Tiny towns that are big on beauty. From historic citadels to snowy ski spots, these stunning small towns are brimming with beauty at every turn. Alive with culture, colour and quirky features found nowhere else on Earth, we explore the marvellous mini-metropolises across the globe that are sure to leave you spellbound.
Read on for our pick of the 5 most beautiful towns globally and find out which destination is our number one.
5 Of The Most Beautiful Small Towns In The World
5. Baracoa, Cuba
Baracoa was Cuba’s first settlement and one of the island’s most remote towns, lying on the far northeastern coast in the Bahia de Miel (Bay of Honey). Getting here can be a challenge, with tourists often unaware of the enchantment which lies beyond the mighty Sierra del Burial mountain range. Take a boat or bike excursion to scout out the scenery, stroll through the harlequin-esque streets, admire the artistry, and listen to the music floating on the breeze.
4. Penglipuran Village, Bali
Up in the highlands of Bali’s Mount Batur is Penglipuran Village, 700 meters above sea level. While the village has modern amenities, including a supermarket and phone shop, the surroundings may fool you into believing you’ve stepped into a time warp. Locals proudly look after their homes, many of which are adorned with intricate engravings and original rooftops, lining the winding pathways up to the grand temp.
3. Bled, Slovenia
Whether a winter wonderland or a summer sunspot, the quaint town of Bled is just one of many reasons to visit Slovenia; commanding a wondrous view over Lake Bled, tourists are drawn here year-round to experience the panoramic vistas. In summer, you can join in rafting and kayaking activities, while skiing and snowboarding are on offer in the snowy winters.
2. Positano, Italy
Dramatically perched on the Amalfi Coast cliffs, there’s no doubting Positano is a postcard-perfect town. Follow the stony streets, lined with flowering lemon, orange, and olive groves, down to the crisp Mediterranean sea while gawping at the stunning architecture. An idyllic Italian fashion, these streets are also littered with an avalanche of alluring restaurants, boutiques and chic places to rest your head.
1. Jinhae, South Korea
A suburban region of Changwon City and home to 172,000 people, Jinhae is a quiet and unassuming naval town most of the year. However, its stunning spring blooms mean two million visitors flock here to see the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Painting the town pink, the festival also features performers, markets and light shows.