meteora, Greece
The Monasteries of Meteora (Meteora translating to ‘in the heavens above’) are perched atop isolated rocks above the town below. Built in the 14th century, many are still inhabited by nuns and monks today.
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7. Bocitelj Springs & Dervish Monastery, Bosnia and Herzegovina
This Dervish Monastery is nearly 600 years old and situated at the base of a cliff and the source of the river Buna – the fresh water spring is located over 400 metres down into the rock. The water is so clean and pure here you can drink straight from the river and above the monastery is a cave where bones were discovered, dating back 4000 years.
8. Colmar, France
A blend of cultures come together in this small town located in the north east of France, where both the German and French styles are harmoniously knitted together. The medieval gingerbread houses with bursts of flowers hanging from their windowsills line the cobblestone streets, while bratwurst and baguettes are displayed in proud shop-owners windows.
9. Sveti Stefan, Montenagro
Sveti Stefan lies 6 kilometres southeast of Budva, on is a small islet in the Adriatic Ocean. It was once a simple fortified village but today, it is an exclusive 5-star resort.
10. Tropea, Italy
Tropea is a top summer holiday destination for Italians, but is not widely known to many international tourists. The town is perched atop dramatic cliffs and overlooks spectacular sunsets Tropea is a small town on the east coast of Calabria, in southern Italy. The centuries-old Santa Maria dell’Isola Church is on a rock overlooking the sea.
11. Piran, Montenagro
Piran makes a perfect day trip from neighbouring cities like Trieste or Ljubljana. Gorgeous pastel buildings with vibrant red roofs overlook the turquoise Adriatic, and locals and tourists alike stroll the marina enjoying the heat of the afternoon sun.
12. Alberobello, Italy
This tiny town in south east Italy feels like a fairytale. The gnome-like whitewashed houses are called trullis, and the entire town is filled with them and still occupied.