Europe is a location that is full of history, natural beauty and magnificent culture. When visitors usually imagine a European vacation, then they tend to envision Parisian river-side cafes, Roman history and rolling countryside. However, Europe has much more to it than just human culture.
With other 700 million people inhabiting the continent, surprisingly there are vast spaces, beautiful skies and natural wonders to admire. If you want to explore the scenery which Europe has to offer, then here are 5 must-visit places for your next trip!
Hallstatt is a lovely little Austrian village, home to just over 800 inhabitants. Hallstatt has been considered so beautiful that a perfect replica has been built in China. With a great collection of sights to see, it’s no wonder that this Alpine village is a location loved by many. Whether you take a trip across one of the many fjords, explore an ice cave or go hiking along one of the trails, a visit to Hallstatt is relaxing and the scenery is unlike anything else.
The Dordogne Valley, France
Located right in the heart of the Dordogne Valley, Rocamadour is a scared city which is home to one of the most beautiful villages in France. The village dramatically clings to a sheer cliff edge and, thanks to this wonder, it has become a pilgrimage site for well over 1,000 years. It is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with over a million visitors coming here each year.
There are many things to do here, all centred around the wondrous layout of the village, and whether you’re into the history of the village or just want to appreciate it’s beautiful scenery, there is bound to be an activity you will enjoy. Many people visit here from nearby towns and villages and just sit, enjoying the view and scenery.
Tuscany is often considered one of the best places to live in Europe, particularly for those who are looking to retire. Known for being one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, nearby Florence and Pisa are also huge tourist attractions, but it is the landscapes of Tuscany which attract visitors alone. The landscape lends itself to vineyards and farmland, meaning that wine and great food aren’t too far away and the rolling hills lend themselves to a whole host of fun exploration. From hikes and Vespa rides to hot air balloons and paragliding, you can take part in a lot of adventures in Tuscany – whatever you like, you can do!
Both sophisticated and upscale, Vilamoura is amongst the most popular locations in Europe to disembark from a sailing trip, and for good reason. It is one of the most luxurious destinations in Portugal and with plenty of stylish hotels and luxury villas Villamoura is definitely a place to visit if you want to experience some of the finer things in life. The beaches here are some of the most beautiful in Europe and offer the most breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, so be sure to grab a lounger and sit back, relax and enjoy one of the most beautiful things nature has to offer.
The Lake District, England
The Lake District is full to brim with rolling hills and extensive lakes and has inspired a huge number of poets, writers and artists with its natural beauty. The Lakes are both beautiful and romantic and is full of picturesque villages filled will quaint cottages and tea shops. With sixteen lakes to explore, each one is different and has its own beautiful landscape. Whether you admire the snow-capped hills, still water or local wildlife, if you are a true lover of nature and landscapes, then the Lake District is the place for you.