Top 7 Rural Destinations in the World

When you feel you need to get away from the stress of city life and a common vacation on the beach won’t do the trick, it’s time to get back to the basics. For many of us, this means a trip to a remote village, with delicious foods, spectacular scenery and some fun rides you can’t find anywhere else. For your next holidays, we have rounded up a list with the 10 most intriguing and fascination rural destinations this year.

7. Austria has been a year-round destination for winter sports, but there are some objectives that remain undiscovered for many. Described as a place where baroque is expressed through architecture, music and art, Austria is the place that always has something new. There are plenty of wineries with tasting room for their visitors, even wine museums for your viewing pleasure. In Krems you can find centuries-old monasteries, ancient roof tops and medieval architecture. The castle ruins in Dürnstein are worth seeing if you want to see where Richard the Lionhearted was locked up. These are just few of the attractions that wait for you.


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6. Florina, West Macedonia, the place “where Greece begins”, is not usually mentioned in the booklets you receive from your travel agency. Florina remained a small town for centuries until it bloomed in the 20th century, becoming an active merchant community and gate for Central Europe. Florina is explored nowadays by tourists for the beautiful Prespes lakes or the unspoiled mountainous landscape. There is also a museum where you can see some interesting pieces from the Neolithic, Iron and Bronze ages, Roman statues and Byzantine art.
5. Known for a long time as the smallest city in the worlds, Durbuy, Belgium, is remote destination, excellent for kayaking, climbing or hiking. The small enchanting place is perfect for those searching for leisure, relaxing activities, excellent foods or total isolation. A popular objective is castle built in the 11th century and rebuilt by this family in the 17th century on the ruins of the ancient feudal fortification or the Saint Nicholas church, built in the 17th century.

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4. Filled with stunning landscapes and amazing natural diversity, New Zealand is the place not to be missed. If you, as thousands others, were fascinated by the scenery in Lord of the Rings, this is the time to live that experience. With around 15,000 kilometers of coastline and more than 25 marine reserves or captivating traditions, culture and people, the country is suit for anyone’s tastes. For some unique experiences, New Zealand has volcano regions on the one side and glaciers on the other.


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3. Located on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, Essaouira is very popular among independent travelers for its beautiful beaches and countless other attractions. The city is the place where Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley used to unwind. It’s not the rural experience you would imagine, but the woodwork and other fascinating work, the friendly people and the oriental food will make you come back again and again.

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2. An enchanting little village in Latvia, Kuldiga maintains most of its historic buildings, with 17th – 18th century stone and even wooden buildings. The most popular attraction for tourists is Europe’s widest waterfall, the “Ventas Rumba”, 249 metres wide. Another magnet for visitors is the traditional Kuldiga Town Festival, which takes place at the 3rd weekend of July.


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1. Last but not least, the villages of Romania are probably the uncovered jewels of Eastern Europe. Transilvania is probably the best know region of the country, famous for its medieval castles and towns, well-known for Dracula, delicious foods and centuries-old traditions. Located in the north-east, Bukovina is popular for its painted monasteries, picturesque landscapes and timeless villages. Another popular attraction is the Medieval Days, a 2-days festival in Sighisoara featuring medieval arts, music and crafts.


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5 Comments for "Top 7 Rural Destinations in the World"

Ben says on March 19th, 2008 at 2:45 pm:

This is a pretty nice post – although I don’t think I’d like to go back to Belgium if I don’t have to…

Saul says on March 19th, 2008 at 6:57 pm:

Forgot Gerês in North Portugal!

petnos says on March 19th, 2008 at 7:39 pm:

i hope one day i can see one of them with my eyes.

Thai Hotel Expert says on July 16th, 2008 at 4:16 pm:

They all look very beautiful! Would love to visit all someday.

FirstDigest says on July 29th, 2008 at 6:29 am:

Nice review. I’m sure that there are more than this top 7 rural location in the world, but this is a nice start up :). From the locations above I saw Austria and Romania, but the rest I will put on my travel destination list.


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