This leading position is a great opportunity to promote the beauty of the 68 Association members with international visitors. Foto: Asociación de los Pueblos más Bonitos de España (the Most Beautiful Villages in Spain Association )

Spain to chair the Most Beautiful Villages of the World Federation

For the first time, the Most Beautiful Villages in Spain Association is taking over the presidency of the international federation for two years. Interestingly enough, this year is the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
06/07/2018

The Most Beautiful Villages in Spain Association is taking over the presidency of the Most Beautiful Villages of the World Federation for the next two years. It is the first time our country has been chosen for this position. Interestingly, it has happened on the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

The Most Beautiful Villages of the World Federation comprises more than 500 towns and villages in Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Canada and Japan. It promotes tourism in member villages and growth in the number of members.

The Chairman of the Most Beautiful Villages in Spain Association, Francisco Mestre, has set the goals of preserving the European heritage and passing it on to younger generations, and boosting sustainable tourism at the international level in the next 24 months, during Spain’s presidency of the international federation.

This leading position is a great opportunity to promote the beauty of the 68 Association members with international visitors, as well as publicising the work done by the Association to show the beauty of Spanish villages to millions of international travellers.

Promoting rural beauty

The President of the Board of the Most Beautiful Villages of the World Federation is elected every other year by the heads of all national associations. Their tasks include carrying out the activities in the Action Plan, scheduling long-term projects and setting down the strategic guidelines to develop them.

This year, the Board met in Lourmarin, France, to discuss the Federation’s promotional and institutional activities for 2019, which should lead to concrete investment and innovation plans for the promotion of member villages.

The Most Beautiful Villages in Spain was established in 2001 with the aim of promoting the beauty of rural villages and the idiosyncrasy of local communities across the country. At present, it has 68 members.

Members are villages with less than 15,000 inhabitants and a remarkable architectural and natural heritage, whose urban, culinary and scenic heritage has been certified by an Expert Committee.

In 2014, the authorities of the Most Beautiful Villages in Spain designated 1 October as Most Beautiful Villages in Spain Day, commemorating the establishment of the Association.