With unique local cuisine, groundbreaking architecture, breathtaking natural scenery and enriching layers of history, every country in the world has a variety of things to offer. So, while there are so many countries that are unapologetically beautiful, there are some that are more naturally gifted than others.
This charming European country entices international visitors from all over the world with its natural beauty, incredible food, art, history and style. The variety of its landscape ranges from the vineyards of Chianti to the jaw dropping Amalfi coast, rainbow-colored cityscapes and the mountains of Trentino—one visit is simply not enough. If you go beyond the craggy Dolomites, verdant hills and coasts of sparkling beauty, you will stumble onto the elegant style of Roman boutiques, sunlight spread across olive trees, and storied heritage—all recognized by UNESCO. Along with advanced culture and spellbinding tradition, Italy also is home to the largest number of world heritage sites in the world.
Step into the world’s second-biggest country that is a unique mix of raw beauty and majestic landscapes. Canada’s spectacular scenery ranges from serene lakes to lofty mountains, the gorgeous Rocky Mountain range, also home to polar bears and caribou, as well as glaciers and fjords. One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Canada is also one of the coolest one-stop destinations for family vacations and hikers. Come here to experience the surreal Aurora Borealis, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canadian Rockies, Yukon territory’s great wilderness, and B.C. Mountain slopes that draw skiers and snowboarders.
With its breathtaking scenery that ranges from astonishing mountain ranges, lakes, landscapes with no horizon, waterfalls, Switzerland isn’t a surprise entry on this list of the most beautiful countries in the world. It has some spectacular spaces like Lauterbrunnen, with its 72 thundering waterfalls, the four-armed Lake Lucerne, St-Léonard lake, the majestic Matterhorn, the world’s most famous tooth-shaped mountain peak. You can visit the quaint lakeside towns of Vevey, Montreux and Luzern, and contrast it with Geneva’s aristocratic gravitas, and the tranquil villages of Zermatt and the very urban and cosmopolitan Zurich. Tucked away in the Alps, this country is an absolute must-visit destination and usually features on everyone’s bucket list.
The luscious variety of Brazil’s physical geography needs to be experienced. You get to see the horseshoe-shaped falls of Iguaçu, kayak through the incomparable Amazon, or look out from the peak of Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro here at one of the most beautiful countries in the world. As 60 per cent of the entire Amazon rainforest is in the northern part of Brazil, the country also offers the greatest biodiversity on the planet. It is home to jaguars, woolly spider monkeys, ocelots, piranhas, giant water lilies, and mangroves. To explore the best beaches in the country, visit the archipelago off the northeast coast.
From the Redwood forests to the waters of the Gulf Stream, America offers remarkable segments of spectacular landscapes, cityscapes, multiculturalism, and people. The third biggest country on earth, the USA offers bluegrass and beaches, along with towering forests and restaurant-loving cities. Here, you get to experience wide expanses of hot deserts and plateaus, skyscraping mountain ranges topped by glaciers, rolling grasslands, tropical rain forests, active volcanic zones and polar tundra along with an astonishing array of wildlife. Don’t forget to explore the country’s prized national parks, gorgeous beaches, the incomparable Grand Canyon, and the purple mountain majesties of this beautiful country.
From its beautiful coastline of Catalunya to atmospheric Andalucia, world class beaches such as Playa de Las Catedrales in Galicia and the historic walled cities of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain offers a variety of terrains to explore. One of the most naturally beautiful countries in Europe, it offers monumental cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, volcanic landscapes of Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park, and a collection of glorious natural pools in La Palma, among many other natural wonders. Along with its architectural wonders, vibrant and colorful cities, the frozen-in-time villages with lesser-known communities such as the Arévalo and Sigüenza, the country is also home to many national parks.
Seductively beautiful, France is the largest country in Europe, and also one of the most varied in terrain. Along with its incredible arts, sculptures and antiques, France will charm you with its natural beauty—the snow-capped Alps, the lush green Pyrenees, vibrant purple lavender fields, golden stoned chateaux, windswept beaches, and half-timbered houses. Even the most unlikely corners are stunning, like the marshy delta of Camargue, the spectacular river-carved cliff sides of the Gorges du Verdon, stunning protected areas of Corsica and the Dune du Pilat, Europe’s highest sand dune. The country attracts a majority of tourists coming to Europe (almost 80 per cent). While this diversity of landscape adds to its beauty, so does its exclusive haute couture status and remarkable architectural heritage.
Known for its iconic safari destinations, South Africa is a superb amalgamation of awesome weather, exquisite scenery, abundance of wildlife and diversity of cultures. Its landscape, equal in size to France and Spain combined, is filled with amazing scenic sights no matter which province you pick. Visit the country for its wildflower-filled Namaqualand, soaring Drakensberg Mountains, wine-growing valleys of the Western Cape, beaches where penguins roam, the Blyde River Canyon, and the iconic Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. Along with the national parks where you have easy access to the Big Five, elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros and lion.
One of Asia’s primary travel destinations, Thailand is located at the center of the Indo-Chinese Peninsula. Officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly Siam, Thailand is known for its tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples. From land to sea, the country shows off multiple facets of nature, where hundreds of islands offer something for every type of traveler. Pick Ko Kut for its lush jungles, or Koh Tao for crystal-clear diving waters, or the capital city Bangkok for the country’s sparkling nightclubs and city life for a wholesome fulfilling experience. Along with stunning art and crafts outlets and outstanding architectural buildings, Thailand also has incredible exposure to a variety of wildlife such as wild elephants and tigers.
The island nation of Fiji is an archipelago in the South Pacific that contains approximately 300 islands and 540 islets scattered over about 1,000,000 square miles. Plan your Fiji vacation around sun-drenched beaches, turquoise lagoons and swaying palm trees. While Fiji might look similar to many other tropical getaways, the country has something for every kind of nature enthusiast. The islands offer quality waves, marine life and coral reefs for adventure seekers such as surfers, divers and those who love snorkeling. Combine natural beauty with ancient history at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, and go island hopping to experience as many different individual islands and cultures as possible.