- PRESIDENT: Francisco Mestre
- VICE-PRESIDENT: Fiorello Primi
- SECRETARY: Hughes Tremblay
- TREASURER: Alain Collin
Created in 2012 in Gordes (France), the Federation of the Most beautiful Villages of the Earth gathers the national networks of The Most Beautiful Villages of France, Wallonia, Italy, Japan and Spain.
Based on quality including the village and its landscape, these associations share their efforts and experiences to defend sustainable development applied to these exceptional places.
Opened to the rest of the world, the Federation also includes the Associations of the Most Beautiful Villages of Switzerland, Libanon, Saxony (Germany) and Russia, which participate within the federation activities as Observer Members.
These nine associations represent more than 784 villages certified for their beauty and excellence.
All the associations wishing to become part of the Federation must send their request accompanied with documentary evidence of the creation of association, statute and charter of quality.
The Federation of the Most beautiful Villages of the World invites you to discover the places of welcome and emotion in the heart of rural and cultural areas, where “high quality” is preserved in all of its forms.
Together with the inhabitants of these precious places, the associations joining the Federation have carefully chosen and put together the best villages of each country, to widely share their beauty, whether natural, artistic, cultural or culinary.
500 Villages, with specific characteristics and history, all certified for their beauty and excellence. The Federation ” Les Plus Beaux Villages de la Terre” represents all of this, the protection and enhancement of this immense heritage being its constitutional principle.
In 2012, the National Associations of The Most Beautiful Villages of France, Japan, Italy, Quebec (Canada) and Wallony (Belgium) have decided to share a project of international cooperation with the creation of the International Federation of Les Plus Beaux Villages de la Terre (The Most Beautiful Villages of the World)
The five associations founder members, that today represent more than 500 villages certified for their beauty and excellence, have decided to federate in order to strengthen and spread all over the world the principles and values that are the basis of their association articles.
The activities of the Federation are also attended by new Associations, such as those of Spain, Germany, Romania, South Korea, Russia and Palestine, which participate as observers and are awaiting to be admitted into the International Federation.
Sustainability and solidarity, is the common path chosen to save this great heritage – tangible and intangible – that is located in these territories, that have played a crucial role in the past and are the future of national local communities
The associations members of the Federation and those waiting to be admitted, consider as essential the creation of international relations considering Beauty as the key element for the rural development.
Together we strive to make our association a basis for mutual respect and understanding.
CULTURE AND TRADITION
We you to visit our small but great places of excellence, where culture, art and landscape blend with quality of life and traditions dating back to thousands of years, a wide choice of destinations for an unforgettable travel experience
The pleasure of discovering the cultural richness and natural resources of these “small jewels”, often set in the most remote corners of our planet, also becomes a journey towards the awareness that their preservation and enhancement are irreplaceable elements for an economic and social growth.
The Federation of The Most Beautiful Villages of the World invites you to visit our places of excellence, where culture, art and landscape blend with quality of life and traditions dating back to thousands of years, a trip to the discovery of fascinating spots, a wide choice of destinations for an unforgettable travel experience.
The path of sustainable development is clearly our choice, challenged by the erosion of time and a generic way of life.
We strive to make the best for the economy of rural areas, assisting, helping and building a strong communication between villages.
Sustainable development, based on solidarity, is the common path chosen to save this great heritage – tangible and intangible – that is located in these territories, often considered marginal but that have instead played a crucial role in the past and are the future of national local communities.
Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting a place as a tourist and trying to make a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy.
Travelling and consuming in our villages promotes rural life and economy in those punished areas where the unemployment and impoverishment Tourism can involve primary transportation to the general location, local transportation, accommodations, entertainment, recreation, nourishment and shopping.
It can be related to travel for leisure, business and what is called VFR (visiting friends and relatives). There is now broad consensus that tourism development should be sustainable; however, the question of how to achieve this remains an object of debate.
The annual International Assembly of the Federation The Most Beautiful Villages of the World is canceled because of to this risk.
Mr. Francisco Mestre, as president of the Federation of the Most Beautiful Villages of the World and also as representative of the Association The Most Beautiful Villages of Spain, has travelled to Switzerland and Liechtenstein on an official visit to know more about the work that the Swiss network is doing and also to meet the vice president of the Govern in Liechtenstein, Mr. Daniel Risch.
The August 24 earthquake caused dramatic damage in Amatrice, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy . Many lives where lost, as well as the disappearance of the survivors homes and neighborhood.