While urban cities carry their own attraction for travellers, what small towns offer works as a treat for those wanting to feel relaxed with fewer people around. This is a charm that cannot be matched. All over the world, there are many small towns that have a wonderful landscape, traditional architecture, and a variety of activities for you to visit.
In this article, we bring together a collection of six rather fun small towns that you should try to visit in 2017.
Deal in Kent is a town of 29,000 inhabitants with a remarkable history. It was once one of the busiest ports in England with wonderful historic architecture and museums and was renowned for its fishing, mining, and its garrison. The enchanting old town with its zigzag streets brims with memorable motels, combined with eateries, bookshops and specialty food outlets and there is a market held twice a week. The recently reestablished pier was first built in 1957 and is the only surviving pier in the county.
Visitors can take a tour of the entrancing Timeball Tower Museum and experience the maritime objects on display which highlight the background of smuggling and signaling in Deal. The two castles, Deal Castle and Walmer Castle are under the care of the English Heritage and open to the public. The vestiges of Sandown Castle situated in North Deal are also worth a visit. The iconic Deal Maritime Museum exhibits the history of local lifeboats and includes smuggling galleries, boats, and model ships.
Portland has a population of 67,000 and Mainers are a tough bunch. You will see the winter sea kayakers in Casco Bay, lawyers, and third-generation lobstermen travelling to and from their place of work on Nordic skis in the winter.
The average living cost is greater here than in other places in the state, but you do get to explore a great deal more. You’ll get to see the coastline and forests that encompass the city as well as sample some great food. Portland even has a James Beard Award-nominated dumpling shop downtown, known as BaoBao. It is also home to the most delectable pain au chocolat in this side of Paris at the Standard Heating Company in Old Port.
Manarola is one of the prominent Cinque Terre towns. The town is occupied with a line-up of dynamic rainbow-painted houses sculpted directly into an impassable stone wall across the Mediterranean coast. This delightful fishing town is well known for its marvelous wine, especially Sciacchetra, and the painting works of Antonio Discovolors, a fine artist who was captivated by the beauty of Manarola and dedicated much of his late works to the region. If you’re a person looking for some time out from the bustling urban city life, then this is the place for you. This town has no cars, no traffic lights, no loud horns and no shrieking of tyres. If you choose to drive to Manarola, you’ll need to park just outside the town and take the shuttle transport into town or enjoy the stroll by walking.
Portree is the biggest town on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, with a population as less as 2,500. It is a crowded port and a prospering cultural centre. The harbour is the centre of attention, consisting of a variety of bars, seafood eateries, and picturesque views over the cove. The town is in close proximity to some stunning and one-of-a-kind attractions, such as rock formations like the Kilt Rock, Old Man of Storr, and the exceptional pinnacles of Quaraing. These sights make it standout from other places you may visit in your travels.
Colmar traces back to the 9th century. Since then it has frequently been alluded to as “Little Venice” because of the conduits that breeze through archaic roads. This well-kept Alsatian town is also deemed the wine capital in the locale, famous for its tasteful aromas. The town has a combined influence of both German and French origins – you’ll discover local shops baking kugelhopf and croissants, while restaurants have a real expertise in making sauerkraut and foie gras. Different architectural themes are also a part of this town, from German Gothic to French Neo-Baroque.
Hallstatt is one of the ancient settlements of Austria, initially discovered in 5000 BC to capitalise on the wide salt reserves in the mountains encompassing this storybook town. More recently Hallstatt’s splendor has been preserved, much of which can be found in its beautiful ivy-covered square ringed buildings. The town still has its salt mines, but it is additionally viewed as a gold mine of human history. It is one of the most scenic towns in Austria with its ravishing arrangement on the bank of the Hallstätter Sea, between the pretty lake and a lavish mountain, mysteriously ascending from the water’s edge.
So, which of these towns is making it onto your to-do-list of 2017?