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10 most beautiful small towns in Europe (Part 1)

Europe owns many beautiful small towns with beautiful nature and breathtaking scenery. Below are 10 such beautiful towns in Europe to explore!

1. Mostar Bosnia

Mostar Bosnia is an ancient city located deep in the valley of the Neretva river in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. With 113,169 inhabitants, it is the third largest town in the country, founded in the 13th century. There are many ancient Ottoman, Austrian architectures.

Mostar Bosnia is located on the Neretva river in turquoise color with elegant ancient towers and colorful markets. In particular, the Old Bridge dating to the 16th century was built by the Ottomans, characterized by Islamic architecture in the Balkan.

2. Town of Positano, Italy

Positano is a beautiful little coastal city, on the coast of Amalfi, Campania, Italy. There are many colorful houses with many picturesque stone stairs. The town is located on a hill with below the Amalfi Sea. In the past, this was a less developed fishing village until the first half of the 20th century. After that, the attractiveness of the place became more and more popular in the 1950s.

In the midst of a picturesque coastal town, the highlight is the old Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta church with a great roof with Mediterranean beaches, attractive harbor, shops, restaurants, and 13th-century architecture.

3. Wengen, Switzerland

Wengen is a resort city in Bernese Oberland, Canton of Bern, located in central Switzerland. Wengen is located on a 400m high slopes against the Lauterbrunnen valley, from here can admire the beauty of the 4,000m high Bernese Alps. Above there are villages with traditional wooden houses. Wengen ski resort is surrounded by the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, and Lauberhorn mountains.

4. Bibury, England

Bibury attracts many tourists located in Gloucestershire, England, on the River Coln and the beautiful romantic stone river houses along the Saxon Church, St Mary’s Church. With water meadows and romantic rivers, Bibury is loved by visitors with forests and grasslands of many wildlife species. It is particularly beautiful on sunny summer evenings or in cold winter.

Bibury attracts many tourists located in Gloucestershire, England, on the River Coln and the beautiful romantic stone river houses along the Saxon Church, St Mary’s Church. With water meadows and romantic rivers, Bibury is loved by visitors with forests and grasslands of many wildlife species. It is particularly beautiful on sunny summer evenings or in cold winter.

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Top three small towns to visit in Europe

Hallstatt, Brano, and Colmar are the three famous towns that many tourists are always looking for when visiting Europe. If you want to find out more about these 3 beautiful towns, check out the article below!

Colmar, France

Colmar is the old town of France, with a history of up to 1,000 years. Located in the center of Alsake, northeastern France, the town of Colmar is a frequent destination for many tourists. Arriving here, you will be attracted by small lanes, colorful wooden houses, and the peaceful life. The town of Colmar, considered by many people, is a quiet world of fairy tales.

Colmar is not only a favorite European tourist destination for many guests but also a place for wine connoisseurs. This town has long been known as the capital of the Alsace wine road. Visit the vineyards with wineries to give you more interesting experiences.

Burano, Italy

If you love the colors, Burano is the ideal destination for you. This town is considered the most colorful place in the world. In the town of Burano, houses are built close to each other and decorated with colorful colors. This is a way for the fishermen in Burano to easily recognize each other’s homes.

Here, you can take a walk and take photos with these eye-catching blocks. In Burano town, you will feel the peaceful and peaceful beauty of people’s lives as well as the natural scenery.

Hallstatt, Austria

On the list of the 20 most beautiful towns in Europe, Hallstatt is a small town located between Salzburg and Graz. Located on Lake Salzkammergut, Hallstatt is a poetic and peaceful town. Visiting the town of Hallstatt, you will admire the very beautiful and impressive beauty. Every corner of the town is an interesting attraction for tourists from many parts of the world.

The strange villages and towns in the world (part 2)
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The strange villages and towns in the world (part 2)

Longyearbyen Town, Svalbard, Norway

This is one of the settlements located in the far north of the world where people cannot die. In this town, there is a cemetery but has not been used for 70 years. The reason for this strange thing is that the icy climate here prevents the decomposition of corpses and makes them attract much wildlife so the people here when preparing to die are taken to the land in Norway.

