The most beautiful places in Europe – chosen by you

written by Lottie Gross

updated 16.02.2024

To celebrate our dazzling European neighbours, we took to Facebook and Twitter to ask our followers to vote for the most beautiful places in Europe – the spots that, quite simply, blew them away. After much debate, here is what our readers and travel experts have whittled down to be the most beautiful places in Europe.

This article is inspired by our Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget — your essential guide to travelling in this great region.

1. Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

Exploring the Land of Fire and Ice can sometimes feel like visiting another planet. Iceland's landscapes are impressively varied and will often leave you speechless. Pictured below are the craters of Laki that sit beneath a mountain of the same name within Vatnajökull National Park.

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Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland © Jens Ottoson/Shutterstock

Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland - one of the most beautiful places in Europe © Jens Ottoson/Shutterstock

2. The pristine beaches of Corsica, France

From snow-encrusted Alps ripe for skiing to pretty cities perfect for exploring on foot – not to mention a vast and varied coastline with historic beaches and glitzy resorts – France has it all. Corsica is known for its stunning beaches, rugged mountains, and vibrant culture. These amazing landscapes are some of the best Europe has to offer.

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Aerial view of Rondinara beach in Corsica Island in France ©  Samuel Borges Photography/Shutterstock

Aerial view of Rondinara beach of Corsica Island in France © Samuel Borges Photography/Shutterstock

3. The scenic streets of Andalucia, Spain

From the country's mesmerising landscapes and heavenly beaches to its delicious food, Spain has a beauty all over. Andalusia, a region in southern Spain, is famous for its rich history, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, and delicious cuisine. It has also been voted by our readers as one of the most beautiful places in Europe.

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Andalucia, Spain © Madrugada Verde/Shutterstock

4. Lofoten Islands for the northern lights and more

It's no surprise that many of our readers chose Norway as the most beautiful place in Europe. There's beauty all around here, from skies where the aurora borealis dance above at night, to seas that teem with marine life.

The Lofoten Islands in Norway offer breathtaking views of rugged mountains, and picturesque fishing villages — making it a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. It's also a fantastic place to bring the kids.

Bergen and the fjords, Norway

Bergen and the fjords, Norway © Pixabay

5. The beautiful scenery of Lake Como, Italy

This boot-shaped country has a lot to offer: idyllic islands, peaceful lakes and gorgeous mountains. Lake Como, located in the Lombardy region of Italy, is a picturesque destination known for its stunning alpine scenery, luxurious villas, and charming lakeside towns. Discover a host of fun facts about Italy.

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Varenna old town in Como lake © Boris Stroujko/Shutterstock

Varenna old town in Como Lake © Boris Stroujko/Shutterstock

6. The infamous Bled Lake, Slovenia

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.

Within a basin surrounded by the rugged, snowcapped Julian Alps lies Lake Bled. This is Slovenia’s most visited resort, northwest of Ljubljana.

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Bled Lake of Slovenia / CC0

7. Greek islands & monasteries

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.

Monastery perched on a rock in Meteora, Greece © Sergey Novikov/Shutterstock

Monastery perched on a rock in Meteora, Greece © Sergey Novikov/Shutterstock

8. The rolling hills of the Welsh coastline

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?

Mount Snowdon with dramatic lakes and valley @ Simon Bennett/Shutterstock

Mount Snowdon with dramatic lakes and valley @ Simon Bennett/Shutterstock

9. The alpine meadows of Lauterbrunnen Valley, Swiss Alps

This small but special country full of alpine peaks, tumbling valleys and an extraordinary selection of outdoor activities, is a sight to behold in both winter and summer.

The Lauterbrunnen Valley is a natural wonderland, characterized by its majestic waterfalls, towering mountains, and lush green meadows that are perfect for hiking and skiing.

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The spectacular view of the alpine meadows in Swiss Alps © kaband/Shutterstock

10. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — one of the most beautiful places in Europe

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.

Plitvice Lakes National Park is a natural wonderland, renowned for its stunning cascading lakes, waterfalls, and diverse wildlife.

Orsula Park in Dubrovnik © Karmela Kortizija/Shutterstock

Orsula Park in Dubrovnik © Karmela Kortizija/Shutterstock

11. The Mediterranean Sea from the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Italy has been selected as one of the most beautiful places in Europe not once, but twice, thanks to its wealth of natural sites.

The Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination. Come here for the colourful cliffside villages, turquoise waters, and stunning mountainous scenery. This is a fantastic place to take in the Mediterranean sun.

Amalfi, Italy © proslgn/Shutterstock

Amalfi, Italy © proslgn/Shutterstock

12. The scenic trails of the Kravica Waterfalls, Bosnia and Herzegovina

It's no surprise that Bosnia and Herzegovina made our list as it is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Europe. The stunning country is home to several stunning natural wonders.

The Kravica Waterfalls are no exception. This series of cascading waterfalls create a stunning sight amidst the lush greenery. Take a dip in the refreshing pools or explore hiking trails through the surrounding forests to take in the serene natural beauty.

Kravice waterfall on the Trebizat River in Bosnia and Herzegovina © Shutterstock

Kravice waterfall on the Trebizat River in Bosnia and Herzegovina © Shutterstock

13. The iconic image of The Seven Rila Lakes, Bulgaria

Bulgaria's natural beauty makes easily it one of the most stunning places in Europe. With its towering Rila Mountains and sandy beaches of the Black Sea coast, Bulgaria offers visitors a diverse range of landscapes to explore.

The Seven Rila Lakes is a series of seven glacial lakes surrounded by stunning mountain peaks. The views here are simply unforgettable.

Seven Rila Lakes in National Park Rila, Bulgaria © Shutterstock

Seven Rila Lakes in National Park Rila, Bulgaria © Shutterstock

14. The coastal towns of The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

The stunning Bay of Kotor, nestled between towering mountains and crystal-clear waters, helped this country earn its reputation as one of the most beautiful places in Europe — attracting visitors from around the world.

Here you'll find a beautiful bay, known for its tranquil blue waters, majestic mountains, and charming coastal towns.

Kotor, Montenegro © Shutterstock

Kotor, Montenegro © Shutterstock

15. The Fairy Pools of the Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands — known for a rugged and wild landscape characterized by rolling hills, majestic mountains, and shimmering lochs. Few destinations have quite as breathtaking of a terrain.

Our readers chose the Fairy Pools, of the Isle of Skye, as their top pick. Here you'll find a stunning collection of waterfalls and crystal-clear pools nestled in the rugged Cullin Mountains.

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Fairy Pools Waterfall Skye Island Scotland © Shutterstock

Fairy Pools Waterfall Skye Island Scotland © Shutterstock

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