7 beautiful European destinations if you want to explore nature

It’s that time of the year when you may be dreaming about booking a summer holiday. The warmer weather is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and explore nature.

You don’t have to go on a long-haul flight to experience incredible landscapes – these seven destinations are all in Europe.

1. Svalbard, Norway

You might associate Svalbard with winter thanks to beautiful images of snowy landscapes. But it has a lot to offer during the summer months too.

In fact, if you want to see animals in the wild, visiting in the warmer weather could be ideal. The archipelago is thriving with birds who migrate here to nest and the waters come to life too. If you’re lucky, you could see walruses, seals and even whales in the fjords of Svalbard.

There is a range of mountain hikes to try, or you could book a sightseeing boat to take in the views from the water.

2. Umbria, Italy

Umbria is often overlooked in favour of its neighbour Tuscany. Yet, this region of Italy is filled with green slopes, beautiful valleys, and picturesque hilltop towns where you can try local dishes – the porchetta is a must-try during a trip here.

If you want to get active, the region has bicycle trails that provide a great way to get around while you take in stunning landscapes. One of the most popular sites here is Bosco di San Francesco (the walk of Saint Francis) in the town of Assisi. You can take in the amazing region while you follow in the footsteps of pilgrims to the entrance of the Basilica named after the saint.

3. Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

The small country of Montenegro is a hidden gem for holidaymakers. Tourists often visit the charming towns dotted along the Dalmatian Coast that boast sandy beaches.

Head inland for just a few hours and you can be in Durmitor National Park, you could even take a day trip from tourist hotspots. The area was formed by glaciers, leading to dramatic scenery. Expect dense pine forests, deep gorges and clear lakes to take in. If you enjoy being active, you can explore the stunning Tara River Canyon by hiking, canoeing, or climbing.

4. Bernese Oberland Region, Switzerland

When you picture the Swiss Alps, it’s probably the Bernese Oberland Region that comes to mind. It’s filled with alpine lakes and picture-perfect mountain towns.

Hiking routes in the area can be challenging but they are well-maintained and marked if you want to explore on foot. If sitting back and enjoying the views is more your style, you can hop on a train offering panoramic views of the diverse landscape to get between towns.

5. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

You don’t even need to book flights to see one of the most beautiful natural spaces in Europe – Cairngorms is the largest natural park in Scotland and offers lots of things to do, from water sports to wildlife watching. In fact, the park is home to the only free-roaming herd of reindeer in the UK, so you could join a guided hike to see them and other spectacular parts of the park.

There are plenty of historic sites to see in the park as well, including Balmoral Castle, Aviemore Ring Cairn, and Ruthven Barracks.

6. Black Forest, Germany

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped right into a Brothers Grimm fairy tale when visiting Germany’s Black Forest. The dark pine forest inspired some of their most famous works, including ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

There are many different ways to explore the Black Forest. The designated tourism routes make it easy to drive to some of the most popular sights. There are plenty of walking trails that will take you from historic towns past waterfalls and through the ancient forest. Alternatively, you can ride the Schwarzwaldbahn (Black Forest Railway) from Offenburg to Hornberg.

7. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is a unique sight. The 16 interconnected lakes with cascading waterfalls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and have become Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction.

The park is well maintained with several walking trails along wooden walkways to suit all abilities. You’ll need to purchase an entry ticket, which includes a boat ride between the upper and lower falls. The park is teeming with wildlife – more than 140 species of birds have been recorded here and, though they’re rarely seen, it’s also home to lynx, brown bear, and wolves.

Speak with our Financial Planners today

Related blog posts

Economic Review – August 2022

The latest gross domestic product (GDP) statistics show the UK economy grew unexpectedly in May although forward-looking indicators still point to a deteriorating outlook. In…

Read More

Economic Review – July 2022

The latest gross domestic product (GDP) statistics show the UK economy unexpectedly shrank in April, increasing concerns about future growth prospects. In our economic update…

Read More

10 incredible destinations to add to your bucket list

Seeing more of the world makes up many people’s bucket lists. Whether you want to be left in awe of natural sights, immerse yourself in…

Read More

Wealth Management for Entrepreneurs and Executives

  The wealth management market is very much segmented and filtering through this to assess the best service, relationship, cost, security, and breath of offering…

Read More

Why use a Financial Adviser?

  In our case study below, we run through the scenario of some new clients who thought they could manage their portfolio themselves. However eventually…

Read More

How do you find a lost pension?

  Research by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) conducted in 2018 found there were approximately 800,000 lost pensions in the UK which amounted to…

Read More
Coming to a crossroads in life

Financial Planning as a result of selling a limited company

Selling shares in a construction company John had a business in construction that he owned with two co-directors. They decided to sell the business as…

Read More

Planning for Retirement

Self-employed, with a number of pensions Spencer is 65 and lives in Worthing with his wife.  He is a self-employed carpenter. Spencer came in to…

Read More

Michael and Mandy

Michael and Mandy are 46 and 43 respectively, and own a business in Worthing. They were in the process of buying the business from the…

Read More