With the ease of modern travel and budget destinations, we are always on the look for new and exciting places to travel to. Maybe you are a hopeless romantic planning on a romantic getaway, or a history buff who is looking forward to spending time discovering ancient ruins, or maybe you are planning on a shopping spree this holiday? With all this in mind, we have provided you with a list of 25 beautiful cities you need to visit in your lifetime. These cities have a little bit of everything that can appease the masses.
25. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is the city where the East meets West. If you are going to visit Turkey this summer, make sure that you stop by Istanbul. Be prepared to experience its vast history, monumental mosques, bazaars and its art and architecture.
24. Luxor, Egypt
Luxor is a city set on the East bank of the River Nile. It’s considered one of the most stunning cities of the ancient cities of Egypt. This location is must-see for history lovers due to its proximity to Karnak, Thebes and the Valley of the kings.
23. Jaipur, India
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, boasts of spectacular palaces and fine gardens in India. The beautiful city is a part of India’s famous ‘Golden Triangle’ that also consists of the Taj Mahal and New Delhi.
22. Oia, Greece
Oia, a famous small town on the Greek Island of Santorini, is carved out of the cliffs. They city boasts of spectacular white and blue houses that were built for Venetian sea captains and also the more typical houses called the ‘cave houses’ built for the villagers. If you are planning a trip to Oia, do not miss the sunset. The legendary sunset can be viewed from a cafe or even a boat.
21. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar, an ancient city, is one of the top destinations in Africa. It’s popular for its white sandy beaches, archipelago and the Stone Town, a vibrant, historic city that has African, Arab and Portuguese influences.
Singapore, needs to be experienced, whether on a vacation or lay over, is up to you. You can ‘shop till you drop’ or even taste one of the world’s best street foods in this city. You want more? You can experience the wild side of Singapore, by taking a city bus to ancient rain forests.
19. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is often known as the Paris of South America. It boasts of colorful homes, wide downtown avenues and tango nightclubs. It’s one of the largest cities with a plethora of cultural offerings.
18. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, the capital and largest city in Czech Republic, is nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires”. If you want to immerse yourself into European culture, this is the place to be. Prague is known for its Old town, baroque buildings, gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock.
17. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is the capital and largest city of Hungary. The city, known to be the most beautiful in Europe, is home to plenty of hot springs and a boisterous nightlife. You can explore the Roman ruins of the Aquincum Museum, Heroes’ Square and Statue Park, or the 300-foot dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica.
16. Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Samarkand, an ancient silk road city of Uzbekistan is famous for its mosques and mausoleums. There are many places to visit that showcase the world’s most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture, like the Registan square.
15. Lhasa, China
Lhasa, a city and administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, is one of the most featured and dreamt about cities in the world. Located deep in the valley of the Himalayas, you can explore various temples, the largest brewery in the world and also the Dalai Lama’s former residence, Potala Palace, which is a major attraction.
14. Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech is a former imperial city located in western Morocco. Marrakech is home to magnificent mosques, palaces and gardens. The historic Medina region has much to offer. The snaking alleyways of the city are full of vibrant souks selling traditional textiles, pottery and jewelry.
13. Florence, Italy
Florence, home of the Renaissance, shows off one of the most remarkable art collections in the world. In addition to that, it offers awe-inspiring cathedrals, brilliant Tuscan food and bewitching architecture.
12. Havana, Cuba
Havana, Cuba’s largest city and colorful capital, is widely noted for its Spanish colonial architecture of its 16th-century Old Havana core. You can also take a stroll in the Walk El Malecón, a walkway that borders the ocean.
11. Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto is a city located on the island of Honshu in Japan. If you want to explore the spirit of traditional Japan, this is the place to go. You can visit elegant tea-houses, sublime gardens, quiet temples, colorful shrines and castles.
10. Lalibela, Ethiopia
Lalibela, located in northern Ethiopia, is one of Ethiopia’s great holy cities and a center of pilgrimage. Lalibela is well known around the world for its monolithic churches that are carved into rocks. There are 11 famous rock-hewn churches.
9. Bagan, Myanmar
Bagan is an ancient city which resides in the the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. Is it true that the world’s best sunrise could be seen here? Many would say so. It is a truly beautiful place to visit.
8. Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is home to historic sites, shrines, ancient temples and quaint villages. For many, Kathmandu is a gateway to the glorious Himalayas. You can also explore shops that sell exquisite items crafted by the locals that include carpets and paper prints.
7. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is a coastal city and also Portugal’s hilly capital. It offers its visitors a postcard-perfect view of its cobbled alleyways, white domed cathedrals and ancient ruins.
6. Hội An, Vietnam
Hội An is a city located on Vietnam’s central coast. The city is well known for its Ancient town where canals cut through it. The UNESCO certified old city shows Japanese, Vietnamese and European influences.
5. Lyon, France
Lyon, the third largest city in France, is a World Heritage city that dates back to the Romans. If you are planning to visit this city, try making it to the Fête des Lumières, the festival of lights, where the streets, gardens and cathedrals are all decorated with thousands of lights.
4. Vienna, Austria
Vienna, the capital and largest city in Austria, is a glorious imperial city home to spectacular palaces, beautiful gardens and refined cafes.
3. Cusco, Peru
Cusco, a city located in southeastern Peru, was once the capital of the Inca empire and is widely known for its archaeological remains and the Spanish colonial architecture. Cusco not only serves as an entry point to the Andes and Machu Picchu, but also the city houses many historic temples, monasteries and colonial homes.
2. Mont Saint Michel, France
Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune located in Normandy, France. More than 3 million tourists visit this city and they all attest to the magnificent site of the Mont Saint Michel Abbey which rises above the tranquil Normandy coast.
1. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, is a Croatian city which is also referred to as the jewel of the Adriatic ocean. The walled city is known for its Old Town, a World Heritage Site, known for its scenic areas.
Honorable mentions include:
- Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Pokhara, Nepal
- San Francisco, California
- Sydney, Australia
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Cartagena, Colombia
- Berlin, Germany
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Tokyo, Japan
- Athens, Greece
- Beijing, China
- Paris, France
- Jerusalem, Israel
- Venice, Italy