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Europe's 15 Most Breathtakingly Beautiful Villages

Published On 06/24/2016 Published On 06/24/2016
Reine, Norway
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Bled, Solvenia
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Quedlinburg, Germany
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zermatt, Switzerland
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Aigueze, France
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Lacock, England
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Reine, Norway
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Procida, Italy
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Sintra, Portugal
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Korcula, Croatia
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Bickensohl, Germany
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Vejer de la Frontera, Spain
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Halstatt, Austria
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La Roque-Gageac. France
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Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland
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Oia, Greece
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1. Brauhaus Lüdde Blasiistrasse 14, Quedlinburg, 06484

This restaurant and brewery in German's little village of Quedlinburg dates way back to the early 1800s. Stepping into the dining room, remodeled to reflect its centuries-long background, takes you back in time with tradition German meat platters and, most importantly, beer. You've got six to choose from, most of which have a light taste and low alcohol percentage so you can drink a lot of it. Those looking for something a little stronger should opt for Bockbier, the strongest and maltiest brew on the menu.

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2. The Red Lion 1 High St, Lacock, SN15 2LQ

The quaint village of Lacock in southeast England hosts The Red Lion Inn, a red brick building with centuries of history. This history shines through in the interior's well0worn flagstone floors and antique Georgian decor — and then there's the food. Here, traditional English fare always has and always will reign supreme here. Order a homemade steak and ale pie, guinea fowl or fish and chips from the bar, and try one of many draft beers or wines while you're at it.

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3. Vulkana 17 Søndre Tollbodgate, Tromsø, 9008

Vulkana is your typical luxury spa and restaurant. Except it's on a boat. In Norway. Tromsø's must-have experience is getting on this transformed fishing boat and drinking something strong and bubbly as you take in the sights of the open ocean and snow-covered mountains (as the staff caters to your every need). Those who board this vessel are also served an five-star seafood meal consisting of whatever fish (sometimes whale) is available.

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4. Tito's Tearoom , Bled, 4260

A walk around Lake Bled will take you past Vila Bled, at which point you'll spot a small sign labeled "tearoom." Follow it. It'll take you to Tito's Tearoom, a lakeside cafe once belonging to President Josip Broz Tito. the interior is spacious and polished, complete with all its original decor from Tito's day — but it's no match for the patio. Out there is where you'll get an unobstructed, near-360-degree view of Lake Bled, the castle and the church.

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5. Almaa Sintra Hostel Caminho dos Frades, Sintra, 2710-560

The vibrant oranges, greens and yellows of the walls of this converted farmhouse hostel are reason enough to stay, but Almaa, located deep in Portugal's Sintra Mountain Range, has far more to offer than that. On top of having the lowest pricing of anywhere you've ever stayed, this hostel provides yoga and cooking classes. Come well-rested; you'll have to take them in-between strolls around the lush garden and to any of the surrounding museums or parks.

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6. El Jardín del Califa Pl. de España, 16, Vejer de la Frontera, 11150

A vibrant restaurant within Spain's Vejer de la Frontera, El Jardin del Califa serves flavorful dishes from Morocco and North Africa like saffron-baked leg of lamb, spicy suffa chucken and noodles and the Moroccan staple Pastela, a pastry stuffed with chicken, almonds and cinnamon. This prime location for romance is all about the views; A lush, scenic courtyard and stone-vaulted dining rooms offer privacy and round-the-clock ambiance.

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7. Talisker Whiskey , Talisker Distillery, IV47 8SR

Right along the Loch Harport in the village of Carbost is Talisker, the purveyor of one of Scotland's best single-malt whiskeys. The tour of the distillery, albeit entertaining, is not the main attraction here. The sweet and full-bodied taste of the whiskey comes only as an additional bonus to the distillerie's dramatic scenery of the still water, mountains and greenery, all full of visible wildlife no matter the season.

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