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Spectacularly Scenic Travel Destinations around the World (42 pics)

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Albarracín - Aragon, Spain

Albarracín is a beautifully preserved medieval village in Northern Spain. The rock paintings in the cliff-foot caves of the Albarracin Cultural Park (some of the most important evidences of the Levantine prehistoric art of Spain) and the "Picaportes" (door knobs) are something to marvel at!

Les Jardins suspendus de Marqueyssac - Dordogne, South West France

Take a trip to the hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac overlooking the Dordogne and La Roque Gageac. From July to the end of August the gardens are open every Thursday evening and lit by candlelight. Over 2000 candles and a hundred other light sources are used to highlight the beauty of the cliffs and the park. This marvellous sight, accompanied by the sounds of amazing musicians makes for a truly magical evening.

The Swallow's Nest - Crimean peninsula, Southern Ukraine

The Swallow's nest is a decorative castle located between Yalta and Alupka, built on top of the 130 foot high Aurora Cliff. The Church of Christ's Resurrection (Foros Church) is within range as well.

Bishop Castle - San Isabel National Forest, Rye, Colorado

Bishop Castle is undoubtedly one of the craziest castles in the world, created by the one-man castle builder Jim Bishop. It's an incredible place to get married or just to visit for inspiration.

Chefchaouen or Chaouen, Northwest Morocco

Chefchaouen is best known for its blue buildings, painted in a spectrum of soothing hues. If you want to escape the city, make sure to check out the nearby Rif mountains and the Cascades d'Akchour!

Craco - Matera, Basilicata

The medieval village of Craco is part of an incredible region with undulating shapes and vast farmland. Look inside the abadonded ruins and take pictures of the ghost town!

Quinta da Regaleira - Sintra, Portugal

Quinta da Regaleira is an estate located near the historic center of Sintra, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Make sure to check out the Gruta do Labirinto (the Labyrinthic Grotto) and it's mysterious wishing well!

Again Quinta da Regaleira - Sintra, Portugal - from the inside!

This 27 meter deep well resembles an inverted tower. Depending on the direction you choose, either a journey down into the depths of the earth, or a climb out of the darkness into the light awaits.

The Bastei Bridge in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Germany

Visit also Lilienstein, one of several small mesas in Saxony - it's surreal to watch the fog roll over.

Cappadocia - Anatolia, Nevşehir Province, Turkey

Cappadocia is a historical region in Central Anatolia, best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities and cave towns.  Spend a night in Cappadocia - preferably in the Cappadocia Cave Resort Hotel!

Weißgerbergasse (street) - Nuremberg, Germany

Be sure to also visit the small town of Bamberg and the Altenburg castle, which sits on the tallest of the seven hills, overlooking the city!

Popeye Village - Mellieha, Malta

The village was originally built as a film set for the production of the 1980 live-action musical feature film Popeye. Today it is open to the public as an open-air museum and family entertainment complex.

The Fairy Pools - Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Fairy Pools are part of a stream running off of the Cuillin mountains, full of vividly coloured pools of often almost still water, punctuated by busy waterfalls. If you can, the Quiraing landslip is also a must.

Mount Ai-Petry at night - Crimea, Ukraine

Located on the Kastron mountain, the fortress of Cembalo is also nice to visit. It's a facade of spectacular views overlooking the sea off the Bay of Balaklava.

Procida, Italy

Terra Murata is the highest point on the Island at 90 metres: It is the historic centre of Procida, the old “heart” of the Island and the towns oldest and only safe refuge for the islanders during centuries of political uncertainty.

Spiral Staircase in Taihang Mountains, China

Wahuang Palace is also located on the Tangwangjiao Mountain, a branch of the Taihang Mountains along the forested mountains of Handan. Built during the Northern Qi Dynasty, it is the largest temple in China to commemorate the ancient creator-goddess.

Le Mont Saint-Michel, France

Le Mont Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy. The island and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Rock tombs in Myra - Lycia, Turkey

After visiting the tombs you can go to the real Saint Nicholas Church. The perfect place to go to ask Santa why he got you the wrong gift last year.

Herrenchiemsee New Palace - Lake Chiemsee, Germany

In 1873 King Ludwig II of Bavaria acquired the Herreninsel as the location for his new Royal Palace. Modelled on Versailles, this palace was built as a "Temple of Fame" for King Louis XIV of France, whom the Bavarian monarch fervently admired. And trust me - Ludwig II was absolutely crazy - the "mad king" even had a “magic table” inspired by the Grimm’s Fairy Tale in his dining room!

