Loading...
Booking.com
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages

Share on Google Plus
Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages

Undoubtedly, small towns and villages offer a great destination for the day trippers. However, some of them are ancient and boast a vast historic heritage. Sometimes one day is not enough to fully discover the town. We have selected eleven historic settlements this time all around the world that have caught our attention.

11. Piodao, Portugal


Situated in the center of the country, Piodao is known as one of the most picturesque villages in Portugal. Classified as a Public Interest Monument, Piodao is indeed a unique site. Its signature feature is historic architecture, covered with schist and ascending in the mountainous landscape. The reclusive settlement is slightly different than the rest of the country.

Why go there?

The village was established centuries ago and affected by a variety of cultural influences. Tourists are welcome here by the friendly locals, who are proud of their beautiful Medieval town.

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Piodao, Portugal
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Piodao, Portugal
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Piodao, Portugal
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Piodao, Portugal
Nuno Trindade

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Piodao, Portugal
Paulo Dias

10. Civita di Bagnoregio, Province of Viterbo, Italy


Initially, Civita was the first settlement established by Etruscans over 2 500 years ago, whereas Bagnoregio was its suburb. Only recently tourists rediscovered the sister towns, that mesmerise with impressive nature and panoramic views, as well as historic architecture, balancing on a fragile cliff. Its several hundred years old architecture denotes versatile history, but also needs a preservation plan: the city is included in the list of 100 Most Endangered Sites.

Why go there?

The ancient city is founded on a volcanic plateau above the Tiber river valley. Tourists are welcome by the few friendly locals, whose number quickly decreases.

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Civita di Bagnoregio, Province of Viterbo, Italy
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Civita di Bagnoregio, Province of Viterbo, Italy
Cristiano Morbidelli

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Civita di Bagnoregio, Province of Viterbo, Italy
David Guerrini

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Civita di Bagnoregio, Province of Viterbo, Italy
Marco Chiesi

9. Alberobello, Puglia, Italy


A small town in a „heel“ of the country is famous for the authentic and unique trulli – a hut with a cone-shaped roof. They are very well preserved and included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The purpose of trulli was to avoid taxes: since it was possible to quickly dismantle the houses, the settlement didn’t have a status of a town, thus wasn’t entitled to pay taxes. Today this is the main attraction, as visitors come to wander the narrow streets and admire the original architecture.

Why go there?

Various shops and museums welcome tourists to enter the conical huts. But the most desirable thing is a stay at a trulli hotel, which enables to experience the spirit of this historical town.

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Alberobello, Puglia, Italy
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Alberobello, Puglia, Italy
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Alberobello, Puglia, Italy
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Alberobello, Puglia, Italy
Alessandra Maraschio

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Alberobello, Puglia, Italy
Antonella Taranto

8. Songzanlin, Shangri-La, China


Songzanlin, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery situated in Yunnan, is one of the most famous and beautiful temples in China. Built in 1679 the monastery’s complex makes an entire little historic town. Tibetan architecture, design and elements, well-preserved frescoes and golden statues of Buddha make it an attractive tourist destination. Like all the Buddhist monasteries, at the elevation of 3380 m (11090 ft), Songzanlin is surrounded with stunning nature.

Why go there?

Various festivals take place here. On 29th of November, people gather here to watch the monks perform dances with the masks. In June „Horse Racing Festival“ takes over and entertains with food, dancing, singing, fur and silk trading. In September during the „Minority Festival“ artists come here to present their craft.

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Songzanlin, Shangri-La, China
FaceChoo Yong

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Songzanlin, Shangri-La, China
Brendan van Son

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Songzanlin, Shangri-La, China
GlobeTropTard (Aymeric B.)

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Songzanlin, Shangri-La, China
Rungthum Lee

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Songzanlin, Shangri-La, China
林 鹏程

7. Trakai Island, Lithuania


The historic Gothic Palace was built by Lithuanian dukes in XIV century and served as their residence since the city was a capital at the time. It is the only island castle in Eastern Europe. Today the Palace is open for the tourists. The museum has a wide display of Medieval exhibits. Many concerts and various events are organised in this gorgeous place. The Knight Competition attracts many local enthusiasts and from abroad.

Why go there?

Many water activities are possible in the lake. From water cycling, boating to yachting. A lot of cozy restaurants are found in the city, that serve national Tatar dishes since it is the historical habitat for this ethnic group.

