151 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

151 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

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This is a part of our series of lists where we go REALLY into detail. For our first list, you can click here to see our list of 101 Best Cities for Food and Cuisine.

Of course, these lists might be incomplete, but they should be one of the best resources you can find out there. Here is how we made this one:

First, we start with 10 different sources (which you can find at the bottom of this blog post). After that, we will meticulously go through each list and find the cities that rank highest, rank with the most frequency, and eventually compile a list that should reach 101. If the compilation of these 10 different sources does not reach 101, then we here at AWTravel will step in and add the remaining cities to the list based on our experience and expertise in travel. In this case, we completed the list starting at #110 with Vilnius and went to 151. 

Now, how the other cities we do not add to the list find their ranking is by how many times they are mentioned on the many different lists we reference and then how high those cities are placed on the lists. We feel that this gives a good average, and, leads to some surprising results. The numbers in parentheses are there to show how many times each city is listed on the variety of lists that we sourced. 

So, without wasting more time…Here is the list!

  1. Cape Town, South Africa (10)
  1. Paris, France (8)
  2. Cartagena, Colombia (8) 
  3. Kyoto, Japan (8) 
  4. Amsterdam, Netherlands (8)
  1. Edinburg, Scotland, UK (7)
  2. New York City, New York, USA (7)
  1. Sydney, Australia (6)
  2. Istanbul, Turkey (6)
  3. San Francisco, California, USA (6) 
  4. Singapore (6)
  5. Prague, Czechia (6)
  6. Queenstown, New Zealand (5)
  7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (5)
  8. Rome, Italy (5) 
  9. London, UK (5)
  10. Dubrovnik, Croatia (5)
  11. Chefchaouen, Morocco (5)
  12. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (5)
  13. Venice, Italy (5)
  14. Budapest, Hungary (5)
  15. Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (5)
  16. Florence, Italy (5)
  17. Barcelona, Spain (4)
  18. Seoul, South Korea (4)
  19. Buenos Aires, Argentina (4)
  20. Hong Kong (4) 
  21. Bruges, Belgium (4)
  22. Havana, Cuba (4)
  23. Quito, Ecuador (4)
  24. Cusco, Peru (4)
  25. Jaipur, India (4)
  26. Vancouver, Canada (3)
  27. Lisbon, Portugal (3)
  28. Zurich, Switzerland (3)
  29. St. Petersburg, Russia* (3)
  30. Bangkok, Thailand (3)
  31. Marrakech, Morocco(3)
  32. Bergen, Norway (3)
  33. Athens, Greece (3)
  34. Charleston, SC, USA (3)
  1. Palermo, Italy (2)
  2. Taipei, Taiwan (2)
  3. Tokyo, Japan (2)
  4. Vienna, Austria (2)
  5. Toronto, Canada (2)
  6. Chicago, Illinois, USA (2)
  7. Madrid, Spain (2)
  8. Dubai, UAE (2)
  9. Jerusalem, Israel (2) 
  10. Berlin, Germany (2)
  11. Hanoi, Vietnam (2)
  12. Beijing, China (2)
  13. Chiang Mai, Thailand (2)
  14. Luang Prabang, Laos (2)
  15. Muscat, Oman (2)
  16. Seville, Spain (2)
  1. Tbilisi, Georgia
  2. Ho An, Vietnam
  3. Sedona, Arizona, USA
  4. San Diego, California, USA
  5. San Sebastian, Spain
  6. Dublin, Ireland
  7. Beirut, Lebanon
  8. Copenhagen, Denmark
  9. Doha, Qatar
  10. Ljubljana, Slovenia
  11. Porto, Portugal
  12. Tallinn, Estonia
  13. Valletta, Malta
  14. Innsbruck, Austria
  15. Kotor, Montenegro
  16. Zermatt, Swittzerland
  17. Stockholm, Sweden
  18. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  19. Busan, South Korea
  20. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
  21. Swakopmund, Namibia
  22. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
  23. Essaouira, Morocco
  24. Banff, Canada
  25. Asheville, North Carolina, USA
  26. Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
  27. Melbourne, Australia
  28. Hallstatt, Austria
  29. Merida, Spain
  30. Bagan, Myanmar
  31. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  32. Alesund, Norway
  33. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  34. Lucerne, Switzerland
  35. Heidelberg, Germany
  36. Cork, Ireland
  37. Oia, Santorini, Greece
  38. Zakynthos, Greece
  39. Valencia, Spain
  40. Bologna, Italy
  41. Strasbourg, France
  42. Alicante, Spain
  43. Perth, Australia
  44. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  45. Brisbane, Australia
  46. Odesa, Ukraine*
  47. Ho Chi Min, Vietnam
  48. Riga, Latvia
  49. Shanghai, China
  50. Cairo, Egypt
  51. Moscow, Russia*
  52. Vigan, Philippines

