If you haven’t been bitten by the travel bug already, when you finish reading our list of the world’s most beautiful countries, you will. These are countries that boast of the most stunning natural landscapes – so stunning, you will want to see them all, and that right now. From the stunning vistas of Scotland’s forever romantic landscapes to the breathtaking natural wonders of Australia, we’ve spanned the globe to find you nature’s richest offerings. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and grab some visas.
1. New Zealand
New Zealand’s lush landscape is due to its unique fungal and plant life. This country’s lovely mountains, sprawling green hills, and incredible fjords are home to a variety of indigenous wildlife. The range of the Southern Alps forms a garland of snow-capped pearls along the horizon. Not to miss are the wonders of Milford Sound and Mitre Peak with their seas, waterfalls and penguins galore. Mount Cook stands majestic, offering beautiful trekking routes. Fiordland National Park and Glowworm Caves & Mangapohue Brid are simply not-to-miss while you’re in New Zealand.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, don’t miss a trip to Canada. The country’s amazing wilderness scenes include everything from the incredible Canadian Rockies to the Niagara Falls. Explore the immensely rich Banff National Park with its many lakes. Canada’s sprawling urban cities are a mix of beauty, history and nature, such as Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Quebec.
Italy is truly the home of romance. The charming Venice with its romantic canals and gondola rides; Milan, the country’s fashion capital; Florence, with its incredible art and architecture; Rome with its history and its architecture. Then there’s Tuscany, king of natural landscapes with its vineyards, snow-peaked mountains and rolling hills. The Amalfi Coast, the Lake Maggiore and the undulating Alps – all of these make for the perfect landscape portraits. Nowhere else in the world has such an intense concentration of beauty.
Scotland of the purple heather is rich in history. The Highlands are famous for their Viking descendants and their exploits. The lowlands are famous for their architecture and history. Scotland is immensely beautiful. During summer, the lush greens and purples of the heather-filled highlands take your breath away. Iconic castles are scattered all over Scotland, while wild beaches and pristine lakes dot the landscape.
One of the most beautiful countries in the world, France offers true panacea to the lover of romance. Apart from the cultural grandeur and history of Paris, France offers old world regions lush with beauty such as the Loire Valley and Provence. The French Pyrenees are simply mind-blowing. You simply cannot miss a visit to the greatest palace in the world – Versailles. Don’t miss the glamorous Riviera, and the Nice coast. Needless to say, please visit the Louvre Paris. While you’re there, visit a few vineyards in Bordeaux and Champagne, to taste a few inimitable wines.
Australia, with its grand indigenous culture and indigenous landmarks, and the great Outback and the Great Barrier Reef. This continent thrills every time. Don’t miss a visit to the mystical Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. In fact, see as many national parks as possible, as each one presents with a wide range of landscapes, natural formations and fabulous wildlife. Explore the sea-facing Mornington Peninsula National Park, the Whitsunday Islands, the lovely cities and the Great Ocean Road.
There’s a reason why Greece is famous for tourism. Just cast your eyes on the Mykonos beaches and explore the beautiful Aegean Sea islands. You’ll know. These are some of the world’s most beautiful coastal sites. Don’t miss a visit to the majestic Mt. Olympus, the extraordinary Meteora, ancient Greek ruins, the Athenian Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum.
Cast your eyes on the volcanic Azores and its amazing natural wonders. Exclaim over Madeira, the famous floating garden. Enjoy the dramatic coastline, the serene plains and Marvão and Monsaraz, the two lovely medieval villages. The Peneda-Gerês National Park is the perfect amalgamation of nature’s beauty and man’s efforts. The verdant Douro Valley, and the magical beauty of Sintra, the cultural old centers of Porto and Lisbon – they all combine to make Portugal one of the loveliest countries in the world.
Spain is quite probably the most diverse country in the world. On the one hand, you’ll find amazing architectural treasures like the Alhambra and the Great Mosque of Cordoba. On the other you’ll find incredible landscapes, whose natural beauty simply blows the mind. Lovely Mediterranean villages, fabulous beaches, stunning mountains and urban centers filled with history – that’s Spain for you. Don’t miss the highly individualistic Barcelona, and the beauty of the Spanish Pyrenees and Andalusia.
Granted the USA has some of the world’s worst homeless populations. Granted the cities are ugly and dirty and suffer from an over-profusion of shopping malls and fast food joints. However, this country really is beautiful. Explore the amazing Grand Canyon, the blue and pristine Hawaiian Islands, the many Finger Lakes and Lake Tahoe. Exclaim over the Alaskan wilderness and its wildlife and California’s Big Sur. Enjoy the breathtaking Yellowstone, Yosemite and other fabulous national parks. The Great Smoky Mountains will simply mesmerize you. Cities such as San Francisco are urban beauties, while Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago are rich in architecture and culture.
Brazil is intensely blessed by nature. It is also home to one of the loveliest cities in the world – Rio de Janeiro. Hire a boat and explore the wonders of Amazon – it’s an incomparable experience. The horseshoe-shaped waterfalls of Iguaçu and the many rainbows that break over it – magnificent. Brazil’s colonial past has left behind some incredible architecture that’s worth a look-see. The country’s vibrant traditions and finger-licking cuisine are other pulls for tourists here.
12. The UAE
The UAE has its own claims to beauty, both natural and manmade. Dubai alone is an eye-catcher with its incredible manmade monuments such as the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Frame, and the Museum of the Future, the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Islands. The deserts offer a richly varied landscape, bordered by the craggy peaks of the Hajjar Mountains. The mosques of Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi are simply amazing, notably the Sheikh Zayed Mosque of Abu Dhabi. The rugged Hajjar Mountains with its highest peak, the Jebel Jais is home to the world’s fastest zip line. A visit to this incredible country is well worth your UAE visa, so go for it.
Germany is the home of all the fairytales we read as children. This country is also home to some of the most fabulous architectural jewels found in its many cities. While the large urban centers of Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne and Hamburg are vibrant, you want to explore the charming Munich, Leipzig, Potsdam and Dresden. There’s a wealth of castles along Bavaria’s Romantic Road, as well as gorgeous lakes among the Alps. The Rhine bursts with green verdant splendor with its many vineyards. The enchanting Black Forest is a not-to-miss as well. Explore the beautifully preserved medieval towns of Regensburg and Rothenburg and the university city of Heidelberg, Bremen and Bamberg.
Austria, the birthplace of the inimitable Mozart and our own Arnold Schwarzenegger is a lovely medley of culturally-rich cities, majestic mountains, brilliant Alpine lakes and great living standards. Vienna, the capital city is full of top-class art, amazing cafes and imperial grandeur. However, the country is more famous for its incredible skiing! Head straight to the amazing slopes of Innsbruck, Kitzbühel, and St Anton. Austria comes with its share of fairy-tale castles that are nestled in the stunning mountainous landscape.
15. South Africa
Home to a varying ecosystems, perfect sun-kissed beaches and a sprawling landscape that’s filled with delights, South Africa is definitely one beautiful lady. Explore Kruger National Park, the Blyde River Canyon, the Drakensberg Mountains and more. One of the loveliest cities in the world is Cape Town, so be sure not to miss it. South Africa promises and delivers epic landscape diversity. When you move from one area to the next, it’ll be hard to believe you’re in the same country.
Plan a series of vacation breaks starting now and visit some of these amazing countries in the world. Each country offers incredible, mind-blowing beauty that’ll stay imprinted on your retina for a lifetime. Fill your video library with memories that you can go back to time and again. Pack your bags today!