Travelling off the beaten path in Europe reveals small towns that are hidden away from a traveller’s plainsight. We’ve listed five of our most interesting finds.
By Prachi Joshi
The romance of a European holiday is strewn in achingly pretty hilltop towns, colourful fishing villages, historic, medieval communes, and rustic, secluded hamlets that are still blissfully unspoiled and hidden from the touristy eye. Summer may be the best time to visit the continent, weather-wise, but the delights of a spring sojourn are unsurpassed.
You are likely to have large areas of the valley to yourself during walks, save a few local picnickers who don’t mind pinpricks of the late winter air. Meander along the cobblestone streets, explore historic ruins, discover a hidden café or gelateria, and just soak in the feeling of having traveled back in time. You will find a rare peace and quiet, and the time to stand and stare.