Europe is every traveller’s dream destination. It will always have something for every type of traveller there is. If you prefer the outdoors and love to commune with nature, here are a few of the best places you can include on your must-visit in Europe.
The Catalonian Region, Spain
Catalonia (or Catalunya as it is known in Catalan, the language in this region) is located at the northeastern side of Spain. Its most popular is probably the capital and largest city, Barcelona. But the other cities – Girona, Lleida, Tarragona are just as beautiful. The Catalan region brims with so much to see for the nature lover. You can begin by basking in the grandeur of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces – check out the La Sagrada Familia, visit Park Guell, Casa Mila and Casa Batilo. Then head out to the beaches of Costa Brava then later explore the Pyrenees Mountains and finish off with a rock climbing experience in Lleida, considered to be one of Europe’s premier sport climbing destination.
The Tuscan region is located in the centre of Italy. Its capital is Florence, and it is home to many Renaissance art pieces including Michaelangelo’s “David” statue and the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. However, what Tuscany is popular for are the scenic, hilly landscapes usually highlighted in movies shot in this location. There is plenty of activities that you can try in Tuscany. You can go around Tuscany on a bike or moped, try truffle hunting, or join a wine tasting and vineyard tour. But to complete the adventure, it is highly recommended (if your budget permits) to reserve a Tuscan holiday villa. Now that will complete your blissful, Tuscan adventure.
Lake District (England)
The Lake District is a mountainous region in Northwestern, UK. It is known for its magnificent lakes, rugged fell mountains and for being home to great writers like Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Grasmere, Kendal Castle, Kirkstone Pass and Castlerigg Stone Circle are just some of the many, beautiful locations you can add to your must-see places in the lakes. To fully enjoy your outdoor adventure in this region, sign up on a hiking or walking tours to explore the various lakes around the area. You can also try camping, canyoning, rappelling, kayaking or canoeing, ATV/bike and even horseback riding tours, or scrambling and gorge walking. There are boundless activities to do around this area, depending on the level of adventure that you seek.
Champagne Region (France)
Just around the northeastern part of France, you’ll land in the Champagne wine region of the country. It’s known for its sparkling wine – a well-known beverage all over the world – hence the name. However, the place is not only known for such. All over the world, hikers and campers also gather here to not only take a sip of the famous sparkling drink but also take a hike and around the many scenic routes in the area. One of the most frequented camping locations in France is found in Camping de Chalons en Champage – definitely a must-visit place when you go here.
Faro District (Portugal)
Located at the southernmost part of Portugal and with the Algarve being the most popular tourist destination in this region, the Faro District is home to beautiful beaches. The must-see places here would be: Cape St Vincent for its popular lighthouse, Serra de Monchique for the scenic view, the caves in Benagil and Zorreira for adventure, the Ria Formosa for birdwatching and beautiful photos, and of course head out to the beaches (Arrifana, Castelejo and Amado tops the list) to try your hand at surfing.
An island located north of the Adriatic Sea, it is the most populous having multiple towns and villages within its area. It was given the name the Golden Island and is considered to be one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Croatia – with its historic monuments, beautiful beaches and holiday accommodations. The best outdoor activities in here would be kayaking or scuba diving and snorkelling in Stara Baska. Or if you prefer to take on the mountains, go hiking on its highest mountaintop, the Obzovi and marvel at the island diverse collection of flora. With its rich vegetation, it houses almost half of the flora varieties in all of Croatia.
Outdoor activities are the best way to reconnect with nature. Europe has a lot to offer in that department. With proper research, you surely will find the most appropriate adventure for you.