World Tourism Day 2021: Top village destinations to add to your wish-list

Published on : Monday, September 27, 2021

Celebrated each year on 27 September, World Tourism Day is the global observance day fostering awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value, and the contribution that the sector can make towards reaching the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

As the global pandemic, COVID-19 is leaving a massive social and economic impact, with marginalised groups and the most vulnerable have been hit hardest of all, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has designated World Tourism Day 2021 to focus on ‘Tourism for Inclusive Growth’

Here is the list of rural tourism destinations around the world, which are promoting rural and community tourism development.



Maramures, Romania

Maramures is a northern Romanian village where tourists can see an abundance of wooden churches. Some of the churches are belonging to UNESCO patrimony. This centre of culture and civilisation is where traditions, popular garb and art are kept like nowhere else in Romania.



Aosta Valley, Italy

Aosta Valley is located between France and Switzerland. This is a place where you can find the highest peaks in the Alps, including the roof of the old Continent, Mont Blanc. Aosta is an essentially Roman city with visible signs from the period, such as castles, churches and city walls. The tourists can enjoy magical surroundings on slopes, paths and wine trails, as well as authentic cuisine.




Marvão, Portugal 

Marvão is a beautiful village consisting of white houses and cobbled streets is located on the highest crest of the Serra de São Mamede Mountains. You can trek through cork oak and olive trees, take horse riding through the hills, and walk down ancient cobbled roads towards the Roman ruins of Ammaia where you can find a 3D reconstruction of the first-century town.



Saaremaa, Estonia

Saaremaa is the sunniest location in Estonia it is a place filled with more spas. You can stumble upon various homestays and enjoy the unique beauty of nature by walking on the countryside.




Punjab, India

Punjab is a rural oriented state in India and it is a treasure trove for tourists, who love to visit the country-side. This is a land of yellow fields with blue mountains providing the romantic and picturesque backdrop has never gone back without imbibing the essence of Punjab.

Biei, Japan

Biei is a Japanese village and it is famous for its colourful rolling hills and fields of pretty flower parks. This village is all visible from a number of different vantage points. The natural beauty of the region has regularly attracted advertisers and has been featured as the backdrop for a number of television shows in Japan.




Shangri-La, China

Shangri-La is a Chinese village dotted with the land of yaks and snow, of monks, monasteries and stupas. If anyone visiting Shangri-La, you can explore Buddhist monasteries, including Drepung and Sera.





Paarl, South Africa

Paarl is a small town near Cape Town and this hamlet is filled with immense historical and cultural heritage. The city stands on the crest of the Paarl Mountains. The Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Cape Dutch buildings are spread out throughout the town. You will also find cafes and restaurants along the main road of the city.




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