8 Insanely Beautiful Small Towns From Around the World
Sure, we love big, bustling cities. But there’s something to be said for small towns where life moves slower, traditions are everywhere and the people stop to say hello. From North Africa to New Zealand, these are some of the most charming little places in the whole entire world.
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Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
This bohemian North African village is a popular vacation spot for wealthy Tunisians. The landscape resembles the Greek Islands with its whitewashed buildings and bright blue trims. 5 Bedroom Villa, $440 per night
No, that’s not Cinderella’s castle… it’s a real place situated in the Slovenian Alps near Austria. The iconic Bled Castle, which dates from the year 1011, now functions as a museum, restaurant and wine cellar, and looks out onto a glacial lake. Scenic Lake House, $158 per night
Cua Van, Vietnam
Located six hours from Hanoi, this 700-person floating fishing village in Ha Long Bay is stunning, thanks to teal water, colorful raft houses, limestone hills and winding streets. Private Boat Suite, $200 per night
Franschhoek, South Africa
The Napa Valley of South Africa, Franschoek lies 75 kilometers from Cape Town. The Dutch-influenced vineyard town is a booming producer of Syrahs and Pinotages. Thatched Four Bedroom Cottage, $276 per night
Whatever, Paris. This town in southeastern France is way more romantic than getting jostled by tourists at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Charming 1 Bedroom Cottage, $102 per night
Best known for its dramatic setting on the Li River, the town of Guilin dates back to the Qin dynasty (that dates back to 221 BC, in case you didn't know). In addition to just looking beautiful, Guilin hosts a handful of annual traditions, like the March Song, a reed-pipe and bull fighting festival. Four Bedroom Penthouse with a View, $150 per night
You may want to move to Scandinavia after seeing this adorable Norwegian town. Stay in a quaint cottage and spend the days fishing, kayaking and hiking; at night, you may even catch a Northern Lights show. Two Bedroom Seaside Cottage, $252 per night
With Crayola-colored houses and jutting cliffs, this Northern Italian coastal gem is just begging for the Instagram treatment. Three Bedroom Villa, €200 per nightFor more of the most beautiful small towns from around the world go to Purewow.com.