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Earth is a wonderful place. These are some of the most beautiful places in the world that you won’t believe exist.

Finding a fantastic place to visit shouldn’t be hard; it should be overwhelming. Never limit your ability to explore and find something that suits you best.

Your sense of wonder will help you find what you truly love. Beautiful places are all over this Earth that we share. Certain beautiful places are perfect for me, but not perfect for you. And that’s okay.

Most Beautiful Places in the World

Let’s get into this ultimate list of the most beautiful places in the world. Earth is a very large planet, so it would be a disservice if we failed to cover as much territory as possible.

Most Beautiful Places in Europe

1. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

One of the most impressive places in the world is certainly the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia. It is located in Dalmatia, in the very south of the country, and is one of the most important Croatian sights.

The city is especially famous for its historic Old Town, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979 and attracts visitors with its many interesting sights and museums.

Another important attraction is the city wall of Dubrovnik, which surrounds the entire city center with a length of about 2 kilometers. During a walk over the wall, you can also enjoy a breathtaking view of the red roofs and the deep blue sea.

The countless beautiful beaches of Dubrovnik are also unique. During summer vacation, you can enjoy a whole series of picture book dream beaches with turquoise blue sea, fine pebbles, and fantastic flair.

The many cool beach clubs also provide an exuberant time at the sea. But also the area around Dubrovnik is worth visiting. One of the most popular spots for an excursion is the offshore island Lokrum, which is under nature protection and can be easily reached by ferry from the old town.

Boat trips to the Elaphites, Mjet, or Korcula are also popular. If you like, you can also take a day trip to Montenegro, which is only 50 kilometers away from Dubrovnik. For a vacation in Dubrovnik, you can either stay directly in the historical old town or, even better, on the peninsula Lapad.

Here you will find countless great hotels and vacation apartments, such as the ingenious Hotel More with a pool and sea view.

2. St Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Porthgwidden Beach - St. Ives, Cornwall
 Ocean Scenery

St Ives is a picturesque town in the South-West of the United Kingdom. The town used to be a fishing village but now it is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Cornwall. St Ives has five fabulous beaches to choose from. Porthmeor Beach is one of the best UK beaches for surfing.

Its enormous size also makes the beach brilliant for winter walks. Porthgwidden Beach (image) is a small cove-like beach with calm seas and makes a great swimming spot.

If you visit Porthminster Beach, you’ll think you’re in the Caribbean! The white-sand beach is fringed with beautiful palm trees and has gorgeous views out into St. Ives Bay and St. Ives town.

You may also like to visit Bambaluz Beach, a small dog-friendly beach, and Harbour Beach, which is great for splashing in puddles and being close to the town. It’s one of the best beaches in the entire United Kingdom.

St Ives is famous for its many art galleries. Many renowned artists have lived in St Ives. Overlooking Porthmeor Beach is the Tate Gallery, one of the best galleries in the UK.

There’s also the Barbara Hepworth Museum for sculpture and outdoor lovers. While you’re exploring the winding streets of St Ives town, you’ll find many small, independent galleries scattered around.

There are some amazing places to stay in St Ives. One of the best hotels in St Ives is the Harbour Hotel St Ives, which has beautiful views of Porthminster Beach.

There’s also a luxury hydrotherapy pool available for guests’ use as well as a fantastic spa. If you’re traveling to St Ives in a larger group, you may want to consider renting a holiday cottage for the duration of your stay.

3. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Colorful Houses By the Canal

Amsterdam is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is a unique city known for its many canals, quirky buildings, and charming streets.

Amsterdam has an unmistakable allure. Although it is a city known for its vices, there is so much beauty you truly discover once you arrive. What makes Amsterdam even more beautiful is that every season in Amsterdam offers something different and stunning to admire.

Spring is for tulip fields where the countryside is lit up with vibrant tulip fields stretching into the distance. Summer is for the sun and flowers.

Fall is when the leaves lining the canals change color and fall romantically to the ground. And winter is when the city is cozy and has the perfect chill.

Beyond its beauty, there are a ton of amazing things to do in Amsterdam. Like shopping on the 9 streets, taking photos in the Instagrammable Jordaan, visiting a museum, and much more.

There are also a ton of things to do in Amsterdam at night. Like exploring the canals after hours when the lights are reflecting off the still water or having a drink at a unique pub. If you are looking for an onslaught of beauty, the best place to stay in Amsterdam is the Jordaan neighborhood.

