The Most Beautiful Cities And Places In Europe

This is a very tight and subjective selection of the most beautiful places in Europe. Some will agree, others may find different locations more worthy of honors, but without dispute, these places deserve to be called the beauties of our Mother Nature. Besides, you can drop me a note of your favorites anytime.

Meanwhile, here’s my European top five as far as beauty goes:

5. The Isle of Skye. Scotland

The Isle of Skye. By vtveen

 

National Geographic experts cannot be wrong – recently the Isle of Skye has been voted the 4th best island in the world by 650 professional travel specialists. 

The reasons it has been rated so high are clear. The wild landscape of Skye, the second largest island in Scotland, is dramatic, vibrant and breathtaking. The inland mountains, cliffs, inlets and endless beaches create spectacular scenery capable of amazing even those thick-skinned urban enthusiasts insensitive to the nature’s charm.

 

Isle of Skye. By ZaNiaC

 

The island’s population is very small, but old – it dates back to the Middle Stone Age. Today there are around 9,000 people living on Skye.

Skye’s wildlife is not as diverse as in mainland Britain, but it is one of the wildest in the country. It is a great bird watching place, but other wild animals can also be spotted:

 

Deers. Isle of Skye. By Wallie-the-Frog

 

Crofter’s House on the Isle of Skye. By revnancy

 

The Skye’s history is extremely rich and the highland spirit can be felt in the air – folk art, traditional music and sports (shinty) are cultivated by the locals, some of whom still speak Gaelic.

 

4. Sicily. Italy

Cefalu, Sicily. By david.nikonvscanon

 

Sicily, burned by sun, permeated with the smell of wine, sundried tomatoes and the scent of history…this is an island where espresso tastes better than anywhere else in the world, and water seems to be unrealistically azure.

The island is inhabited by 5 million people, and the 25,700 square kilometers that it occupies make it the biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Sicily. By alessandro pucci

 

Sicily is home to Mt. Etna, the tallest (3,320 m/10,900 ft) active volcano in Europe. Despite frequent droughts, the island is covered with vineyards and olive groves as well as orange and lemon trees.

Etna. By piotr.amigo

 

Between Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina. By Neil Weightman

 

 

3. The Swiss Alps and Switzerland.

St. Moritz. Switzerland. By ianlord

 

The Alps, the greatest mountain system in Europe, is stretching from Austria in the east, through Switzerland, to France in the west. This spectacular range, with its sharp peaks always covered with snow, is a stunning travel and sport destination in both summer and winter.

A big portion of this rocky cake belongs to Switzerland, one of the richest countries in the world, with a unique blend of cultures and people speaking four languages (Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansh).

 

St. Moritz. By ForsterFoto

 

The place that can hardly escape attention in the Swiss Alps is St. Moritz, one of the world’s oldest mountain resorts. The town, backdropped by the magnificent alpine walls, lies at the foot of a crystal-clear lake and enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year.

 

 

 St. Gotthard Pass. By mikael miettinen

 

The Swiss Alps in all their glory. Anzere. By Robert Thomson

 

 

2. Venice. Italy

Santa Maria della Salute. Venice. By Ron Layters

 

Venice lies somewhere between dreams and reality. It is hard to believe that this town was built by man, and not by some magical creatures. Marcel Proust once said: “When I went to Venice, I discovered that my dream had become-incredibly but quite simply- my address.”

This is Venice – the town of magic, dreams, fairy tales and beauty.

 

Venice. By stevewhis

 

The canals of Venice were constructed on an archipelago that comprises 118 islands. Around 400 bridges connect the town and therefore Venice is also called “the City of Bridges”. The canals serve as roads for the gondolas and their modern version – motorbuses- to be used as the main means of public transportation.

 

Venice. By abmiller99< /a>
Winter in Venice. By law keven

 

1. Iceland

Iceland by [email protected]

 

Ice, geysers, hot springs, rocks, glaciers, green hills and lakes… these are the features of Iceland – the second largest island of Europe, located in the corner of the continent, in the cold North Atlantic Ocean.

