It’s official: these are the prettiest villages in the world

Italy leads the ranking in a new list of the world’s most popular villages according to Instagram

Liv Kelly
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Liv Kelly
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Cinque Terre, Italy
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Whether it's a quaint little chocolate box village nestled in the rolling English hills or a sprinkle of colourful houses glistening on the Med, the world is full of gorgeous tiny towns and villages. But which villages are the world’s prettiest?

The experts at Faraway Furniture have scoured Instagram to find the answer. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Europe dominates the list, with 12 of the top 20 spots occupied by villages on the continent. Italy bagged three spots on the list, while two villages in France and two villages in the UK made it in the top 20.

And the number one prettiest village in the world? No surprises here: Cinque Terre in Italy came out on top. Technically a string of five Riviera villages, Cinque Terre is famed for its colourful houses teetering on cliffs and fishing boats bobbing in pretty harbours.

In second place was Reine in Norway, a tiny fishing village in the Arctic Circle surrounded by spectacular views of the Lofoten Islands.

Number three on the list is Oia, a coastal spot in Santorini, Greece. The dazzling white walls and classic blue domes come to life during the island’s famous sunset, and it even has views of an extinct volcano.  

Burano in Italy and Colmar in France round out the top 5. Here is the complete list of the 20 prettiest villages in the world, according to Farway Furniture.

  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
  11. Wegen, Switzerland
  12. Ait Benhaddou, Morocco
  13. Popeye Village, Malta
  14. Bibury, England
  15. Ortahisar, Turkey
  16. Fenghuang Ancient Town, China
  17. Staithes, England
  18. Júzcar, Spain
  19. Palangan, Iran
  20. Simiane-la-Rotonde, France

It’s giving cottage-core. Predictably, these villages are incredibly popular with tourists — maybe try and pay them a visit when it’s not high season. Crowds or no crowds, though, each of these spots are more than postcard-worthy.

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