The most beautiful cities in the world

Paris has been voted the most beautiful city in the world in a new ranking.

Travel website Flight Network compiled the list of 50 cities by surveying more than 1,000 travel writers and agencies around the world.

The French capital came top, followed by New York in second place and London in third.

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“The Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, the ‘concrete jungle where dreams are made’, New York is a triumph of engineering and human endeavour. You could visit hundreds of times and still discover new things on every trip. It has it all,” said one travel journalist.

Rounding out the top five were Venice and Vancouver.

The West Coast Canadian city was described by one travel writer: “It’s a cliche, but from the soaring snow-capped mountain tops to the rocky Pacific shores, Vancouver is a breathtaking city – and one I’m so thrilled I can call home.”

Other cities in the top 10 were Barcelona, Cape Town, San Francisco, Sydney and Rome.

European destinations also dominated the top 20, with Lisbon, Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest, Istanbul and Vienna all appearing.

Also in the top 20 were Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Buenos Aires.

The top 50 most beautiful cities

1. Paris, France

2. New York, US

3. London, UK

4. Venice, Italy

5. Vancouver, Canada

6. Barcelona, Spain

7. Cape Town, South Africa

8. San Francisco, US

9. Sydney, Australia

10. Rome, Italy

11. Singapore, Singapore

12. Lisbon, Portugal

13. Amsterdam, Netherlands

14. Prague, Czech Republic

15. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

16. Budapest, Hungary

17. Istanbul, Turkey

18. Tokyo, Japan

19. Vienna, Italy

20. Buenos Aires, Argentina

21. Toronto, Canada

22. San Diego, US

23. Quebec City, Canada

24. Hong Kong, China

25. Chicago, US

26. Bruges, Belgium

27. Madrid, Spain

28. Havana, Cuba

29. Dubai, UAE

30. Jerusalem, Israel

31. Edinburgh, Scotland

32. Quito, Ecuador

33. Zurich, Switzerland

34. Cusco, Peru

35. St Petersburg, Russia

36. Berlin, Germany

37. Hanoi, Vietnam

38. Queenstown, New Zealand

39. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

40. Seoul, South Korea

41. Dubrovnik, Croatia

42. San Sebastian, Spain

43. Bangkok, Thailand

44. Cartagena, Colombia

45. Dublin, Ireland

46. Marrakesh, Morocco

47. Bergen, Norway

48. Jaipur, India

49. Beijing, China

50. Athens, Greece

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