Europe has an extraordinary range of diverse landscapes in its 44 countries. I appreciate that you have chosen almost half as the most beautiful countries in Europe, but how the hell do you reduce it even more? Even this was a struggle. Read more about Italy in my posts about the 15 beautiful cities of Italy, the best places to visit in Puglia, 7 charming boutique hotels in Sardinia, 11 places to watch the Venice sunset, 55 fascinating facts about Rome, 16 beautiful bridges in Rome, 18 Venetian palaces to visit or sleep in 27 places of interest not to be missed in Venice, what is Italy known for? 35 Italian claims to fame, 20 beautiful fountains in Rome, 25 monuments of Rome, 24 famous monuments of Italy and the best ski resorts in Italy. Another country with more than 1,000 islands, Croatia sits on the Mediterranean seas that seem to have been washed.
This long, thin country is also home to one of the most spectacular coastal roads I've ever seen. Visiting Iceland is like visiting another world. There should be a filter called Iceland that can be put on photos from anywhere else in the world. The air is incredibly clean and clear, and that is reflected in a pure light that hits the greenest grass you've ever seen in the summer and changes the shades of the lava rocks on which this island is built.
There is something very magical about Scotland. If fairies exist, they would definitely be hanging out in Scotland. And if Scotland had a better climate, it would be full of tourists, because my God, it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Chocolates, clocks, everything in time, cuckoo clocks, bank accounts, mountains, lakes and much more in beautiful Switzerland.
This country is a magical mix of Italy, France and Germany, but it still has its own unique identity. Lovely little Slovenia isn't necessarily the first country you can think of when you think of Europe, but it's definitely one of the continent's hidden gems. Only 2 million people live in Slovenia and it is possible to drive around the country in 3 or 4 hours, but that doesn't stop it being crowded with beautiful places. Would you undress in a spa? Check out my posts on Nude or Dress - Baden Baden Spa Guide Baden, the best Baden Baden tour options, What is Germany famous for? 31 German claims to fame, 26 monuments in Germany, 9 most beautiful cities in Germany and a day in Hamburg, all in Germany.
This charming island country is home to just over 300,000 people and is the tenth smallest country in the world in area. It is full of natural beauty, some incredible views, crystal clear waters, cobbled streets and some magnificent historic buildings. San Marino is the oldest republic in the world and has never been taken by anyone. This small country of only 61 square kilometers is located on the top of a hill and dominates the Italian countryside.
San Marino is home to only 30,000 people, but it has its own police, its own schools and does not belong to the European Union. The blinking photo roofs in Vienna are from Prague Czech Republic. Did you know that 7 out of 10 of the most visited countries in the world are European nations? With more than 324 million international visitors last year, Europe covers more than half of the global travel market. France is the most visited country in Europe, attracting an impressive 81,411,000 foreign tourists every year, more than any other country in the world.
In Paris, the capital, you will find iconic structures such as the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. However, France is much more than Paris; it is also worth visiting the Avignon Festival, the Loire Valley Castle and Les Machines de l'île in Nantes. There is a reason to visit the country at any time of year, whether it's skiing in the Alps or enjoying the sun on the French Riviera. Completing the top five places is Germany, with 28,374,000 foreign visitors a year.
Classical music fans will enjoy the country's various music festivals, while art enthusiasts will also be spoilt for choice with a visit to Berlin. Germany is also famous for its Christmas markets. Make the most of Germany that borders several other countries by visiting several European destinations during your trip. Ksamil Beach Is Albania at the top of your bucket list for a beach vacation this summer? I don't think so.
Maybe it's because you haven't seen Ksamil Beach, the jewel of the Albanian Riviera, with dazzling white sands, turquoise waters and three idyllic islands in the bay. Further afield, the entire Czech Republic is dotted with castles, from Hluboka Castle, the world's first Gothic castle (1250), to Cesky Sternberk Castle, the best-preserved bohemian palace. The imposing Mikulov Castle is a good example of baroque architecture and Svihov Castle has a distinctive Renaissance feel. Croatia is a charming country in southeastern Europe.
