Rural Enchantment: The 10 Finalist Villages of 2024

Welcome to a journey through the most captivating rural treasures of the year! At Tour Travel & More, we are excited to introduce you to the ten finalist villages competing for the title of Rural Tourism Capital 2024. From idyllic landscapes to deep-rooted traditions, these destinations promise an authentic and enriching experience for all types of travelers. Check out our private tours here!

Alquézar, Spain

Located in the province of Huesca, Alquézar is a medieval village with cobbled streets, panoramic views of the canyons of the Vero River and a cultural heritage that includes the Collegiate Church of Santa María.

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, an alpine village by Lake Hallstättersee, is famous for its picturesque houses, historic salt mines and breathtaking views of the Alps.

Bled, Slovenia

With its iconic island in the middle of Lake Bled and castle crowning the hill, Bled is a dream destination for nature and history lovers.

Giethoorn, Netherlands

Known as the ‘Venice of the North’, Giethoorn is a village without streets, where canals are the main mode of transport and the houses have flower-filled gardens.

Cotswolds, England

The Cotswolds is an area of natural beauty in southwest England, famous for its limestone villages, green fields and rural charm.

Ronda, Spain

Ronda captivates with its stunning location atop a gorge, ancient Moorish walls, historic bridges and a rich history dating back to Roman times.

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

This medieval town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for its Renaissance castle, cobblestone streets and bohemian atmosphere.

Positano, Italy

Positano, on the Amalfi Coast, is famous for its colourful terraced houses, crystal-clear beaches and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Sintra, Portugal

Sintra is a paradise for architecture and nature lovers, with exquisite palaces, lush gardens and a magical atmosphere that has inspired artists and writers.

Shirakawa-go, Japan

This traditional Japanese village is known for its gassho-zukuri-style houses, with thatched roofs slanted to withstand heavy snowfall, and offers a unique insight into rural life in Japan.

Each of these destinations has its own story to tell and its own charms to discover. Which of these finalist villages captivates you the most? Join us on this journey through the authenticity and beauty of rural tourism in 2024!

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