When traveling, people often prefer megacities, where every person will find an occupation suitable for his habits and lifestyle. Villages, minus places where any historical events took place or festivals and exhibitions are held, leave out the focus of their attention – after all, there is neither a turbulent nightclub life, nor the luxury of hotel rooms, nor colossal shopping centers, where every day they sell and buy for amounts comparable to the GDP of small Eastern European states. However, some of them still deserve attention, and today we have prepared for you 10 proofs of this.
The melancholic beauty of lavender fields and olive groves, quiet, paved streets between ancient houses set up a contemplative mood. Those who do not like it and have absolutely nothing to do (well, not peasants to help, really?), you can advise you to pay attention to the flower garden behind the house of the local abbot, especially since there everyone can get lessons in aromatic therapy developed by medieval Cistercian monks for free.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Cities undoubtedly have a more eventful history, and in the villages, if anything happened, it was hardly reflected in the annals and even more so in the history books. In translation, the name of this settlement sounds like "five lands". It was formed by the confluence of several fishing settlements, stretching here and there along the shores of a small bay and connected by narrow mountain paths accessible only to goats and monks.
Most often, rural settlements are monotonous houses with tiny vegetable gardens and orchards surrounded by fruit trees. With a few exceptions, they are all exactly the same.
So is Ortahisar – minus an eighty-meter stone castle, underground restaurants and drinking establishments, as well as a huge underground natural refrigerator, where oranges and tangerines leisurely wait for their ripening.
Ait Benhaddou, Morocco
Most often, wood, stone or similar easily accessible materials are used as a building material in rural areas. But here came the error: the main material for the construction of this village in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, which is in the western part of the Sahara, was a red brick made of a rare kind of clay.
The ancient traditions of this small village on terraces in the mountainous part of Southeast China date back to the first millennium BC. Think about it: in Rome, even the she-wolf Romulus and Remus have not yet fed, and here they already had an idea of etiquette and traditions of hospitality!
The main crop in this part of the country, as in all others, is rice. It is grown on artificial sites that cut the slopes of local hills.
This village is unique for its lighting system, made of a single computer center and connecting over a thousand lanterns and lamps. In addition, Colmar stands out for the architecture of the late French Middle Ages, cellars, full bottles and barrels with first-class wines, as well as river canals that form a picturesque system like the Venetian one or the one that was in St. Petersburg under Peter the Great.
On holidays, amazing light and music shows are organized here, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the globe.
Villages are usually sparsely populated, but this Persian settlement is a rare exception; over a thousand people live here. On weekends and holidays, they tend to be located on the bank of a fast and full-flowing river, spending their days in outdoor games and eating light snacks (without a single sip of alcohol!).
Larung Gar, Tibet
There is nothing much to say about this place. Ordinary houses, ordinary people and unremarkable architecture, traditional for this region. That's except that the extraordinary red background saves the situation a little and allows travelers to get a few cool pictures.
Villages always turn out badly in the photo, because there everything is motley and something is always knocked out of the general frame. Think like this, while people who have visited this mountain village make gorgeous pictures on an unusual red background.
In a country where neighbors often have to travel for months to find each other and where polar bears and similar animals are many times more numerous than people, there is nothing much to do.
Therefore, nothing will prevent the tourist from settling on the coast and shifting his gaze from one side, where the waves of the ocean beat against the coastal stones with a roar, and the sea is drowning in the sea distance, on the other - where spotted seals and sea lions frolic, the colors of houses reign and the harsh descendants of the Norman Vikings in pink hats and funny boots live their lives.
The villages are full of romantic places and landscapes. Here everything is complicated by the centuries-old history of stone architecture, narrow pavements, remembering the Crusader Knights, a small harbor and magnificent views.
A pleasant, though optional, addition is a choir of fishermen, often touring the country with its own repertoire of sea and fishing songs.