These are beautiful little places where your heart and soul can find their own slice of heaven. Things you’ve most decidedly been looking for a long time. These are magical places in the world where your mind will get peace. In these magical places where you want to probably spend the rest of your life.
1. Yangshuo, China
This place is famously surrounded by Karst peaks while the beautiful Li river flows on one side. The place became well known internationally in the 1980s with the arrival of foreign backpackers and packaged tourists have thronged the place (not so much) since the 1990s.
2. Jiufan, Taiwan
The village was founded in order to house nine families only! Shipments would arrive from the nearest town and they would ask for ‘jiufan’ which translates into nine portions. That became the origin of the village’s name. Gold was discovered around 1893; it’s been an upbeat town ever since.
4. Riomaggiore, Italy
Cinque Terre and the five villages are a National Park as well as a World Heritage site. It’s basically a tough and rugged place along the coast of the Italian Riviera. Terraces have been built to overcome the rough terrain that this area offers.
5. Gasadalur Village, Faroe Islands
The Faroes are an incredibly beautiful and mystifying chain of islands north of Scotland. What with cliffs rising from the beaches and a single staircase built during the British occupation of the islands in World War II. The islands remained practically inaccessible for a very, very long time. They only house 18 permanent residents.
7. Cala Dogana, Levanzo
Levanzo, apart from being the smallest of the Egadi islands with only 220 inhabitants and can sometimes feel like a time machine. It’ll take you to a bygone age where motorized transport is rare, nature dictates the local diet and fresh water is hard to come by.
8. Manarola (Italy)
Manarola(Italy) looks like a festival of lights. It has brightly colored houses carved into an impenetrable wall of stone. The local church was built in 1338. It’s one of the oldest towns in the region. The town is rather well known its delightful wine and the paintings of Antonio Discovolos, who adored the town.
10. Mosel, Germany
Mosel is one of the 13 German Wine Regions. It takes its name from the Mosel river. It is the leading wine region in terms of international prestige. Before 1 August 2007 the region was called Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, but changed to a name that was considered more consumer-friendly.
11. Halstatt, Austria
It’s a real quaint little medieval village that is home to a thousand people. As a tourist you may venture out to the mines which are possibly the oldest in the planet.
Their Santa Maria Assunta church features a Byzantine icon of a black Madonna. It is said that the icon was stolen during a storm, heard a strange voice onboard saying “Posa, posa!” (“Put down” Put down!”).
14. Farming Village in Vang Vieng, Laos
It is a tourist-oriented town in Laos in Vientiane Province. It shall take you four hours in a bus to the national capital. The best part about Vang Vieng is the karst hill landscape surrounding the town.
16. Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt lies at the elevation of over 5,000 feet at the upper end of the gorgeous Matter valley. Its basically also in the shadow of the highest peaks of Switzerland.
17. Bled, Slovenia
Bled is an absolute marvel of a place. It was founded in 1004 and the Holy Roman Emperor considered it so great and picturesque that he gifted it to the Bishop of Brixen. The Lake Bled borders the town and has the castle sitting in the center. This town of 5,000 is now notable for having some of the most beautiful health spas in the area.
19. Lake Garda
Italy’s largest lake is choc a bloc with amazingly beautiful mountains and valleys.
20. Reine, Norway
Reine is a really very pretty quaint little fishing village on the beautiful arctic island of Moskenesøya. It has been voted as the most beautiful village of Norway and it’s a small port with a miniscule population of only 329.
22. Shirakawa-go, Japan
This place experiences nothing short of the highest snowfall in the world. The roofs have thus to be really very steep.
23. Burano, Venetian Lagoon, Italy
Only four miles from the coast of Venice is this beautiful little town. Burano is most iconic for its brightly colored houses, which follow a set pattern hundreds of years old. You’ll need the government’s permission to repaint your house and they shall give you next to nothing in your colours of choice.
25. Scilla, Italy
Scilla is the home of Scylla in Greek mythology. It’s located at the tip of Italy’s boot. Before Heracles slew her, this monster guarded the narrow channel between mainland Italy and Sicily.
26. Portofino, Italy
The Romans founded the town and named it Portus Delphini, or Port of the Dolphin, because of the large numbers of dolphins that inhabit the waters.
28. Qaqortoq, Greenland
The Saddaq first settled the land here around 4,300 years ago and it has been inhabited ever since.
29. Livno, Bosnia & Hercegovina
The magnificently lush plains of Livno have been populated since 2000 BC. An Iron Age tribe known as the Delmatae and the Romans have lived here.
31. Cappadocia, Turkey
This amazingly gorgeous place is best known for its unique moon-like landscape as well as underground cities and cave towns. All of this has to seen from the sky to be believed.
32. Dazhai, China
It’s the magic weaved by their farming techniques in Xiyang county which again is a landscape which is truly amazing from the air. Dazhai is essentially a bizarre environment with a small community of several hundred farmers tucked away in the middle.
34. Cemoro Lawang, Indonesia
Cemoro Lawang is at an altitude of over 7200 feet above sea level. What makes it a climbers’ paradise is the visibility of both Mount Batok and Mount Bromo.
35. San Marino, Italy
San Marino is a micro-republic spread across just 24 square miles in the beautiful landscape of Northern Italy Italy. In 301 AD, San Marino was founded , it is one of the oldest surviving sovereign states in the world.
37. Xitang, China
Xitang is widely known as an ancient town that is crisscrossed by nine rivers. 104 bridges connect the 8 parts that the town is divided into.
38. Village in the Himalayas, Tibet
Now this happens to be one of the towns that were built solely for the purpose of sustaining the monasteries which are otherwise only accessible by foot or horse.
40. Colmar, France
At the peak of the Holy Roman Empire in the 13th century AD, this town was founded. Since then, the town has earned the nickname “Little Venice” because of the waterways that twist through the Medieval streets.
41. Goreme, Turkey
Göreme was first built amongst the exquisite rock formations that dominate the area during the Roman era. Much of the ancient architecture still stands on the hard natural rock that served as foundations and fortifications.
43. Hidden Mountain Village – Jiuzhaigou, China
These villages once served as strongholds for the military but not much is known about them. Even now they’re only accessible by horseback and will provide you with a great insight into the culture and peoples of China.
44. Morro de São Paulo, Brazil
You may only reach Morro de São Paulo by boat or charter flight because no cars are allowed to get in the way of this island’s tranquility. In the past, the island acted as both a cove for pirates and a stronghold for the Portuguese.