Prepare your next vacation away from the popular tourist destinations to explore the best small towns in the world.


Big cities might receive all the attention as everyone focuses on the competitive nature of big cities. But lovable small towns have their attractions that are ready to steal your attention with the beauty of their sceneries.


We've listed the best small towns in the world with their set of uniqueness and memorable experiences for travelers. Prepare your next getaway!

Colorado, USA

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This former mining town in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is a year-round destination perfect for active travelers and history lovers alike. The town's core area is a National Historic Landmark District with Victorian-era buildings, and these days, guests can shop around boutiques and galleries or dine at local restaurants to soak up the small-town feel. The area is also known for incredible skiing at Telluride Ski Resort, but there's plenty to do once the ski season ends, like biking, hiking, fly fishing, golfing, river sports, and more are popular choices when the weather warms up.

Shirakawa-go, Japan

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During wintertime, the isolated Shirakawa-go looks like the platonic ideal of an alpine Christmas village. It’s set along a cold, clear river, isolated atop a mountain. Get closer, and you’ll see what at first glance looks like gingerbread houses are thatched-roof gassho-zukuri buildings. These structures are why the village was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. That magical scent you’re smelling is from the stoves that heat these paper-walled structures to create a winter fantasy land. In the summer, the village turns from white to deep green, and the colorful wildflowers that line the streets give the place the scent of a potpourri dish.

Santa Maddalena, Italy

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This little mountainous village in the Dolomites is the stuff of alpine dreams. South Tyrol, the region the town calls home, refers to the southern part of Austria and gives the historical context for why signs here read in German, Italian, and the local language of Ladin. The food you’ll find in the handful of restaurants is a similar cultural mix, and this scenic inland town is also a skier’s paradise come winter. It’s not teeming with nightlife. It doesn’t have many hotels. Stay a few days, go on a few of the hikes that are only a short ride away, and immerse yourself in the beautiful quiet.

Giethoorn, Netherlands

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Giethoorn is a gorgeous and calm village in the Netherlands. It is one of the greenest places in the country, which is surrounded by extensive De Weerribben-Wieden National park and dotted with a massive number of trees. Being a car-free village, it features many beautiful canals instead of roads. The lands of Giethoorn are connected with about 150 bridges. This village has so much similarity with Venice that it has been also called The Venice of Netherlands.

Marsaxlokk, Malta

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Situated in the Southeastern part of Malta, Marsaxlokk is a beautiful traditional fishing village that is famous for its fishing market. Colorful boats jogging on its harbor give it a more beautiful appearance and make it one of the most stunning villages in the world. These boats are called ‘Luzzus’, which play a significant role in the routine life of the villagers. This village has a long history that you may come across on your visit to this gorgeous place.

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