 

By taivasalla

 

Fossfirði.Iceland by visiticeland

 

Tundra covers around 60% of the land while lakes and glaciers take up approx. 14%. The climate is subpolar oceanic, wet and windy. Due to rather unfriendly weather conditions the island is inhabited by only 320,000 people, of which around 120,000 live in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.

 

Gullfoss (Golden Falls). Iceland. By taivasalla

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Call it banal or incomprehensive, the list is to stay intact. With the myriad mind-blowing spots in Europe any top 5, 10, or 100 would inevitably turn out biased, be it down to the partiality of a limited perspective or local favoritism. At the end of the day, beauty is in the eye of the beholder (Oops…That’s banal!) Anyway, you’re more than welcome to share your picks.

 



Comments

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  2. Not to be rude but I suggest you don’t do this alone as in all hontsey you sound too naive. I mean you think you need a passport for each country? You need a passport from YOUR country, not other countries. Go with someone else or wait until you’re in your mid 20 s. I did it in my mid 20 s but by then I was very street wise even so it’s very daunting to go to places where you don’t speak the language where you get lost as it’s a new city, etc. Again your naivety shows re not knowing that certain European countries are dangerous to travel to alone. You would be hassled by men alot in countries like Italy, Spain, Portugal Greece, hassling could range from following you in a flirtatious manner to actually attacking you as these cultures are different they may think you are promiscuous or something to be travelling alone. That’s why I avoided those countries when I went. I researched my trip thoroughly, the Lonely Planet guidebooks are the best ones they have warnings in them about dangers annoyances also warnings for female travellers. Even some places I went to that I thought would be safe, actually weren’t so you need to be able to handle that get yourself out of some bad situations. For instance I found Germany easy to travel around in but I had major problems in Berlin in broad daylight. Like being followed by creepy old men, a dangerous looking homeless man, being abused by a neo nazi who didn’t like non German people in his country, having an old Turkish man try get his young grandchild to open the zip of my backpack on the train rob me, etc, he tried this 3 times even though he knew I knew what he was up to. I also had a nasty incident in an innocent German town, which is a popular tourist spot, where a local teenager pushed me into a shop window really violently as evidently he hated tourists. You just never know what can happen. If you are too innocent sensitive then you won’t cope. The other thing about these incidents is that in Germany the public won’t come to help you, they just look after themselves. Other than that my trip was great but I’m just trying to illustrate to you that I don’t think you’re the right age I don’t think you have enough life experience to cope.When I was travelling I stayed in youth hostels as it was cheap every now then I’d come across another female travelling alone but she wasn’t the type to be able to handle it. They’d be all desperate clingy looking for me to tell them what to do mother them. There is nothing more annoying than that. It’s fun to meet other travellers, but not ones like that! I wasn’t going to have my travelling ruined by having to hold some silly girl by the hand every step of the way. One of them was actually following me around Europe as I had made the mistake of telling her of my itinerary. I don’t get why she chose to travel alone when clearly she couldn’t cope. In the end I lied told her I’d changed my itinerary again so that she’d head off to all the wrong countries. Lol, I had to get rid of he somehow, she was kind of nuts really annoying.People do look for lone travellers to rob, etc as a teenage female on your own you are much more vulnerable. How about doing an organised tour instead? But research those carefully as the Contiki ones some others are often full of young people just getting drunk sleeping around with one another that seems like a waste of a trip to Europe to me, not to mention a pretty trashy poor character thing to do as well, I mean they can just stay at home do that anyway!I’m surprised your parents are letting you go alone too. Another way you can test how you feel is to travel far away somewhere in your own country or to a neighbouring country on your own see how you feel on your own. But bear in mind that will be easy if you are American only going to Canada, which is similar in culture also English speaking. Still, it’s a trial run of sorts.Also alot of people get lonely on their own don’t find it fun. You could also advertise for a travelling companion go with another girl from where you live, but meet her first of course find out if what she wants to do on the trip is the same as what you want to do. I think there are even websites where you can seek travelling companions, just be careful to meet with them in a public place, etc.Frequent traveller

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