The most beautiful village in the world is ‘so colourful and pretty’

The most beautiful village in the world has been crowned in a new ranking from the expert team at Faraway Furniture. The village was chosen as it’s the most popular on Instagram.

Although the winning village was in Europe, the UK didn’t get a place in the last 10, with the top British village ending up in 14th place.

Cinque Terre, a seaside spot on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline, grabbed the top spot on the list, taking the crown as the world’s “prettiest” village.

Technically Cinque Terre isn’t actually one village, but a string of villages, clinging to the coastline. Houses sit on steep terraces while tourists will see fishing boats in the harbour.

As its name suggests, there are five villages that make up Cinque Terre, with Riomaggiore the largest of the five.

Prettiest villages in the world

  1. Cinque Terre, Italy
  2. Reine, Norway
  3. Oia, Greece
  4. Burano, Italy
  5. Colmar, France
  6. Hallstatt, Austria
  7. Alberobello, Italy
  8. Hobbiton, New Zealand
  9. Shirakawa-go,Japan
  10. Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

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Vernazza is usually described as the most picturesque of Cinque Terre’s five villages and it also took the top-rated spot on Tripadvisor. Tourists usually have to stay outside the village as there are only a few hotels and Airbnbs in Vernazza.

A tourist ‘reeceyb’ wrote on Tripadvisor: “This is a beautiful little inlet which is so colourful and pretty. We were lucky enough to be here for sunset which was incredible.”

Another tourist ‘Veronica N’ wrote: “Lovely old village! We just loved everything about. Restaurants, architecture, hiking, the people, the view. No cars allowed here. One of the most beautiful places I have seen.”

Corniglia is the least accessible of Cinque Terre’s villages and tourists will need to summit 382 steps to reach it or take the shuttle bus. However, it’s usually the quietest of the five.

As could be expected, Cinque Terre attracts millions of tourists each year and travellers are likely to find themselves one of many. It’s a good idea to head to the villages outside of peak season.

Cruise ships usually disembark their guests in the biggest of Cinque Terre’s village, Riomaggiore, so checking the arrival schedule could help other tourists avoid the crush.

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