From the breath-taking scenic views of San Sebastian to the mesmerizing Santorini, check out the most beautiful cities in the world! Pack your bags because this list is gonna give you major travel goals!
Howdy! If you’re someone who loves to travel and see the beauty of the world, then you are at the right spot! Here we’ve lined up 15 most beautiful cities of the world. My favorite traveling quote is,”Travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” And whenever I go on vacation, I believe that nothing can be as comfy and relaxing than traveling, if done right.
So, let’s discover the most beautiful cities!
15 Most Beautiful Cities in the World
Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. It is also its largest and the most beautiful city! For people who enjoy history and architecture, don’t miss this place, as this city has so many historical monuments and museums that you’ll have lots to visit.
Also, Charles Bridge is a historic bridge and you can spend your afternoons admiring its view. It has also become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, according to Wikipedia. The best time to visit this city is spring and early fall!
Known as the “city of water”, this city has been ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world by nearly all travel magazines. It is one of the Italian cities with less land and more water. It is also one of the most popular romantic destinations and has been a backdrop for many Bollywood and Hollywood movies. Its best fashion, design, picturesque, architecture, music and wine makes this place a popular tourist destination. If you’re are a lover of glass-made items, then you are the right place, since Murano glass jewelry, souvenirs are super gorgeous.
Although Athens is the largest and the capital city of Greece, Santorini is one of the most beautiful tourist spots and perhaps the most famous of the Cyclades islands. Yeah, we know it is not a city but an island, but we couldn’t resist its impressive beauty and so it makes it to our list of beautiful cities in the world.
Santorini’s most iconic destination is Oia, home to the famed blue domes. Fira, the capital with its restaurants and sunset views also has many lovely spots. Santorini’s volcanic history has led to the formation of some amazing beaches and Kamari beach is one of them. Also, Amoudia Bay and Ancient Thira are a few must-visit places in this city. One might think of France or Italy as famous wine destinations but Santorini is one of the premier wine destinations in Europe. Summer and early fall are the best times to visit.
Edinburgh is full of both natural and architectural beauty. To witness the beauty of Scotland’s capital, you have to visit the place – Arthur’s Seat which is the main peak of Edinburgh. After seeing the view from this place you would definitely be convinced of it being one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Edinburgh Castle, a palace of Holyroodhouse and Holyrood Abbey and the Edinburgh Zoo are other major attractions.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the largest arts festivals in the world. This year, it’s happening from August 3rd-27th. In case, you’re visiting in this time period or already there in Edinburgh, don’t miss to be a part of the event. Also, June to August is the best time to visit this tourist place.
Vibrant street-life, awe-inspiring arts and historical monuments make Rome one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Apart from being the capital city of Italy, it is also one of the best places to visit for art and architecture lovers. It was founded in 753BC and although being one of the oldest cities it still maintains to be the most beautiful one, too!
When in Rome, do visit Colosseum, Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Pantheon – one of the best preserved Roman buildings and Trevi Fountain. If you’re planning to visit this city, the best time would be April to June and mid-September to October, although mid-summer may be too full of tourists. And of course, while you’re at Trevi fountain, head over to the famous Galeteria Valentino for some mind-boggling gelato.
The first thing that strikes one’s mind when we hear the name Paris is the Eiffel Tower as it is one of the most recognizable structures in the world. But Paris is also a global center for art, fashion and culture. Full of stunning sight-seeing places and yummy food makes this city an ultimate destination to visit.
It is also known for its café culture and designer boutiques. So, if you’re a shopping lover, then be prepared to put a hole in your pocket when in Paris. The must-visit places other than Eiffel Tower are The Louvre Museum, River Seine, The Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral and Jardin des Tuileries.
7. Cape Town
Cape Town is the second largest city of South Africa and the most beautiful one too. If you’re a person who loves swimming, surfing or just sun-bathing, then this place is a must-visit. It also has plenty of beaches, including Boulders beach, where you can meet penguins if you visit the right time!
Other than that must-visit attractions include Table Mountain, Camps Bay V&A Waterfront, Cape of god hope & Robben Island, the former prison of Nelson Mandela. The best time to visit this city is from January to late April. A road trip along the Garden Route is also recommended if you’re in Cape Town for a long vacation.
It is one of the largest cities in Hungary and also the sixth most popular tourist destination in Europe. You’ll fall in love with the city when you see it’s well-maintained architecture. If you enjoy massages, steam-baths and thermal-spas, then this city is the best fit for you. Major attractions include Buda Castle & Castle Hill, Parliament Buildings and Crown Jewels, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, etc. Also, don’t forget to take a ride on the Danube cruise for beautiful panoramic views.
Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia is known for its art and architecture. A walk around Barcelona leads you through its signature ceramic and stained-glass mosaics. Tapas is a famous appetizer over there and is also one of the most-loved foods by the people of Spain. So, when you’re there don’t forget to try this one! The best time to visit is April-June and September-October. Also, at this time of the year, the days are mild and nights are cooler.
Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands. Although, I personally haven’t been there, but one of my friends recently visited and was in awe of its artistic heritage and canal system. It also hosts more than 200 festivals every year and any time of the year you be it feels so lively. I would definitely have this beautiful city on my bucket list.
Florence in Italy is home to many masterpieces of art and architecture. It is also considered a birthplace of the Renaissance. The Cathedral dome is one of the iconic attractions that can be seen from afar but is even more gorgeous once you get up close.
Although, Italian food is famous worldwide, don’t miss out on gelato, truffle oil sandwiches and always ask your server for wine recommendations, Shilpa recommends.
Lisbon is the largest city and also the capital of Portugal. It is a city that effortlessly blends traditional heritage with modern culture. For a historic place lover, this city would be the best. It also has buzzing night-life. Lisbon has long hot summers and unpredictable winters. So, the best time recommended to visit this place would be March-May when the days are bright and sunny and the nights are cooler.
13. San Sebastian
Yet, another one of Shilpa’s recommendations San Sebastian, in Spain, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, according to her. May-July is the best time to visit this place. Major attractions include San Sebastian Aquarium, the beach of La Concha, Monte Urgull & San Sebastian Cathedral.
How can someone miss going to this place? Personally, I love Singapore’s picturesque views and the way public transport is maintained. Although I couldn’t get to spend so much time in the city as I spent most of my time at Universal Studios, but I would definitely love to visit it again!
Major attractions include Universal Studios, Marine Bay Islands, Merlion Park, Fountain of Wealth, Henderson Waves Bridge and Gardens by the Bay. And while you’re in the area, also head over to Marina Bay Sands hotel to check out the world’s tallest swimming pool.
Krawkow is one of the oldest cities of Poland. “Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centers of Polish academic, cultural and artistic life and is one of Poland’s most important economic hubs,” according to Wikipedia. Retaining its old ambiance and charm, Krawkow is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
So, these are the most beautiful cities one should visit! Which city are you looking forward to visiting for your next vacation? Do let us know by tweeting @shilpa1ahuja. And if you’ve been to any of these cities, do share your travel pics by tagging us at @shilpaahujadotcom on Instagram and we’ll make sure to double-tap them.
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