25 of the Most Beautiful Villages in the World

I love big cities, but there are a lot of them around the world the feel remarkably similar. They consistently feature skyscrapers, crowded streets, and busy people in business suits.  

In my travels I have found that one of the best ways to experience a fundamentally different culture is to explore the smaller villages away from the big cities.  Below are 27 of the most beautiful villages the world (some small cities) that immediately show how unique they truly are.

Let me know in the comments what your favorite village is!

The Most Beautiful Villages in the World

Shan State village, Myanmar

Inle Lake, Shan State village, Myanmar. Definitely not the easiest village to get to, but if you get the chance, it is the opportunity of a lifetime!

Popeye Village, Malta

Popeye Village, located at Anchor Bay in the north-west corner of the Mediterranean island of Malta.

Popeye Village,  located at Anchor Bay in the north-west corner of the Mediterranean island of Malta.

Xingping Guangxi, China

The Xingping and Li river from a nearby mountain in Xingping Guangxi China.

Carvoeiro, Portugal

Beautiful small town of Carvoeiro on the Portuguese coast.

Simiane La Rotonde Village, France

Simiane La Rotonde Village in Provence, France.

Related: 9 Charming Towns in France

Reine, Norway

Gorgeous village in Reine, Norway. Click through to see 25 of the most beautiful villages in the world!

Gorgeous village in Reine, Norway.

See also: 20 Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Norway

Manarola, Italy

Manarola Village in Italy! Click through to see 27 more of the most beautiful villages in the world!

Manarola is a village in the province of La Spezia, Italy.

See also: 12 Best Cities in Italy to Visit This Year

Rural village, China

Village on a rice field in southern China.

Vernazza, Italy

The village of Vernazza, one of the Cinque Terre on the Italian coast. Click through to see 25 more of the most amazing villages in the world!

Who doesn’t want to travel here?! The village of Vernazza, one of the Cinque Terre on the Italian coast.

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, one of Austria’s oldest and most famous towns.

Gifu village, Shirakawa, Japan

Shirakawa, Gifu village in Japan.  Known for being the site of Shirakawa-go traditional village showcasing a building style known as gassho-zukuri.

Cochem, Germany

Amazing Village of Cochem, Germany.

Amazing scenery of the Dolomites in the Italian Alps.

Amazing scenery of the Dolomites in the Italian Alps.

Albarracin, Spain

Albarracin, Spain! See 25 more of the most beautiful villages in the world!

Albarracin, Spain

Ronda, Spain

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The Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda city – Malaga Andalusia Spain

Ronda, a mountain top village in Spain’s Malaga province that sets dramatically above a deep gorge. This place is out of this world beautiful. Do you agree?

Nuuk, Greenland

Colorful homes Nuuk Greenland! Click thorugh to see 25 more of the most beautiful villages in the world!

Nuuk, Greenland, pretty much my top dream travel destination. So much so that we even wrote a post all about it even though we have yet to go there! I couldn’t help myself – Greenland is just incredibly fascinating to me.

You can check out that post here – you know you really want to go somewhere when you study about the culture in your free time. One day it is going to happen.

See also: 20 Of The Most Colorful Cities In The World

Bibury, England

Bibury, England.

27 of the most beautiful villages in the world!

Gorgeous view of a fisherman’s villages on the island of Procida, Italy.

Staithes, North Yorkshire

Staithes, North Yorkshire. Exactly what I would imagine a place in North Yorkshire to look like.

Ait Benhaddou, Morocco

Ait Benhaddou is an impressive fortified city made up of many “kasbahs”. A kasbah is buildings made entirely from mud and straw. Click through to see 25 more of the most beautiful villages in the world!

Ait Benhaddou in Morocco is an impressive fortified city made up of many “kasbahs”.  A kasbah is buildings made entirely from mud and straw.

Trondheim, Norway

The colorful city of Trondheim, Norway.

Burgundy France Villages

Burgundy, France.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

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Incredible floating village in Halong Bay, Vietnam. Beautiful villages

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Green roof houses in Iceland.

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