In the early 1600s, this village was founded to house nine families. When shipments arrived from a nearby town, they would request “jiufan” which translates to “nine portions.” This quickly became the name of the village. With the discovery of gold in 1893, the village quickly transformed into a town.
Cinque Terre is a rugged area of the coast on the Italian Riviera, together with its five villages, the area is a National Park and World Heritage Site. Terraces were built to overcome the rough terrain that this area offers.
Gasadalur Village, Faroe Islands
The Faroes are an easily missed but mystifying chain of islands north of Scotland. For many years, the islands were difficult to access, with sheer cliffs rising from the beaches and a single staircase built during the British occupation of the islands in World War II. The undeniably lucky 18 people that live in the village are nestled between two 2,300 foot tall mountains.
Cala Dogana, Levanzo
Levanzo is the smallest of the Egadi islands with only 220 inhabitants and can sometimes feel like a time machine, transporting its guests to a bygone age where motorized transport is rare, nature dictates the local diet and fresh water is hard to come by.
Manarola is a charming rainbow of brightly colored houses carved into an impenetrable wall of stone. The church dates back to 1338, making this town one of the oldest in the region, most likely being built for its strong natural defenses. Now, the town is more famous for its delightful wine and the paintings of Antonio Discovolos, who adored the town.
Hallstat is a medieval village which is home to less than 1,000 people. High in the mountains of Hallstat, you can explore prehistoric mines that were some of the first in the entire world.
The local church of Santa Maria Assunta features a Byzantine icon of a black Madonna. It is believed that the icon was stolen from Byzantium from pirates who, during a storm, heard a strange voice onboard saying “Posa, posa!” (“Put down” Put down!”). The pirates unloaded the icon at the fishing village and the storm abated.
Farming Village in Vang Vieng, Laos
Zermatt lies at the upper end of the picturesque Matter Valley at an elevation of over 5,000 feet and in the shadow of Switzerland’s highest peaks.
Sheltered by picturesque mountains, Bled was founded in 1004 and considered so beautiful by the Holy Roman Emperor that it was gifted to the Bishop of Brixen. The castle at Bled sits in the center of the enchanting Lake Bled which borders the town. The town of 5,000 is now notable for having some of the most beautiful health spas in the area.
Lake Garda is the largest in Italy and surrounded by monumental mountains and valleys.
Reine is a quaint fishing village that can be found on the beautiful arctic island of Moskenesøya. The port has a population of only 329, but was rightfully voted the most beautiful village in all of Norway
Shirakawa-go is a small, traditional village known for its incredibly steep roofs that were made to withstand some of the heaviest snowfall in the world.
Burano, Venetian Lagoon, Italy
Around 4 miles off the coast of Venice is an equally beautiful small town. Burano is most iconic for its brightly colored houses, which follow a set pattern hundreds of years old. If you want to repaint your home, you have to get Government permission to do so and even then, you have the choice of a few colors dictated by your location.
Scilla, on the tip of Italy’s boot, is the home of Scylla in Greek mythology. This monster guarded the narrow channel between mainland Italy and Sicily. That was before Heracles slew her.
Founded by the Romans, the town was named Portus Delphini, or Port of the Dolphin, because of the large numbers of dolphins that inhabit the surrounding waters.
San Quirico d’Orcia, Italy
This area has been inhabited for around 4,300 years, when the Saqqaq first settled the land.
Livno, Bosnia & Hercegovina
The plains of Livno have been populated since 2000 BC. The magnificently lush land has played host to an Iron Age tribe known as the Delmatae and the Romans.
Cappadocia is best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities and cave towns. All of which is best seen from the sky, with dozens of hot air balloons offering amazing bird eye views.
The farming techniques in Xiyang County have created a landscape which is truly amazing from the air. Dazhai is a small community of several hundred farmers tucked away in the middle of this bizarre environment.
Cemoro Lawang, Indonesia
Cemoro Lawang can be found over 7200 feet above sea level. Both Mount Batok and Mount Bromo are visible from the town, making it a climbers paradise.
Tucked away Chinese village
San Marino, Italy
San Marino is a micro-republic of just 24 square miles in the beautiful landscape of Northern Italy. Founded in 301 AD, it is one of the oldest surviving sovereign states and constitutional republics in the world.
Xitang is an ancient town which is crisscrossed by nine rivers. The town itself is divided into 8 parts with 104 bridges connecting them.
Village in the Himalayas, Tibet
This is one of many towns built to support monasteries hidden in the Himalaya mountains that are only accessible by foot or horse
The town was first founded in the 1200s, during the height of the Holy Roman Empire, which ruled much of Europe. Since then, the town has earned the nickname “Little Venice” because of the waterways that twist through the Medieval streets.
Göreme was first built during the Roman era, amongst the exquisite rock formations that dominate the area. The hard natural rock served as foundations and fortifications for those that built the town, and to this day, much of the ancient architecture still stands.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Hidden Mountain Village - Jiuzhaigou, China
Not much is known about these reclusive villages scattered around China other that they once served as strongholds for the military. They are now are only reachable by horseback and offer a unique look at the culture of classical China.
Morro de São Paulo, Brazil
Morro de São Paulo is so tranquil that the only way to get to the village is by boat or charter flight because no cars are allowed on the island. In the past, the island acted as both a cove for pirates and a stronghold for the Portuguese.