It has a thousand years of history and mixed cultures, diverse landscapes and an impressive coastline. It is home to 1185 islands and a fairytale continent, making it a perfect holiday destination and the best-preserved citadel in the world. Some of Slovenia's most beautiful places to visit include Rogaska Slatina, which is a magical territory known for its hot springs and relaxing surroundings, and Bled, an elegant mountain resort. Portoroz is the most popular coastal destination and the Postojna cave is an exceptional cave of 20 km and one of the most incredible places of natural beauty.
Although Slovenia is arguably quickly becoming famous for being home to one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe, Lake Bled (pictured above) is one of the most picturesque places to visit on the entire continent. The Estonian countryside is also a paradise for birdwatchers. In fact, it held a record in 1999 for the highest number of bird species seen in a single day (18). With a very interesting traditional culture and exciting architecture, Estonia is a beautiful country and a great tourist destination.
For those looking for a little more adventure, Matka Canyon is just 17 km away and is full of caves to explore and beautiful, seemingly untouched nature to admire. Kayak around the Matka and Treska lakes and enjoy taking pictures of more than 70 species of butterflies. Be sure to also visit Lake Ohrid (pictured above) and the impressive historic city of Ohrid. It is one of the most seductive destinations in Eastern Europe and easily one of the most photogenic.
During your stay in Georgia, you should visit its capital, Tbilisi. This small town is one of the few remaining cliffside towns accessible to tourists, but it is home to a stunning cobbled old town combined with exceptional restaurants and many modern amenities you would expect from a travel destination. Other highlights of the country include its wonderful Black Sea beaches, Vardzia, a vast 12th-century rock monastery and the ancient wine region of Kakheti. Unfortunately, this is another country with a very troubled past and the scars of the infamous civil war of the 1990s can still be seen in Bosnia.
But today, but this area of Eastern Europe has seen a resurgence of new life in the country, mainly through tourism and the never giving up attitude of locals. Don't leave without paying at least one visit to the national capital, Sarajevo, which houses a well-preserved old town, and important sights such as the 16th century Gazi Husrev-Bey mosque and the Ottoman-era Latin bridge (where Franz Ferdinand was killed, which began World War I). And then, of course, there is the beautiful baroque city of Salzburg, set against a glorious backdrop and which still immerses guests in the magic of The Sound of Music. So, for people reading this while planning their European itineraries, I can agree that all the countries on this list are great places to visit, but don't limit yourself to these.
Greece is a very diverse country and has the cleanest and most beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters among all other countries in southern Europe and even the whole of Europe. Although it is an incredibly interesting part of Europe and I personally think that Eastern Europe has a lot to offer visitors and is also home to some of the most beautiful countries in the world. The city centers of Spain are a very tough competition with all other European countries and, quite possibly, Spain, in my experience, would be number 1 in this regard, since its diversity is quite difficult to overcome. It is all these aspects and many more that Greece excels in, as I personally rank Greece at least among the 3 most beautiful countries in Europe, only competing with Italy for the first place.
An environmentally friendly country, this Nordic star offers visitors a clean, quiet and beautiful holiday destination. Krka National ParkHonestly, the most beautiful place in Croatia could be the Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is basically Fern Gully on drugs. Croatia is a wonderful country with a good history and beautiful landscapes and beaches, but compared to the historical and cultural wealth, quantity and quality of beaches, sea water, islands, mountains and diversity of Croatian Greece does not even come close. Despite its somewhat sordid reputation, this place full of canals is beautiful and full of impressive museums (40, to be exact).
Belgium, the smallest European country on this list, makes up for its tiny size with plenty of charm, not to mention picturesque medieval towns, UNESCO World Heritage sites and chocolate that will make your taste buds scream with joy. If you visit, I recommend that you visit the Brijuni Islands National Park, the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park in Lika and the birthplace of Marco Polo, the island of Korcula. Sorry, those countries may be beautiful, but your list is simply a nest of mere randomly placed according to your taste. One of the most beautiful places in Turkey is the Cappadocia region (see above), where the hills of the lunar landscape seem unreal as a wonder of nature.