CNN travel has published a list on Thursday of the most beautiful small towns in Europe, and as usual the list would not be complete without Croatia featuring.
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, CNN travel says before announcing the ‘prettiest small towns’ across Europe.
On the list is the Croatian island town of Korčula.
“When an island sitting peacefully in the Adriatic Sea just isn’t enough, there’s Korčula, striking out from the island of the same name on a tiny peninsula. Locals say adventurer Marco Polo was born here; Venetians dispute that. Either way, it’s a world-class town, with gleaming white streets and buildings hewn from local stone, water almost all the way round, and beautiful buildings left by the Venetians, who ruled here for centuries,” writes CNN travel.
The historic fortified town of Korčula was tightly built on a promontory that guards the narrow sound between the island and the mainland.
All of Korčula’s narrow streets are stepped with the notable exception of the street running alongside the southeastern wall. Its streets arranged in a herringbone pattern allowing free circulation of air but protecting against strong winds.
Some of the towns on the list with Korčula are Giethoorn in the Netherlands, Guimarães in Portugal, Roscoff inn France and Anghiari in Italy.
You can see the full list here.