The most beautiful villages around the world
Another way to experience the fundamental culture of a region is to travel around the smaller villages, far from the big cities. From cobblestones along historic citadels to remote snowy villages, these stunning small towns are brimming with beauty at every turn. Looking for the most beautiful villages around the world? This list is for you.
EZE - France
A hilltop village on the Riviera, Eze is a medieval treasure. With its uneven cobblestone streets, old houses, narrow passages under low archways and flowers, Eze is considered one of the most beautiful villages in the world. But the most stunning part is probably the exotic garden and its vertiginous view over the Mediterranean sea.
RONDA - Malaga
Ronda is like a wonderful open-air museum and is by far the most spectacular town of the Malaga province. Behind every corner you’ll find an alley that’s even more enchanting than the previous one. It’s one of oldest towns in Spain and is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and the 100 meter deep El Tajo gorge.
HALLSTATT - Austria
The UNESCO World Heritage is so unbelievable, so no wonder many people travel to Hallstatt to get their own picture of the famous city silhouette in front of the massive mountains. You’ll feel like a character of one of the fairytales brother’s Grimm. Besides the beautiful old town with all its wooden houses and souvenir shops, you can enjoy traditional food, watch the swans, go for a swim and hike in the mountains for hours.
COMORES - Malaga
Authentic is the best word to define the amazing village that is Comores. The best way to enjoy it is to wander along the narrow alleys to discover all the hidden spots of this lovely place. You won’t be able to find any souvenir shop or hipsters bars, only typical Andalusian bars with tapas and wine... and isn’t it great?
EAST MEON - U.K.
There’s a reason East Meon often graces the cover of local Hampshire publications — its high street and conservation area are particularly beautiful. The village was part of the Domesday Survey of 1086 and to this day maintains much of the character of its historic Norman heritage.
ST PAUL DE VENCE - France
St Paul de Vence is probably the most well known village of the Riviera owing to its association with some of the world’s greatest artists. It has preserved many buildings from the Middle Ages including the walls that surround it, the maze of cobbled streets and a dozen small chapels.
UROKAWA ONSEN - Japan
An idyllic traditional village tucked away in the hills of Oguni. It’s famous for its many “rotenburo” (Japanese outdoor hot spring baths), that are rich in mineral and said to be one of the secrets of the Japanese longevity. Kurokawa is also known for its horse meat dish, and along the streets of the village there are plenty little shops that sell the horse meat croquette - a must try.
CHEFCHAOUEN - Morocco
Located on the northwestern edge of Morocco, Chefchaouen isn’t a typical Moroccan city. Morocco’s famous blue city aka “The blue pearl” isn’t congested with crowds like Marrakech. There are a few theories with reference to why the dividers were painted blue: one is that the blue keeps the mosquitos away. Blue is also said to symbolise sky and paradise, and fill in as a suggestion to lead a profound existence.
AINOKURA VILLAGE - Japan
The most remote village in the Gokayama region that still preserves its traditional “gassho-zukuri” style houses. It’s listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. In this quaint little village, local residents still live just like it was over a hundred years ago. Compared to the crowded and touristy Shirakawa-go, it’s a more serene and private setting to learn more about Japanese cultural treasures.
RIOMAGGIORE - Italy
It’s the easternmost, the largest, and the prettiest village of the Cinque Terre — a UNESCO World Heritage. Everything is beautiful here, the sea, the streets… But it’s better to explore this village early in the morning when it’s calm and not crowded yet.
BISHOPS WALTHAM - U.K.
The quintessential Hampshire market town, Bishops Waltham offers a bit of local history with a vibrant small town scene. Come for a walk and enjoy the charming shops and beautiful façades. And yes, the building façades are worth the visit alone.
AZENHAS DO MAR - Portugal
Azenhas do Mar boasts a stunning location with whitewashed houses perched on a cliff, overlooking a sandy beach. Its beautiful small beach and natural swimming pool is a plus for the hot summer days. The restaurant serves delicious fish dishes with an amazing view over the sea and the beach.