We're suckers for a good vista. From Austria to Montenegro, we’ve rounded up five of the most beautiful villages in Europe.
Whether it be clear lakes, snow-capped mountains or picturesque old towns, we’re always on the lookout for Instagram-worthy European destinations to visit and these five just got the seal of approval.
With so many photo opportunities, you’ll struggle to put the camera down. Prepare for pure, unadulterated wanderlust.
1. Cobbled Streets in Colmar, France
Built in the 9th century, Colmar’s perfectly preserved old town and Little Venice areas are a feast for the eyes. With blooming flowerbeds, brightly washed houses and a stunning network of canals, you’ll not want to leave this little piece of heaven. Don’t head home until you sample some of the region’s Alsatian wine. Stay in Le Colombier, a cosy hotel with a mix of modern and traditional features.
2. Find Peace in Halstatt, Austria
Still, glassy water - tick, colourful houses – tick, tall mountains – tick. The tiny village of Halstatt in Austria has lots of beauty spots. If you’re planning a trip to Vienna, we’d suggest taking some time out to gather your thoughts in this tranquil place as it’s only a three to four-hour train journey away. Fly into Salzburg, take a train to Attnang Puchheim and connect there to Hallstatt.
3. Drink all the wine in Riomaggiore, Italy
A village soaked in history, the vibrant village of Riomaggiore is known for its great wine from the many vineyards in the area, its vibrant atmosphere and romantic appeal. Part of the spectacular Cinque Terre region and situated in La Spezia province, you’ll be hard pushed not to fall in love with this whole area of Italy. Live like a local while there in a relaxing apartment with spectacular views.
4. Send a postcard from Reine, Norway
Part of the Lofoten Archipelago, a string of islands within the Arctic Circle, the picture postcard perfect fishing village of Reine will take your breath away with the surrounding views, blue water bays, flower covered meadows, awe inspiring clifftops and crystal clear skies (clear enough sometimes to see the northern lights). Keep things traditional and book one of Reine’s many cool converted fisherman’s cottages. You’ll find some peace and quiet here as well as great outdoor activities – a real escape from the madness of city life.
5. Live the good life in Kotor, Montenegro
The beautiful town of Kotor in Montenegro is UNESCO listed for good reason. The Venetian inspired architecture, winding white marble clad streets and the dramatic, misty mountainous backdrop make for a visit to remember. With great restaurants, cafes and bars in every nook and cranny, the old town is full of lovely surprises at every turn. Stay within the old town in the Astoria boutique hotel with a rooftop terrace area overlooking the water for dinner and drinks.