When we think of a European trip, there’s so much to expect. Our minds race within the thoughts of lush green nature, mountains capped with scenic beauty, beaches and lakes amidst sea ports that have stood for years and a whole of history. This section of history and archaeology where old cathedrals, baths, buildings, artworks and most of all, stories, reside in the area called Old Town. But with so many Old Towns in Europe, which are the most beautiful ones in the continent? Well, here’s our pick!
How to reach: You can fly down to Rikjek, Split or Zagreb and from there reach Zagreb by catching a direct bus.
Best time to visit: July to October
The medieval walls have stood here since the 15th century. Back then they were built to waive off the entry of the Ottoman Turks. For the ones who are fascinated by history, there is a Maritime Museum which will also tell you about the over 180 ships and 4,000 sailors had Dubrovnik had raised to defend itself. As you walk along the city walls you will be stunned by the shade of blue-green water below. So, the structures lend a might to its form while it kisses onto the wealth of nature. You can hear local artists perform outside of some cafes even as the food there starts to invite you in.
How to reach: After you have flown into Spain, you can atch another flight to Marbella.
Best time to visit: September and October
The Old Town of Marbella is generally a pleasant surprise that visitors happen to stumble upon as they visit the much more popular and widely renowned Costa De Sol in Spain. But this Old Town will charm you with its old paved paths and brick roads, renovated buildings in the midst of still standing old ones and trendy new cafes brightening up between it all. It maybe called the Old Town but what you will witness here is the old and the new coming together. In true Andalucian character, here you will find public squares, cute balconies and narrow streets where you can create your own tales.
How to reach: From Zagreb or Sarajevo you can board a bus to reach Mostar. Alternatively, you can travel by a river boat too.
Best time to visit: May, June and September
Ancient European civilizations will come to life right in front of your eyes as you find yourself walking through the ever so picturesque town of Mostar. Here you can surround yourself with the 15th century sites and streets. The stunning blue waters of Neretva river will greet you upon your arrival here and you can head to a cosy café to just sit back, grab a bite and stare at its beauty as you eat. The Krajina Square will talk to you about the Imperial Road and beyond. Most of all, the Stari Most or the Old Bridge will remain quite the highlight. Since decades ago, a competition has been conducted at this bridge where young boys jump into the icy cold waters below, directly from the bridge!
How to reach: First reach Stockholm and from there you can take a ferry or flight to reach Tallinn.
Best time to visit: May to September
With a period dating further back by more than 5,000 years, Tallinn is one of the oldest capital cities in the region of Northern Europe. While a modern hub today, its sections have still been granted the status of a UNESCO Heritage site. You can visit its Pirita beach too. Head to the Helleman Tower and the Town Square which both with their architecture reflect on you about all that they would have seen. Interestingly, even the oldest run pharmacy in Europe is found here, the Town Hall Pharmacy has been around since the 15th century! After visiting the churches and cathedrals, head up the Dome Hill to take in the enveloping views.
How to reach: From Prague you can board a train in order to reach Cesky Krumlov.
Best time to visit: May to August
Cesky Krumlov has been on my bucket list for the longest time! Why? Well, it looks adorable. Its Old Town has tiny structure cropping one after the other looking like a village of quaint old European structures. The castle is just the beginning of visitors here getting transported into an altogether different era. The Church of St. Vitus, the Minorite Monastery, the galleries and the museums all showcase to you its life in little forms. For a taste of adventure, you can even go kayaking in the Vlatava river! Head to its Art City where one simply walks around to be surrounded buildings and their adorned forms all done so tastefully that your mind feels an air of otherworldly goodness just by roaming about.
These are some of the most beautiful Old Towns in Europe according to us. Have you been to any of these? And if not, then where are you waiting to head soonest?!