Mesmerizing Old Towns

When you visit a new city, is your favorite part always the Old Town? From the medieval buildings to the car-free alleyways to the markets in the center squares, you’re mesmerized by the city’s historic heart. Here are three Old Towns you might have missed in Europe, plus one a lot farther away.

Photo: Promenade Hotel
Photo: Promenade Hotel

Liepāja: Walk around green parks, Art Nouveau buildings, and long beaches in the Latvian city “where the wind is born.”

Photo: Florian Pépellin [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Florian Pépellin [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Chambéry: After skiing in the French Alps, escape the après-ski crowds in the capital of Savoie.

Photo: fazenda nova.
Photo: fazenda nova.

Tavira: Explore a castle, churches, and a seven-arched bridge, before heading to the beaches in the Algarve.

Photo: Mejuto (Software fotográfico) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Mejuto (Software fotográfico) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Jamestown: Get to know the island where Napoléon Bonaparte eventually died after a long boat ride to Saint Helena in the Southern Hemisphere.

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