Have I mentioned that I hate must-visit lists?
You know the ones. They suck you in with a title you can’t resist: The top 10 destinations for 2014! The top 12 European must-visits for summer! 7 up-and-coming destinations for savvy travelers!
And then you click on them and instead of a list of hidden-away villages with fresh-made pasta or pretty cities you’ve never heard of, you get a list of…stuff you already know. The top 10 places to visit? Australia! England! Thailand! Top 10 hidden gems of Paris? The Eiffel Tower!
(Seriously? Be ashamed of yourselves, magazines.)
Not only are they the obvious choices, but they’re massive places with lots of distinct sub-regions and sub-cultures. And what I really want to know is which towns you recommend and why, which countryside views, which tiny hamlets, university towns, or hiking trails.
This is why I hate those lists. Passionately. (So passionately that I might someday stop clicking on the titles hoping that just maybe this one will be different.)
This is also why I made a little something for you—the list I have wished for all these years.
It’s called 10 Amazing European Towns (You’ve Probably Never Heard Of).
And it’s a collection of smallish cities, tiny towns, places that have some tourism, but don’t get nearly as much press as their larger neighbors.
Plus, in addition to the name of the town and a little description, I’ll give you a few quick tips on what each place is suited for (a day trip? A week-long getaway? A creative retreat?) and what foods and drinks you should try while you’re there.
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