World’s most beautiful towns世界上最美麗的城鎮

They don't have impressive industries and they're not the most popular destinations; but these towns are as picturesque as they come

Yeh, yeh, a town is made by its people; but sometimes the buildings and landscape count for something too.

There’s a lot to be said for a town’s design. These ones do it best. 

Have you visited a town that struck you for its beauty? Tell us about it in the comments

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1. Gordes, France

Gordes, FranceA rare specimen -- attractive to both politicians and artists.


More than just a beautiful village perched on one of the most scenic hillsides of Provence, Gordes has seen serious political action.

Harnessed for its defensive vantage point by everyone from the Romans to the Normans, Gordes played a crucial role in the French Resistance during World War II, and suffered accordingly.

In peacetime it’s the beautiful central square and cobbled alleys overlooking the fields of the Vaucluse that have attracted artists including Chagall and Vasarely.

Today visitors come to enjoy the lively open market in the square dominated by a Norman castle, the surrounding lavender fields and the 12th-century Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque.

Nearest airport: Avignon, or Marseille for international arrivals; www.provenceguide.co.uk

2. Miyajima, Japan 

Miyajima, JapanThe temple that walks on water.
The name means “shrine-island” and this one has an exquisite torii.

The presence of the sea is as much a part of Miyajima’s charm as the shrine itself -- the village is lined with a boardwalk which is a great favorite with grazing deer. 

What you see is not necessarily all you get in Miyajima -- you need to walk behind the main street and away from the shrine to encounter an enchanting staircase leading to a Buddhist temple at the foot of scenic Mount Misen.

Nearest airport: Hiroshima; www.visitjapan.jp


3. Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira, MoroccoA blue, white and gold desert paradise.
In a country awash with red earth, Saharan desert heat and dust, Essaouira is a refreshing and surprising breath of fresh coastal air.

Not a resort, but a bustling little town with a fishing industry, it’s a vision of bright blue and white, with the odd golden accent. 

The Medina, or old market center, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where visitors shop for marquetry, textiles and hand-made raffia slippers known as babouches.

But an even bigger attraction is the fishing port, lined with outdoor restaurants overlooking the Scala Kasbah and a sea of blue fishing boats.

Nearest airport: Essaouira or Marrakech for international arrivals; www.visitmorocco.com

 

4. Savannah, Georgia, United States

Savannah, GeorgiaNearly lost, now much loved.
This jewel of the American South nearly fell apart from sheer neglect until a plan to demolish one of its mansions to make way for a parking lot shocked the populace into restoring more than 1,000 splendid buildings.

Even though Savannah boasts the largest historic district of any American city, it was overlooked by visitors until Savannah’s more colorful 20th-century citizens found themselves playing starring roles in the best-seller “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Although it reads like a thriller, John Behrendt’s 1994 book is a factual history peppered with the socialites, low-lifes and eccentrics who made the city what it is today.

The fabulous Bonaventure cemetery central to the book would alone be worth a visit to Savannah. In death as in life, Savannah socialites are determined to outdo each other in extravagance, and the statuary, overhung by dripping live oaks, is outstanding.

Nearest airport: Atlanta; www.savannah.com


5. Lucca, Italy

Lucca, ItalyAnother jewel from the land of sun, sea and love.
This walled medieval town is one of the loveliest in Tuscany, with a unique elliptical piazza, the Anfiteatro.

This former colosseum was converted in the 12th century into a residential space, now awash with cafés. It’s surrounded by many other picturesque piazzas, punctuated with spectacular churches. San Michele soars to crazy heights with its tiers of blind arches supported by wildly-decorated columns.

San Frediano, with its colorful mosaic facade, is another delight.

Lucca is equally beautiful on the outside. It’s surrounded by thick 16th-century walls on top of which locals stroll or bike, gazing over the surrounding parkland.

From the hotel strip just beyond the walls, it’s easy to slip into town on foot or bike through one of the many alleys.

