Top 10 Incredible Coastal Towns to See in 2016

Top 10 Incredible Coastal Towns to See in 2016

The coastal towns have something in common among them. Slow pace and romantic atmosphere seem to pervade not only the locals, but the visitors as well. Italy is the leading country of boasting the most amazing coastal towns on this list. Check out the rivals.

10. St Ives, Cornwall, England

Once a casual fishing village, St Ives has turned into a dazzling holiday hub. Also it has a vibrant art scene, with numerous art galleries and artists themselves hanging out, discussing and of course painting. A true inspiration, the village boasts emeral crystal waters and inspiring coast.

Why to go there?

Beautiful beach, nice town center with cozy cafes, pubs and restaurants, lively cultural life – the small coastal town makes it a major attraction.

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9. Cudillero, Spain

A small but picturesque village on the northern coast of Spain is said to have been established by the Vikings themselves! However, its true origins are unknown. But for centuries it has been a fishing village and to this day this is one of the main economic branches after tourism. The ancient narrow streets offer various routes, that provide abundance of great views to the Atlantic Ocean.

Why to go there?

There are numerous viewpoints on the hill, that allow to approach entire Cudillero at once and admire its historic old town.

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Cudillero-Photo by Luz Rodriguez

Photo by Luz Rodriguez

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8. Whitby, England

The town is a traditional fishing village as well as a classic seaside resort. It also has the famous ruins of the 13th century abbey, which makes this coastal town not superficial at all, but rather boasting a rich historic heritage. Moreover, Captain James Cook completed his apprenticeship here before he left England to discover the new worlds!

Why to go there?

A town with a distinct character, famous for its fresh fish and numerous fish and chips shops, where people dedicate their time and queue outside to get a delicious snack.

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7. Budva, Montenegro

The coastal town has a popular big resort situated on the beautiful Adriatic island off the shore. Sveti Stefan has soft pink sandy beaches, crystal clear water and historic villages scattered on the coastline. In the 1970’s it was a popular site among celebrities and even Hollywood stars.

Why to go there?

Budva is the most popular spot among the tourists. It also has an Old Town, sandy beaches and a fun nightlife. Once a fisherman’s village, today Budva places the most millionaires per capita in the continent.

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6. Staithes, North Yorkshire, England

It used to be the biggest and most important fishing port on the North East coast of Britain. Today it feels as if the time has stopped. It mesmerizes with historic houses, huddled on the coast, narrow alleys, sandy beach, where fossils can be found, and slow pace. Tourists, however, will find great facilities here – B&B, restaurants and tours with cruises.

Why to go there?

Discover this English jewel. In September Staithes Festival takes over the place, when the galleries invite visitors to admire the exhibitions.

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5. Salerno, Campania, Italy

The ancient city is found on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea and boasts an incredible number of historic buildings. It is not as smart as the Amalfi Coast towns, however it definitely exudes the authenticity and unique charm. The Arechi Castle is the most famous landmark, crowning Salerno on the top of the hill from where great panoramic views to the bay open.

Why to go there?

While one can explore the Medieval old town, its churches and museums in the center, a modern area can be found surrounding the harbor. Its port is quite busy as well as the famous promenade, providing a nice trail. One can relish Italian cuisine in the restaurants, that have preserved ancient recipes.

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4. Polignano a Mare, Apulia, Italy

One of our favorite spots in Italy. Not sparkly or glamorous at all, but very characterful and picturesque fishing village on the Adriatic Sea has become a popular destination among the tourists. It has everything you need for an unforgettable holiday: a stunning coastline, sea, historic town and fresh food. Many hotels or villas are found in the historic buildings, which will ensure an authentic stay.

Why to go there?

Italian cuisine, supplemented by the local olive oil and fresh fish, flourishes here. Besides the old town, tourists like to visit Castellana Grotte – a town that has impressive caves and is only 15 km away. You might also want to visit Peppino Campanello atelier. He is a local art designer, who creates wonderful handmade lamps.

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Photo by Vito Muolo

3. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Besides being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mediterranean, Dubrovnik is also protected by UNESCO for its historic prominence. There is a lot to do and see here: from exploring amazing architecture with a cable car, visiting exciting summer festivals, to sailing and relaxing on the beaches.

Why to go there?

Historically and culturally diverse town, with great beaches and resorts.

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Photo by Ivan Ivankovic

2. Amalfi, Campania, Italy

The main gem of the precious Amalfi Coast – the town of Amalfi is the largest resort here. Its history dates back to the 6th century, but is present in a variety of ancient buildings, that also remind about the glorious past of the town, which used to be an important port that later grew to the Duchy of Amalfi.

Why to go there?

Sandy beaches provide sites for bathing and enjoying the sun. Amalfi is also comfortably posited between other cities like Naples, Pompei, Herculaneum and Positano, that attract day trippers for an adventure.

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1. Positano, Italy

Located on the iconic Italian coast, Positano is a picturesque and desirable holiday destination, attracting movies and rock’n’roll stars. It was ancient Romans who started building elegant villas here. Today they can be seen among the pastel houses, soaring up the precipitous rocks, defining the glamorous town.

Why to go there?

The pace is really slow and laid back here, offering a tranquil retreat. You can admire the coast from water on a boat trip to Capri, Paestum, Ischia or simply around the precious Amalfi Coast. There is a range of restaurants, that spoil their guests with ravishing Italian cuisine, hotels, shops and the biggest beach on the Amalfi Coast.

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