The Most Beautiful Villages In The World

Waquar Habib

Frigiliana, Spain

Frigilana is a beautiful whitewashed town nestled on a mountain ridge peeking over the Mediterranean Sea. Travellers must not miss El Ingenio, a 16th-century Renaissance palace, and the Archaeological Museum.

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Bibury, England

Bibury, in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds on the River Coln near the market town of Burford, is best known for its 17th-century stone cottages with steeply pitched roofs. The village also has Arlington Row which is one of England's most iconic and photographed sites.

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Gordes, France

Gordes is a village in Provence located on a foothill of the Vaucluse mountains overlooking the Calavon valley. The village has a rich history with several architectural gems including a medieval castle at the summit from the 10th century.

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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, famed for its 7,000-year-old salt production, boasts attractions such as the Prehistoric Necropolis, housing more than 4,000 graves. The UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut, between Lake Hallstatt and Lake Gosau, offers a plethora of cycling opportunities, including e-bike trails.

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Penglipuran, Indonesia

Penglipuran, a traditional village in Bali's Bangli Regency, holds the esteemed title of the world's third cleanest village. Embracing the philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, its design and structures harmonise with the principles of connecting with God, others, and the environment.

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Ogimachi, Japan

Ogimachi in the Shirakawa-Go region is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is known for its collections of traditional gasshozukuri farmhouses, unique for there structure without nails or other metal materials. Part of Ogimachi is open to the public as a museum of village life.

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Castle Combe, England

Castle Combe is a charming village that looks something right out of a fable. Travellers here can explore the Market Cross and St Andrew's Church, which dates from the 13th century. The village also has a Manor house with a parlour and tearooms.

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Marsaxlokk, Malta

Marsaxlokk is a small fishing village located along Marsaxlokk Bay. The name is derived from the words "marsa" which means "port" and "xlokk" which means "south". Travellers can check out places like Marsaxlokk Bay, St. Peter's Pool, and Knisja tal-Madonna ta' Pompei in the village.

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Taxco de Alarcon, Mexico

Just three hours from Mexico City, Taxco de Alarcon, is a hillside city dotted with Spanish colonial architecture and Broque Church of Santa Prisca. There is also Museo Guillermo Spratling which features prehispanic pieces and objects created by the artist.

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Orta San Giulio, Italy

Orta San Giulio is on Lake Orta, a quaint hillside village on a peninsula. Travellers here can climb on top of Sacro Monte which has 20 chapels full of frescoes and statues of San Francesco d’Assisi.

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Oia, Greece

Oia is a coastal town on the northern tip of Santorini and is prolific for its white-washed buildings and stunning sunsets. It is the most photgraphed place in Greece with attractions like The Church of Panagia Platsani and Nicolas Castle.

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