Nearest airport: Pisa; www.luccatourist.it

6. Safed, Israel

Safed, IsraelFull of character -- human and architectural.
You only have to stand in the centre of Safed, where the mysticism of the kabbalah was disseminated by rabbis hundreds of years ago, to feel the magic.

Historic little synagogues, cobbled alleys, blue-painted arches and far-ranging views from the hilltop make this one of the most scenic little towns in Israel.

The Great Stairs cut the town in two and were used by the British to separate Arab and Jewish Quarters, while the Citadel with its Crusader and Mamluk ruins and the eclectic shopping along Gallery Street add a mix of history and current culture.

Many local characters are keen to engage visitors in this New Age center, where natural healers and modern mystics abound.

Nearest airport: Tel Aviv; www.safed.co.il

7. Plockton, Scotland

Plockton, ScotlandA Scottish Hawaii -- or as close as it gets.
Palm trees in the Highlands? Bizarre as it sounds, the Gulf Stream has brought tropical foliage to this beautiful little village just over the water from the Isle of Skye.

Original named Am Ploc, it was a crofting hamlet until the 17th century and then a home for refugees displaced to make room for sheep during the Highland Clearances.

Today, the special feature of the high street is the gardens -- separated from their quaint little houses by the main road, they all face the sea and in spring and summer are a beautifully kept riot of brightly colored flowers and neat lawns.

Roam to the edges of town and you’ll find another attraction -- the beautiful shaggy brown
Highland cattle munching the outlying hedgerows.

Nearest airport: Inverness; www.visitscotland.com

8. Taxco, Mexico

Taxco, MexicoCobbled streets and piazzas rest within kilometers of countryside.
This colonial silver-mining town 170 kilometers south of the capital is arguably the jewel in Mexico's crown. Its maze of cobbled streets and beautiful piazzas overlook the breathtaking vistas of the surrounding Guerrero countryside. 

The Federal Government has designated Taxco a national historic monument, so its 16th-century architectural heritage will be preserved.

Even the flocks of tourists shopping for silver on their rest stop en route to Acapulco (Taxco is half-way between the resort and the capital) don’t spoil the colonial ambience -- and if you want to get away from the shoppers, it’s easy to dive into the covered market, a great place for an authentic lunch, or the beautiful and central church of Santa Prisca.

Nearest airport: Acapulco; www.visitmexico.com

9. Zhouzhuang, China

Zhouzhuang, ChinaVenice of the Orient.
If Shanghai is the Paris of the Orient, then this exquisite little town punctuated with canals, just a couple of hours to the west, is China’s Venice.

The highlight is the picturesque Zhouzhuang Double Bridge, and there are even Chinese gondoliers waiting to ply visitors down the canals.

But there’s more to Zhouzhang than the water -- fabulous examples of Suzhow-style architecture lining the banks which it’s said do not exist in Suzhow anymore.

And there are gardens beautiful enough to rival Suzhow’s much more famous ones.

Nearest airport: Shanghai; www.chinatravel.net

10. Mendocino, California, United States

Mendocino, CaliforniaClapperboards and cannabis.
Once a Victorian whaling town, this gorgeous little village remains in a 19th century timewarp -- all clapperboard buildings perched on a clifftop, often shrouded in swirling mist.

Mendocino is at the heart of a new black economy -- the marijuana groves which surround it -- which may be one reason for the lazy pace of life in this tiny village of pretty inns, decent restaurants and highly eclectic shops.

Although it can be overrun in summer, it’s a delightful place to visit out of season and taste the local Russian River wines.

