Illustrated picture. Photo: Mixi
Illustrated picture. Photo: Mixi

Whether it's sunny shores in warmer climes or harsh, rugged coasts hugged by icy waters, some of the world's most beautiful towns and villages are located by the sea. From fishing villages in North America to clifftop towns in Europe, these places have one thing in common – they're all jaw-droppingly stunning.

The List of 1o Most Beautiful Coastal Towns in the Word

1. Salvador in Brazil

2. Positano, Italy

3. St. George's, Bermuda

4. Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

5. Collioure, France

6. Ahrenshoop, Germany

7. Cinque Terre, Italy

8. Cadaqués, Spain

9. Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

10. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Which are the Most Beautiful Coastal Towns in the World?

1. Salvador in Brazil

Photo: Great tours and holidays around the world
Photo: Great tours and holidays around the world

Salvador does not refer to the country of Central America, but a city in Brazil. El Salvador has retained many famous Renaissance buildings and still has many colonial buildings, including Brazil’s first cathedral and the oldest medical school. There are a large number of 16th-century buildings in the city, and they are religious buildings. Many of them are decorated with carvings of the 17th and 18th centuries. There are many colorful walls, reflecting the characteristics of the colonial period.

According to statistics, there are more than 160 churches. Hence, it is the city with the most churches in Latin America. It has bright and strange Gothic churches. It has an undulating and dynamic, luxurious and rich Baroque church. The largest church is the Vassilia Church; the oldest is the church of Matris, the Convent of Conceição; the most magnificent church of St. Francis de Assis.

The Salvador Carnival is an important festival in Brazil. It is famous for its large-scale street carnival parade and original music and dance. During the Carnival, it is full of music and dance, which is the most authentic embodiment of Brazilian tradition and carnival spirit.

2. Positano, Italy

Photo: Frederico Domondon
Photo: Frederico Domondon

Dramatically perched on the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, Positano is a postcard-perfect town. Its stony streets – which wind down to the crisp Mediterranean Sea – are lined with flowering lemon, orange and olive trees, not to mention stunning architecture. In true Italian fashion, they're also host to an avalanche of alluring restaurants, boutiques and chic hotels.

3. St. George's, Bermuda

Photo: Life in the Slow Lane (The Pearl)
Photo: Life in the Slow Lane (The Pearl)

Not only is the town of St. George's in Bermuda a UNESCO World Heritage Site (for the fact that it was the third successful English settlement behind St. John's, Newfoundland, and Jamestown, Virginia), but it's also a wonderful place to relax in paradise without the crowds. Indeed, with crystal-clear waters and buildings that feature white limestone roofs and exteriors painted in vibrant pastels, St. George's is a must-visit.

4. Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

Photo: Civitatis
Photo: Civitatis

Located on the eastern most edge of Uruguay is the beach village of Cabo Polonio. The first thing visitors will notice about this gem of a getaway is that there are literally no roads leading there. To get there involves a 4 mile hike through dunes or using a small vehicle (such as a 4x4 off roading vehicle). If that isn't the definition of going off of the beaten path, then what is?

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5. Collioure, France

Photo: Depositphotos
Photo: Depositphotos

Located on the very southern tip of France (and roughly six miles from the Spanish border), Collioure is not the stereotypical town along the Mediterranean. Visitors will not find the million-dollar yachts or celebrity sightings. Instead, they will see working class men and women walking the beautiful streets and along the shoreline. The locale is so breathtaking that Henri Matisse used to visit, inspired as he was by the perfect natural light.

6. Ahrenshoop, Germany

Photo: GEO
Photo: GEO

The little hamlet of Ahrenshoop is beautifully located on a peninsula between the Baltic Sea and the bodden (wetlands). Its harbour has traditional fishing huts and elsewhere thatched fishermen's houses sit back from the sand dunes. As well as a scenic setting, the village has plenty of culture to offer. Unsurprisingly it’s attracted many artists over the years with its light and landscapes – its school of painting was founded in 1894 and features an art museum.

7. Cinque Terre, Italy

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Photo The Nomadvisor

The Cinque Terre is a coastal area within Liguria, in the northwest of Italy. It lies west of La Spezia, and comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. In 1997, Five Villages and Portovenere, Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto were listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, 1999.

Many tourists choose to hike between the five small fishing villages and feel the beauty of the Italian countryside. If you are tired of travel, you can also choose a shorter hiking route or take the train. Or find a family hotel for a while, don’t go anywhere, and concentrate on the beauty of the small fishing village.

There are also many chapels and churches in the fishing village, the most famous of which is the “Goddess of Life” chapel. Every week, local residents are almost worshipping in this chapel, which is very lively. At other times, local residents are busy with their business. In the evening, the elderly people chatted in the courtyard of the house, and the young people chatted in the bar, each with their own joy. In the Cinque Terre, you can really feel that the pace of life can be so slow and cheerful.

8. Cadaqués, Spain

Photo: Lonely Planet
Photo: Lonely Planet

Located on Spain's Costa Brava, Cadaqués is probably most famous as Salvador Dalí's summer holiday destination. An easygoing village, it boasts whitewashed houses that sparkle against the cobalt sea and its pebble beaches. The bohemian vibe synonymous with Dalí and his contemporaries, like Federico García Lorca, is still very much alive in the town's vibrant cultural life. Typically, there are countless fairs, parades and festivals taking place throughout the year, including the International Music Festival and the Cultural Week of Cadaqués.

9. Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

Photo: SILK Road Dream Tours
Photo: SILK Road Dream Tours

Sidi Bou Said is a town in northern Tunisia, which is about 20 km from the capital. It is known for its extensive use of blue and white. The entire town is located on top of a steep cliff, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The view from Sidi Bou Said is absolutely phenomenal, and will continue to amaze you throughout your entire trip.

Impossibly picturesque, Sidi Bou Said is Tunis’ bohemian seaside suburb, blue and white Andalusian huts stretch from the foot of the hill to the top of the hill, high and low, scattered. The narrow lane twists and turns for a long time, and the sunshine along the way is bright and dark. It used to be a paradise for Spaniards to escape religious persecution. It was deeply influenced by French architectural culture. Also, it traveled through the town like time fantasy and space transfer. One of the most popular things to do here for tourists is simply kicking back with a cappuccino and enjoy watching the world stroll by. You can also wander amid the quiet back streets (cars are banned) and take a cue from the relaxed ambiance.

10. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Photo: Phi Phi View Point Resort
Photo: Phi Phi View Point Resort

Many Americans first saw the supreme natural beauty of Thailand's Koh Phi Phi island in the thriller The Beach (2000), starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Visitors to the island will generally take a 90 minute ferry ride from Phuket, where they will disembark to an island that doesn't contain a single car. White-sand beaches coupled with turquoise water make this tiny beach island a must-visit.

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