Small towns in Europe are often magical places to get lost in, especially if you head off the beaten path to explore some of the places that most tourists miss out on. You need to know what exists to be able to go out and visit it, and that’s where this article comes in. Let’s jump on in and take a look at just a few of the top spots that you’ll want to travel to.

#Torcello, Italy

If you’re on a cruise around Venice and Rome then you’ll want to take a detour to Torcello. It used to be an important port and has more than its fair share of history and Byzantine art and architecture, so if you’re interested in beautiful buildings then you can’t miss it. Torcello is not so crowded (like the Burano island, for example), making it a peaceful place to retreat when in Venice.

#Porvoo, Finland

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If you’re looking for a relaxing European cruise vacation, it’s worth considering cruising around Scandinavia. And if you’re near Helsinki and have the time to spare, definitely nip over to Porvoo, a medieval town that’s also made a name for itself in the fields of art and interior design. That means you can get the perfect mixture of art and culture while still picking up on a whole heap of history. Porvoo is one of the six medieval cities in Finland and its history goes back to the 14th century.

#Koprivishtitsa, Bulgaria

Bulgaria is home to its fair share of mountains and mountain ranges, including the Pirin, Rhodope, Balkan and Sredna Gora Mountains. Koprivishtitsa is a virtually untouched little mountainside village that makes visitors feel as though they’re taking a step backwards in time. You might not find much in the way of modern conveniences, but we can guarantee that you’ll have a visit to remember.

#Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina

You’ll find Blagaj in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and you might just find that once you’ve arrived there, you don’t want to leave. It’s not somewhere to go if you like hustle and bustle, but if you’re looking for a quiet, authentic little Eastern European town, the search is over. It’s the perfect place for you to turn your technology off and to reconnect with yourself.

#Wroclaw, Poland

This Polish town has earned a reputation for beauty, in part because of its bright and playful buildings and in part because of its quirky design and small-town feel. If anything, it feels more like visiting a commune than a town, all combining to make it a must-visit destination if you’re in the area.

Now that you know a few of the best small towns and villages to visit in Eastern Europe, the next step is for you to start work on an itinerary and to plan out your visit to the continent. The good news is that with much of Europe clustered so close together, you can travel from country to country and take in multiple cities on the same visit. All it takes is a little planning. Good luck.