 

他們沒有令人印象深刻的行業和他們不是最熱門的目的地; 但這些城鎮作為風景如畫,因為他們來

葉,葉,一個鎮是由它的人提出; 但有時建築和景觀算是死得其所了。

有很多關於一個小鎮的設計可說的。這些芝士做最好的。 

你去過一個小鎮,你打它的美麗?告訴我們在評論

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1,法國Gordes

法國Gordes一件珍品 - 雙方的政治家和藝術家的吸引力。


以上只是一個美麗的村莊棲息在普羅旺斯的風景最優美的山坡之一,戈爾德已經看到了嚴重的政治行動。

每個人都從羅馬到諾曼駕馭它的防禦有利位置,戈爾德在二戰期間法國抵抗起到了至關重要的作用,並相應地受到影響。

平時它是美麗的中央廣場和鵝卵石鋪就的小巷,俯瞰已經吸引藝術家,包括夏加爾和瓦薩雷利沃克呂茲領域。

今天遊客前來享受充滿活力的開放市場,由諾曼城堡,周圍的薰衣草田和12世紀的修道院聖母院塞南格主導的平方。

最近的機場:阿維尼翁,馬賽或國際移民;  www.provenceguide.co.uk

2,宮島,日本 

宮島,日本那走在水面上。寺廟
的名字的意思是“神社島”,這人有一個精緻的牌坊。

海的存在是盡可能多的宮島的魅力作為神社本身的一個部分 - 村鋪有木板路這是一個偉大的喜愛與放牧鹿。 

你看到的不一定是你在宮島得到 - 你需要走在後面的主要街道,遠離靖國神社遇到一個迷人的樓梯通往一個佛教寺廟在風景秀麗的山彌山腳下。

最近的機場:廣島;  www.visitjapan.jp


3,索維拉,摩洛哥

索維拉,摩洛哥藍色,白色和金色的沙漠天堂。
在這個國家充斥著紅土,撒哈拉沙漠散熱和防塵,索維拉是新鮮的沿海空氣清新和令人驚訝的氣息。

沒有一個度假勝地,而是一個繁華的小城鎮與捕魚業,它的明亮的藍色和白色的遠見,與奇金的口音。 

麥地那的,或舊市場中心,被聯合國教科文組織列為世界遺產,遊客在這裡購物的鑲嵌,紡織品並稱為babouches手工製作的拉菲草拖鞋。

但一個更大的吸引力是漁港,內襯戶外餐廳俯瞰斯卡拉古堡和藍色的漁船的海洋。

最近的機場:索維拉或馬拉喀什國際移民;  www.visitmorocco.com

 

4,薩凡納,佐治亞州,美國

薩凡納,佐治亞幾近失傳,現在的愛多。
美國南部的這寶石幾乎散架了從純粹的疏忽,直到計劃拆除其豪宅中讓位給一個停車場震驚了民眾恢復到1000多輝煌的建築。

儘管薩凡納擁有任何美國城市的最大的歷史街區,它被忽視了遊客,直到薩凡納的更加豐富多彩的20世紀公民發現自己扮演的角色主演在暢銷書“午夜善惡花園”。

雖然它讀起來就像一部驚悚片,約翰·貝倫特1994年的書是穿插著的社會名流,低靜物和怪人誰做今天的城市是什麼一個歷史事實。

神話般的文德公墓中央對本書將單獨值得一看薩凡納。在死亡在生活中,薩凡納社會名流決心超越對方的貴氣,和雕像,由滴水橡樹懸臂,是優秀的。

最近的機場:亞特蘭大;  www.savannah.com


5,盧卡,意大利

盧卡,意大利從陽光,海水和愛情的土地另一顆明珠。
這城牆的中世紀小鎮是最可愛的托斯卡納之一,擁有獨特的橢圓形廣場的古羅馬。

這家前身為鬥獸場轉變在12世紀成為一個居住空間,現在充斥著咖啡館。它的周圍有許多其他風景如畫的廣場,夾雜著許多壯觀的教堂。聖米歇爾飆升至瘋狂的高度與瘋狂的裝飾柱支撐盲目拱門它的層次。

