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 25 that immediately show how uniquely beautiful they are.
Popeye Village, located at Anchor Bay in the north-west corner of the Mediterranean island of Malta.
Inle Lake, Shan State village, Myanmar.
Beautiful small town of Carvoeiro on the Portuguese coast.
Simiane La Rotonde Village in Provence, France.
Gorgeous village in Reine, Norway.
Manarola is a village in the province of La Spezia, Italy.
Village on a rice field in southern China.
Hallstatt, one of Austria’s oldest towns.
Shirakawa, Gifu village in Japan. Known for being the site of Shirakawa-go traditional village showcasing a building style known as gassho-zukuri.
Amazing scenery of the Dolomites in the Italian Alps.
Ronda, a mountain top village in Spain’s Malaga province that sets dramatically above a deep gorge.
Gorgeous view of a fisherman’s villages on the island of Procida, Italy.
Staithes, North Yorkshire
Ait Benhaddou in Morocco is an impressive fortified city made up of many “kasbahs”. A kasbah is buildings made entirely from mud and straw.
The colorful village of Trondheim, Norway.
Incredible floating village in Halong Bay, Vietnam. Beautiful villages
Green roof houses in Iceland.