The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe

The Japanese tourist board has revealed which it thinks are the prettiest towns in Europe – and there is only one UK town among them. Conwy, in Wales, was the only UK location to make the list of 30 most beautiful European towns and villages.

The picturesque walled market town, which sits on the north coast and has a medieval castle, is now being promoted as a “must-visit” destination for Japanese tourists, after being picked as one of 30 recommended small destinations by 300 Japanese travel agents.

The agents were presented with the challenge to pick the 30 best by the Japanese Association of Travel Agents (JATA), which wants to promote travel to attractive little places in Europe.

No English or Scottish towns made the list but Kilkenny, a medieval settlement in Ireland, also with its own castle, managed to be included.

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Officials and locals in Conwy were thrilled to hear that they had made the cut and have begun to prepapre for the arrival of coach parties of Japanese tourists, who they hope will sightsee, eat and drink in the town, bringing in trade for local businesses.

To celebrate acquiring a Japanese fanbase, one local restaurant – East in nearby Llandudno – has created its own Welsh version of sushi as a tribute, which it is calling “wushi”. It involves seaweed rolls of the finest Welsh ingredients including lamb, leeks, Welsh cheddar, cockles, sea trout and laverbread.

The 30 most beautiful towns in EuropeWushi – or Welsh sushi – is being served in celebration

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As a result of the list, Conwy is being included in a new schedule for tourism promotion throughout Japan at expos and conferences, as well as in the national media, under the theme of beautiful towns.

“It was a huge honour for Conwy town and Wales to be recognised in this way and our Welsh sushi is a fun, but respectful nod back to Japan,” said Sam Nayar, Chair of the Destination Conwy Steering Group. “It’s also a way to celebrate our current ‘Year of Adventure’ in Wales by encouraging visitors to be adventurous and try our iconic Welsh ingredients in a unique way.”

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JATA’s member companies – a mix of tourism offices for Europe, tour operators and airlines – first acted as judges by whittling down a list of towns and villages to 41, from 28 countries.

A selection committee then came up with a top 30 after looking at criteria that included assessing which places had low media exposure in Japan and no package tours available; wanting to ensure a wide variety of destinations from the whole of Europe and tourist attractions the travel companies thought would appeal to Japanese travellers.

While British tourists will know and love a handful of the destinations on the list, such as the Italianate seaside town of Rovinj in Croatia; Kotor, on a magnificent bay in Montenegro and Lefkara, famous for its lace, in Cyprus, many of the others will be completely new to them.

Here are the top 30 small places in full, including scenic hilltop communes, coastal fishing villages and more:

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Kilkenny, Ireland

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Berat, Albania

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Civita di Bagnoregio, Procida

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Conwy, Wales

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Lech, Austria

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Hindeloopen, Netherlands

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The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Lefkara, Cyprus

The 30 most beautiful towns in EuropeTelegraph experts recommend the coastal town of Rovinj for its good food and pretty architecture  Photo: Alamy

Rovinj, Croatia

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Soglio, Switzerland

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Visby, Sweden

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Piran, Slovenia

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Vlkolinec, Slovakia

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Marianske-Lazne, Czech Republic

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Quedlinburg, Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

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Golyazi, Turkey

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Reine, Norway

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Sopron, Hungary

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Porvoo, Finland

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Rex Features

Saint-Cirg-Lapopie, Riquewihr, France

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Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Zalipie, Poland

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Monsanto, Portugal

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Ohrid, Macedonia

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Kotor, Montenegro

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe  Photo: Alamy

Gura Humorului, Romania

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