聖Frediano,其豐富多彩的馬賽克外牆,是另一種喜悅。

盧卡是同樣美麗在外面。它的四周被厚厚的16世紀的城牆之上,其中當地人散步或騎自行車,凝視著周圍的綠地。

從酒店帶剛的牆壁之外,很容易陷入鎮步行或騎自行車穿過許多小巷中的一個。

最近的機場:比薩; www.luccatourist.it

6,以色列Safed

以色列Safed富有特色的-人與建築
,您只需要站在採法特,這裡的卡巴拉神秘主義是由拉比幾百年前傳播的中心,去感受神奇。

歷史悠久的小會堂,鵝卵石鋪就的小巷,塗成藍色的拱門和深遠的意見,從山頂使這一個在以色列風景最優美的小城鎮。

大切樓梯鎮兩個,被英國人使用的分離阿拉伯國和猶太宿舍,而城堡與其十字軍和馬穆魯克廢墟,沿廊街香艷加入購物歷史和當前文化的混合。

許多當地的人物都熱衷於搞遊客在這個新時代的中心,在這裡自然治療師和現代神秘主義者比比皆是。

最近的機場:特拉維夫;  www.safed.co.il

7,普洛克頓,蘇格蘭

普洛克頓,蘇格蘭蘇格蘭夏威夷-或者,因為它得到接近。
在高原棕櫚樹?奇怪的因為它的聲音,墨西哥灣暖流帶來的熱帶植物到這個美麗的小村莊僅有過水從斯凱島。

原來的命名進行Ploc上午,這是一個小農場租期小村莊,直到17世紀,然後回家難民流離失所高地間隙中,以騰出空間給羊。

如今,高街的特色是花園 - 由主路從古樸的小房子分開,他們都面對大海,並在春季和夏季是鮮豔的花朵和整齊的草坪一座美麗的騷亂。

漫遊到城市邊緣,你會發現另一個景點-美麗的毛茸茸的褐色的
高地牛咀嚼外圍樹籬。

最近的機場:因弗內斯;  www.visitscotland.com

8,墨西哥Taxco

墨西哥Taxco鵝卵石鋪成的街道和廣場的鄉村公里內休息。
這家殖民地銀礦鎮北距首都170公里可以說是在墨西哥的皇冠上的寶石。它的鵝卵石街道和美麗的廣場迷宮俯瞰著周圍的格雷羅州鄉村的壯麗景色。 

聯邦政府已指定塔斯科為國家歷史古蹟,所以它的16世紀建築遺產將被保留。

遊客白銀在他們的休息站購物途中阿卡普爾科甚至成群(塔斯科是中途度假勝地和資本之間)不破壞殖民氛圍 - 如果你想遠離消費者,它的容易潛入室內市場,一個地道的午餐的好地方,或聖普里斯卡的美麗和中央的教堂。

最近的機場:阿卡普爾科;  www.visitmexico.com

9,周莊,中國

周莊,中國東方的威尼斯。
如果上海是東方的巴黎,那麼這個精緻的小城鎮標點與運河,只需幾個小時到西部,是中國的威尼斯。

亮點是風景如畫的周莊雙橋,甚至有中國船夫等待遊客簾布下來的運河。

但還有更多的周莊比水 - Suzhow風格的建築襯裡它說,銀行的神話般的例子並不在Suzhow存在了。

並有花園的美麗足以媲美Suzhow的更為有名的。

最近的機場:上海;  www.chinatravel.net

10,門多西諾,加利福尼亞州,美國

門多西諾,加利福尼亞州。Clapperboards和大麻
一旦一個維多利亞捕鯨鎮,這個美麗的小村莊仍然在一座19世紀的時間扭曲-棲息在懸崖所有場記板建築,常常籠罩在霧氣紛飛。

門多西諾正處在一個新的黑色經濟的心臟 - 環繞它的大麻園 - 這可能是原因之一生活在美麗的旅館,像樣的餐館和高度兼收並蓄的商店這個小村莊裡的慵懶步伐。

雖然它可以在夏天溢出,這是一個令人愉快的地方參觀過季,品嚐當地的俄羅斯河葡萄酒。

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