65. Copenhagen, Denmark
Of course, firstly, we might think of the iconic Little Mermaid statue, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale and situated along the picturesque Langelinie promenade.
The Amalienborg Palace is a regal ensemble of four palaces surrounding an elegant square. It is the official residence of the Danish royal family and offers a glimpse of the country’s monarchic history with its changing of the guard ceremony.
Copenhagen’s historic heart is the colorful Nyhavn, a 17th-century waterfront district with vibrant facades, lively cafes, and charming sailboats docked along the canal.
The Christiansborg Palace, with its striking spire, houses the Danish Parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Prime Minister’s Office, showcasing a fascinating combination of architecture and political significance.
For lovers of modern design, a visit to the Copenhagen Opera House, designed by Henning Larsen, and the Black Diamond (Royal Library) by Schmidt Hammer Lassen is a must, showcasing contemporary Danish architecture at its finest.
Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park, is a magical oasis in the heart of the city, offering nostalgic charm, beautiful gardens, and thrilling rides.
Photo Credit to Rafa G. Bonilla, Nick Karvounis, Svend Nielsen
64. Beirut, Lebanon
One of the most iconic landmarks is the Pigeon Rocks, natural offshore rock formations standing tall in the Mediterranean Sea, offering a stunning backdrop for sunset views and a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
The National Museum of Beirut is a treasure trove of Lebanese history, displaying an impressive collection of artifacts dating back thousands of years, showcasing the country’s rich cultural heritage.
The Roman Baths, located in the heart of the city, are a well-preserved reminder of Beirut’s Roman past, dating back to the 1st century AD, offering a glimpse into the city’s ancient roots.
The Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque is a majestic masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture, adorned with intricate details and a magnificent blue dome, serving as a symbol of religious tolerance in the city.
The Sursock Museum, housed in a stunning 19th-century mansion, features an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, providing a glimpse into Lebanon’s artistic expression.
Beirut’s city center, known as the “Solidere,” boasts a mix of Ottoman, French colonial, and modern architecture, with vibrant cafes, shops, and cultural spaces that reflect the city’s dynamic spirit.
With its rich history, vibrant culture, and architectural wonders, Beirut stands as a captivating destination that invites travelers to explore its diverse heritage and bask in the allure of the “Paris of the Middle East.”
Photo Credit Piotr Chrobot, Marten Bjork, and Ramy Kabalan
63. Dublin, Ireland
In Dublin, we should probably start with Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university. Its Old Library houses the magnificent Book of Kells, a lavishly illustrated medieval manuscript that is a testament to Ireland’s artistic and scholarly heritage.
The Dublin Castle, a historic fortress, is a striking example of medieval and Georgian architecture. Its opulent State Apartments and stunning gardens make it a must-visit attraction.
The majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral, with its Gothic splendor, is the largest church in Ireland and a symbol of Dublin’s Christian heritage. The Christ Church Cathedral, another architectural gem, is known for its crypt and medieval artifacts.
The Dublin Spire, a modern architectural landmark, is a 394-foot-tall stainless steel monument that glistens against the city’s skyline.
For literature enthusiasts, a visit to the Dublin Writers Museum, celebrating Ireland’s literary greats, and the James Joyce Centre, dedicated to the iconic Irish writer, are enriching experiences.
Dublin’s charming Georgian architecture is best experienced in the Merrion Square and Fitzwilliam Square neighborhoods, with their well-preserved terraced houses and beautiful squares.
Photo Credit to Gregory Dalleau, Andrei Carina, Matheus Camara, Yu Cao
62. San Sebastian, Spain
In Spain’s Basque Country, or Pais Basque, One of the city’s most iconic landmarks is the Playa de la Concha, a crescent-shaped beach with golden sands, framed by the elegant architecture of Belle Époque buildings, creating a picturesque backdrop for leisurely strolls.
The Miramar Palace, perched on a hill overlooking the bay, is a splendid example of English-style architecture and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the sea.
The Old Town (Parte Vieja) is a charming district with narrow streets, medieval buildings, and lively pintxos bars, where visitors can savor the region’s delectable culinary offerings.
San Sebastian is home to some of the world’s finest restaurants, including several Michelin-starred establishments, making it a haven for food enthusiasts.
The Urgull and Igueldo Hills are natural features that provide excellent hiking opportunities and offer stunning vistas of the city and coastline.
The Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium, a modern architectural masterpiece, stands in contrast to the city’s historic charm, hosting international events and cultural performances.
Photo Credit to Sid Saxena, Andrea Huls Pareja, Kylie Paz
61. San Diego, California, USA
One of the most beautiful buildings is the iconic Hotel del Coronado, a historic Victorian-era beachfront resort that exudes timeless elegance and charm.
Balboa Park, a sprawling urban oasis, is home to numerous attractions, including the ornate Spanish Colonial-style California Tower, the elegant Botanical Building, and the historic Old Globe Theatre, all set amid lush gardens and museums.
The USS Midway Museum, located aboard the decommissioned USS Midway aircraft carrier, offers a unique opportunity to explore naval history and experience the impressive vessel up close.
The Gaslamp Quarter, with its beautifully preserved Victorian architecture and vibrant nightlife, is a historic district teeming with shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
For natural features, the scenic La Jolla Cove showcases rugged coastal cliffs, crystalline waters, and an abundance of marine life, making it a favorite spot for snorkeling and kayaking.
The Cabrillo National Monument offers panoramic views of San Diego’s skyline, the harbor, and the Pacific Ocean. It also commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on the West Coast of the United States.
Photo Credit to Zane Persaud, Montylov, Lital Levy
With all these great cities to choose from it can be exciting to think of all the opportunities there are for travel. Not to mention all the great tours, cruises, and hotels offered through Virtuoso.
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