For years many villages in Europe have been hidden to the human eye, but Europe is full of beautiful villages which travelers find beautiful and breathtaking. These 10 villages lined up are the most beautiful villages in Europe rated according to the traveller’s and explorer’s choices. Although reaching these serene places may require some extra effort, it might be worth the trouble and your eyes will thank you for the dazzling views you are to experience.
1. Najac, France
Also known as “l’un des plus beaux villages de France” (one of the most beautiful villages in France), is among the top beautiful places in France. The population here varies with the seasons. Though during the winter not more than 100 people live in this town, during the summer this place is heaving. It is considered remarkable for its seclusion and tranquility.
2. Hallstatt, Austria
Located between Salzburg and Graz, in the Salzkammergut Lake District of Austria, Hallstatt is considered the most beautiful lake-by village and is a UNESCO heritage site. Boating, hiking, surfing, visiting the salt mines and the ice caves are few of the many things you enjoy doing at Hallstatt.
3. Bibury, England
Described as ‘the most beautiful village in England’ by William Morris (1834-96), Bibury is considered one of the most picturesque villages on Earth. It is a charming and typical Cotswold village in England. The major attractions in Bibury are the Arlington Row, a row of weavers cottages built of local stone, the Bibury Trout Farm and the Saxon Church, the Church of St Mary.
4. Reine, Norway
Also called as ‘the soul of the Northern Norway’, this is the perfectly picturesque village with blue-watered bays, long stretches of meadows covered with flowers, dramatic cliffs, towering mountains together with the wonderful silken Arctic light. They have a fishing fleet as well as long attracting artists to keep you engaged while admiring the beautiful scenery around.
5. Albarracin, Spain
A small town 30 minutes from Teruel and two hours from Valencia, Spain, and this beautiful village gives you the feeling of being in the middle ages instantly as you enter. This little sleepy town amidst of its wonderful mountain ranges has been declared as a UNESCO world heritage site mostly for its medieval architecture, narrow streets and the tranquility.
6. Gruyères, Switzerland
The town has its name given mainly for the area as well as its’ famous cheese. Situated at the foot of the Pre-Alps, you will be amazed and totally mesmerized by the breathtaking view and the medieval architecture this village has to offer to you. This village not only offers you many places of interest including the Gruyères castle, HR Giger museum, Tibet museum and the cheese factories, but also lets you enjoy sports and hiking as well.
7. Manarola, Italy
Besides the beauty of this little town, hiking your way down to other towns nearby is the main reason why tourists find this village attractive. This is a small fishing town which belongs to the Cinque Terre if Italy which translates to five lands which are connected by one walking path.
8. Monemvasia, Greece
This town, which is separated by an earthquake from the mainland of Greece is with a history of hundreds of years of kings and queens and its castles are much older than the USA itself. Tourists can hike in the rocky hills of the island, swim in the Mirtoon Sea, and enjoy the fresh, local cuisine.
9. Montresor, France
Is a small village complete with a Renaissance castle and the old protective walls. This village is listed among the 157 most beautiful villages in France as well. Montresor has the charm and the beauty of a small low-key village but together with the history and architecture of the middle ages.
10. Cong, Ireland
Cong is the most famous village in Ireland for fishing, historical significance and peace of the surroundings giving you the peace of mind and relaxation you are craving for. Ireland’s school of Falconry, Cruises, the royal abbey, Ashford castle and the ‘Quiet man’ museum are among the famous tourist attractions.