Historic Towns and Villages

In addition to the great city destinations, many towns and villages have important historical monuments, and as population centres may go back several millenia. Here we have gathered together towns and villages which have well preserved historical cores - areas where you can really get the feel for a previous age.

We have concentrated on small cities, towns and villages - as many of the great cities of the world like Rome, Florence and Venice are historical masterpieces in their own right. This list covers some less well known destinations that are all well worth visiting.  Check out the holiday guide for how to travel to one.

Related categories: Archaeological Sites, Traditional Cultures, Castles & Palaces, Museums, Tombs & Memorials, Military History

The top 10 Historic Towns and Villages in the world

We know 257 Historic Towns and Villages in the world. See all Historic Towns and Villages.
  • Carcassonne

    Medieval Towns in Languedoc, France
  • Xochimilco

    Historic Towns and Villages in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Nara

    Historic Towns and Villages in Nara, Japan
  • Cortona

    Medieval Towns in Italy
  • Todi

    Historic Towns and Villages in Italy
  • Cracow

    Historic Towns and Villages in Kraków, Poland
  • Dubrovnik

    Historic Towns and Villages in Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Jerusalem

    Historic Towns and Villages in Jerusalem, Israel
  • San Gimignano

    Medieval Towns in Tuscany, Italy
  • Mostar

    Historic Towns and Villages in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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