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Clovelly's steeply cobbled street

Clovelly, North Devon: Hillside Views Fit for a Queen

Nestled in the Torridge district of Devon, England, lies one of the most picturesque communities in all of the United Kingdom. Clovelly is a tiny fishing village built into the side of a 400-foot cliff. With soaring views of the Bristol Channel and quaint cobblestone streets, it draws visitors from all over the world – despite its small population of just under 450 residents.

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Aerial photo of Spinalonga Island in Crete, Greece.

Spinalonga Island, Greece: Europe’s Last-Known Leper Colony

Off the island of Crete in Greece, the crumbling remains of Spinalonga Island hold the secrets of a castaway colony from long ago. Spinalonga was initially constructed as a fortress to protect the Port of Olous in the early 1700s. With its steep walls and impenetrable defenses, it remained under Venetian control long after the Ottomans conquered the rest of Crete.