The 18 Most Staggeringly Beautiful Places in Europe
Discover the most beautiful European landscapes with the Azores but also the wonderful Douro Valley in Portugal. You probably already know the Mont Saint-Michel but what about Bonifacio, Hallstatt, Hallerbos Forest or the Lofoten Islands?
Choose your most beautiful landscape and book your stay in one of the best European destinations.
1. The Azores | Portugal
Leave the Portuguese coasts and get to Madeira Islands. It is a perfect destination for nature and trekking lovers. Further in the Atlantic Ocean, more than 1400 kilometres from Lisbon are The Azores. This group of 9 volcanic islands offer breathtaking landscapes.
2. Galesnjak Island | Croatia
Welcome to the island of love. A few kilometres from Zadar, the Galesnjak Island, also known as Cupid Island is the only island in the world with a heart shape.
That shape was discovered by a cartographer in the late 19th century. The island is very small with an area of 130 square metres. It does not house any hotel or restaurant.
3. Hallstatt | Austria
Hallstatt, a wonderful Austrian village that is 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 town of Salzburg.
4. Bonifacio | France
Come discover Bonifacio in Corsica. 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, it is perfect for lovers of unspoiled nature, beaches, history, sea , sun and blue skies.
5. The Mont Saint-Michel | France
Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most visited monuments in France, just after the Tour Eiffel.
It is photographed every year by travellers from all over the world. Located in Normandy, the Mont is named after the statue of Saint-Michel at the top of the church. Although Mont Saint-Michel is not densely populated (40 inhabitants) it is possible to stay there, to eat there, in short to spend a beautiful holiday there.
6. Tuscany | Italy
Tuscany is one of the best places to live a peaceful retirement in Europe. The capital is the beautiful and romantic Florence. Tuscany has other great cities such as the very famous Pisa. Tuscany is obviously one of the most beautiful regions in Italy.
7. Rhine waterfalls | Switzerland
The Rhine waterfalls, among the largest waterfalls in Europe, will amaze you. If you are sporty climb the rock in the middle of these waterfalls and take a picture with the Swiss flag.
8. The Svartissen Glacier | Norway
Welcome to the confines of Europe, close to the Arctic Circle and discover the Svartissen Glacier, the second largest glacier in Norway, from tourist route number 17 which runs along the entire Norwegian coast.
9. The Dordogne Valley | France
Rocamadour is one of the most beautiful villages in France and the Dordogne Valley is one of the most beautiful regions in Europe. Come discover this tourist site and its medieval streets visited each year by millions of visitors. Climb up the castle and its belvedere and admire the magnificent panorama of the Dordogne valley.
10. Mullerthal Region | Luxembourg
In the Mullerthal Region – Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland, the visitor can spend a diversified vacation. Echternach, the eldest city of the country, is considered a historic hot spot and capital of the whole region. Hikers will encounter a well signalled hiking net throughout the whole region and they may discover impressive rock formations, romantic brook valleys and amazing view points on the valley of the Sûre. The small villages are quite charming and the old ruins of the castles of Beaufort and Larochette as well as the Schiessentümpel cascade are worth a visit.
11. The Douro Valley | Portugal
The Douro Valley is simply splendid in photos, but discovering it will make you speechless. No photos or videos can make you feel the beauty of the landscape classified as a UNESCO world heritage.
12. The Faroe Islands | Denmark
Situated between Scotland and Iceland the Faroe Islands are autonomous and constituent of Denmark. “Faroe Islands” means “island of the sheep” With 1400 km2 of preserved nature on 18 islands they are perfect for people who like low temperatures (11 degrees in summer and not less than 3 degrees in winter).
13. Meteora | Greece
You may have discovered Meteora on a National Geographic calendar, but it is high time to come and discover the incredible beauty of its landscape. These monasteries, hung in the sky, are a high place of the Orthodox religion.
Before 1920 you had to sit in baskets pulled by a system of pulleys to get to the top of the mountain .Quite impressive! You can easily walk up the stairs to reach the top now. Less impressive!
14. Positano | Italy
This is a postcard destination. This destination, which is also one of the best destinations for a honeymoon in Europe, is one of the most romantic villages on the Amalfi Coast.
You may know the legend: Neptune created the village to please one of his nymphs.
15. The Hallerbos Forest | Belgium
Come and discover the carpets of blue bell of wild hyacinths covering the wood of Hallerbos in Hal (Flemish Brabant), close to Brussels. This beautiful forest is famous for the beautiful wild hyacinths that bloom at the end of April or the beginning of May.
16. Bled | Slovenia
This is one of the most famous destinations in Slovenia. Its magnificent castle listed among the most beautiful castles in Europe overlooks the lake of Bled on which you can see the only island of Slovenia.
17. Oludeniz | Turkey
Come discover the beauty of the natural landscapes that make Oludeniz one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Under the blue flag, you will enjoy pure turquoise water and the quiet of a protected nature reserve.
Go paragliding in Oludeniz and fly over one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
18. The Lofoten Islands | Norway
Lofoten Islands are a dream destination for many travellers 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.
This archipelago owes its name “Lofoten” to its form, that of the footprint of a lynx.