AWTravel listed cities

  1. Vilnius, Lithuania
  2. Antalya, Turkey
  3. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  4. Valparaiso, Chile
  5. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  6. Samarkand, Uzbekistan
  7. Bariloche, Argentina
  8. Sibiu, Romania
  9. Cambridge, UK
  10. Tangier, Morocco
  11. Ronda, Spain
  12. Marseilles, France
  13. Taos/Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
  14. Portland, Maine, USA
  15. Willemstad, Curacao
  16. Florianopolis, Brazil
  17. Bari, Italy
  18. Gdansk, Poland
  19. Bergamo, Italy
  20. Munich, Germany
  21. Naples, Italy
  22. Aswan, Egypt
  23. Almaty, Kazakhstan
  24. Oaxaca, Mexico
  25. Baku, Azerbaijan
  26. Antwerp, Belgium
  27. Shiraz, Iran
  28. Ghent, Belgium
  29. Nice, France
  30. Avignon, France
  31. Austin, Texas, USA
  32. Oxford, UK
  33. Algiers, Algeria
  34. Rotterdam, Netherlands
  35. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  36. Brno, Czechia
  37. Genoa, Italy
  38. San Cristobal de Las Casa, Chiapas, Mexico
  39. Reykjavic, Iceland
  40. Ohrid, North Macedonia
  41. Granada, Nicaragua
  42. Boston, Massachusetts, USA

As with our other lists, we also like to break down the list by the number of mentions of each country and how many countries are represented in each continent. First, let us start with the number of countries represented in each continent. 

Europe has 31 countries on the list and a total of 67 cities on the list. 

Asia has 26 countries mentioned with 34 cities on the list. 

North America has 7 countries on the list and 25 cities. 

Africa and South America both have 6 countries on the list with a total of 11 cities in Africa and another 9 cities in South America. 

Finally, Oceania has two countries on the list and 5 cities in total. 

In total, there are 80 countries on the list.

Now, as for the countries that have the most cities. 

In the lead is the USA with a total of 13 cities on the list. Following are Italy (9), Spain (8), France (5), Mexico, Canada, the UK, and Morocco each with 4. Countries that have 3 cities are Belgium, Greece, Austria, Germany, Vietnam, and Brazil. And finally, countries with two mentions are the Netherlands, Czechia, Switzerland, Norway, Portugal, Japan, Turkey, Russia, Thailand, China, Argentinaand Egypt. 

List of Resources

25 Most Beautiful Cities in the World by Travel + Leisure (TL)

The 50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World by Insider (I)

10 of the Most Beautiful Cities in the World to Visit in Your Lifetime by Veranda (V)

50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World by CNTraveler (CN) – Alphabetical order

30 MOST Beautiful Cities in the World by The World Pursuit (WP) – The most original

These Are the Most Beautiful Cities in the World by Harper’s Baazar (H)

Top 10 most beautiful cities in the world by The Luxury Travel Expert (TLE)

The 25 Most Beautiful Cities in the World to Put on Your Travel Bucket List by House Beautiful (B)


Ranking 50 of the Most Beautiful Cities in the World in 2022 by Wordly Gentleman (WG)

* The World’s 50 Most Beautiful Cities, Ranked by Travel Experts by Readers Digest (RD) and 50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World by Far and Wide (FW) are the same exact list as the Insider top 50 list. However, CN Traveler is a unique fifty. 

Now that we have that covered, our work will continue wherein we do a deeper investigation into the cities on this list. So, look out for that!

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