The charm of these medieval walled cities in Europe will transport you to another era.
Originally built to protect their residents from enemies, these are now fascinating cities full of history and stunning views. Make sure to incorporate some of these into your next European adventure!
The city of Avila is located in the center of Spain, west of Madrid. This stunning city is often referred to as the finest medieval city of Europe. Avila is best known for its city walls with over 80 semicircular towers and 9 gates.
Avila is also unique in having an intact exterior wall as most medieval walled cities suffer from breaks and damaged walls.
The fortified city of Carcassonne sits on a hilltop in Southern France. This storybook village is surrounded by mountains and vineyards offering the most spectacular scenery.
No trip to Southern France would be complete without visiting this medieval city and indulging in its history, scenery and exquisite food.
Pedestrian cobblestone streets in Old Town with many restaurants, cafes, and the most beautiful blue sea sum up the medieval city of Dubrovnik and its surrounding area.
Some parts of the city date back to the 11th century and its charm will take you back in time. Dubrovnik is also a great city for starting out your Croatian adventure. From there you can take day trips to the Elephiti Islands or continue on with your journey throughout Croatia.
Obidos is a spectacular fortified medieval city located north of Lisbon, the country's capital. The village is preserved beautifully with cobblestone streets and offers unique accommodations, restaurants and bars.
Don't miss walking around the town walls for the stunning views over the tiled roofs and traditional painted houses.
Toledo is located a short train or car ride away from Madrid. It sits up on a hill and offers spectacular views. To get the most from your visit it is really important to travel with a guide. There is so much history inside those city walls that is best explained by a local.
Toledo's history includes medieval Jewish, Arab, and Christian communities. You can see evidence of these groups co-exiting all throughout the city with temples, synagogues, and one of Spain's finest Gothic cathedrals.
So be sure to add one of these magical medieval walled cities to your next European adventure and take a journey back in time.
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