In Europe, 76 destinations off the beaten path
Looking beyond Rome, Paris or London? Consider Europe's lesser-known destinations, such as Monschau, Germany, a town so quaint you can hardly believe it isn't a theme park or San Marino, one of Europe's oldest and smallest countries (drive through it slowly).
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Lacoste, France( Susan Spano / Los Angeles Times )
With a population of fewer than 500, a handful of restaurants and a couple of excellent bed-and-breakfast inns nearby, Lacoste is less touristy than such Provencal meccas as St. Remy and Fontaine de Vaucluse. There is also the chateau where the infamous Marquis de Sade took refuge after scandalizing Paris in the late 18th century. It's now owned by designer Pierre Cardin, who produces a summer music festival staged in the quarry that gave Lacoste its creamy stone. In this village, art appreciation is pretty much unavoidable.
-- Susan Spano
Read more: It Takes a Village
Pictured: An archway in Lacoste.