European prettiest villages
In Europe there are a lot of pretty villages with bright ideal architecture, which can not help feeling as if time stops. From the dreamy fishing villages to the tiny fortified cities, we present you a list of picturesque villages of Europe, which will impress even the most sophisticated travelers. In our understanding, the village - it is something dilapidated and unattractive, let's see what can actually be small settlements.
Eze, French Riviera
The old village of Eze, with its incredible views of the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, is a more traditional alternative to the glitz and glamor of the Cote d'Azur resort towns. Perched on a cliff 450 meters above sea level, Eze stores castle ruins of the 12th century. One can endlessly wander through its labyrinthine streets, admire the magnificent variety of villas that are on the slopes to the Mediterranean.
Surrounded by woodland and the legendary hills of Tuscany, Pitigliano - an ancient small town, based on the cliffs. Period dating from 1061, is known for city Etruscan graves (locals used for storing wine), which are connected to the network of tunnels and caverns. Extraordinary steep fortress surrounds the commune, making Pitigliano one of the most unusual and photogenic cities in the region.
Polperro in England
Popular English county of Cornwall is literally full of pretty villages, like a box of chocolate. It is the most beautiful village of Polperro. With its narrow winding streets and houses perched on steep slopes overlooking the tiny harbor, is the picturesque fishing village of Cornwall. About the most beautiful villages in England already have a separate collection, which we recommend for your reference.
Often called one of the most beautiful places in Europe, Hallstatt in Austria is very picturesque. This is mainly due to its location on a narrow rocky west bank Galshtatterzi, at the foot of high mountains. Known for producing salt, this tiny village goes back to the time of the prehistoric period.
Wengen - almost perfect example of the Alpine village where traditional chalet made of wood clinging to the slopes of the valley Lauterbrunnen. An additional advantage is that in spite of its beauty, the village is not very touristy in the summer. in winter the high altitude attracts many skiers that Wengen population increased by almost 10 times. Despite the fact that Switzerland is quite expensive, you can find a pretty good holiday option, taking advantage of special offers.
Obidos - ancient fortified city located in the province of Estremedura. In the 13th century Portuguese Queen Isabel was so fascinated by the village of Obidos, her husband King Denis I, gave it to him as a gift. Today, his perfectly preserved ensemble of medieval architecture attracts many travelers as a popular tourist destination.
Deia - known picturesque village situated on the northern ridge of the island, famous for its literary and musical creative people. Located in a valley in the shadow of the mountains Serra de Tramuntana, Deya is famous for its stone houses with terracotta roofs, as if entwined dramatic mountain range.
The most peaceful and charming resort of Amalfi coast, where quite easy to reach. A favorite haunt of celebrities (Greta Garbo, Jacqueline Kennedy and Tennessee Williams spent a holiday here) Ravello is known for its hiking trails, leisurely measured life, elegant gardens, picturesque squares and beautiful, dizzying lines the shores of the Mediterranean.
Pučišća - a small town in a magnificent harbor, located on the northern coast of the island of Brac. Sheltered bay, with the architecture of an attractive Mediterranean-style white and terracotta, the settlement - the reason why Croatia has become such a popular destination for travelers. You can also read about other islands in Croatia in a separate collection.
Kazimierz Dolny in Poland
In this small historic town has a pre-war, predkommunisticheskoe charm that really attracts the crowds. In addition to the streets of cobblestones, perfectly preserved Renaissance buildings and picturesque ruins of a medieval castle, Kazimierz Dolny also known for its excellent panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Otuar located in the Lot, close to the border with the Dordogne. It can be called as one of the most beautiful villages in France. A place where everything has changed little even after 800 years. Otuar full of attractive buildings honey color, relating to the period of the 16th and 17th centuries, and a pretty church and a central fountain seemed to merge with the background of dramatic cliffs Kos.
Just an hour's drive from Belfast or Dublin, and you get to the village of Carlingford, known for its attraction and the surrounding scenery. She is very nice located on the south shore at the foot of the mountain, surrounded by Irish myths and legends.
Mittenwald in Germany
Mittenwald - this is the old Germany, which is perfectly preserved here. Traditionally Bavarian, beautifully decorated, with a beautiful facade and decorative carved gables. Buildings extremely nice, so take a walk around slowly, visiting at the same stores and restaurants with local cuisine.
Krupa - little cute village in Wallonia valley, surrounded by a large ditch. Its history dates back to the 13th century with the famous castle and the beautiful caves. Despite the fact that the medieval castle can not be visited Krupa (is privately owned), he gives the village a special atmosphere.
Folbaka - a picturesque fishing village, which is also sent to the Swedish point of the western islands called the Weather Islands. At the moment, it is gaining in popularity, but the tourist turnover is constantly growing. In this village also removed an art show called Murder in Folbaka.