Folegandros and Kardamili at the top 25 secret European villages
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Folegandros and Kardamili at the top 25 secret European villages

What is the allure of these small towns with their meandering streets, lunch-only cafés, and intimate shops?  Travel + Leisure A-List travel agency presents a list with the Top 25 secret European villages that are worth visiting. Two Greek towns are among the Top 25.

So for your next European getaway, take a detour to a tiny town. This type of experience can fulfill many expectations. According to writer Sylvie Bigar, who researched these secret places to come up with the best ones, “A tiny town offers adventure, novelty, beauty, as well as a sense of history. Knowing that some of these gems have been there for so long and have not been ‘discovered’ yet calms the spirit and brings a sense of peace.”

Folegandros and Kardamili are the 2 Greek villages among the Top 25 in Europe.

See the whole list:

1. Bolgheri, Italy

2. Kotor, Montenegro

3. Staufen im Breisgau, Germany

4. Lavenham, England

5. Aberdour, Scotland

6. Norcia, Italy

7. Roundstone, Ireland

8. Chassignolles, France

9.  Folégandros, Greece

There’s no mistaking it, this tranquil spot in the Cyclades has nothing in common with neighboring Santorini: no building stands above two stories, no cruise ships pull into port, and there are no boutiques or fancy restaurants. Instead, on this remote island in the Aegean, waves crash on pebbled beaches, goats scurry up the

10. Giornico, Switzerland

11. Getaria, Spain

12. Marvão, Portugal

13. Terschelling, The Netherlands

14. Tisvildeleje, Denmark

15. Arild, Sweden

16. Hellnar, Iceland

17. Slavonice, Czech Republic

18. St. Mawes, England

19. St.-Geniès, France

20. Kardamili, Greece

If you’ve heard murmurs that the jagged mountains and white-sand beaches of the Mani region are worth the trip from Athens, you’re not alone. Insiders head there for a traditional experience

21. Ullastret, Spain

22. Hall in Tirol, Austria

23. Koguva, Estonia

24. Plios, Russia

25. Viscri, Romania