Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is a French commune located in the Dordogne department in the New Aquitaine region. It is one of the most beautiful villages in France and is located in the heart of the Perigord Noir, along the Dordogne river. Its main attraction is its 12th century castle, which was the scene of the Hundred Years’ War and now houses a museum of medieval warfare. The village retains its medieval aspect, with its stone houses, steep streets and panoramic views.
Its narrow cobbled streets and stone houses immerse you in the medieval atmosphere. The majestic fortified bridge, built in the 12th century, welcomes you to this historic enclave. Explore its walls, visit the impressive Romanesque church and marvel at the beauty of its ancient Jewish micvé. Besalú invites you to live a unique experience where history comes alive in every charming corner of this picturesque village.
The captivating medieval village of Bran immerses you in a world of mystery and legends. Its greatest treasure is the famous Bran Castle, which evokes the image of the legendary Count Dracula. With its pointed towers and strategic hilltop location, the castle offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The picturesque cobblestone streets invite you to explore charming craft stores and traditional restaurants.
Burghausen is the largest town in the district of Altötting in Bavaria. It is situated on the banks of the Salzach River, which forms the border with Austria. Its main attraction is its castle, the longest in Europe, with 1051 meters long. The castle stands on a hill and dominates the landscape of the city, which retains its medieval charm. In Burghausen you can also visit the Cistercian monastery of Raitenhaslach, the church of St. Mary of the Assumption and the old town with its narrow streets and historic buildings.
Carcassonne is the capital of the department of Aude, in the Occitania region. It is famous for its walled citadel, the Cité, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The Cité retains the medieval appearance of its ramparts, towers, gates and historic buildings, such as the basilica of Saint-Nazaire and the count’s castle. Carcassonne was the scene of the crusade against the Cathars in the 13th century and has been the set of several films.
Located in the province of Huesca, the picturesque medieval village of Ainsa transports you to a glorious past. With cobblestone streets and well-preserved stone houses, its medieval charm envelops you. The imposing Plaza Mayor, with its medieval architecture and panoramic views, is the heart of the village. The Castle of Ainsa, an imposing fortress, offers a breathtaking view of the surroundings. Its narrow streets invite you to get lost and discover Romanesque churches, charming squares and a unique atmosphere that makes you feel as if time has stood still.
Dubrovnik is a coastal city located in the Dalmatia region, near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was founded in the 7th century and became an important commercial and cultural power on the Adriatic Sea. Its historic center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, preserves its walls, palaces, churches and monasteries in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque style. Dubrovnik is also known as the Pearl of the Adriatic and as the setting for the series Game of Thrones.
Frías is a town in the province of Burgos, located in the region of Las Merindades. With less than 300 inhabitants, it is the smallest town in Spain and is declared a Historic and Artistic Site. Its origins date back to the 7th century and its medieval aspect is preserved in its hanging houses, its bridge over the Ebro River and its 12th century castle. Frías is part of the Raíces de Castilla route and is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
Lucca is a city in the Tuscany region, which has preserved its medieval splendor intact. Founded by the Etruscans and then a Roman colony, Lucca is surrounded by a Renaissance wall that can be explored on foot or by bicycle. Inside the old town you can admire the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, built on the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater, the Basilica of San Frediano, the Duomo of San Martino and the many towers and churches that earned it the nickname of the city of a hundred towers and a hundred churches.
Mdina is a walled city located on a hill in the center of Malta. It was the capital of the country until the sixteenth century, when it was replaced by Valletta. Its origins date back to the 8th century BC, when it was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Maleth. Mdina retains its medieval appearance, with its narrow streets, palaces, churches and walls. It is known as the City of Silence and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Malta.
Monteriggioni is a charming Tuscan village that has preserved its 13th century walls and 14 towers intact. It is located in the heart of Chianti, in the province of Siena, and offers spectacular views of the typical landscapes of the region. In its main square, Piazza Roma, you can admire the Romanesque church of Santa Maria Assunta and the Museum of Armor, which recreates the atmosphere of medieval times.
Its narrow cobblestone streets and imposing walls immerse you in a fairy tale. Explore the medieval town of Rhodes and marvel at its imposing fortifications, palaces and enchanting squares. The famous Palace of the Grand Masters will transport you back to the time of the Knights Templar.
You can’t miss the magical charm of the village of Rocamadour, a hidden treasure in the French hills. Its cobblestone streets and stone houses cling to the side of a cliff, creating a spectacular image. At the top, the imposing Notre-Dame chapel dominates the landscape, while the sacred staircase is a testament to devotion. With its medieval atmosphere and breathtaking views of the valley, Rocamadour invites you to lose yourself in its historical charms and be seduced by its timeless beauty.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Germany)
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach in Bavaria. It was a Free Imperial City until 1803 and today is one of the jewels of the Romantic Road. Its historic center retains the medieval charm of its walls, its towers, its half-timbered houses and its Renaissance town hall. Among its attractions are the 12th century castle, the Gothic church of St. Jacob and the Meistertrunk museum, which recalls the legend that saved the city during the Thirty Years’ War.
Vitré is a French commune located in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine, in the Brittany region. Its origins date back to the eleventh century, when the castle that dominates the town was built. The castle, triangular in shape and surrounded by a moat, was the residence of the Marquise de Sévigné, a famous writer of the 17th century. Vitré retains the charm of its medieval past, with its half-timbered houses, its Gothic basilica of Notre Dame and its narrow streets full of history.