Saturday, 24 September 2016

Top 10 Beautiful Historic Towns in Europe

There are hundreds of beautiful historic towns in Europe you can visit, but some just have a charm that gives them the edge. Check out the ETG list of our top ten favourite historic towns in Europe.

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ETG Tip: There are often beautiful historic towns close to major European capital cities. Head to Madrid in Spain to visit Toledo and Segovia, Venice in Italy to visit San Marino, or Lisbon to visit beautiful Óbidos.

Top 10 Beautiful Historic Towns in Europe


1. Arles & Aix-en-Provence - France

This is the Provence chapter from Lonely Planet's France guidebook.


2. Toledo & Sagovia - Day Trips from Madrid

Coverage includes: Toledo, Segovia, Ávila, Aranjuez and  Chinchón.


3. Zadar - Croatia - Northern Dalmatia (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

Coverage includes: Zadar, Ugljan, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Paklenica National Park, Starigrad, Dugi Otok, Sali, Telašćica Bay, Božava, Pag Island, Pag Town, Novalj, Šibenik, Krka National Park.


4. Croatia - Dubrovnik & Southern Dalmatia (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

Coverage includes: Dubrovnik, Around Dubrovnik, Lokrum Island, Elafiti Islands, Mljet Island    , Cavtat, Trsteno Gardens, Korčula Island, Korčula Town, Lumbarda, Vela Luka    , Pelješac Peninsula, Orebić, Ston & Mali Ston


5. Bay of Kotor - Lonely Planet: Montenegro

Coverage includes: Herceg Novi, Morinj, Risan, Perast, Dobrota, Kotor.


6. Sorrento - Southern Italy - Naples & Campania (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

Coverage includes: Naples, Bay of Naples, Capri, Ischia, Procida, South of Naples, Ercolano & Herculaneum, Mt Vesuvius, Pompeii, Sorrento, West of Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Positano, Praiano & Furore, Amalfi, Ravello, South of Amalfi, Costiera Cilentana, Agropoli and Parco Nazionale del Cilento e Vallo di Diano.


7. San Marino - Italy - Emilia-Romagna & San Marino (Chapter) Lonely Planet

You can eat like a Roman emperor here – there’s Bologna with its ragù and porticos, posh Parma with its opera and cheese, Modena and its balsamic vinegar – or visit the wealthy micro-nation of San Marino, and Ravenna with its mosaics.


8. Piran - Slovenia - The Karst & the Coast (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

Coverage includes: Karst Region, Postojna, Green Karst, Škocjan Caves, Lipica, The Coast, Koper, Izola, Piran, Portorož and Sečovlje.


9. Bamberg - Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest - Bavaria (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

Coverage includes: Bavarian Alps, Füssen, Wieskirche, Schloss Linderhof, Oberammergau, Ettal, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Mittenwald, Oberstdorf, Bad Tölz, Berchtesgaden, the Romantic Road, Würzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbühl, Nördlingen, Donauwörth, Augsburg, Landsberg am Lech, Nuremberg & Franconia, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Coburg, Altmühltal Nature Park, Eichstätt, Regensburg & around, the Danube, Ingolstadt, Landshut, Passau and Bavarian Forest.


10. Óbidos - Portugal - Estremadura & Ribatejo (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

Coverage includes: Estremadura, Ericeira, Peniche, Reserva Natural da Berlenga, Óbidos, Foz do Arelho, São Martinho do Porto, Nazaré, Alcobaça, Batalha, Leiria, Pinhal de Leiria, Fátima, Porto de Mós, Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiros, Ribatejo, Santarém, Constância & Castelo de Almourol and Tomar.

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