Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities in The World

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It is that time of the year again, when you are hunched together with your travel mates trying to make a decision on where to spend your holiday. The whole world lies spread out, studded with spectacular landscapes, magnificent cities with stellar skylines, charming towns in one with nature, perched on the hills, by the seaside, on golden desert sands or in the deep interiors, waiting to be explored. Yet, the question remains, where to go – perhaps because of the vastness of the world, perhaps because of the innumerable options. Why not visit one of these cities or perhaps tour all of them. Touted as the most beautiful cities in the world for their natural bounties, architecture and/or a combination of both, these cities are amazing holiday destinations. Let us explore why.

10. Paris, France

Now, how can we not list Paris! It is the land where the Seine flows, where some of the most magnificent collections of art find a home, where architectural gems abound and where fashion finds a new name. Its architectural landmarks are so famous worldwide that they have become synonymous with the city itself; some examples include the likes of Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Arch de Triumph. Avenue des Champs Elysees, the most beautiful boulevard in the world, enthrals as much with its scenic settings as its shopping vistas and amazingly landscaped gardens lure you to leave your worries and enjoy the sunny days. Overall, Paris has remained a fantastically scenic destination and a deserving candidate for “One of the 10 most beautiful cities in the world” accolade.


9. Budapest, Hungary

An amalgamation of architectural delights, cultural extravaganzas and scenic sights of two amazing cities – Buda and Pest, resting on either banks of the Danube, Budapest stands true to its description as the Pearl of Danube and is easily one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and the 9th most beautiful city in the world. It holds within its boundaries a veritable wealth of architectural gems including the Hungarian Parliament Building and the Fisherman’s Bastion; the largest thermal cave system in the world; and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest underground railway in the world. The magnificence of Danube and its embankments has earned it a place in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with the Buda Castle District.


8. Florence, Italy

Once the capital city of Italy, Florence was, is and continues to be one of the most fantastic cities on earth. Deemed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world by the likes of Forbes, the city of Florence fascinates the most discerning traveller with its rich collection of magnificent architectural landmarks, art pieces and monuments from the Renaissance era and present. Noted names of the day including Michelangelo, Galileo and Dante have adorned the city with their artistic imprint. Add to the mix, world class shopping and mouth-watering Tuscany fare, and you have an amazing holiday destination on your list. The only drawback that makes it slide down to Rank 8 in the Top 10 most beautiful cities list is its traffic chaos, but for some, it only adds to the cultural experience.


7. Istanbul, Turkey

A medley of sights and sounds surround you the minute you set step in Istanbul. Boasting an eclectic mix of the new and the old, the City of Istanbul bustles with energy; energy so infectious that you are carried along and wish to get started on the Istanbul experience at the earliest. Tour sights such as the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, the Column of Constantine, the Topkapi Palace and its Harem; take in a colourful traditional dance performance; and enjoy the famous Turkish Tea, before heading out on the scenic Bosphorus Night Cruise to take in a spectacularly lit city from the waterside.


6. Venice

“The most beautiful canal city in the world” is not the only accolade Venice rests on, it is just one of many. “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Bridges”, “City of Canals”, “the most beautiful city to be built by man”, and “one of Europe’s most romantic cities” are other accolades. It is also the only pedestrian city in the world and perhaps the only city in the world to have every square metre adorned by a masterpiece by some of the world’s most talented artists. Such is the beauty of this place that UNESCO has termed the entire city along with its lagoon as a World Heritage Centre. With foundations submerged in water, the buildings of Venice including its grand palazzos arise like swans floating on water.


5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Recently honoured by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its wonderful cultural landscape, the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil dazzles everyone with its wealth of natural bounties including over 80 kilometres of sun-kissed beaches and the world’s largest urban forests, architectural masterpieces unrivalled in beauty and cultural extravaganzas. However, what actually make Rio de Janeiro much more beautiful than the other cities around the world is its people – they really do know how to live life, welcome visitors and share their enjoyment of life with them. Dance the samba for hours together, kick a football, and pull out all stops and just let your hair down when the carnival comes to town. It is no wonder that Rio is the most visited state in the Southern Hemisphere and a deserving finalist for the Top 5 most beautiful places in the world.


4. Vienna, Austria

Ensconced in greenery with a generous smattering of baroque palaces and other opulent architectural masterpieces, and adorned by a picturesque blue ribbon of Danube River, Vienna is a dream, a gift of surreal beauty, passionately created by the Habsburg rulers as their Imperial capital, and lovingly maintained and further adorned by the Viennese. This is the place where arts has thrived and continues to thrive in all its forms, be it music, architecture, sculptures, paintings, garden landscapes or any other form. With beauty in manmade structures, natural landscapes and even way of life, Vienna definitely scores high on the Top 10 most beautiful cities of the world.


3. Vancouver, Canada

Almost as beautiful as Sydney, perhaps more beautiful, Vancouver is a city that has managed to develop into a magnificent metropolis with a stellar skyline without detracting or destroying the natural beauty with which nature has blessed it. Picturesque snow-laden mountains, lush green foliage on the waterfront that come alive with a blossom of colours season after season, and the sparkling ocean with its sun-kissed beaches, countless yachts and kayaks enthrals the onlooker and beckons him to come explore its great outdoors. Inland, skyscrapers after skyscraper reflect the picturesque surroundings and scenic green spaces and seem to draw the great outdoors inside. Ski in the winters, explore the scenic trails hiking and biking in spring, and in summers, head to the sunny beaches for lazing around, beach sports and a plethora of water sports.


2. Sydney, Australia

Boasting a spectacularly studded skyline and an equally magnificent coastline, Sydney is second in beauty, perhaps only to Santorini, which is altogether on a different scale. The capital of New South Wales, Sydney has many admirers. With architectural jewels such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Tower, the irresistible combination of sun, sand and the surf offered by sun-drenched beaches such as the Bondi Beach and Manly Beach; and a wealth of national parks including the Sydney Harbour National Park and much more, it wouldn’t be any different. There are over 70 beaches including bays and secluded coves to frolic in and an endless expanse of sea to sail your yacht in and surf.


1. Santorini, Greece

Handcrafted by nature over millions of years and adorned by humans over the centuries, the island of Santorini, Greece, can be easily proclaimed as the most beautiful inhabited island on earth. With a water-filled volcanic-caldera-created lagoon at its centre, whitewashed houses perched precariously on 980-feet cliffs that dip dramatically into the lagoon and make the ships anchored there look like mere bathtub toys, and the deep blue Aegean Sea surrounding the island, Santorini is nothing less than paradise on earth. The cliffs due to their volcanic relation boast amazing hues and when the sun comes up or goes down, the play of light on the already amazing colours creates wonders. Apart from scenic vistas, Santorini boasts a wealth of attractions including the ancient archaeological sites: Akrotiri and Thera.



A look at this list just goes to show what a fine world we live in. While nature remains unrivalled in her creations across the world, only few cities have gone on to create living spaces that complement their natural settings, make the best of it or create and maintain lasting imprints of a great heritage. No matter which of these cities you decide as your holiday destination, you will surely find yourself craving for more and raving about it. Have fun exploring.



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