This is by far the most beautiful in the city! Amsterdam is the ultimate travel destination for beauty around every corner. Check out these top Amsterdam tours.

Looking for a place to stay? The iconic luxury hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam is a must-visit. Read more about the hotel in our full Pulitzer Hotel review.

4. Lake Bled, Slovenia

Castle in the Middle of the Lake

Lake Bled is one of the most beautiful places in Slovenia. It is located in the Julian Alps, about half an hour away from the capital, Ljubljana, by car or one hour away by train.

The beauty of the area attracts visitors from all over the world. The most photogenic part is the little island called Bled Island, in the middle of the lake with the Alps as a backdrop.

Visitors to the lake will find a wealth of activities to do. Apart from taking long walks around the lake, you can arrange a visit to Bled Island.

You can get there by taking a boat ride with a traditional Pletna boat or renting a rowboat. Once you reach the island, pay a visit to the Church of the Assumption of Maria, ring the wishing bell, and climb up the clock tower.

Next, you should head to Bled Castle. The castle is built on a hill and offers beautiful views over the lake and the town of Bled. In the castle, you can find different rooms about the story and significance of the area.

Nature lovers should hike to Ojstrica to capture the most famous view of Lake Bled, best enjoyed during sunrise. The route is not long, it is around 30 minutes from the trailhead, but you should follow it with caution as it can be steep at points. In terms of accommodation, I recommend getting a lake-side room at Carman Guest House.

Its location across the lake offers prime views of Bled Island. Besides, it is only a short walk away from the town center, where you can find many shops and restaurants.

5. Prague, Czech Republic

Historic Buildings

Prague is the fairytale city that will capture your heart in any season. Located in the heart of Europe, Prague belongs among the prettiest places not just in Europe but the whole world.

It’s mainly the beautiful historical architecture marrying Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau styles. Structures built in medieval times add a touch of mystery.

Add to it a series of picturesque bridges across the Vltava River and the many spires and towers on Prague’s horizon. It’s a clear winning recipe for a magical experience. Sightseeing is, of course, the top thing to do in Prague.

There’s just so much to explore! The picturesque parts are scattered all over. For the cutest Instagram shot, stroll in the New World Area, just near Prague Castle.

An amazing photograph awaits if you climb to the Old Town Bridge Tower on the Charles Bridge, where a stunning view of the photogenic castle with the Charles Bridge leading towards it will open in front of your eyes.

Another popular viewpoint is located in Letna Park since, from there, you can watch a beautiful sunset while enjoying a beer at a local beer garden. The coffee culture in Prague is alive and kicking too.

For an old-school feel, go to the Cubist Cafe Orient. For a more hipster take on a cafe, pay a visit to the uber-popular Vietnamese-run Cafefin.

The Mosaic House is a great place to stay, featuring all sorts of accommodation styles in one building from the basic to mid-range, with a few luxury apartments around.

6. Paris, France

Glass Monument

One of the most beautiful places in the world is the City of Love, Paris! It is located in France. Paris is such a beautiful city and it is well-known for that. There are so many beautiful buildings, lovely streets, cute squares, typical Parisian cafes, and of course, the Eiffel Tower is beautiful to see in real-life!

When you are in Paris, you should definitely go to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees. Seeing the memorial arch and famous shopping street is one of the best things to do in Paris. Furthermore, one of the best museums in Paris is the Louvre.

In fact, it is one of the best museums in the world! You’ll find here numerous masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. However, there are several other good museums in Paris, such as Musee d’Orsay and the Rodin Museum.

The Eiffel Tower is probably the most famous sight in Paris. You can just look at it or go to the top of the structure.

From the top, you can get wonderful over the city of Paris. Also, if you are in Paris in winter, you can ice skate on top of the Eiffel Tower! Furthermore, the Sacre-Coeur is a place that should be seen during a trip to Paris.

It is a beautiful church located on a hill in the middle of the neighborhood of Montmartre. Montmartre is also one of the best areas to stay in the city for your trip. The look and feel are amazing.

Other good places to stay are Le Marais and the area surrounding Champs-Elysees. Check out these other hotels that make Paris famous.

7. Giethoorn, Netherlands

Canals Surrounded with Plants

One of the most beautiful villages in the Netherlands is Giethoorn. Giethoorn, which is also known as The Venice of the North, is truly captivating. Here are some of the places you can visit in the village that make it one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Netherlands.

It’s true that a lot of Dutch villagers have some type of canal network, but there’s something unique about the . For one, these canals feature tall and narrow bridges because they were built for farmers and their goods.

