13 Small European Towns You Never Thought to Visit (but Should)
They may be relatively under the radar, but they’re certainly captivating and well worth a detour.
Two hours outside of Valencia, you’ll find this charming Spanish village. Nestled above the curve of the Guadalaviar River, Albarracín is full of history, from the towering medieval walls to the 10th-century Andador Tower and the ruins of an alcázar, a Moorish castle. For a local favorite, dine at El Buen Yantar or Rincón del Chorro for a buzzing atmosphere. Stroll La Plaza Mayor, a tiny plaza with a mix of locals and tourists, where you can grab an al fresco seat for a drink and some people-watching. You should also check out these cheaper alternatives to Europe’s expensive cities.
Located within the province of Salerno in the Campania region of southwestern Italy, this town is the hidden secret of the Amalfi Coast. Sandwiched between two cliffs with a vast view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Atrani is tiny but bold with beauty around every corner. Stunning churches, cozy piazzas, and delicious trattorias like A’ Paranza make for the perfect Italian getaway.
Located just outside of the country’s capital of Lisbon, Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its 19th-century romantic architecture. Magical palaces, castles, and manors will make your jaw drop as you explore the town. Experience the mystery of the Quinta da Regaleira, a 20th-century Gothic architectural masterpiece, home to many an owner over the years. Indulge your sweet tooth at the Casa Piriquita pastry shop. Read on for more amazing European vacations for under $400.