So we all love those quaint little villages right? I’ve written about villages in France, so when Felicity from Holidaylettings got in touch with me about a post on villages from all over the world, I of course had to say yes! Take a look below at some of the most beautiful villages from the globe that she talks about.
If you’re planning your next trip and fancy visiting some cute villages brimming with character and charm, where do you start your search? From settlements on the Norwegian fjords to tropical paradises in Brazil, Holidaylettings shares some of the most beautiful villages in the world.
Beaulieu, Hampshire, UK
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This chocolate-box New Forest village is a beautiful place by name and a beautiful place by nature. Admire quaint thatched cottages with honeysuckle growing around their doors and the evocative ruins of Beaulieu Abbey nestling into the neighbouring stately home, Palace House.
At Palace House, you can absorb its thirteenth-century architecture or visit the National Motor Museum (the James Bond exhibition is excellent). Take a stroll along the Beaulieu River to the picturesque hamlet of Buckler’s Hard and find out more about Nelson’s fleet, much of which was built in the shipyard there.
Reine, Lofoten Islands, Norway
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Picturesque red and white fishermen’s huts cluster along the glittering fjord’s shoreline against an epic backdrop of jutting granite peaks. Add the breathtaking Northern Lights and you could easily be forgiven for thinking that you have stepped into a Norse saga.
The village is an excellent place to explore the area. Walk along Horseid Beach or scramble up Reinebringen mountain where your reward is the breathtaking panorama of the Reinefjorden lake and nearby islands. You can also get out on the water in a kayak or visit the fascinating Norwegian Fishing Village Museum.
Montefioralle, Tuscany, Italy
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As you ascend the hill from Greve in Chianti you might wonder if the hike is worth it! When you arrive and wander through the ultimate Italian idyll of winding streets dotted with red geraniums, you’ll know it is. The local restaurant makes their own delicious pasta and the winery specalises in rich Chianti Classico (what else?) that you just have to sample.
When you’re back in Greve in Chianti, saunter around the charming central piazza and admire the ancient frescoes in Santa Croce church. It’s an easy stroll through lush vineyards and olive groves to the gorgeous Villa Vignamaggio where you can tour the stunning gardens and sample the estate’s peppery olive oil.
Morro de São Paulo, Bahia, Brazil
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Morro’s charm lies in its chilled pace (you can only travel by tractor) and fabulous setting: three jungle-topped hills on a point where the dazzlingly blue ocean meets the mangrove-bordered Canal de Taperoá. It’s the stuff that holiday brochures and travel dreams are made of.
You can catch a gorgeous sunset at the atmospheric ruins of Tapirandu fortress and party, fresh-fruit caipirinha in hand, until sunrise on one of the beautiful beaches. After that, you might need a siesta under a palm. When you’ve recovered, why not go on a whale-watching trip or visit the beautiful Nossa Senhora da Luz church? If you’re lucky you may even hear the choir singing.
Shirakawa-go, Gifu, Japan
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Picture a remote mountain village with a river running through it surrounded by rice fields. Its ancient buildings have timber walls that lead to wildly steep thatched roofs, built to endure some of the world’s deepest snowfall. You may feel like you’ve stepped into an oriental silk painting, but you’re actually in the beautiful Japanese village of Shirakawa-go.
Tour the Myozenji Temple Museum or the Kanda House’s sake brewing business. Why not check out a local artist’s exhibition at the Zin Homura Art Museum? And for a different perspective of the village and terrific vistas, head to the village’s Ogimachi-Jyoshi observation platform.
So those places look fantastic right?! Who is looking for plane flights? I know I am! Then again.. I always am… 😉
**Please note, this was not a sponsored post and the topic was chosen by me.**