Prepare your camera. Once you have laid eyes on the most charming mountain villages of Europe, you will not come to divert. You even might want to get settled there forever. These are places worthy of fairy tales, though they do exist. Medieval villages of Spain with traditional Swiss chalets logs, through the fortresses carved into the side of the mountain in San Marino (English or Italian), these small towns functional a warm welcome to all visitors.
When we think of a typical mountain village of Europe, the classical landscape of the novel Heidi in the Swiss Alps certainly comes to mind. And you would not be totally wrong. But Switzerland is only the starting point for your adventure. Europe abounds with picturesque mountain villages, nestled in some of the most impressive landscapes in the world. Discover them in the snowy Dolomites in Italy, in the Pyrenees in France and Spain, Scandinavia and elsewhere.
Time slows in cities like Grimmelwald perfectly perched on the edge of a cliff Highlands Oberland in Switzerland. Located in the shadow of Mount Jungfrau, it is a little off the beaten path, but its stunning alpine views are well worth a visit. The « Alpomanes » are crazy Grimmelwald, from where they can easily indulge in climbing or hiking. Take the modern gondola to the top of 3300 m Schilthorn, where a rotating panoramic restaurant offers an unforgettable view. Descend on foot to an additional challenge.
You are fond of medieval history? Do not miss Albarracin, an idyllic village at the foot of a cliff in the Montes Universales, Aragon, in northern Spain. In this village, renowned as one of the finest in Spain you back in time as you explore its cobbled streets. Take pictures of the castle of Albarracin at the top of the hill and admire the Flemish tapestries in the museum of the diocese, attached to Dolz del Espejoe, the palace of the bishop.
Naturalists and sports fans will fall in love with the friendly Canazei, Val di Fassa Trentino. This town of 2000 inhabitants, surrounded by the majestic Dolomites, offers fabulous views of the highest peaks of Italy, whose august Marmolada. In winter, the area offers to sports 40 km of ski runs, but the summer, it turns into a paradise for hikers with its green meadows and old forests. Sport does not tempt you? Do you worry: you can relax and unwind in one of the many spas and wellness centers Canazei.