The bridges are high enough to let ships that have stacks of hay pass underneath easily. Despite the roads in the village today, you can still explore most of the village by boat.

Another common sight in any Dutch town is thatched farmhouses, but some of the ones around the village are more than 100 years old.

It’s not every day you will see something as old as that! Do you want to see one of the world’s rarest shells? You should definitely head to the Museum Gloria Maris, where you can see the Gloria Maris. The shell is produced by sea snails that can be found in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Aside from the shell, there are other shells, jewelry, and decorative items you can see. The village is surrounded by one of the largest national parks in the Netherlands, which is the Weerribben-Wieden National Park.

There are a lot of beautiful waterways in the park, along with natural landscapes you can enjoy. Additionally, there is an abundance of wildlife here, such as otters, large copper butterflies, and many more.

8. Venice, Italy

Canal Surrounded by Historic Buildings

When it comes to beautiful places, it’s hard to top Venice, Italy. Situated in Northern Italy on the Adriatic Sea, Venice is as iconic in art and literature as it is for its beauty.

Known as “The City of Bridges” or “The Floating City,” Venice is filled with hundreds of canals and bridges. It’s easy to get lost amidst tiny alleys that turn every which way, but that’s part of the fun!

You’ll find new and colorful surprises around every corner. When visiting Venice, be sure to take an iconic gondola ride. Sit back and relax while your gondolier guides you along the Grand Canal and a variety of smaller ones, and watch as locals travel alongside you by boat.

Stop in at St. Mark’s Basilica and have lunch in the piazza in front of it for a quintessential Venice afternoon. Next, head to the Rialto Bridge that connects the San Marco and San Polo districts and peek at the series of shops that are set up there.

While there, check out the Rialto Market, which has been there for nearly 1,000 years! Finally, lovers of Renaissance art should stop at the Gallerie dell’Accademia.

While less famous than the Accademia in Florence, it packs a punch with Italian masters. While in Venice, be sure to take a ferry to the islands of Murano and Burano.

Alley in Burano, Italy

Famous for their stained glass, lace work, and brightly colored homes, a day trip to the two islands is sure to be a highlight of your Venice visit. Venice is divided into 6 sestieri, or boroughs. Those who love being right in the heart of the action should stay in San Marco, which will provide easy access to Venice’s highlights.

Cannaregio, on the other hand, is a bit quieter and less touristy – perfect for those seeking a more local experience with some of the best food in Venice. The city is small and beautiful enough, though, that anywhere will provide an incredibly visually stunning experience!

9. Cinque Terre, Italy

Town on the Top of a Cliff

Cinque Terre is located in northwest Italy, about an hour and a half ride from Genoa. In the past, these villages were isolated fisher villages, where people moved around on foot by pathways or with boats from the sea. Nowadays, these well-known villages are more accessible.

Cinque Terre lies on a 20 km coastal line and includes five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. All these villages are known for being quaint fishing villages with rocky shores, peculiar traditions, magnificent landscapes, and hiking trails. Check out these top places to stay in Cinque Terre.

Not to mention that all these picturesque villages, coastal lines, and surrounding hills combine to make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There will be activities for days. Strolling around in narrow streets, enjoying sea views, eating local seafood and gelato, or paddling with kayaks between villages.

Monterosso al Mare has the biggest beach in Cinque Terre. The same village is also known for lemons and their traditions. There are several lemon-related shops that are grown around the village’s steep hills.

Beautiful Vernazza is famous for its charming harbor, which is also the biggest in Cinque Terre. Corniglia has amazing panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Manarola has kept its wine-producing tradition with a local sweet white wine called Sciacchetrà. Also, Manarola offers the best vantage point and is known as an Instagrammers dream spot, where pictures can be taken with vivid buildings as a background.

Finally, Riomaggiore offers the most magical sunsets in Cinque Terre. All these villages are connected by hiking trails. It’s the most popular activity in that area because of the views of the coastal line and the surrounding beautiful landscape.

10. Capri, Italy

Ocean View by the Mountain

Capri, Italy, is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Located a ferry ride away from the Amalfi Coast or Naples, this island is worth a visit. Capri could be a day trip, but staying on the island is an amazing experience.

I highly recommend Villa Marina Capri Hotel and Spa. This hotel has the best accommodations in all of Italy! The rooms are big and the service is even better. As you arrive, you are immediately given a spa treatment and offered refreshments. (This is included with your stay.)

