All around the globe, there are lots of small towns that have an old-school atmosphere, incredible landscape, and an array of activities for travelers.
We've put together a list of 10 delightful small towns to visit around the world, from the coastal town of Positano, Italy, to Bled, Slovenia, whose setting resembles something out of a fairy tale.
We defined a small town as one that has a population of roughly 65,000 or fewer.
Sidi Bou Said is located near Tunis, Tunisia, and sits atop a steep cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Besides its stunning views, the town that is said to have inspired the famous artist Paul Klee boasts cobblestone streets lined with shops, cafes, and art markets.
Alberobello, located in Puglia, Italy, is famous for its trulli, or limestone dwellings, that have been preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The popular tourist town has stunning scenery and an array of quality dining establishments.
The Hoi An Ancient Town is located in the central Quang Nam Province of Vietnam, near the mouth of the Thu Bồn River. Its exceptionally preserved Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples, and ancient tea warehouses have contributed to its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dinan is a picturesque walled town in Brittany, France, that overlooks the Rance River. Grab a crepe and admire the town's ramparts and quaint streets filled with art galleries and craft shops.
Albarracín sits perched high on a mountaintop above the Río Guadalaviar in the Spanish province of Teruel. Travelers will feel like they're stepping back in time as they explore the town's famed half-timbered houses, ragged fortress walls, and maze-like streets.
The Slovenian resort town of Bled is known for its breathtaking scenery. Surrounded by an emerald green lake, Bled boasts views of a church located on an islet, a medieval castle perched on a rocky cliff, and the peaks of the Julian Alps. Bled is beloved both for its romantic ambience and its activities like hiking, biking, and canoeing.
In Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany, visitors are transported back to medieval times. Walk by windows decorated with hanging baskets, relax in one of the town's many colorful gardens, or admire the stunning architecture of its churches.
The resort destination of Stowe, Vermont, is known for its skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and world-class spas.
The town of Hakone is part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park in Japan. The town offers travelers spectacular views of Mount Fuji, world-renowned hot springs and art museums, traditional inns, and architectural sites that make it a blissful escape from nearby Tokyo.
In the seaside town of Tenby in southern Wales, visitors can enjoy pristine beaches and cobblestone streets lined with restaurants, shops, cafes, and pubs. The historic walls of the medieval town still stand today.