10 Secret European Little Towns You Must Visit

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1. Manarola, Italy

One of the five villages of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera, Manarola is a bright little town known for its sweet Sciacchetrà wine, medieval relics and the rugged coastline. Celebrated in paintings by the famous Italian painter Antonio Discovolo, Manarola is one of the secret European little towns which have gained immense popularity in recent years. The wonderful trails up in the hills and picturesque vineyards are the main highlights of this little town packed with tourists during the summer.

One of the five villages of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera, Manarola is a bright little town known for its sweet Sciacchetrà wine, medieval relics and the rugged coastline. | 10 Secret European Little Towns You Must Visit

One of the five villages of Cinque Terre, Manarola / Copyright Estremo

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8 Comments

  • Chris says:

    Good list, but would´t call every city a “secret” Sintra, Reine, Hallstatt and specialy Manarola is VERY touristy.

  • Vladu says:

    My personal top is Besalú in Catalonia. Strongly recommended.

  • The Wanderlette says:

    I love this! <3

  • Mike says:

    Agree with Chris; seeing Manarola as the first ‘Secret’ little town immediately invalidates the post. It receives over ten times the amount of visitors it can cope with and still has some of its trails closed to protect it from the volumes of tourists that arrive every day,

  • CJB says:

    This is such a gorgeous list!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • These are all very beautiful towns but they’re not that secret. I’ve visited 5 already and know about 3 of the others. But again, I’m a big travel nut!

  • Carlee Hebert says:

    Oh my goodness I love this post! I’m going to be studying abroad in France in the spring and blogging about it! I can’t wait to visit some of these places, especially since some are close to where I will be staying!!

  • Amity B says:

    Colmar is lovely! I spent a day there years ago and am now looking forward to taking my husband and daughter there.

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