Sometimes I’ll be in a country and think, “Wow this is a charming city.” That doesn’t happen often, but if you’ve traveled enough around Europe then you’ll often find that’s the case. So, that got me thinking about the most charming city on each continent. Obviously, this is an impossible and near Herculean task to narrow it down but since I’ve been pretty much everywhere, I thought I’d give it a go. Here goes!
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia is one of the most charming cities anywhere and especially on the African continent. You could swear you were on a Greek island with the blue and the architecture but you’re 100 percent in Africa and in one of the most charming cities in the world. I was also considering Hermanus, South Africa and Goree, Senegal amongst others!
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic is a town in Europe that many people don’t know about because most people only visit Prague in the Czech Republic. Cesky Krumlov is the epitome of charm and is a true pleasure to walk around, as you never know what’s around every corner! There are a ton of choices in Europe and everyone reading this will have their own choice. A few others I was considering were Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France and any number of amazing small towns in Italy or the Mediterranean in general. Let’s be honest, charming towns hatched from Europe!
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay is an extremely charming little town easily accessible by boat from Buenos Aires, Argentina and is often done as a day trip. But walking the streets of Colonia is like taking a step back in time away from the madness of South American cities. Others I was considering were San Pedro de Atacama, Chile and the old city of Cartagena, Colombia.
Stone Harbor, New Jersey, USA is an extremely charming little beach town on the southern Jersey Shore. It’s nothing like the TV show—trust me! Stone Harbor is a place where families can walk around and feel safe, stroll into and out of shops and generations of kids grow up knowing each other from their summers at the beach. I know many beach towns in America have that feel but this town is special to me because this is where my family grew up going to the beach and I still love it to this day!
Esperance, Australia in Western Australia is the quintessential Aussie beach town in my book. Sure there are a million great towns on the east coast from Victoria all the way up to Queensland and New South Wales in between, but Esperance has a charm all its own. Mainly because not many people go there, it has an absolutely stunning coastline of spectacular beaches and has a small, fun and safe little town to walk around. I really loved my time in Esperance, WA. Byron Bay, Noosa and Port Douglas are others I was considering in Australia.
Paro, Bhutan is a small Himalayan town in the seldom-visited Kingdom of Bhutan. Paro itself sort of represents a whole region of Bhutan that is jam packed with charm—the likes of which you’ll find few other places in the world, let alone Asia. There are any number of great, charming towns in Southeast Asia and the Middle East but I think in these ultra modern time, Bhutan really exemplifies what Asia should be or better yet—how you want it to be.
Stanley, Falkland Islands is a great little town and the largest town in the Antarctic Islands. Technically, the Falklands are a functioning part of the UK and not a part of the British Antarctic Island Dependencies but Stanley is the only town in the region with any charm or population. That said, Stanley is well worth a visit. Some cruises will stop in Stanley but you can also fly from Punta Arenas, Chile or from Ascension Island.