Discover the most beautiful European landscapes with the Azores, but also the wonderful Douro Valley in Portugal. You probably already know Mont Saint-Michel, but what about Boniface, Hallstatt, the Hallerbos forest or the Lofoten islands? Leave the Portuguese coast and reach the Madeira Islands. It is a perfect destination for nature and hiking lovers. Beyond the Atlantic Ocean, more than 1400 kilometers from Lisbon are the Azores.
This group of 9 volcanic islands offers stunning landscapes. Welcome to the island of love. A few kilometres from Zadar, Galesnjak Island, also known as Cupid's Island, is the only island in the world with a heart shape. Hallstatt, a wonderful Austrian village so beautiful that its perfect copy was rebuilt in China (so was Colmar in Alsace, which was reproduced and rebuilt in Malaysia).
In both cases, the originals are obviously more authentic. Come and discover this small village of 800 inhabitants by staying in Hallstatt or in the nearby city of Salzburg. Book your hotel, guesthouse or apartment at the best price in Hallstatt or Salzburg, as well as your best activities in the region, such as a private tour of Hallstatt from Salzburg. It is one of the most beautiful islands in Europe.
The inhabitants and sumptuous landscapes will leave you speechless. You can visit the island all year round. Corsica is an open-air museum, perfect for lovers of unspoiled nature, beaches, history, sea, sun and blue skies. Book your accommodation in Bonifacio and your best activities in Corsica.
Tuscany is one of the best places to live a quiet retirement in Europe. The capital is beautiful and romantic Florence. Tuscany has other big cities, such as the famous Pisa. Tuscany is obviously one of the most beautiful regions in Italy.
Come and discover the Tuscan landscapes, vineyards, cypress trails, gastronomy and art of living of this region by booking your hotel at the best price and its best tours and activities in Tuscany, such as a ticket to the Leaning Tower of Pisa or Michelangelo's David. The Rhine Falls, among the largest waterfalls in Europe, will surprise you. If you are an athlete, climb the rock in the middle of these waterfalls and take a picture with the Swiss flag. Welcome to the far reaches of Europe, near the Arctic Circle and discover the Svartisen Glacier, Norway's second largest glacier, from tourist route number 17 that runs along the entire Norwegian coast.
Book your accommodation at the best price near the Svartisen Glacier, as well as your best activities and tours in Norway. The Lofoten Islands are a dream destination for many travelers from all over the world. This archipelago offers one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. It is a quiet and peaceful place inhabited by a few fishermen who enjoy the fishy waters of Lofoten.
A spectacular mix of colors, cultures and nature, Turkey will win hearts with its whimsical mountains and wonderful ancient ruins and bustling bazaars. Personally, I think that Greece (I've traveled a lot through it) has a fantastically rich culture, but it doesn't deserve a place in the top 10 as a beautiful country. With dozens of lakes, stunning landscapes and a number of historic cities, it is one of the most relaxing and naturally beautiful places in Germany. But Greece has 80% mountains, which is one of the 2 highest in Europe, and more importantly, 20% of the ultra peak mountains in all of Europe are in Greece.
Located in a settlement dating back to the early Iron Age, it is one of the oldest inhabited settlements in Europe. 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. The Ukrainian government agrees that this 10,000-year-old lake is one of the most beautiful places in Europe; Lake Synevyr-Polyans'ke is actually one of the seven natural wonders of Ukraine. 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.
Latvia, one of the most charming Baltic countries, is a fantastic mix of wild nature and beautiful historic cities. Personally, I think Italy is the most beautiful country in the world; of course, the views are favored by excellent food, wine and coffee. 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. For some of the best views, head to the elegant but quiet resort town of Bolzano, where the rolling green hills are beautifully juxtaposed with the sawtooth peaks behind them.
The Swiss Alps are one of the largest mountain ranges in the world and cover 65% of Switzerland, making it one of the most alpine countries in Europe. Take the train to Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station (3,454 metres above sea level); several viewpoints of Switzerland's largest peaks are within walking distance of the platform. I have visited more than 70 countries and I love finding hidden gems, boutique hotels and good food and wine. Because the list is limited to 10 and is subjective, it is understandable how some countries were left out.