Most beautiful landscapes in Europe
If you want to «travel far away» while staying in Europe, the best idea is to discover the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.
Discover the most beautiful European landscapes with the Azores but also the wonderful Douro Valley in Portugal. You probably already know the Mont Saint-Michel but what about Bonifacio, Hallstatt, Hallerbos Forest or the Lofoten Islands?
Choose your most beautiful landscape and book your stay in one of the best European destinations.
1. The Azores
The genesis of the Azores is found upon 1766 volcanoes, nine of which are still active. Underground, almost three hundred volcanic cavities, including caves, ravines and cracks, have been surveyed. The landscape is filled with dry calderas, craters lakes, fumaroles and thermal water springs. In the sea, there are submarine geothermal springs. The mountain of Pico, majestic and with an intact cone, appears to be protecting all this geological wealth.
The volcanism of the archipelago impresses for its diversity and creates its own magnetism. It is a witness to the power of Nature, and the basis for very special experiences. (©visitazores)
The picturesque village on the lake with the same name owes its existence to the rich salt deposit of salt in the mountain of Hallstatt. 7000 years ago, as the prehistoric humans from Hallstatt began to take the salt from the salt mine who would of guessed, that this little village would give its name to a period in history – the Hallstatt period (800-400 BC). Rich findings in Hallstatt and the upper valley of Hallstatt gave this village international recognition; even today discoveries are still made in the salt mountain of Hallstatt.
Among the most beautiful places of interest are the oldest salt mine in the world and the ossuary in Hallstatt, a romantic boat ride on Lake Hallstatt, a trip to the
breathtaking cave world in Obertraun and a visit to the Lake Gosau with the mighty Dachstein glacier. Additionally, Bad Goisern is popular in the summer with hikers and
bikers. In winter guests are lured in by the ski areas of Dachstein West in Gosau and the Ski and Freeride Arena in neighboring Obertraun with perfect slope conditions. We wish you an
unforgettable holiday in Hallstatt! (©Hallstatt.net)
Bonifacio offer two seas for the price of one!
Unusually, Bonifacio allows you to swim in the Mediterranean Sea (West side) and in the Tyrrhenian Sea (East side).
With 70 km of coasts and 120 km if we include the islands of the Archipelago of Lavezzi, Bonifacio offers a complete collection of all the possible types of beaches: sandy beaches, hidden coves, islands of all sizes and other idyllic locations are available for spending perfectly farnientes vacation. And always with crystal clear water and turquoise wish.
Other significant pleasure to Bonifacio with over 25 indicated beaches, you can change locations every day ... if you stay 3 weeks! (©bonifacio.fr)
4. The Mont Saint-Michel
The « Wonder of the Western World » forms a tower in the heart of an immense bay invaded by the highest tides in Europe.
It was at the request of the Archangel Michel « chief of the celestial militia » that Aubert, Bishop of Avranches built and consecrated a small church on the 16th October 709. In 966 a community of Benedictines settled on the rock at the request of the Duke of Normandy and the pre-Romanesque church was built before the year one thousand.
UNESCO has classed the Mont Saint-Michel as a world heritage in 1979 and this mecca of tourism welcomes more than three million visitors a year. (©OT Mont Saint Michel)
Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Its landscape, artistic heritage and stand-out cities - first among them Florence - make Tuscany an unquestioned protagonist of international tourism.
However, the most typical sceneries of the region are those that merge the beauty of nature with the millenary work of man. The amazing Gulf of Baratti and the sites of Vetulonia, Vulci and Pitigliano guard necropoli and vestiges of the Etruscan civilization, while Roselle and Cosa evoke memories from the Roman Age. (©italia.it)
6. The Douro Valley
The Douro Valley could as easily be called the enchanted valley, such is the beauty and magic that its landscapes offer.
Departing from Porto, where the river flows into the sea and where the Douro wines (table wines and Port wine), produced on its hillsides, also end up, there are various ways to get to know this cultural landscape, listed as a World Heritage Site: by road, by train, on a cruise boat and even by helicopter. None will leave you indifferent.
Following a route between the viewpoints that offer the best vistas, you need to cross the river from north to south and back again. But along the way you can admire breathtaking landscapes over the river and visit vineyards, towns and villages until you reach Miranda do Douro, the point at which the river enters Portugal. (©visitportugal)
7. The Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are the hidden gem of the Scandinavian countries. To a lot of people they are unknown, to others they are this excotic
destination in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. With the increasing tendency to seek north for new destinations we believe that the Faroe Islands are the perfect choice
for the selective traveler.
National Geographic Traveller agrees: they have voted the Faroe Islands the best island community in the world ahead of 110 other islands. The survey was based on sustainability and "integrity of the place". (©visitfaroeislands)
8. The Dolomites
The Dolomites are considered one of the largest wellness centres in the world, because you can enjoy yourself a general well-feeling of body and mind. Relax yourself while taking in the breathtaking views of peaks and valleys, breathe in the cristal clear alpine air, bask in the warm sunshine next to turquoise lakes at the foot of inspiring mountains. Dolomites: the natural wellness and more! (©visitdolomites)
9. The Hallerbos Forest
If you live far away and you are unable to visit the forest regularly from the end of March, it is best to follow the progress of the bluebell by phone or on the Internet; from the beginning of April. You can phone the tourist information office in Halle (tel 0032/ 2 356 42 59). Or check their website.
The 7 to 10 days following the blossoming of the beech leaves are the most beautiful in the wood. The purple blue of the bluebells combined with the transparent bright green of the young beech leaves give a magical effect to the forest. The sunlight still reaches the flowers through the leaf canopy, but a little less each day.
May the first used to be the top weekend for the bluebells, but this hasn’t been the case for a number of years (although it was in 2013 again). Nowadays, the beeches are already fully in leaf on 1 May so the sun can’t reach the flowers, the forest is darker and the hyacinths’ colour has changed from purple blue to grey blue. And it is exactly the deep purple blue carpet that gives the Hallerbos, “the blue forest”, its irresistible attraction.(© hallerbos.be)
10. The Lofoten Islands
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing and nature attractions, small villages off the beaten track and whale safaris.
Explore Lofoten by foot, go rafting in the Trollfjord and visit Lofotr Viking Museum. Taste stockfish and be amazed by the midnight sun.
Experience the bird rocks outside the island of Røst and the cosy fishing village in Nusfjord. (©visitnorway)
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