The island is split into two parts: Capri and Anacapri. Both sides are absolutely beautiful! On the Capri side, be sure to book a boat ride to the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto is one of many caves located along the coast of Capri.

Once you arrive at the entrance, you will transfer to a rowboat, and an Italian boatman will sing to you as you explore the cave. It is magical! If you love hiking, Anacapri is your next stop. On this side of the island, you can take a chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro and hike all the way down.

The views are absolutely beautiful! After all that fun, you will want to head straight to Verginiello, a restaurant that will blow your mind.

The locals arrive promptly at 9:00 pm and the place is packed. This authentic experience is one of a kind. Check out our Milan travel guide if you’re looking to learn more about other epic Italian cities.

11. Senja, Norway

Woman walking Along the Shore

Senja is a rugged and unspoiled island in northern Norway that is often overlooked in favor of the more well-known Lofoten islands. Senja’s main draw is its breathtaking nature which makes it an ideal destination for hiking, although bear in mind that Norwegian hiking trails are not for the fainthearted, especially if you’re scared of heights.

You can ask for hiking recommendations based on how far you want to go and what difficulty level you’re up for at your accommodation or at local tourist information offices. If you have the budget for it, I highly recommend staying at Hamn i Senja, which has spacious suites with stunning harbor views.

There are some beautiful hikes near the accommodation, and if you visit between May and July, you can take advantage of the never-ending daylight with evening and night hikes. That’s exactly what I did when I was there and I will never forget the surreal feeling of hiking at 10 PM under the golden glow of the midnight sun.

If you want a day off from hiking, you can head to the viewpoint at Bergsbotn for spectacular panoramic views of Bergsfjorden and the ocean beyond, drive the Senja National Tourist Route or embrace the slower pace of life by simply sitting and staring out of your floor to ceiling window.

Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget your camera, as Senja has got to be one of the most photogenic destinations in the world. The best way to experience Senja is as part of a road trip from Tromsø, the largest city in northern Norway.

After a few days of enjoying Tromsø’s museums and pubs, drive to Brensholmen to catch the ferry to Senja, and then continue the adventure by taking the ferry from Gryllefjord to the Vesterålen islands.

12. Provence, France

Historic Buildings

The region of Provence in France is, without a doubt, one of the most stunning places in the world. Countless artists and authors have been enchanted by its beauty and have tried to encapsulate its appeal on their canvases or through their words.

The naturally diverse landscapes encompass the wild and rugged Calanques, the burnt ochre cliffs of the Luberon, and the dramatic cliffs of the Verdon Gorge.

The flora delights in May when the fields are awash with poppies, and come summer, purple lavender fields crisscross the plateaux of Sault, Valensole, and the Luberon. Meanwhile, man-made attractions delight, too, with hilltop villages and grand chateaux stealing the limelight.

Cobbled stone constructions and pale shuttered houses complete the bucolic scene. The cities in Provence aren’t immune either, each with its own character.

From the sunshine hues of Aix-en-Provence – the city of a thousand fountains – to the aristocratic architecture on display in Avignon and the modern rejuvenation of Marseille, they all have their own unique allure. For a true taste of Provence, you’ll ideally stay a few weeks.

Choose Aix-en-Provence or Avignon as a base, or stay at a country estate such as the Château des Alpilles, where you can experience the region as royalty. Avignon is one of the best small towns in all of France.

Visit the Alpilles and the markets at St Remy, take in the Amphitheatre at Arles, and visit the Camargue with its wild horses and flamingos before heading east along the coast to Cassis and the Calanques.

Don’t miss artistic Aix, and the Luberon is a must. If staying in summer, head to the Valensole plateau for the lavender spectacle and then to the Verdon Gorge to cool off with a swim.

13. Lake District National Park, United Kingdom

Nestled in the western edge of the United Kingdom is the Lake District. Loved by tourists around the world and locals alike, the Lake District National Park is easily one of the most beautiful places in the world!

From wonderful places to eat to absolutely stunning hikes and even more exciting water sports, the Lake District truly has something for everyone. It can easily be the perfect place for a short weekend break, or you could just as easily keep yourself occupied for weeks, exploring the beautiful hidden gems.

The Lake District is, of course, full of lakes on which you can boat, kayak, windsurf, sail, and more!

If water isn’t really your thing, you’ll find plenty of absolutely gorgeous towns to explore, like Cartmel or Grassmere, with delicious gingerbread as you’ve never had it before, and Windemere, the tourist hub of the Lake District.

