Travel is an amazing thing, it benefits you in so many ways. You gain something new in your life every where you go. Perhaps it's meeting some amazing friends, picking up bits of a new language, learning to cook a regional meal, and of course..creating memories that will last you a lifetime.
I like to visit places that are more off the beaten path. Places that not everybody knows about, that aren't covered in tourists. So I've compiled a list of my top five places that you should visit made up of small villages and towns.
5. Tecklenburg Germany
This little town is stunning. The houses are beautiful and quaint and you can tell they are all well loved. There is an adorable little pottery shop that has flowers everywhere and is so much fun to explore in. Tecklenburg is one of those places that is just amazing, it's definitely worth a visit.
4. Lagos Portugal
Lagos is that town with the natural arches and formations in the Adriatic Sea. You know them, yep, it's THAT place. And it is just as stunning in person as it is in photos. It's so much fun to hike around the arches, take photos, and explore. Plus, there are many fantastic secluded beaches you can find to spend a relaxing day on the beach.
3. Lake Bled
Lake Bled is a beautiful place with amazing views everywhere you go. Don't forget to try some of their special cream cake and hike around the lake! I went to Lake Bled in the fall, and though it was cold, with the fall colors it was so beautiful. The town is fun to explore as well, and there are bike and boat rentals if you want to explore.
2. Tourrettes-Sur-Loup France
This little village is amazing. It is also known as The City Of Violets, so make sure to try out their violet ice cream, candied violets, and violet perfume. Also visit the museum of violets is lots of fun to see. Tourrettes-Sur-Loup is a medieval village with stone walls, and the town is like a maze and I LOVE it. There is so much charm, I just love it here.
1. And the grand winner is…………. Sugar cube villages in Andalucia Spain
I couldn't say a specific sugar cube village, because to be honest, they are ALL amazing. Each are charming, beautiful, and filled with culture. Cobblestone streets, friendly locals, orange tree lined streets, and all white buildings how could you not love it here? You can go to local markets and bargain for fresh locally grown produce, dust off your Spanish, and enjoy local tapas bars. There are so many things to do in these villages. They are so beautiful they will inspire your creative side maybe you'll pick up photography, water color painting, or sketching of the villages. There is just so much I love about these sugar cube villages I couldn't name them all, but make sure that you can see them in person someday, because it will make your jaw drop from aw until the day you leave (if you ever do.) 😉