Sprawling urban metropolises and famous natural landscapes are all well and good, but some of the most authentic and undiscovered wonders of a place can be its rural communities.
The UN’s World Tourism Organisation, a specialised agency that promotes ‘responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism’, has just released its annual list of the world’s Best Tourism Villages. The chosen villages are all running outstanding tourism projects to preserve their traditions and culture.
This year, a whopping 54 villages were unveiled as the best in the world for tourism, a massive jump from the 32 announced for 2023. The entries range from incredibly remote villages such as Dhordo in India, located at the heart of an enormous salt marsh, to better-known places like Shirakawa in Japan, famed for it’s ‘gasshō-zukuri’ buildings, which are now a World Heritage Site.
Five Peruvian villages and four Chinese villages made the list, as well as communities from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Moldova. Here are some snaps of just some of the stunning villages UNWTO recommends visiting next year.
And here is the list of the UNWTO’s ‘best tourism villages’ for 2024
Al Sela, Jordan
Caleta Tortel, Chile
Chavín de Huantar, Peru
Dongbaek, South Korea
Jalpa de Cánovas, Mexico
La Carolina, Argentina
Lephis Village, Ethiopia
Mosan, South Korea
Omitlán de Juárez, Mexico
Pisco Elqui, Chile
Sehwa, South Korea
St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
Tân Hoá, Vietnam
Vila da Madalena, Portugal
You can read more about these villages, and why they were selected, on UNWTO’s website here.
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