The Quadisha Valley - within the Becharre and Zgharta Districts, North Governorate of Lebanon

The Qadisha valley is one of the most important early Christian monastic settlements in the world. You can also take a look at Jeita Grotto and the cities Byblos and Beirut!

Taormina - Sicily, Italy

Stand also on the top of the highest volcano in Europe: Mount Etna (you can see him in the background of the picture)! Although the volcano is active, it's safe to take a look at the four craters.

Fès, Morocco

You're looking at the Leather Souq, the oldest leather tannery in the world. Don't miss the marvelous Bab Boujloud (the blue gate) as well!

The elephant mountain in Narlai, India

Elephant Mountain is with 2 hours of Jodhpur, a hideout where you can find Mehrangarh Fort & Jaswant Thada.

The Royal Library of Alexandria or Ancient Library of Alexandria - Alexandria, Egypt

Go inside the library and visit also the Citadel of Qaitbay (or the Fort of Qaitbay). It's a 15th-century defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean sea coast.

The peacock room in Castello di Sammezzano - Regello, Tuscany

Within the abadonded castle Castello di Sammezzano you can find the Peacock Room. A hidden jewel features intricate Moorish designs and a breathtaking assortment of patterns and colors. The beauty of the memorizing interiors is simply beyond comparison.

Wat Rong Khun - Chiang Rai, Thailand

Once inside, you will be greeted not by traditional Buddha life scenarios - but by contemporary scenes and icons of popular culture: Murals of Batman, Superman, Predator and even Keanu Reeves as Neo are seen in the interior.

Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovin

Don't miss to visit Mostar - the biggest and greatest town in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ristorante Grotta Palazzese - Polignano a Mare, Southern Italy (province of Bari, Apulia)

The beach of Polignano a Mare will blow your mind as well!

Chichilianne - Rhone Alpes, France

You're looking at the breathtaking mountain Mont Aiguille. Be sure to check out the bastille in Grenoble (a 45 minute drive from Chichilianne)!

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt in wintertime is one of the greatest scenes imaginable.

Bláa Lónið (Blue lagoon) - Grindavík, Iceland

If there’s one thing that you must do while you’re in Iceland, it's taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon! There's even an outdoor Lagoon bar.

The Alcázar of Segovia - Segovia, Spain

The Alcázar of Segovia is a stone fortification, located in the old part of the city. It's one of the most distinctive castles in Spain by the virtue of its shape – like the bow of a ship.

The dancing house - Prague, Czech Republic

The architect of the dancing house originally named the house Fred and Ginger (after the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – the house resembles a pair of dancers). This nickname is now rarely used; moreover, the architect himself was later "afraid to import American Hollywood kitsch to Prague", so he refuted his own idea.

Huacachina, Peruvian desert

This is the perfect place to try sandboarding. For only a few bucks you can rent equipment to try one of the locals' favorite thrills.

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood - Saint Petersburg, Russia

You should go inside, I have never seen such a colorful church in my whole life! The city has so much more to offer, like the State Hermitage Museum or the inaugurated Amber Room in the Catherine Palace!

Pamukkale - Denizli, Turkey

These are the travertines of Pamukkale (meaning cotton castle in Turkish) - a set of bizarre calcium cliff bathing pools overlooking the town of Pamukkale. The best thing? You can go swimming here, don't forget your bathing things!

Natural pool in Hierapolis, Turkey

This is the place where the Egyptian queen herself is said to have swam on her visit - and it's only 10 minutes away from the travertines of Pamukkale!

Swarovski Crystal Worlds - Wattens, Austria

You need a LOT of money to visit the largest Swarovski store worldwide!  So maybe consider the park outside Crystal World, where you'll experience a puzzling Labyrinth shaped like a human hand.

Giant's causeway - County Antrim, Northern Ireland

The Giant's Causeway (known as Clochán an Aifir in Irish) is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns - the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

Portugal dos Pequenitos (Little Ones' Portugal) - Coimbra, Portugal

Portugal dos Pequenitos (Little Ones' Portugal) is a minature version of Portugal wrapped up in one, fun theme park. The park features replicas of important and traditional structures from across Portugal, designed with patriotic love.

Marsaxlokk, Malta

Home to Marsaxlokk fish market, a sprawling and endless market held each Sunday in town!

The coloured earth of Chamarel, Mauritius

Be sure to take a swim in the blue sea, and relax on the beach.

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