You don’t necessarily have to go far to be out of your element. Less than 3 hours from Paris, Norway awaits you to admire its grandiose landscapes. Very close to nature, the Norwegians live in harmony with it. Even cities include plenty of green space. As for activities, the possibilities are very numerous. On the program, the exploration of mountains, glaciers and other fjords. You can also let yourself be tempted by skiing, in the Olympic resort of Lillehammer, or by observing the northern lights and animals, such as killer whales. Not to be missed: the rock of Trolltunga and the Lofoten Islands
France can boast of having landscapes that could not be more varied. The Camargue and the Gorges du Verdon in the south, Mont Blanc, Mont-Saint-Michel, the Palace of Versailles, without forgetting the Eiffel Tower… with all these beautiful places and its charming villages, France is one of the most popular tourist destinations.
In Greece, a beach with beautiful beaches and mythology, not to mention spectacular landscapes. You can thus make a great return to history by visiting the Acropolis in Athens. To sunbathe, head to the islands, renowned for their magnificent beaches, white houses and relaxed lifestyle. Finally, discover the monasteries of Meteora, sublime Orthodox Christian monasteries perched on impressive rocky peaks.
Spain is also very popular with holidaymakers. We like to go there for its gastronomy, with tapas and paellas. We also appreciate the warmth there, its festive side, as well as its beautiful beaches. The cultural aspect is not left out either. Santiago de Compostela is thus one of the most important Christian places of pilgrimage in the world. On the Granada side, its Alhambra is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If London is a very dynamic capital, the English countryside has managed to preserve all its charm. There are many historical places, pretty villages and nature, as in Kent, Dorset, or Cornwall. The coasts of England also have a lot to offer, with beautiful walks to observe the cliffs or the marine fauna. Additionally, the England Coast Path, the longest coastal path in the world, is set to provide access to the entire coastline of the country for the first time in 2020.
On the border between Europe and Asia, Russia has an immense territory. Besides Moscow, the capital, Saint-Petersburg is simply grandiose. Built around water and its river, the Neva, the city of the tsars has no less than 342 bridges! With the many cultural monuments such as museums, palaces, cathedrals and opera, art lovers will be delighted. In summer, you can take advantage of the famous White Nights, and in winter, the magic takes place with snowy landscapes.
Between its works of art, its ancient monuments and its gastronomy, Italy is a dream destination. So head to Florence to marvel at its Renaissance masterpieces, Rome and its famous Colosseum, Naples to admire Vesuvius and Pompeii, or even Venice, the city of lovers. We do not forget its pretty beaches in Sardinia and Sicily for example.
Croatia also has many assets, between an advantageous climate and spectacular landscapes. This is for example the case of the Plitvice Lakes, with its hundred waterfalls, making it one of the most beautiful parks in Europe. Also called “the pearl of the Adriatic”, the city of Dubrovnik is famous for its stone walls surrounding the old town. A place that served as a setting in the Game of Thrones series. Small alleys, baroque church, palaces, convents… you will be amazed.
In Iceland, the landscapes are breathtaking, in a sometimes hostile nature. There, you can admire volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, hot springs, and landscapes that seem to come from another world. Among the must-see places on the island are the Kirkujufell mountain and the Godafoss waterfalls.
At the limit between the East and the West, Turkey is a country that deserves a detour. Pamukkale in southwestern Turkey is described as a cotton castle. Hot springs laden with calcite have built a tufière (site formed by a rock called calcareous tuff) with the unreal look of petrified waterfalls and stepped basins. It is also quite possible to swim in one of the vast pools. In Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia is a true masterpiece.
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