Jodi Hansen Koskella

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In our list of the 12 best things to do in London—what every visitor should do—we’ve built in tried-and-true itineraries and tips, like where to grab a pint before the Chelsea match, which food stalls to hit whether you're in Maltby Street Market or Borough Market, and how to explore Westminster as a traveler, not a tourist.

The borough of Westminster is so big it encompasses what most people in the world think of as London proper

Flanked by the tallest peaks in the Pyrenees mountain range, Benasque looks more like a village in the Swiss Alps than northern Spanish. Benasque—considered one of the most beautiful small towns in Spain—draws outdoorsy types looking to hike or fly fish, as well as shelter seekers who'd rather while away the afternoon with a mug of hot, spiced wine in a wood-paneled restaurant.

Northern Spain or the Swiss Alps? Wake up in this village, surrounded by the tallest peaks in the Pyrenees mountain range and it can be hard to tell.

Though not technically on Germany's Romantic Road, Bamberg still fits the bill—and deserves a detour. The UNESCO World Heritage town sprawls across seven church- or castle-topped hills, and is bisected by several picturesque rivers and canals. We suggest spending your days exploring its Romanesque cathedrals, strolling down its romantically lit cobbled streets, or enjoying a pint of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer in one of the town’s microbreweries.

We know you love Paris, Venice, and Florence. Problem is, so does every other couple in the world. This Valentine’s Day—or on a romantic weekend away—seek out the quiet romance of these secluded small towns across Europe instead.

Known as “little Dubrovnik” among locals, the seaside town of Korčula (located on the island of Korčula) is Croatia’s best-kept secret. Like Dubrovnik, it’s filled with medieval squares, Romanesque cathedrals, beautifully restored Renaissance buildings, and pretty clay-roofed homes, but its remote location keeps the crowds out and the vibe mellow. It’s also close to vineyards (where you can try the delicious local pošip wine) and gorgeous sandy beaches, which are just a short stroll from…

seaside town of Korčula (located on the island of Korčula) is Croatia’s best-kept secret, filled with medieval squares, Romanesque cathedrals, beautifully restored Renaissance buildings, and pretty clay-roofed homes

On the Alsatian wine route in northeast France, Colmar is flanked by vineyards and filled with pretty, pastel-colored houses, Renaissance churches, and tranquil, bridge-covered canals. Day trips to Alsace wineries are easy and offer an infinitely more romantic experience than the tourist-congested wineries of Bordeaux and Burgundy.

On the Alsatian wine route in northeast France, Colmar is flanked by vineyards and filled with prett.

You’d be hard pressed to find a seaside town in Italy that doesn’t inspire romance, but there’s something especially dreamy about Taormina, a clifftop town on the island of Sicily. The views of Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea hypnotize, and the ancient ruins and cafe-lined streets keep you occupied. But you could check into honeymoon-worthy Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo—one of our favorite hotels in the world—and never leave the room.

Taormina, a clifftop town on the island of Sicily. The views of Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea hypnotize, and the ancient ruins and cafe-lined streets keep you occupied.

The village of Giethoorn in northern Holland has been called many things, repeatedly: "the Venice of the North," for its serene canals

Conde Nast Traveler The Most Romantic Small Towns in Europe - The village of Giethoorn in northern Holland has been called many things, repeatedly: "the Venice of the North," for its serene canals