Summer’s finally crept its way in as we welcome warm temperatures and the gratifying wave of heat. This summer, I’ll be ticking off gorgeous European islands and coastal towns off my travel list. I’ve always had a thing for coastal towns: craggy shoreline, charming houses poised on cliff tops and plundering azul waves. We’ve taken a look at the world’s most enchanting coastal islands, it’s time now to zoom in on Europe and check out its quaint, pocket-sized seafront towns.
1. Roquebrune, France
Flickr photo by freefotouk
Perched gloriously over a rocky outcrop above the Mediterranean Sea is the charming medieval village of Roquebrune. Unlike the usual flashy crowd of Cote d’Azur, this corner in the South of France has retained a tinge of authenticity. Climb up to the top of the village where a 10th century castle gives an awe-inspiring panorama.
2. Oia – Santorini, Greece
Flickr photo by DarkB4Dawn
As a personal favorite, Santorini oozes romantic vibes and postcard-perfect landscapes. A volcanic island perched above black fertile soils, Santorini boasts of gorgeous stark white-and-blue architecture, with monastery domes forming part of its setting. Oia is the prettiest town on the island, with narrow roads running alongside outdoor cafes and art galleries.
3. Ohrid, Macedonia
Having just returned from Macedonia, Lake Ohrid is undeniably the most beautiful natural attraction in the Balkans. The cobble stoned stairways and ancient Orthodox churches of the coastal town of Ohrid are artfully assembled against a backdrop of calm and peaceful Lake Ohrid. On a clear day, you can even see a hallucinogenic reflection of the surrounding snow peaks on the glassy water surface.
4. Mdina, Malta
Flickr photo by Ploync
On the historically-rich archipelago of Malta, you’ll never run out of sand-stone ruins, ancient architectural marvels and turquoise-clear beaches to revel in. Mdina is the island’s quiet and well-preserved old town, with a plethora of cathedrals, palaces and quaint dining spots to offer. It makes for an excellent alternative to tourist-filled Valletta.
5. Rovinj, Croatia
Photo from Wikipedia
With rapidly growing popularity in the tourism industry, Croatia is catching the attention of many. Try to make it there soon before it gets dominated by tourists. The old town of Rovinj is dubbed as Croatia’s most picturesque towns with a colorful waterfront and a compact historical city center littered with ancient gems.
6. Positano, Italy
Flickr photo by Glen MacLarty
Wind through the plunging cliff-edge roads of the Italian Amalfi Coast and you’ll find your way to this naturally stunning coast town, carved right into the craggy shoreline. The entire town is made up of a labyrinth of alleyways that snake through steep slopes and age-old brick houses, with mosaic-tiled domes poking into the skies. In summer, the crowd here is made up of well-heeled Italian and international travelers looking for a hint of romance.
Read my article ‘8 of the World’s Most Beautiful Coastal Towns’ on Bootsnall.com!
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