If you’re dreaming of visiting one of those picture-perfect European towns filled with old-world charm, incredible scenic beauty, or perhaps both, where do you begin your search for the best destinations? From the Norwegian fjords and the magnificent Alps to sun-splashed Greek isles and everything in between, here is a look at most beautiful small towns in Europe.
1. Annecy, France
France is synonymous with Paris, one of the most decorative places on Earth, but venture further afield to the more rural regions, and you’ll come across plenty of towns nestled away from the throngs of tourists.
A good place to start is Annecy. Offering a France free from gift shops and selfie sticks, this romantic enclave is known as the Venice of France due to the sun-dappled canals that run through the peaceful town. Offering everything one would want from a quiet getaway, Annecy is perfect for couples. You can picnic beside Lake Annecy, stroll hand-in-hand as you cross the lover’s bridge “Pont des Amours” or simply bask in your good company in one of the many cute sidewalk cafes.