The world is dotted with some absolutely stunning cities whose magnificent architecture, tree-lined streets, history, picturesque sceneries, culture, people, and futuristic skylines will make you fall in love with them at first sight.
Here is our pick of the top 15 most beautiful cities that you should visit.
There is no other city in the world where history and romance play side by side quite like Paris. From its beautiful residents to the cafes lining every street and the iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, Paris has it all.
No one defines the City Barcelona like Antoni Gaudi, the architect whose marks are scattered all over the city. The city’s beaches, mountains, history, and the sun make Barcelona a dream city for most travelers.
The city’s architecture, manifested in Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, as well as the Grand Bazaar’s opulence, combine to give its visitors an unforgettable experience.
While Italy has its fair share of gorgeous cities, Florence remains peerless when it comes to architecture, art, and history. Remnants of Renaissance aesthetics can still be found in buildings such as Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as The Duomo. For amazing photo backgrounds, look no farther than the Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio.
From Alfama’s terra-cotta roofs to the Praca do Comercio’s neoclassical architecture; it is safe to say that the city owes its visual appeal to the tiles. Not that those visiting this beautiful city seem to mind.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nicknamed the “Paris of South America”, Buenos Aires is in a class of its own. Lovers of architectural designs will not only be drawn to La Boca’s brightly decorated neoclassical buildings and mansions but also the Recoleta Cemetery.
Budapest has some of Europe’s best Art Nouveau architecture. Be it the Café Gerbeaud, the Szechenyi Bridge, or the famous thermal baths, this is a city that you would definitely want to visit.
Cape Town, South Africa
Penguin-filled beaches, coastlines, mountains: the South African city has plenty to offer. Known as the Mother City, the view of the Table Mountain and the Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens will give you an experience that you won’t forget for a long time.
The city’s rooftop bars, luxurious beach clubs, bougainvillea-filled courtyards, and promenades lined with trees, rival any seaside glamor offered by any European riviera. In addition, the centuries-old souks, mosques are perfectly juxtaposed with modern high rising buildings that give Beirut a timeless appeal.
Havana has been a favorite travel destination for many people for a long time. The Metropolitan Park’s rich green moss and the old city’s pastel architecture give Havana an energetic and colorful look.
Those who have visited Sydney will tell you that the city is almost too beautiful to be true. I mean, what is there not to like? From the Sydney Opera House to the beautiful Coogee, Manly, and Bondi beaches, Australia’s largest city is the place to go to experience a truly wonderful waterfront culture.
Despite being one of the oldest cities in the world, Athens brims with new life with its unique blend of modern and ancient. For history lovers, the Acropolis has literally got you covered while you take in the beauty of the Parthenon. Similar panoramic views of the city can be enjoyed from Lykavittos Hill. A tour of the city cannot however be complete without a visit to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center where the National Library of Greece and the National Opera are housed.
If you want to go back in time, the imperial city of Japan is the place to go to. Over four hundred Shinto shrines as well as 1,600 Buddhist temples await you. If you are like, you might come across a geisha strolling down the Kyoto’s leafy streets. For those looking for hanami spots, the Philosopher’s Path and Kyoto Botanical Gardens will ensure that you do not leave the city without finding cherry blossoms.
The city’s central canal, which in 2010 was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Museums, red-brick facades, and green spaces make Amsterdam one the most beautiful cultural epicenters in Europe.
While Dubai seems to be getting all the attention, Doha is silently laying its claim as one of the most beautiful cities not just in the Gulf but also in the world. Playing host to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Doha boasts of gorgeous emerald city-like skyscrapers, the Museum of Islamic Art, and the stunning Soud Waqif.