Both towns have a very quintessential English village feel, and if you’ve always pictured yourself thriving in a Jane Austin movie, you can rest assured you’ll fall in love with this area!

Where you stay is dependent on the kinds of activities you want to do. Having a car is a must unless you only want to stay in one town and lake, in which case, Windemere is the place to be. You’ll find restaurants and cafes galore to satisfy any hunger after a day of shopping, hiking, or boating.

14. La Rioja, Spain

Plants and Mountain Views

La Rioja, Spain, is one of the most overlooked places in mainland Spain, even though it is one of the most naturally beautiful. This is especially true come fall.

In the months of September through November, the vineyards’ leaves change colors as the grapes are harvested for that year’s wine. All of this is happening with the stunning backdrop of striking mountains.

The small pueblos that pop up throughout the vineyards in La Rioja are home to some of the best bodegas (vineyards) in the world. What makes La Rioja even more impressive is that you can enjoy their world-class wine at budget travel prices because it’s made right there.

On top of being able to indulge in some of the best wines in the world, La Rioja also offers one of the best food scenes in all of Spain. Logroño, the capital city, is famous for its pintxo, northern Spain’s version of tapas.

Calle Laurel is the main pintxos street in Logroño and is lined with around 100 pintxo bars, each serving its own specialty pintxo with the world-famous Rioja wine.

When visiting Spain, La Rioja is most likely not atop anyone’s list of places to visit, but if you are looking to visit one of the most beautiful places in the country and have an authentic experience away from tourists, it is one of the best places in Spain.

Make sure to explore the striking landscape, dive into the delicious cuisine, and tour a bodega to sample the best wine in Spain.

15. Verteuil-sur-Charente, France

Rainbow Above a Historic Building

There’s an air of French magic that breezes through the winding lanes of Verteuil-sur-Charente, with its fairytale chateau and the naturally calming sound of the river Charente that trickles under two picturesque bridges at the center. Situated in the department of La Charente in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, the climate is hot and dry, with easy access from airports at Poitiers and Bordeaux as well as Eurostar connections in nearby Ruffec and Angouleme.

Holidays in this perfectly unspoiled part of South West France offer a chance to enjoy life’s simple pleasures – a dragonfly bobbing on the water’s edge or spotting a rare Hoopoe bird, yielding a real chance to reconnect with nature. The local area is rural, with fields of golden sunflowers in the summer months and pretty, pink hollyhocks that line the village lanes.

Verteuil offers every ingredient for the perfect country escape, from a lush river to paddle in, a large, shaded park to eat alfresco, a Sunday food produce market, and a watermill that makes some of the finest brioches in France.

From here, discover the village on foot, up the winding stone pathways to the church, complete with a 16th-century crypt and a breathtaking view of the chateau and terracotta rooftops. In the village is a bustling restaurant, Le Cafe Portebleue, plus a fine dining venue Le Jeux des Pots.

There’s a distinguished wine bar specializing in exquisite French wines with tasting sessions by appointment, plus a bar and music venue with live groups. As Verteuil is just 50 minutes from the famous town of Cognac, you’ll have ample opportunity to sample some of this world-famous spirit that makes this region famous.

16. Interlaken, Switzerland

Historic Building and Monument

Located at the heart of the Bernese Alps, Interlaken is one of the most beautiful places in the world. This small Swiss town is surrounded by pristine lakes and gorgeous mountains – Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau in central Switzerland.

Interlaken offers different scenic views in different seasons. However, the busiest month for Interlaken is May, when the sky remains clear with bright sun and charming weather.

Winter is also popular in Interlaken among adventure enthusiasts who love thrilling activities like skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, and other adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities.

Interlaken might be small, but to get the best out of Interlaken, I will recommend staying at least three days in Interlaken. There are a lot of places to visit in Interlaken. You must visit the Jungfraujoch, the most popular, scenic, and expensive attraction in Interlaken.

You can reach the top of Jungfraujoch after a 7 km scenic train journey. It is the highest train station in Europe at a height of 11,000 feet. Visitors can enjoy a stunning view of the mountain Jungfrau and Eiger from the top of Jungfraujoch.

Grindelwald is a picturesque place in Interlaken; especially for skiers, it is heaven on Earth. Visitors are allowed to go to the top (Grindelwald First) by taking a cable car ride.

