Heading to the mountains to escape the city life? Wait till you see the breathtaking scenic beauty of these villages across the world. Unscathed from the increasing modernization, one can visit these countryside villages to relish what can be called a small paradise on earth.
Many captivating scenes of nature will enrich your day – the Big and Small Heaven’s Hall, the blooming Valgesoo, pine forests, which almost remind you of a park and are full of mushrooms; the Meenikunno bog at sunset, the Postal route in autumn colors, the sandstone cliffs on the Ahja and Võhandu river, the caves at Piusa, birds on the Räpina polder, and many other sights to remember or to capture with your camera.
Who says only big cities can be beautiful and alluring? The world is full of really eye-catching and fascinating villages and small towns – you’ll find some of the most interesting in the list below:
1). Bibury, England
The picturesque village is endowed with evergreen lush shrubs and trees along with pretty blossoms. With the Cohn river flowing through the village, this place is a refreshing retreat for anyone looking for some alone time.
Göreme is small town in Central Anatolia, in the heart of Turkey. Established amongst the world famous fairy chimneys, it is one of the best places to go if you want to see these astounding rock formations up close.
First settled around two thousand years ago, there’s a certain otherworldly feeling about the place, especially since many of the dwellings are carved directly into the rock, same as some churches, which are also beautifully decorated.
3). Hallstat, Austria
The lakeside village provides a beautiful soothing landscape. The dreamy outlook of this place comes from the artistically designed and well maintained gardens and cottages.
Until recently, Júzcar was just your average small village located in Andalusia, in southern Spain. Like in most other places in the area, all houses had whitewashed walls, but in 2011all the walls were painted smurf-blue in order to celebrate the premiere of the Smurfs movie. This makeover was so popular with locals (not to mention tourists), that they refused Sony Pictures` offer to repaint the village – which is now one of the most remarkable places in the area.
Part of the Lofoten archipelago in northern Norway, Reine is one of the most beautiful and welcoming places north of the Arctic Circle. Surprisingly mild weather means that locals and travelers alike can take full advantage of the stunning surroundings, whether that means hiking, kayaking, or admiring the landscape and the quaint fishermen’s huts.
Located on the Japanese island of Honshu, in the Gifu prefecture, the small village of Shirakawa-go stretches among the mountains, in an area which receives some of the heaviest snowfall anywhere in the world. Consequently, the locals developed a special kind of building style known as gassho-zukuri. Houses built this way feature thick, triangular-shaped thatched roofs, reminiscent of hands joined in prayer, a shape designed to deflect the heavy snow.
7). Burano, Italy
Burano is a tiny archipelago comprising four islands located in the Venetian Lagoon. What sets it apart from other parts of Venice, and from any other place in the world, is the fact that the inhabitants have painted their houses in a seemingly random variety of lively colors. So important is this feature (which started out as a way for fishermen to distinguish their houses through the fog), that nowadays you need special approval if you want to paint your house.
Perched atop the cliffs of Santorini, Oia benefits from quite an amazing setting. The scenic village is built right into the steep slope, which means residents and travelers can enjoy jaw-droppingly beautiful views of the world-famous Santorini caldera.
The cityscape is dominated by elegant white buildings glistening in the sun, with stand-outs being a ruined castle overlooking the entire area, the Captain’s houses, and a windmill, which is probably Oia’s most iconic construction.
Eze is a breathtakingly beautiful place, located along the French Riviera. Rising 1,400 feet above the sea, it overlooks the coasts and offers amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea.
In addition to its location, Eze also boasts a certain medieval charm, thanks to its many well-preserved centuries-old buildings.
10). Riomaggiore, Italy
Just staring at the mesmerizing backdrop of this awe-inspiring place is like therapy. The place offers a lot of activities and peaceful spots to make up a great holiday.