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.
Liepāja: Walk around green parks, Art Nouveau buildings, and long beaches in the Latvian city “where the wind is born.”
Chambéry: After skiing in the French Alps, escape the après-ski crowds in the capital of Savoie.
Tavira: Explore a castle, churches, and a seven-arched bridge, before heading to the beaches in the Algarve.
Jamestown: Get to know the island where Napoléon Bonaparte eventually died after a long boat ride to Saint Helena in the Southern Hemisphere.