Providing you with some al-desko escapism, we’ve picked out ten of the most beautiful locations in the world. From the amorous architecture of Rome to the pearly sands of Bora Bora, these places are what travel dreams – and social media feeds – are made of.

1. Reine, Norway

Quaint and quirky, it’s no surprise this chocolate-box Lofoten island is known as the soul of Norway.

2. Blue Lagoon, Iceland

With silk-blue waters and black-lava fields, this geothermal wonder looks like it’s already been given the “Clarendon” filter treatment.

3. Berlin Cathedral, Germany

Home to the most important dynastic crypt in Germany, Berlin Cathedral will forever reign supreme.

4. Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil

On the Brazilian-Argentine border with falls crashing from up to 82m high, we agree with Eleanor Roosevelt when she remarked, “Poor Niagara!”

5. Fontana di Trevi, Rome

Architects Nicola Salvi and Pietro Bracci created a picture-perfect spectacle with this baroque masterpiece, featured in films including La Dolce Vita.

6. Banff National Park, Canada

Canada’s oldest national park boasts landscapes so beautiful that even “just point and shoot” photographers become pro.

7. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Often described as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, a trip to Bora Bora is like stepping into a desktop background.


8. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, UAE

An amalgamation of Moorish and Arab architecture, the grand mosque was designed to glow with natural luminosity, changing colour with the lunar cycle.

9. Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines

These rippling terraces were hand-carved into the mountains by indigenous communities over 2,000 years ago, making them the oldest in the world.

10. Cappadocia, Turkey

This martian-esque landscape in the Anatolian plains is known for its “fairy chimneys” and rock-cut churches.


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