Setenil de las Bodega town, Spain

The town of Setenil de las Bodega is built below the giant basalt rocks and is a tourist attraction in Spain. When walking on the streets here, instead of seeing the sky, visitors will see rocks appear on their heads, and they have been there for centuries.

Chefchaouen, Morrocco

Chefchaouen is a tourist attraction, located in the northeast of Morrocco, with most of the houses and streets painted blue. In Jewish culture, blue is a sacred color. Therefore, in the 1930s, Jews living in Chefchaouen painted blue for the entire town and this tradition is maintained to this day.

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Roswell Town, New Mexico, USA

This small town in New Mexico State is also known as “UFO Town”. People thought that an unidentified flying object had appeared in the town in 1947 and since then, they have built the town with ideas taken from UFOs including McDonald’s with a similar shape. In addition, it also hosts annual UFO festivals in the summer.

Miyake-jima Island, Japan

The inhabitants of this island town are paid by the government to live there. Since a volcano operates here, people must be exposed to unusually high levels of sulfur in the air and are always at risk of poisoning. Therefore, they are required to always carry poison masks and use them when the sirens sound.

The strange villages and towns in the world (part 1)
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The strange villages and towns in the world (part 1)

The town without the dead, the city where people live underground or the village of Chinese dwarves are some of the most exotic small towns in the world. Let’s check out!

Coober Pedy, Australia

Coober Pedy is an opal mining town, built underground and established in 1915. The miners here decided to build a house for this location because of the temperature. The ground can be up to 51 degrees C. The town has underground shops, churches, galleries and even the first 4-star hotel in the world.

The strange villages and towns in the world (part 1)

Colma, California, USA

Colma is home to 17 cemeteries with 1.5 million graves but only about 1,800 people live here. This happened because Colma was the burial place for the dead San Francisco residents, after San Francisco decided not to build a new cemetery.

Thames, China

About 32 km from Shanghai, Thames town is the perfect replica of an English town with cobbled streets and ancient architecture. Completed in 2006, this town is virtually uninhabited and becomes the location for wedding photography by many couples.

Elista, Kalmykia, Russia

Elista is also known as the “chess city” and is an attractive place for chess lovers. The whole city is built on the theme of chess, even in the middle of the city square there is a giant chessboard.

Dwarf village, China

Residents of this special village have no one taller than 130 cm. People who live here have built the village as a place to avoid the ridicule and talk of people about their looks. Today, the village is complete with its own police and fire forces. At the same time, the people here decided to build their houses in a unique shape, making this place a tourist attraction and creating income for themselves.

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Freudenberg – The most unique town in Germany

Freudenberg is one of the most unique towns in the world. There are dozens of houses looks the same. Coming to this town, looking for an arduous house is like “finding a needle in the bottom of the sea”.

However, it is the uniformity that makes it unique, turning this town into an ideal tourist destination when visiting Germany.

Located in southern Westphalia, in the Siegen-Wittgenstein district, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Freudenberg is rated as one of the most interesting medieval towns that exist today.

The Alter Flecken area is the oldest area and is also a unique highlight that helps the town attract a large number of tourists every year.

After being heavily devastated in the 17th century, the people of Alter Flecken began to rebuild their houses. The whole center has a total of 50 houses built in the same architectural style (whitewashed walls and wooden roofs), almost the same size and close to each other.

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These buildings are all selling timber, half are made of wood and the other half is made of other materials. It looks so simple but Alter Flecken is considered by the German government as one of “projects of international importance”.

The first time you set foot in the town center of Freudenberg, you may be dazzled by the architecture of the houses. It will be a real nightmare if anyone gets lost.

Alter Flecken is not only historically iconic, but it is also given a charming natural setting when its location is in the middle of the majestic mountains.

Besides, mild climate and romantic weather help this place become a famous tourist destination in Germany. Most visitors visiting Alter Flecken choose to walk or ride a bike to enjoy the romantic atmosphere.

