Travel Bucket List # 6 — Towns, Villages, & Small Cities of the World

         The charm of small cities, towns, and villages is undeniable, especially in Europe where many seem like a medieval time capsule. Tourist towns invest a lot of time and money in preserving the ambience and atmosphere of an older time. Many have restored or rebuilt structures from the Middle Ages which have deteriorated or been destroyed.

       Our most satisfying and romantic moments on vacations have been while strolling through a small town, appreciating the efforts of the local townspeople to make their home a most inviting place to be.

       Below is a list of the prettiest and most charming of these towns, villages & small cities (the ones we have enjoyed are marked with an asterisk). Try some of them out for a delightful departure from the hustle and bustle of the major cities of the world.

            Africa

                      Tanzania

                             Zanzibar

          Asia

                  China

                         Guilin*

                         Suzhou*

                         Yangshou*

                         Zhouzhuang*

             India

                        Amritsar

                        Jaipur

                        Jodhpur

                        Udiapur

              Japan

                        Nara

              Laos

                        Luang Prabang

             Thailand

                         Chiang Mai

             Vietnam

                         Hanoi

                         Hue

          Europe

                Austria

                     Graz

                     Innsbruck*

                     Melk*

                     Salzburg*

                Belgium

                      Bruges*

                 Bosnia-Hercegovina

                       Mostar

                Croatia

                      Dubrovnik 

                      Split

                      Zadar

              Czech Republic

                       Cesky Krumlov*

                       Karlovy Vary

                       Kutna Hora

               Denmark

                       Odense

              England

                       Bath*

                       Cambridge*

                       Chester

                       Broadway* (or other Cotswold village)

                       Oxford*

                       Stratford-upon-Avon*

                       Windermere*

                       York*

                Estonia

                       Talinn

                 Finland

                      Turku

                 France

                       Avignon

                       Bayeaux*

                        Beaune*

                        Blois*

                        Caen*

                        Chartres*

                        Eze*

                        Honfleur

                        Lyon*

                        Mont-St-Michel*

                        Riquewihr* (or any Alsace town)

                        Strasbourg

                 Germany

                        Garmisch-Partenkirchen*

                        Heidelberg*

                        Mittenwald*

                        Oberammergau*

                        Rothenburg ob der Tauber*

                        Wurzburg

                  Greece

                        Mykonos* (town)

                        Nafplion

                        Rhodes*

                        Thessaloniki

                        Thira*

                  Hungary

                        Eger

                  Ireland

                        Galway

                        Kilkenny

                        Killarney

                         Kinsale

                  Italy

                        Assisi*

                        Bellagio

                        Como*

                        Lucca

                        Orvieto

                        Pisa*

                        Portofino

                        Positano*

                        Ravello*

                        San Gimignano*

                        San Marino* (actually a separate country)

                        Siena*

                        Spoleto*

                        Taormina

                        Vernazza (or any of the Cinqueterra)

                        Verona*

                 Latvia

                         Riga

                 Lithuania

                        Vilnius

                 Luxembourg

                        Luxembourg City*

                  Malta

                         Valletta

                  Montenegro

                         Kotor

                Netherlands

                         Delft*

                         The Hague

                Norway

                          Bergen

                          Trondheim

                Portugal

                         Sintra

                 Romania

                         Brasov

                         Sibiu

                         Sinaia

                 Slovakia

                         Bratislava*

                 Slovenia

                          Ljubljana

                 Spain

                         Avila*

                         Cordoba*

                         Granada*

                          Ronda*

                         Salamanca*

                         Santiago de Compostela

                         Segovia*

                         Toledo*

                         Torremolinos*

                  Sweden

                         Visby

                  Switzerland

                          Basel*

                           Bern*

                          Geneva

                          Interlaken

                          Lugano*

                          Luzern*

                          Zurich

                 Wales

                          Cardiff

      North America

                 Canada

                         Mont Tremblant*

                         Revelstoke*

                Cuba

                          Havana

                 Guatemala

                           La Antigua

                 Martinique

                           Fort-de-France*

                 Mexico

                         Acapulco

                         Cancun*

                         Guanajuato

                         Oaxata

                         Pueblo

                         Puerto Vallarta*

                         San Miguel de Allende

                 Panama

                         Casco Vieja

                 Puerto Rico

                         San Juan*

                  St Thomas

                         Charlotte Amalie*

            Oceania

                     Australia

                          Darwin

                            Hobart, Tasmania

                     New Zealand

                              Christchurch

                              Dunedin

                             Napier

                             Queenstown

                 Tahiti

                             Papeete

            South America

                   Argentina

                               Salta

                   Brazil

                           Ouro Preta

                           Salvador de Bahia

                  Chile

                           Santiago

                           Valparaiso

                  Ecuador

                           Quito

                   Peru

                            Lima

                   Uruguay

                           Montevideo

          Total = 143 (I have been to only 65 — gotta get a move on. I seem to have done pretty well in the Northern Hemisphere but very poorly in the Southern Hemisphere)

About gmazeman

Retired Science Teacher Currently Athletic Director at Johnston High School Travel is my passion!
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