Old town city breaks are hugely popular these days. They offer us the ability to immerse ourselves in the history of a city and in particular, Old Towns are what really give us an insight into how these cities used to look and feel. There are many places across to visit, but what are the top ten historical old towns in Europe?
What is the Best Old Town to Visit in Europe?
Draped in beautiful Mediterranean sunshine, the whitewashed houses and narrow streets are vibrant and full of colour. Sample the many traditional restaurants, visit the quaint churches and pop into some of the stunning craft shops. Marbella is a town with so much character that it is easy to understand why it is so popular.
Monuments, fountains and proof that this is a town steeped in history. This side of the city has so much to offer with museums and churches linked by old-fashioned cobbled streets. It has a medieval feel to it and the Gothic Church of Our Lady of Tyn watches over the town in a dominating way. However, this is a town that really does take you on a journey through history.
Surrounded by walls, this stunning old town in Romania is made up of three squares – Big Square, Little Square and Huet Square. There are remains to take in, plenty of cafes and restaurants and ten museums. Pick the right time of year and you could experience one of the many festivals that take place.
Rome is known for its roman history and the Old Town is no different. There are basilicas and fountains aplenty while romance is certainly at the top of the list of what this town offers. Take a stroll along the ancient streets, view the remains of what used to be and sample great Italian coffee.
At the heart of Vienna sits the old town. This hub of sophistication and elegance provides you with access to the State Opera House, museums and the Austrian National Library. There are plenty of shops and a bustling atmosphere while the fragrant bakeries will certainly tempt you in for a pastry.
Amsterdam in the Netherlands offers everything from shopping to food to architecture and everything else in between. The old town is made up of four neighbourhoods while the Royal Palace, Madame Tussaud’s and the Historical Museum will leave you with enough things to do to fill your time. This town offers an eclectic blend of traditional buildings with a hint of modern thrown into the mix. Walk the cobbled streets and the canals and gaze at its real beauty at every turn.
This is a unique and intriguing place, capturing the sadness of its history but also depicting a town with a real heart. Destroyed during the Second World War, the scars still remain despite being reconstructed however, this bustling town is formed around the Market Square. Here you will find bars, shops and restaurants and the remains of the fortification including the gate that links the Old Town with the New Town.
A landscape draped with medieval history with stunning canals, Gothic architecture and great food thrown in. There is a lot to do in Bruges so whether you want to wander aimlessly, taking some of the magnificent buildings or take a carriage ride back through time. A visit at Christmas time will enable you to visit the Grote Market which is a thing of beauty and magic. This is an Old Town that certainly does not disappoint.
Forget the party side of the island because the Old Town of Ibiza is absolutely gorgeous. Spectacular views and a real history give this town character and charm. It offers Roman ruins, a castle and amazing restaurants and bars that give it a cosmopolitan feeling. Take in the Mediterranean sea and browse at the ships that dock here. This sun-soaked town allows you to mix relaxation with adventure giving it a real feel-good factor.
A real chocolate-box kind of town, the winding, cobbled streets tell a real story of the history of this town. The Gothic spires, guard towers and churches along with the shops restaurants and bars are all enclosed within walls, ensuring that the magic and authentic Estonian experience remain. Visit the Danish King’s Garden and explore the museums and coloured house. Get lost in the mixture of beauty and grandeur of Tallinn.
If you love old towns, you might also like to read about Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019.