If you have a chance, come visit this special town!

3 Beautiful Towns in Alberta, Canada As Ideal Destinations
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3 Beautiful Towns in Alberta, Canada As Ideal Destinations

Alberta in Western Canada is known for its beauty, with majestic Canadian rocks in the middle of the province. It is made up of many small towns, each with its own vibe.

There are towns known for murals, picturesque rivers or historic buildings. Check out Alberta’s most beautiful towns!

Jasper

Jasper’s town is the starting point for exploring Jasper National Park, in the Canadian Rockies. But the town is gorgeous in its own right.

Jasper is surrounded by mountains and is the definition of exotic. The town attracts many tourists with manicured gardens, buildings are decorated with stone facades and flower pots hanging around the main street during warmer months.

Come to the town, visitors can enjoy the surroundings of the town’s impressive National Park. You can take a boat ride to Whistler Mountain, have a peaceful time in natural hot springs, admire the turquoise lake or ski at Marmot Falls.

Waterton Park

Waterton Park, also known simply as Waterton, is found in southwestern Alberta. It is located in Waterton Lake National Park, which actually becomes the Glacier National Park across the border in Montana.

3 Beautiful Towns in Alberta, Canada As Ideal Destinations

The Alberta Tourism Website describes its beauty in a sentence: “Nowhere else in the world will you find a UNESCO World Heritage Site, International Peace Park and Rolled Biosphere Reserve into one.” Go to Waterton while it’s still intact and not crowded!

Legal

Legal may be a small town, but it has an interesting history. In 1894, it was founded as a French-speaking community. It was awarded the title of the French Painting Capital of the World in 2011, with more than 35 unique murals painted throughout the town.

Clearly, people from all over the world come to see this beautiful Northern Alberta and its paintings. Its location, only a 45-minute drive north of Edmonton, makes it great for day trips.

The 5 most unique small towns in Italy
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The 5 most unique small towns in Italy

Italy is not only famous for the bustling big cities but also impressed by many unique small towns. Let’s explore it now!

Referring to Italy, people often think of big tourist cities like Rome, Florence, Venice or Milan. However, the following 3 of the most unique small towns in Italy will make you really surprised with their stories and secrets.

Alberobello – the town of fairy houses

Dubbed the hobbit village, Alberobello brings the tranquil breath of the countryside with strange architecture. The houses here are just stones that are stacked on top of each other without mortar. The roof is designed in the form of arches, cones or pyramids and painted magic or pagan symbols like the houses of witches in ancient stories. Homes in Alberobello have a very unique design, which attracts many tourists to visit.

The 5 most unique small towns in Italy

 Modica town – the land of Chocolate

The town of Modica not only appeals to four-way tourists by its peaceful setting but also by the excellent taste of the famous chocolate. This place is keeping a secret about the unique method of processing chocolate of the Aztecs hundreds of years ago.

Bolgheri – the town of great wines

Bolgheri is considered to be one of Italy’s finest wine producers. Tourists come here not only to enjoy excellent wine with attractive local dishes but also hear about the stories of wine from the time of Etruscan civilization.

In addition, a special thing at Bolgheri is the three-mile road to the village with 2500 Cypress trees and the immense vineyards on either side. How wonderful it is to see the beautiful scenery of nature and enjoy the fascinating glass of wine!

Above are three of the most unique towns in Italy. If you have a chance, come visit them. Hope you will have a great experience!

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Alberobello – the town of fairy houses

Alberobello Dubbed the village of hobbits. Alberobello is the tranquility of the village with strange architectural works. The houses here are just overlapping stones. The roof is designed in the shape of a dome, cone or pyramid. They are painted magical or pagan symbols like the houses of witches in an ancient story

Modica town – the land of Chocolate

Modica town attracts four-way tourists because of its peaceful setting. Besides, tourists are also attracted by the taste of Chocolate. Here is the secret of the unique method of processing chocolate of the Aztecs. Today, the flavor is changed to suit the more modern taste, however, the taste of chocolate still does not change because the Modica people keep the traditional method.

