Europe is known for its charming and sequestered towns, but these are right up there with the best and showcase a way of living that many aspire to but could never realistically afford, such is modern-day society’s reliance on the major cities for jobs.
However, if you ever find yourself considering such a lifestyle, then these eight quaint European towns may just be to your liking.
France is synonymous with Paris, one of the most decorative places on Earth, but venture further afield to the more rural regions, and you’ll come across plenty of towns nestled away from the throngs of tourists.
A good place to start is Annecy. Offering a France free from gift shops and selfie sticks, this romantic enclave is known as the Venice of France due to the sun-dappled canals that run through the peaceful town. Offering everything one would want from a quiet getaway, Annecy is perfect for couples. You can picnic beside Lake Annecy, stroll hand-in-hand as you cross the lover’s bridge “Pont des Amours” or simply bask in your good company in one of the many cute sidewalk cafes.