Charming villages around the world

They appear, like magic, in every corner of the globe: picture-perfect villages that blend natural beauty with interesting architecture — and that exude a warm welcome to visitors.

Some of the villages are tiny, just a few blocks long. Others are recognizable because of their presence on the glossy calendars that often show up as Christmas gifts. Use these photos to plan a special vacation in a charming village or just enjoy the chance to daydream.