Bolgheri – the town of great wines

Bolgheri is considered to be the most delicious wine production in Italy. Guests come here to enjoy great wine and attractive local dishes. They also heard stories about wine.

Cinque Terre – The land of five colorful villages

The Cinque Terre is a town consisting of five colorful villages located on the slopes. All these villages have their own unique beauty. You will not be able to skip anywhere when visiting this town. Cinque Terre will be an ideal venue for your family’s tour.

Town of Matera – Where there are stone houses

The town of Matera is on the side of a gorge with black-and-white houses. all buildings such as canals, tanks, houses, streets, interlocking stairs are built in stone from prehistoric times to now.

Especially two neighborhoods Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso are separated into two valleys and the Roman Duomo church. It is like a natural fortress to the city.

Check out the most unique towns in the world
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Check out the most unique towns in the world

Not only are small houses, trees and peaceful people, but the towns listed below contain strange and somewhat unique features, which attracts lots of tourists.

Chamula town, Mexico

This remote Mexican highland town has a very special practice, that is, they don’t like taking pictures. The Chamula people thought that taking photos would take a part of their souls, the tourists and reporters who came here only dared to sneak from afar, but few could take people close-up.

Chamula is as beautiful and attractive as other highlands, with a clean and cool environment, but this town often hosts witchcraft ceremonies that visitors are not allowed to attend. Hundreds of candles will be lit up, christmas music pops across town, every citizen hugs a raw chicken and sips… coke. They believe that belching after drinking carbonated water will chase out the evil air, make people healthier.

The town of Dwarf, China

This town is called Dwarf as literally, residents of this place are not allowed to be taller than 1.3 meters. Even the jobs that need height like firefighters are also taken care of by dwarves.

The dwarf town is located in Kunming Province, China. The town was established in 2009 by a group of dwarfs living in the nearby city. They built houses and parks in the size of dwarves, attracting very much many tourists come here every year.

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Coober Pedy town, Australia

Coober Pedy town is home to about 3,500 people. They are ordinary people, no bizarre practices, where Coober people live with enough churches, museums, exhibitions, bars and hotels. This underground town is located in southern Australia, which is a long-established Opal stone mining system. The air is always cool, airy and dry.

Above are 3 of the most unique towns in the world, which worth visiting if you want a new experience.

The first hexagonal town in Europe
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The first hexagonal town in Europe

Built in the late 17th century, Grammichele is one of the few towns in the world that has a unique plan left to this day.

Town history

Located in the province of Catania, which is in the island of Sicily, Italy, Grammichele was founded after a massive earthquake that occurred in 1693. This disaster swept away a previous settlement called Occhialà, to the north of Grammichele. The survivors then built a new town, named Grammichele. The town was named after St. Michele in the hope that the saint will protect the new town from the next disaster.

The prince of Roccella and Butera, Carlo Maria Carafa Branciforte, ordered to build the town. Designed by Michele da Ferla, Grammichele is known as the first city in Europe that was arranged in hexagonal form.

Special construction structure

Many people believe that this plan was inspired by Palmanova, a fortified town built a hundred years ago. The difference is that Palmanova is based on nine-sided polygons, while the Grammichele is hexagonal with endless expansion. The whole town is divided into 6 areas, with 6 arterial roads converging on the main square.

The first hexagonal town in Europe

In the town, many areas are created for people to gather in a disaster. These square areas are about the same size. All are connected by a concentric road network around the main hexagon square, called Prince Carafa Square. In addition to hexagons, four rectangular districts were designed. One of them is expected to build the Prince’s Palace but this has never been carried out.

A nice town tourism

To reach this unique town, visitors can book flights to Catania-Fontanarossa airport. This is the closest airport to Catania and also one of the busy airports in Italy. From the airport, visitors can take the AMT Alibus bus to the city center station. Buses have a scheduled 25-minute trip, departing from 4h40 to midnight. Bus fare is 4 euros.