There are certain bloggers that come out of nowhere and truly make a name for themselves. Margo from Guten Blog Ya’ll is one of these bloggers. I don’t know how, but I hadn’t stumbled upon her blog until she began sponsoring me this month. I can’t get enough! Not only does she share amazing photographs (something I tend to zone in on), but her posts are well-written, informative, and fun. You’ll be hearing more of Margo later this week when her sponsor spotlight rolls out, but for now, enjoy her fantastic post: 10 Little Towns In Europe You Need To Visit!
Hi guys, I’m Margo from Guten Blog Y’all. I currently live in Germany and after snuggling with my sweet Schnoodle, Stuart, I love photography, red wine, and, of course, traveling. Today I wanted to share what I consider the 10 most beautiful little towns in Europe. I hope this wanderlust-inducing list kicks you into booking your next trip, because really, you justhave to see these places.
1 | Burano Island, Italy
In the Venetian Lagoon, this little island is known as the residence for the large population of fishermen. The vibrantly colored rows of houses were historically used as beacons for finding their way home after a long day at sea. In recent years it’s become a Pinterest sensation and a true photographer’s paradise. While there be sure to try fresh octopus (but not coupled with espresso, like I did).
2 | Positano, Italy
On the Almalfi Coast, this little town is a true treasure. Stunning mountains leap from the clear Mediterranean for dramatic views while the UNESCO-approved village feels as though you’re in an Italian dream. The vacation destination for the stars, I claimed it here as the most beautiful place in Europe and I mean it.
3 | Oxford, England
Whether you’re a Harry Potter enthusiast or just appreciate history, Oxford is truly captivating. One of the oldest institutions in the world is riddled with stories and beautiful architecture. The vibrant town is full of great pubs, restaurants and shops. Charming cobble stone streets led through picturesque alleys walked by the likes of Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, Margret Thatcher and… Hugh Grant. :)
4 | Hallstatt, Austria
A shockingly beautiful lake village nestled in the Alps, Hallstatt is a true definition of European charm. Boating on the Hallstatt Lake is most scenic boat ride I’ve ever had and bucket list worthy for every traveler.
5 | Ronda, Spain
Positioned in the mountains of Andalusia, the views and eats in Ronda are incomparable. High above a steep gorge, the dramatic Puente Nuejo (New Bridge) connects the old and new city. The New meaning 1793, of course. Take a hike down to the gorge then end with yummy churros and hot chocolate. We felt like nobility when we got a free uber-upgrade at Parador de Ronda (two balconies are better than one!).
6 | Nerja, Spain
On the Costa Del Sol this white washed beach town is a true retreat. During your visit expect high stress on deciding which tapa to eat and which beach to relax on. The beauty and fun of the beach plus the vibrant culture of Spain makes it a win-win combo.
7 | Bruges, Belgium
Known as the ‘Venice of the North’ the cozy town of Bruges is a photographer’s AND beer drinker’s dream. Take a canal cruise, munch down moules and frites (mussels and fries), admire the architecture or just sip that lovely Beglian goodness. A super-duper easy train ride from Brussels, Bruges is a MUST if you’re in the region.
8 | Sirince, Turkey
An hour from Izmir, Sirince is a remote village famed for it’s olive oil and fruit wines. So beautiful that at one time it was called ‘Cirkince’ (meaning ‘ugly’) by residents to deter visitors, it wasn’t until 1926 that it was renamed to Sirince (‘beautiful’). Settle in for an amazing Turkish feast with fresh ingredients from the countryside (I claimed this as my best meal of 2013) or stroll the streets and peruse local handcrafts.
9 | Heidelberg, Germany
Perhaps the most beautiful place in Germany, I absolutely adore this town and not just because it’s my home. In the Alstadt (old town) lies endless shopping and fantastic restaurants. Stroll the Neckar River, explore the magnificent ruins of the Heidelberg Castle, enjoy city views from the Philosphenweg (Philosopher’s Walk) then end the day with a glass of local Reisling. Perfect.
10 | Garmisch, Germany
Garmisch is an adult playground. Endless outdoor activities (especially Alpine skiing), fantastic restaurants are all set in a storybook town. On the border of Austria, the looming Alps hugging the town are simply stunning while the traditional German cross-timbered architecture has all the charm you could hope for.
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– Margo at Guten Blog Y’all