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Monday, August 15, 2022


The beach at Nafplio, Greece

CNN TRAVEL presents 15 of Europe’s smaller destination worth the visit. 

GUEST BLOG / By Julia Buckley, CNN Travel writer--Paris, Rome, Barcelona... Europe's cities are bucket list destinations, and rightly so. But the continent's small towns are a dream, too, with all the beautiful architecture and much of the culture you'll find in the big hitters, only with fewer crowds to share them with. 

Here are 15 of the prettiest small towns across Europe, from humble fishing towns to hilltop medieval power bases. Gorgeous Nafplio (not a typo) straddles the Aegean Sea in the Peloponnese, with its Venetian-built castle thrusting into the water (in fact, there are three castles to visit here) and a pretty Old Town spooling out behind the old walls. 

This was the first capital of modern Greece, so there are things to do in spades. 

There's a lido, if you want to take a safe dip in the sea, and if history's more your thing, the archeological museum contains items dating back to the Mycenean age. For all 15 getaways CLICK HERE. 

Nafplio's fortress island

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