This year the Guardian Travel team experienced a Hooghly in India, meditated in Bali and hitched a wagon in the Wye valley amongst other memorable experiences
Belmonte Calabro, Calabria, Italy
In the summer, we drove from Naples through Campania and Calabria, then took the boat to Sicily. Along the method, we broke the journey at terrific agriturismi and guesthouses but “the worlds largest” exciting target was EcoBelmonte, Calabria’s only albergo diffuso . This ancient, car-free village was once residence to 3,000 beings , now there are just 30 permanent residents but, thanks to the painstaking duty of Gianfranco Suriano, who grew up there, 14 of the hamlet residences are available for tourists to hire. Clinging to a hillside, invisible from the road but with deems over the gleaming Tyrrhenian ocean, the thick-walled residences are stacked on top of each other- and linked by bend alleyways. On our tortuous, we rarely came across one of the elderly occupants, or bumped into Gianfranco’s wife Gabriella, who runs development projects. Most of the time we felt like we had the place to ourselves: it was both eerie and enchanting. For relief from the scorching August heat, we drove down the hill to the beach- a long, straight stretch of pebbles shelving into clear ocean. Rendering hot and sandy felt like stepping back in time to a magical hamlet that’s barely altered in centuries.
* From EUR3 0pppn, children EUR5, ecovacanzebelmonte.it