Narrowing down a list of the world’s most scenic holiday spots is no small task. In their own way, each country has something to deliver in the beauty stakes. But if you’re after a quick pick, here are the top three scenic holiday spots that strike a chord for very different reasons.
1. Greek Islands, Greece
There’s a reason artists and photographers have been attempting to capture the essence of the Greek Islands for centuries; they are nothing short of spectacular. A combination of the rich blue Mediterranean Sea and the stark white buildings that adorn the rugged coastline, the Greek Islands are famous for their bright colours and fresh vistas.
Traditional Greek Islands, such as idyllic Santorini, feature white buildings crowned with bright blue domes that are perched on a rugged coastline amidst the bright hues of flowering bougainvillea. As a bonus, the food and hospitality is fantastic, as are the sailing opportunities and water sports. To really grasp the beauty of Santorini, hire a moped and traverse the entire island, or hire a yacht and view it from the water.
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2. Macchu Picchu, Peru
To visit Macchu Picchu is to see one of the most amazing historical sites in the world. Located on a mountainside high above the Sacred Valley in Peru, Macchu Picchu is a 15th Century Inca site 2,430m above sea level.
Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, Macchu Picchu is the most visited tourism icon in South America, and for good reason. The ruins are etched into the spectacular mountainside and are built in the classical Inca style. Its cultural significance as a relatively untouched Inca site is also renowned. Macchu Picchu is not only a must-see for its Inca ruins, but for its spectacular scenery as well. The site is located on the eastern side of the Andes and also incorporates part of the upper Amazon basin.
3. Neuschwanstein, Germany
If you’ve ever been partial to fairytales, or simply enjoy seeing other people’s flights of fancy, then Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany is one of the world’s most breathtaking sights. This stunning castle is located atop a mountain overlooking the village of Hohenschwangau in Bavaria, Germany. Built by Bavarian King Ludwig II in the 19th Century, Neuschwanstein is the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and was constructed in homage to German composer Richard Wagner. Writing to Wagner, Ludwig declared the castle would be “in the authentic style of the old German knights’ castles” overlooking the mountains of Tyrol.
While the castle is spectacular, the surrounding countryside is equally memorable, with snow topped peaks jutting high above beautiful Bavarian villages.
Whether you define spectacular scenery as snow capped mountains, tropical islands or stunning architecture, the world boasts thousands of destinations that should be on every traveller’s bucket list… it’s simply a matter of exploring.