When travelling in Europe, many people choose destinations in close proximity to the continentâ€™s historical or cultural attractions. From La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Colosseum in Rome, thereâ€™s no doubting that Europe is steeped in rich artistic and cultural heritage. However, there is more to Europe than these popular sightseeing spots.
On offer, too, are myriad breathtaking natural attractions, dotted throughout the continentâ€™s 50 countries. Europe is home to many UNESCO World Heritage sites, including delightful countryside, stunning landscapes, and awe-inspiring views – and itâ€™s all just a short flight away!
Tuscan countryside, Italy
Itâ€™s love at first sight for most people when it comes to the Tuscan countryside. The beautiful, sloping hills are simply gorgeous, with their bright yellow and green colours shining out across the landscape, adorned by vineyards and farmhouses that nestle seamlessly into the vista.
For a start, head to the Val Dâ€™Orcia, which includes Siena, Pienza and Montalcino – itâ€™s not only one of the most attractive landscapes in Italy, but many say in all of Europe.
Situated right by the charming Lake Maggiore, Locarno is a must for any nature lover travelling in Europe. Explore the remarkable variety of flower species at the Camellia Park, delve into the greenery at the Botanical Garden on Brissago Island, and enjoy a fine dining experience at a boutique restaurant in the Piazza Grande – one of Switzerlandâ€™s most well-known squares.
Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
Montenegro is not perhaps at the top of everyoneâ€™s list when travelling in Europe, however the Durmitor National Park is undoubtedly one of the continentâ€™s finest natural wonders. Venture in and discover several picturesque lakes, endless pine forests and Europeâ€™s deepest gorge. The glow of the Montenegrin water lends the parkâ€™s lakes the nickname â€˜Eyes of the Mountainâ€™, with the area extremely popular for fishing and rafting.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the countryâ€™s most popular attractions. With the water a tantalising turquoise shade, the parkâ€™s 16 lakes are a sight to behold and are undoubtedly a must for anyone visiting Croatia whilst travelling in Europe. For those looking for even more geographical interest, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is also home to a number of caves and waterfalls – not to be missed!
How to Get There
Numerous UK airlines offer cheap flights into mainland Europe from across the country, and you can get a great deal if you book well in advance of your departure date. Flight times vary depending on your destination and departure airport, although most journeys within Europe are likely to be short.
Travelling in Europe can be made even easier by pre-booking a shuttle transfer from the airport direct to your accommodation. A private or shared shuttle transfer is not only a cost effective way to reach your final destination, but also an extremely convenient one, taking you from door to door quickly and without any hassle.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re planning a holiday to go travelling in Europe, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport of your choice swiftly and safely.
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