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Spain tops beautiful villages list


Spain has placed three of its small towns on the UN World Tourism Organization's list of the 32 best tourism villages in the world, while eight other countries were named for two each.

The UNWTO list is based on scoring highly on social and environmental sustainability as well as tourism work. The 32 award-winning villages, in18 countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa as well as Europe were evaluated by an independent advisory board on criteria including culture, natural resources and sustainability. They were selected from 136 nominees in 57 countries.

Here are the top 32!

  • Zell am See, Austria

  • Wagrain, Austria

  • Puqueldón, Chile

  • Dazhai, China

  • Jingzhu, China

  • Choachí, Colombia

  • Aguarico, Ecuador

  • Angochagua, Ecuador

  • Mulu Ecovillage, Ethiopia

  • Mestia, Georgia

  • Kfar Kama, Israel

  • Sauris-Zahre, Italy

  • Isola del Giglio, Italy

  • Umm Qais, Jordan

  • Creel, Mexico

  • El Fuerte, Mexico

  • Ksar Elkhorbat, Morocco

  • Moulay Bouzerktoune, Morocco

  • Lamas, Peru

  • Raqchi, Peru

  • Castelo Novo, Portugal

  • Pyeongsa-ri, South Korea

  • Rasinari, Romania

  • Al’Ula Old Town, Saudi Arabia

  • Bohinj, Slovenia

  • Rupit, Spain

  • Alquézar, Spain

  • Guadalupe, Spain

  • Murten, Switzerland

  • Andermatt, Switzerland

  • Birgi, Türkiye

  • Thái Hải, Vietnam

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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