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Trakai Island, Lithuania
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Trakai Island, Lithuania
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Trakai Island, Lithuania
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Trakai Island, Lithuania
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Trakai Island, Lithuania
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Trakai Island, Lithuania
Sergey Kuznetsov

6. Bergamo, Italy


The town, located near Milan, is spread across a hill and the Alps begin right of the town. Found by a Celtic tribe, Bergamo became a part of Roman Empire in 49 BC. Since the town is located on the top of the hill, the slopes are planted with various plants. Bergamot’s – a fragrant fruit’s – name is evolved from here. The amazing terraced gardens drop down from the top and bloom in various colours – a real treat for your eyes.

Why go there?

The small town in Lombardy has a wide range of beauty to offer for the visitors: from cultural heritage and historic architecture to cultural events and amazing nature, which flourishes from an early spring.

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Bergamo, Italy
Nicola Scuri

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Bergamo, Italy
Mauro Tandoi

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Bergamo, Italy
Andreas Steegmann

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Bergamo, Italy
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Bergamo, Italy
Roberto Pagani

5. Ronda, Málaga, Spain


The historic city is founded on the high mountains, 750 m above sea level. It attracts and fascinates visitors from all around the world. The river of Guadalevín runs through the city and divides it into two parts. The water during centuries has carved a 100 m deep canyon El Tajo. Many architectures from Neoclassical style has been preserved in Ronda. Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles had the residencies and spent their summers here.

Why go there?

Besides being one of the most unique and picturesque historic towns in Spain, it also features the rock paintings of Cueva de la Pileta – the Neolithic Age art.

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Ronda, Málaga, Spain
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Ronda, Málaga, Spain
Francisco Marín

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Ronda, Málaga, Spain
Gavin Burnett

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Ronda, Málaga, Spain
William Tang

4. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India


The former capital of a kingdom, Jodhpur today is one of the biggest and most populated cities in Rajasthan. It is also the favourite tourist destination for its many castles, temples, forts, museums and its picturesque bluish houses. Situated in the Thar desert Jodhpur was featured in such films like The Dark Knight Rises and The Fall due to its architecture and landscapes.

Why go there?

Tourists also love discovering the spice markets, fabrics and handcrafts in this historic city.

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Christian Biemann

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Antuan Herranz

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Sudharshun Gopalan

3. Marburg, Germany


Being a university town, Marburg has always been a cultural center of Europe. Gothic and Renaissance architecture dominates the unspoilt city: churches, cathedrals, university complex, the web of narrow Medieval streets are crowned by a gorgeous castle.

Why go there?

The famous Old Town of Marburg has one of the oldest pedestrian zones in Germany. It has always been and remains to be a popular attraction among students, scientists and tourists.

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Marburg, Germany
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Marburg, Germany
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Marburg, Germany
Unknown

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Marburg, Germany
Unknown

2. Fenghuang (Phoenix Ancient Town), Hunan Province, China


Phoenix Ancient Town is situated in Hunan Province, which is famous for its glorious nature and unique Tianmen mountains. The historic town has rich culture: from a few ethnic languages and customs to arts and architecture. The Ming and Qing style buildings are very well preserved and protected by UNESCO.

Why go there?

Fenghuang is often regarded as the most beautiful town in China for a good reason: surrounded with wonderful nature, having historic architecture it is a popular tourist attraction.

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Fenghuang (Phoenix Ancient Town), Hunan Province, China
Edwin Leung

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Fenghuang (Phoenix Ancient Town), Hunan Province, China
Edwin Leung

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Fenghuang (Phoenix Ancient Town), Hunan Province, China
LostFaith

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Fenghuang (Phoenix Ancient Town), Hunan Province, China
Vincent Wong

1. Medieval Town of Rhodes, Greece


The earlier Byzantine city was extended, and the walls fortified, by the Knights of Saint John in the 14th and 15th centuries, creating the medieval city of Rhodes we see today. The Old Town, as the local call it, is today one of the best preserved fortified medieval towns and is included in UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. There are six main entrances to the medieval town and a series of smaller ones.

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Medieval Town of Rhodes, Greece
Visit Greece

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Medieval Town of Rhodes, Greece
4gress

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Medieval Town of Rhodes, Greece
Wikipedia

Top 11 Ancient Towns and Villages - Medieval Town of Rhodes, Greece
Wikimedia
Share on Google Plus

0 comments:

Post a Comment

 
TOP
Don't show again. Close

Do You Want to Travel the Whole World?