The 15 most beautiful cities in the world

by Juan José Herranz | November 19, 2020
water canal in Florence Italy at night

If you love travelling, you must know that every traveller has a must-see list of some of the most beautiful countries and cities around the world. This is my list for the 15 most beautiful cities in the world!


Travelling to Oia, or any other city in Santorini is an adventure of its own. Breathtaking views are part of everyday life, and its golden sunsets and beaches where you can relax any time will make you fall in love with Oia.

Oia also holds a lot of history, which you can see in the Panagia Platsani greek orthodox church, in the Maritime Museum, and through the Byzantine Castle Ruins and the Castle of Oia. You must also try its food and wine. Indulge in an unforgettable culinary experience with very affordable prices.

Santorini houses along the seacoast


A destination that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime, Kyoto is the cultural and historical heart of Japan. It holds many UNESCO world heritage sites including many temples that will show you its history.

It also has the most picturesque views of cherry blossoms, Japanese gardens and great old traditional shops. You must walk around the city, where you can encounter Geishas, with their fantastic outfits, and where you can find restaurant to discover Kyoto from a culinary point of view.

buddhist temple Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto Japan


If you want an over-the-top experience, Dubai is a place to go! There is a mix of extravagant and luxurious lifestyle with its cars, clothes and social events, and traditional culture seen in the markets, the food and the way of living life. 

It is home to both the biggest mall in the world and the tallest building in the world. It also holds different numbers of religions and cultures, since Dubai welcomes many ex-pats, which translates into discovering different restaurants, schools, events and celebrations. 

The Dubai Fountain in Dubai


Mountains, desert and water, this three-fold city in Oman is unforgettable. You can visit its marvellously architecture constructions, including the amazing Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Al Alam Palace and Bait Al Zubair Museum.

Muscat is known for its great seafood, which is either made grilled, or in a curry recipe. Another must-do activity is to take a tour around the Gulf of Oman where you can watch dolphins, discover the amazing mountain landscapes on a hike, and the endless desert!

Sultan Qaboos Grand Masjid in Muscat Oman


Also called the floating city, is known for its canals and bridges. There only boats and ferries are the way of getting around this romantic city. You cannot visit Venice without enjoying Gondola rides, wandering around and discovering the Venetian Gothic architecture and tasting all the delicious food and wine.

A must-see in Venice are the many glass blowing factories the area is famous for. A last tip is that you should organize your trip around the end of January to see the amazing Venetian Carnival.

Gondolas and Grand Canal in Venice Italy


Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage city in Jordan that does not disappoint in terms of history and beaut. Also called the Pink City or even the Lost City, Petra is a natural desert beauty that will take your breath away.

Just entering the city is an adventure itself. Going through the mountains, gorges and rocks, it is unique! The best plan is to dive into history through visiting the ruins, especially the area of Al-Khazneh, and to tour the ancient houses, the amphitheatres and the temples.

You also should go climbing and enjoying the landscapes. And then, you should enjoy the beautiful and clear starry nights in the desert. The whole city offers the most amazing feeling of calmness and relaxation under its starry nights through its ‘Petra Night Show’.

Petra in Jordan


Although Santorini is known for its romantic feel and beautiful sea views, Athens is the heart of the greek history. From the ancient ruins around the city to its amazing museums, you will never be full of things to see and do.

The Grand Temple of Olympian Zeus, The Herodeon, The Temple of Hephaestus and Parthenon are only a few staple history sites you cannot miss. In addition to that, you should also get lost in its markets, and enjoy the food and desserts Greece is known for. Without forgetting its beautiful beaches for a relaxed stay. Great news, Athens, just like Oia, is also wallet-friendly!

city and monuments of Athens at night


This city has a lot to offer! Starting by its staple monuments, you should visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, Castle Hill, Buda Castle and the Hungarian State Opera House, then dive into history through discovering the Kobanya Caves.

Budapest is known for its eventful nightlife, but it is also known for its tasty street food, and its unique attractions like the Budapest Pinball Museum, and the Budapest Chocolate Museum. The best way to end your journey is by going to thermal baths and enjoy these waters' healing properties.

Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest


This is a city that doesn’t need an introduction. You will be blown away by the city’s sights: Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. The city is also seen by many as a shopping destination by day, and a party hub by night, which is not wrong.

You will discover peace in its beautiful green and colourful parks and how each different neighbourhood feels. It is a city worth exploring by foot, and since it is metropolitan, you will be amazed by the variety of culinary options you might find.

Big Ben and Westminster bridge in London England


Easily, one of the most beautiful cities due to its simplicity. In addition to the fact that it is an affordable destination compared to others, it holds a big number of museums and galleries, and it offers delicious food and wines.

A part from Porto’s beautiful colourful streets and buildings, there are a few things you cannot miss: enjoy a ride in its tram, and if you are a Harry Potter fan, pay a visit to The Lello & Irmao bookstore, which was an inspiration behind the great saga. You should also book a boat tour around the Douro Valley. Porto is a pedestrian-friendly city, and the best plan is to wander around, discover its secrets and relive its history.

Belém Tower Tower of Saint Vincent in Lisbon in Portugal

New York

One of the most extravagant cities in the world. Going to New York is an experience in itself, and every day a new adventure. Take a walk around Central Park, meet the Statue of Liberty and wander around to have the most diversified experience you can get.

In the city where dreams can come true, you will not get enough of the Empire State Building and Times Square. You should also book a ticket for a Broadway show, and if you are fearless, you will love the One World Observatory. Do not forget to visit the Brooklyn Bridge, and to have the full New York experience by trying New York pizza.

 Statue of Liberty in New York City during sunset


Whether you visit Centro Habana or Old Havana, you will always see Cubans enjoying life, you will hear music and you will be surrounded by colourful buildings. You will travel through Cuban history while visiting the museums and parks of the city, and you should enjoy a ride on amazing 1950s American cars.

vintage cars and colourful colonial buildings in Cuba


Istanbul is a city between Asia and Europe that mixes modernity with authenticity and tradition. It’s filled with beautiful landmarks that tell the country’s story and history of different civilizations. You can enjoy shopping and use your bargaining skills, take a boat tour around the Bosfor, and have a relaxing evening in a Turkish bath before you head out for the city’s busy nightlife. Turkish food and sweets are everywhere to indulge.

Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey at night

Saint Petersburg

Russia’s cultural city is one to remember. Its beautiful palaces and incredible architecture are breathtaking. You cannot miss its great museums, and most importantly, the rising of bridges. Although this may seem something ordinary, the rising bridges of St. Petersburg are a show of their own.

Saint Isaac's Cathedral Isaakievskiy Sobor in St. Petersburg


This historic polish city is home to a lot of history. You can walk around and discover the main market square, visit the colourful St Mary’s Basilica, visit Auschwitz concentration camp, and also tour the Wawel Royal Castle. One activity that will make your trip to Krakow better is to ride a horse and cart and explore the Old Town the traditional way. 

To conclude, enjoy a few drinks in the Kazimierz neighbourhood, where you will also find shops, boutiques and synagogues.

Main Square street in Krakow Poland