Travel to These 5 Secret Villages in Europe in 2019


While visiting the big cities is always a delight, but getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life to discover the secret villages in Europe is the kind of joy that’s unmatchable. Most of these villages are unexplored by tourism which makes them all the more special.

I hope this list fills you up with pleasant revelations during your trip to the hidden European gems.

Let this year be filled with endless travel opportunities!

Sited in southern France, Carcassonne is a well-conserved conventional citadel in the Languedoc region. This hilltop mini-town is known for the Cite de Carcassonne with more than 50 watchtowers and double-walled fortifications. A rare illustration of medieval times and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Carcassonne precisely represents the fascinating episodes we had in our mind about historic French villages.


Photo of Carcassonne, France by Aahna

What to see: Visit Basilica of Saints Nazarius and Celsus and take a boat ride on Canal du Midi

Where to stay: La Villa De Mazamet, La Maison Vieille

Best time to visit: July to October

Nearest airport: Carcassonne Airport

Locally pronounced as “cove,” this quaint little place is most known for being the Titanic’s closing port of call. Cobh offers scenic painted hillside chalets overlooking an old-fashioned harbour and beachfront promenade. If you are here, you must take a boat ride of your own; after all, this is the world’s biggest natural harbour.

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Photo of Cobh, County Cork, Ireland by Aahna

What to see: Visit Fota Wildlife Park, St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh Heritage Centre

Where to stay: Commodore Hotel, B&B Cobh, and Bella Vista Hotel

Best time to visit: November to January

Nearest airport: Cork Airport

The appeal of Giornico - its Italian-speaking metropolis in Leventina district of Ticino in Switzerland – it’s neither quite here, nor quite there, just a little away from towns of Locarno and Ascona. Here, you can venture to two of the marvels around Giornico, that is, Biasca Ice Rink and St. Peter and Paul Church. Explore the monuments, areas, and mountain views.

Photo of Giornico, Switzerland by Aahna

What to see: Museo di Leventina, San Nicola church, Museo La Congiunta

Where to stay: Hotel AI Giardinetto, Hotel Bellinzona Sud

Best time to visit: June to August

Nearest airport: Lugano Airport/Milano Malpensa Airport

Marvao is an enchanting mountaintop village with an antique touch, situated in Alentejo region, Portugal, at a distance of 15 km from the Spanish border. Suspended on a low rocky hill in Serra de Sao Mamede, the 360-degree view of the surroundings and minuscule castles is nothing but dream-like. The village in itself is an attraction, with its customary atmosphere kept within the narrow streets, defensive walls, and cleanly whitewashed houses.

Photo of Marvão, Portugal by Aahna

What to see: Castle of Marvao, Museu Municipal de Marvao, Igreja de Santa Maria

Where to stay: Dom Dinis, Hotel Dom Manuel, Casa de Arvore Marvao

Best time to visit: April to November

Nearest airport: Badajoz Airport/Lisbon Airport

Located on a hill on Alonissos Island, Chora offers splendid sea views and indescribable peacefulness – this whitewashed hilltop town is a perfect depiction of traditional Greece. Here, you’ll find crooked streets offering a pathway to the monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa and various shops and terraces across the way.

Photo of Chora, Greece by Aahna

What to see: Panagia Gremniotissa, Valmas beach, Tzamaria beach

Where to stay: Skala Hotel, Francesco’s

Best time to visit: May to October

Nearest airport: Santorini National Airport

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