What criteria can be used to define the beauty of a country, knowing that beauty depends on the opinion of each one? The question is never easy and trying to find objective criteria is a very complicated task. But social networks and specialized websites (and with tourist comments) can be a great help. In addition, the presence of cities and monuments as UNESCO heritage is also a factor to be taken into account. Also important is the number of protected parks in each country, given that green areas are increasingly important and valued by people.
In order to draw up a list of the most beautiful countries in Europe, we have taken into account a number of factors such as: the number of UNESCO heritage sites, the percentage of protected areas in each country, the degree of satisfaction of tourists on platforms such as TripAdvisor, tourists received every year and openness of the local population in receiving and welcoming foreign visitors. These are the most beautiful countries in Europe.
Italy never disappoints! It is a country with an immense variety of landscapes that can go from its huge mountains in the north to its beautiful beaches in the south or to volcanic landscapes like Vesuvius or Etna, in addition to the rolling and melancholy of the fantastic landscapes of Tuscany. But it’s not just that.
Italy was the cradle of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, and for that very reason the number of historical attractions to visit is really considerable. And there are hundreds of small villages or large cities to visit that are full of history and monuments, the most notable being Rome, Venice, Milan, Bologna, Pisa and Florence, for example.
Spain is a peculiar case. There are several countries within Spain and we do not speak only about the autonomous provinces like Galicia, Catalonia or the Basque Country, for example. We are speaking of the enormous variety of landscapes that exist within Spain.
If you visit this country, you can choose to get to know the mountainous landscape of Asturias or the beaches of Andalusia, for example, not to mention its islands, such as the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands or even the special case of the Cíes Islands. Cities such as Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, Toledo, Salamanca or Santiago de Compostela add even more options to tourists, given the high number of monuments and points of interest they have.
Portugal is perhaps the most recent jewel in Europe discovered by tourists. If it was formerly a country known for the beaches of the Algarve and visited mainly by tourists in search of the sun, but today the scenery is very different. Foreign tourists have finally begun to discover other regions, such as the Alentejo, the Azores, Gerês, Douro and Minho. And they also discovered the beautiful historical little villages of Portugal and the charming shale villages.
It is true that Portugal continues to be a beach destination, but it is also true that the search for more specific and quality tourism has exploded in recent years. Nowadays, in addition to Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve, those who visit Portugal also want to discover the small villages of the inland, the fantastic wines and enjoy the Portuguese gastronomy.
Iceland is just an island lost in the North Atlantic. Is it? Perhaps not… international tourists seem to have discovered a mythical and legendary country, filled with volcanoes (some dormant and other active), waterfalls and glaciers. But let yourself be discouraged if you think that Iceland is just that.
In addition to being able to see volcanoes and glaciers, you can still see the aurora borealis or dive into the sea and see the place where the tectonic plates cause America to be gradually moving away from Europe. In addition, the people of Iceland are famous for knowing how to welcome visitors and the nightlife of their main city and capital of the country, Reykjavik.
What is most striking in Switzerland are its mountains, the Alps, always spring green or snowy in the winter. But Switzerland is not just that. Historical cities like Bern, Montreux and Zurich offer tourists something more to visit than just mountains and lakes.
In addition, you can find small villages nestled in the valleys of the mountains and on the edge of some of the many lakes that exist in Switzerland, places worthy of a postcard that lead you to rethink what is, in reality, quality of life. Located right in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is just a few hours away from other equally fantastic sights, serving as a starting point to visit the rest of the continent.