10 OF THE WORLD’S MOST REMOTE HOMES, STRUCTURES, AND TOWNS
1. Village of Gásadalur – Vágar, Faroe Islands
Located on the island of Vágar in the Faroe Islands, this tiny village only became accessible by car in 2004. In 2012, Gásadalur had a population of 18. While possessing breathtaking views, its inaccessibility makes the site both difficult to visit and difficult to live in.
2. The Crystal Mill – Crystal, Colorado, USA
A wooden “power plant” built in the 1890s, the Crystal Mill is on Colorado’s Crystal River. The difficult-to-access structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 5, 1985. The site remains privately owned and is not “open for public inspection.”
3. Casa do Penedo (House of Stone) – Guimarães, Fafe Mountains, Portugal
While this Portugal home appears to be straight out of The Flintstones, it was actually built in 1974. The structure receives no electricity, so candles are the preferred form of lighting. Used as a holiday retreat, Casa do Penedo is still made up of the four original boulders with which it was built.
4. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa – Huvadhu Atoll, Maldives
The Republic of the Maldives, 370 miles off the coast of southern India, is an island nation that contains dozens of atolls. The Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is one of the many luxury resorts that can be found in the nation — it’s hard not to feel secluded when you have your own villa sitting on the water.
5. Bishop Rock – Isles of Scilly, Great Britain
The Guinness Book of World Records lists Bishop Rock, 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall, as the smallest island in the world with a building on it — in this case, a lighthouse. The original lighthouse was built in 1847 but was swept to sea before its completion. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1858.
6. La Rinconada – Peru
At an elevation of 16,700 feet, La Rinconada is considered the highest inhabited settlement in the world. The city, which has no plumbing and no sanitation system, is well known for its location near a gold mine. Unsurprisingly, the city’s economy is mainly based on gold mining.
7. Katskhi Pillar – Imereti, Georgia
A church dedicated to Saint Maximus sits atop the Katshki Pillar at about 130 feet high. The church contains a wine cellar and a crypt, among other features. The pillar wasn’t climbed by researchers until after 1944. Abandoned and ruined, the original church was restored from 2005 to 2009.
8. House on the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago – Ellidaey Island, Iceland
This house is often referred to as the most secluded home in the world, and it’s easy to understand why. Five families inhabited the island roughly 300 years ago. The single structure on the island was originally built as a lodge for puffin hunters. Oddly, the lodge is surrounded by a fence.
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9. Meteora – Thessaly, Greece
A complex of monasteries in Greece, Meteora can be translated as “suspended in the air.” The monasteries rise from precipitous sandstone pillars. Meteora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
10. Ghost town – Kolmanskop, Namibia
A ghost town in the Namib desert, Kolmanskop was formerly a mining village. Today, it’s more of a tourist destination (despite its remaining abandoned). Though it was once a bustling town, the local depletion of diamonds ultimately led to its dereliction.