No. 10 Deia, Majorca
On the northern edge of the Spanish island of Majorca lies Deia, a small coastal village. As part of the sunny Baleric Islands, it has an average temperature of 63º F (17º C). Billionaire entrepreneur and Virgin Group owner Richard Branson owns a luxury residence in the village. Artists, including Mick Jagger and Mark Knopfler, played regularly at the local bar, Sa Fonda, in the 1980s. A two-bedroom apartment in Deia village costs in the region of 350,000 euros ($456,000).
No. 9 Rome, Italy
Italy's capital, Rome, is one of the founding cities of Western civilization. Known as the Eternal City, it has a population of over 2.7 million people and is the third most visited site in the European Union. A 50-square-meter apartment in a choice central area will cost in the region of 450,000 euros ($582,000), and there is unlikely to be a place within the motorway that encircles the city for less than 2,500 euros ($3,200) per square meter.
No. 8 Sibiu, Romania
In the heart of Transylvania lies Sibiu, an important but little known city of 160,000. Outside Romania, Transylvania is best known as the sinister setting of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Yet within Romania, the region is known for the outstanding beauty of its Carpathian mountain landscape and its rich and significant history. In 2007, Sibiu was the European capital of culture, and apartments surrounded by cobbled streets and pastel colored buildings can be picked up for under 50,000 euros ($65,000).
No. 7 Budapest, Hungary
In stark contrast with the tiny village of Burford is Budapest, capital of Hungary. This city covers a vast 202.7 square mile area in the center of the country. It has no fewer than four world heritage sites, including the second-oldest underground railway in the world. Houses are an extremely good value, with a 50-square-meter flat costing approximately 17 million Hungarian florins ($81,000).
No. 6 Burford, England
Burford is a village known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds, a mountainous and beautiful region in the center of southern England. Numerous celebrities choose Burford and the surrounding Cotswolds area as their residence of choice, including Kate Moss, Kate Winslet and members of Radiohead. With average property prices of 532,669 pounds ($829,987), it is the most expensive of our idyllic locations to live.
No. 5 Ljubljana, Slovenia
The queen of England recently visited this quirky capital city on a royal visit to Slovenia, where she was given a rare Lipizzaner horse. Ala Osmond of Exeter International called the city "a little Paris" with hints of Art Nouveau. It lies at the crossroads of the German, Latin and Slavic worlds and is a melting pot of culture. A two-bedroom apartment in the center of town will cost in the region of 200,000 euros ($258,000).
No. 4 Kefalonia, Greece
Kefalonia is a Greek island rich in natural beauty. Tourism is a major industry, especially after Louis de Bernières' novel Captain Correlli's Mandolin was turned into a movie in 2001.Quality of life here is relaxed and jovial, and the average temperature for the year is around 63º F (17º C). The population is approximately 37,000, and the majority of the island is rugged and mountainous. Expect a two-bedroom apartment to set you back around 220,000 euros ($276,000).
No. 3 Copenhagen, Denmark
The Danish capital city, boasting café culture bursting with good cakes and coffee, is also a center for business and science, with a population of 509,861. "It's so socially progressive, and they were the first country to allow same sex marriages," says Lucy White of Lonely Planet. "And it's so chic--the design is wonderful." Transport in the city is excellent, with free city bicycles provided for general use. The average price of a small apartment in Copenhagen at the end of 2007 was 1,939,000 Danish kronor ($326,000).
No. 2 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
Once the home of Vincent Van Gogh, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence lies 20 km (12 miles) south of Avignon. Characterized by rolling vineyards and opportunities for hiking and walking, the average conditions are some of the best in Europe, with summer averages of around 80 º F (20 º C) and winters of no lower than 36º F (2º C). House prices are expensive though; a three-bedroom mezzanine apartment will cost in the region of 425,000 euros ($533,000).
No. 1 Gaiole in Chianti, Italy
Gaiole in Chianti is located in the west of Italy. In 2007, it had a population of 2,591 people, evidence that this area, once a center of regional commerce, is now a sleepy and picturesque municipality. It holds an annual wine festival in September and has an average temperature of 68º F (20º C). A 17th century farmhouse high in the Chianti hills is likely to cost around 600,000 euros ($748,000).
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