Ranking of the Most Beautiful Cities

From futuristic cityscapes to tree-lined canals and colorful historic buildings, beauty comes in many forms. Here are some of the most beautiful cities in the world:

Amsterdam

Thanks to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the central canal, Amsterdam tops this list. It has many green spaces, storied red-brick facades, museums, and famous Van Gogh paintings.

Barcelona

Barcelona is home to Antoni Gaudí, the famous Catalan architect who left his mark in many parts of the city. His work, cast in stone and iron, consists of Park Güell and the unfinished La Sagrada Família masterpiece. Barcelona is also made beautiful by its sunny weather and scenic mountains.

Beirut

Beirut is an old city with centuries-old mosques and souks. These give way to an enchanting coastline with posh beach clubs, rooftop bars, palm tree-lined boulevards, and disguised arcades to rival any of the best in Europe.

Bergen

Even though it does not rank first for the number of inhabitants, Bergen is definitely the most attractive city in the Nordic region. The town has all the makings of a rustic Alpine dwelling: a scenic harbor, colorful rows of wooden houses, and a sweeping view of the surrounding fjords and the Seven Mountains.

Buenos Aires

Often referred to as the “Paris of South America”. From neoclassical mansions to the brightly painted buildings in La Boca, the city is a contrast of architectural designs that enhance its allure. The nightlife is vibrant, especially during summertime.

Budapest

With some of the highest quality Art Nouveau architecture in all of Europe, Budapest has no bad angles. The city’s famous thermal baths, the Fisherman’s Bastion, or the Chain Bridge are something to mull over.

The Most Beautiful African Cities

The continent is famed for striking vast deserts, exceptional wildlife, the arresting beauty of its savannah grasslands, and rolling hills and highlands. It also boasts extraordinary towns and cities that are endowed with culture and history.

Listed below are some of these beautiful cities and towns:

Cape Town

It is a colorful city with an extraordinary cultural history and fantastic restaurants. Located at the base of the picturesque cape ranges, the Cape area has some of Africa’s finest vineyards and beaches. The mountain offers scenic views while on a cable ride.

Lamu, Kenya

It is a small coastal town located on Lamu island. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 23 mosques, including the Riyadha Mosque, built in early 1900.

Lamu is also a donkey sanctuary. With no road transport, visitors can let off steam strolling the narrow alleys either on foot or donkey. This town is among the best places to relax and recharge.

Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira has breathtaking beaches and boasts glistering fortifications and ancient medina, which have existed since the 18th century.

This town is a watersport paradise, with its peace and tranquility a far cry from other urban centers in the region.