This boot-shaped country has a lot to offer: idyllic islands, peaceful lakes and gorgeous mountains. The below photograph is of San Leo in Emilia-Romagna, visual proof that this nation belongs in a list of the most beautiful places in Europe.
A small nation, sandwiched between Croatia and Italy, Slovenia is often overlooked thanks to its increasingly popular neighbours. But that’s not because it isn’t beautiful. There are gorgeous alpine mountains, pretty little beaches and gorgeous rolling hills dotted with vineyards. Below is the much-photographed Lake Bled.
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From ancient ruins to beautiful beaches, Greece has manmade and natural beauty aplenty. Head to Metéora for an otherworldly rock-climbing experience, or island hop your way around the gorgeous Aegean to pretty little beaches like this one on Mykonos.
You voted Wales one of the most beautiful countries in the world, so it was bound to also turn up here. Rough Guides Twitter follower Kerstin voted for Wales because of its gorgeous sunsets, and who could say no to this one near Llandanwg, on the Cambrian Coast?
This small but special country full of alpine peaks and tumbling valleys is a sight to behold in both winter and summer. Pictured below is Switzerland‘s impressive Matterhorn, one of the world’s most challenging mountain climbs.
Consistently one of the most popular destinations on RoughGuides.com, it’s no surprise that Croatia featured heavily in our followers’ comments on the most beautiful places in Europe. From gorgeous islands like Hvar to little coves like this one below (Trsteno, Dubrovnik), Croatia has some serious Adriatic eye-candy.
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