Enjoy the breathtaking view of the mountain slopes, snow-covered peaks, pastures, waterfalls, and lakes. The other outdoor activities include skiing, sledding, and snowboarding in the winter months. When you are in Interlaken, don’t forget to buy the world-famous Swiss chocolates and cheese fondue.

If you plan to stay in Interlaken, I will recommend staying in the Alpenrose Hotel and Gardens, beautiful accommodation with a mesmerizing view of the Jungfrau mountain range.

17. Colmar, France

Houses by the Canal

The Alsace-Lorraine region is located in the northeast of France, with Strasbourg being its main city. You can reach Strasbourg in around 2 hours on a fast train from Paris.

This region lies just on the border with Germany, and over the last two centuries, it has passed between French and German ownership many times. The result is that the architecture has a distinctly Germanic appearance.

Brightly colored, timber-framed houses adorned with flowers line the narrow, cobbled streets and look like they are straight out of a fairy tale. In fact, it is rumored that certain towns and villages in the Alsace region have been the inspiration for fairy tale movies such as Beauty and the Beast.

Two of the most beautiful villages in France are located in this region: Eguisheim and Riquewihr. These villages are incredibly photogenic, and everywhere you turn, you will find Instagram-worthy material, but one of the most photographed places in the region has to be a little house in Eguisheim.

It is located on the Rue du Rempart Sud at Les Muses du Rempart d’Eguisheim. Alsace is also a big wine-making region in France, with Riesling being the main grape variety.

You will see vines growing on the undulating hills of the region, and you can take a drive up into the hills to get away from the crowds for spectacular views, particularly over Kayersberg.

Colmar is the best place to stay for exploring the region. There are many hotels and guest houses in the Little Venice area of Colmar as well as a large choice of restaurants.

18. Gower Peninsula, Wales

Ocean and Skyline

The Gower Peninsula is 70 square miles of pure beauty. It juts out into the Bristol Channel from the south side of Wales in a majestic show of limestone cliffs and daffodil-tinted beaches. A jaw-dropping coastal path links the whole thing up.

Particular highlights along the way include the trio of sculpted peaks at Three Cliffs Bay, which loom over a wiggling riverway between oat-topped dunes and bleached sand, and the wide scythe of a beach that is Oxwich.

Eventually, you’ll also reach the sublime head at Rhossili. Llangennith Beach spreads out below that in 2.5 miles of windblown shoreline with some of the best surfing in Wales. In summer, smiling fields of sunflowers bloom on top of the cliffs there.

They lead straight to the rock pools that link with Worm’s Head, an awesome tidal island that looks like a sleeping Welsh dragon in the Atlantic Ocean. Inland in the Gower means encountering ancient Iron Age hill forts and scrambling up the heather-clad ridges of Cefn Bryn.

Doing the latter affords sweeping views over the sands to the south and the wide estuary to the north.

Photo-worthy stop-offs are everywhere, but some of the best include the pebbly cove of Pwlldu (something of a local secret) and the picturesque pastel cottages of Mumbles village (also great for ice cream and a coffee between adventures). It’s hardly a wonder this whole place was one of the UK’s first-ever designated areas of outstanding natural beauty!

19. Costa del Sol, Spain

Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol is one of the most picturesque destinations located in Southern Spain. Costa del Sol is formed by the coastal towns, including the capital, Malaga. It’s the perfect place if you love warm weather, beaches, culture, and food.

But there are many activities to do in Costa Del Sol as every town has something to offer. If you’re looking for crystal blue water beaches, Nerja is definitely where you need to go.

If you want a luxurious shopping experience, you must visit Puerto Banus in Marbella. And if you’re interested in culture, the capital is your place.

The options are endless and that’s why it’s difficult to know how long and where to stay. As a local, I can tell you that Torremolinos or Benalmadena are good locations to stay as there are plenty of activities in these towns and it’s easy to travel to other towns.

If you’re staying in Benalmadena, you must visit Castillo de Colomares, a beautiful hidden gem castle and the perfect spot to take Instagrammable pictures! However, if you’re looking to stay in less touristy but beautiful towns, I would check Torre del Mar and Mijas.

The best way to explore Costa del Sol is by car if you don’t want to rely on public transport. Also, although public transport is quite good, there are some places you can’t access by bus or the travel time is not ideal.

Lastly, many tourists make the mistake of not staying for long in Costa del Sol or staying only in one town instead of traveling around to discover incredible places. Therefore, I recommend staying a week at least, and if you’re wondering which towns are worthy, these are a must: Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Mijas Pueblo, Marbella, Nerja, and Antequera.

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