The Most Scenic Countries in the World

Amongst 193 countries of the world, it’s nearly impossible to list down the most beautiful and scenic countries of all. Every country is different with its unique, stunning beauty. Some have colorful landscapes, intriguing architecture, while other countries have their own complex history. And most importantly, it’s always the people that make their country stand apart from the rest.

To narrow down the list of the most scenic countries, we focused on the places that offer an outstanding range of natural wonders along with manmade breathtaking creations. In short, these countries are simply captivating. 

1. New Zealand 

New Zealand

According to the data received from the 2017 Best Countries rankings (survey of more than 21,000 global citizens), it was confirmed that New Zealand ranked number 1 amongst the most scenic countries throughout the world.

New Zealand comprises breathtaking landscapes, with towering mountains, epic rainforests, turquoise lakes, and flowing waterfalls. Just look at the fascinating color palates, Lake Tekapo’s purple and pink-hued lupins, where you can live all of your fantasies. Moreover, the mountainous fjords of Milford Sound offer magnificent waterside views.

The inspiring architecture and renowned landmarks can be seen in the crowded cities of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.

2. Iceland

Iceland

Iceland is a geologically diverse and volcanically active country situated just outside the Arctic Circle. Because of Iceland’s oceanic plateau, characterized by sand, lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, Iceland emerged as one of the world’s most desirable tourist destinations. 

Travelers rush to this beautiful country because of its varying landscapes as it is a visually tantalizing retreat for their holidays. 

Iceland, one of the most scenic countries in the world, is also famous for its deepest glacial lake, Jökulsárlón, which has floating blue icebergs and gatherings of seals.

You can click the best-ever photographs in the black sands and basalt columns of Reynisfjara Beach.

Along with awe-inspiring vistas, towering volcanoes, gushing waterfalls, and large underground ice caves, Iceland also offers its visitors to relax in warm, mineral-rich hot springs in their favorite pastime to calm their body and mind.

3. Nepal

Nepal

Nepal is one of the most unusual and breathtaking countries in the world because of its natural landscapes. Nepal’s beautiful views are attractive enough to captivate even experienced travelers. It is considered the Hiking Capital of the world. The bonus point is that Nepal is a very cheap country, and you can find a lot to explore their staying on a budget.

4. Switzerland

Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Switzerland is home to natural beauty with numerous lakes, villages, and the high peaks of the Alps. It is known for the best ski resorts and hiking trails. Some of its captivating views include awe-inspiring views of the iconic Matterhorn Mountain, peaceful lakes, and elegant waterfalls.

Lake Geneva’s picturesque banks and Zurich’s badi can be your next vacation destinations.

5. Ireland 

Ireland

Ireland, also known by the nickname “the Emerald Isle,” is famous for its natural beauty, which offers a lot to travelers looking to freshen up.  The Cliffs of Moher is one of the most tremendous views, as it rises to a height of 666ft. 

Another stunning view for visitors includes the etching of the waters of Galway Bay by Aran Islands. You can hear the beautiful sounds of the waves crashing the cliff below you simply by standing on its edge. By far, the sunset is the best time to visit for travelers.

6. Italy

Italy

The world’s most beautiful country, Italy, is known for its ancient landmarks, rolling hills, and Cliffside vistas. It is a popular destination amongst tourists because of its most inspiring cultural treasures and magnificent scenery. No other country in the world has this much beauty. Canals of Venice, Florence, the capital of Italy, and The natural masterpiece Tuscany with its rolling hills, vineyards, and snow-peaked mountains offer unforgettable imagery.

Italy’s scenery is easily recognizable as no country on Earth offers as much beauty as Italy. Also, the cultural food of Italy will let you eat well during your stay there.

7. South Africa 

South Africa

With more than 21 National Parks, 8 World Heritage Sites, miles of pristine coastline, and an amazing climate, South Africa offers epic diversity of landscapes. From the Blyde River Canyon to the Drakensberg Mountains, you can explore so much beauty.

Unforgettable experiences and an outstanding journey are guaranteed in South Africa. Cape Town and the Kruger National Park provide some of the most memorable experiences of South Africa.

If you are fascinated by wildlife, South Africa’s Big Five Safaris can possibly be an exclusive opportunity for you. (Big Five Safari term refers to the tour of most dangerous hunting animals: buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, and rhino).

8. Australia

Australia

Australia is not just a country but a continent or maybe more than that. National wild parks and a wide range of landscapes are what makes Australia so extraordinary. 

Australia’s most beautiful and iconic sights are never-ending. Some of the beautiful views include Sydney and its harbor, the unspoiled tropical Whitsunday Islands, and the iconic urban areas.

Also, it has one of the world’s natural wonders: the Mornington Peninsula National Park, which faces the open sea to the Great Barrier Reef. In addition to that, a ride on the Great Ocean Road offers a huge variety of things to be admired.

9. Greece 

Greece

Greece is best known for the iconic architecture of Athens (the capital of Greece) and the coastal scenes of Santorini. If you are looking for an aesthetic look, then Greece will never disappoint you. It comprises world-famous 6,000+ islands and islets that offer crystal-clear waters, swoon-worthy vistas, cliff-lined beautiful beaches, and the epic sunrises in Mykonos. 

Moreover, the mountainous, forest-filled region, Epirus, is one of the best places to visit in the northwest of Greece.

10. Spain

Spain

Spain is a country with geographical and cultural diversity. It is much more than its common image of the overdevelopment of the Costa del Sol or the coastland of some of the Balearic Islands. 

Spain offers everything from white Mediterranean villages to sophisticated cosmopolitan centers. It comprises 15 national parks, including five in the Canary and Balearic Islands.  

The incomparable architectural treasures of Spain include the Alhambra and the Great Mosque of Cordoba. Some of its world-class beaches include Playa de Las Catedrales in Galicia. Pico Viejo, located on Canary Island, Spain, is the third tallest volcanic structure in the world. The highest point of Spain, Mount Teide, is located in Teide National Park.

Conclusion

If you are feeling exhausted lately and want to freshen up yourself, you can pack your bags and take a flight to one of these most scenic countries in the world. Some of these countries don’t just offer amazing city life but also mesmerizing natural views that can impress anyone. If you love nature, you can visit South Africa, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Nepal. On the other hand, if you want to click amazing photos of city life and enjoy diversity, you can check out Australia, Greece, and Spain.