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7 Wonderful Outdoor Attractions In Europe

Posted by Sophia Jones on 08/03/2017
Carrick-a-Rede, Northern Ireland

From Costa Brava, the Rhine to the towering Alps, Europe’s geography may very well be the most exciting quality about the continent. Well, if you are an outdoor enthusiast, then there are so many outdoor attractions waiting to be explored in Europe.

 

I consider myself lucky as I have explored these places, so allow me to discuss top 7 wonderful outdoor attractions in Europe. So, what are you waiting for, pack your travel bags, finalise your hotel bookings, and head away to these awesome European attractions.

 

Teide, Spain

 

Being the highest elevation (12,198 feet) in Spain, Mount Teide is the 3rd largest volcano in the world. It is an active volcano which last erupted in 1909, Mount Teide is surrounded by beautiful Teide National Park. The park covers a total area of 19,000 hectares and it was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

 

Reason to go there –

 

Take my word for it, Teide National Park is a must visit. The park attracts near about 4 million visitors annually from different parts of the world. This national park also offers hiking trails and routes. Other attractions of the park include – collapsed craters, atypical rock formations, striking 800m crater, etc. 

 Teide, Spain
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Carrick-a-Rede, Northern Ireland

 

This is a striking rope bridge and one of the key tourist attractions. On the way, you will come across various vantage points where you can stop to appreciate the natural beauty and gorgeous surroundings. With its geology, rich flora & fauna it has been recognised as an area of special scientific interest.

 

Reason to go there –

 

In addition to having a wonderful experience of walking on the bridge, you get to admire the astonishing views to the shoreline. In addition, you also get to explore nearby sites as well including – Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills, and Ballycastle.

 Carrick-a-Rede, Northern Ireland
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Corsica, France

 

The volatile history of this beautiful island of Corsica is mirrored in its vivid landscape. Corsica has been witness to various historic events and every year thousands of tourists from around the world come here to see its beautiful coastline, enjoy mild climate, and mountainous landscape. This place is also known to offer the best cuisines and local drinks.

 

Reason to go there –

 

If you really like to witness the nature at its best, taste exquisite cuisine, and explore historic architecture then Corsica is the place to be.

 Corsica, France
photo credit: luxedb.com

Sicily, Italy

 

This place is my personal favourite and while you are here, you can indulge in so many different outdoor activities. Mount Etna is the main attraction of this place. It is also one of the world’s active volcanoes and surprisingly one of the beautiful as well. You can choose a group tour by quad to Mount Etna and it is for two hours.

 

Reason to go there –

 

Sicily does offer you so many reasons to visit including – 400 craters, enjoying an adventure tour to a waterfall created by lava, climbing Mount Etna, and speleological tours. All in all, it is indeed a great place that offers a great variety of outdoor attractions.

 Sicily, Italy
photo credit: travelbrochures.org

Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

 

Considered as the most beautiful national park of Italy, Gran Paradiso National Park offers an opportunity of a lifetime to enjoy a memorable experience of hiking. Enjoy trekking and cherish the natural beauty including – clear blue sky, pure air, huge ice mass, wonderful landscape, green meadows, etc. Cogne is a must visit where you get to enjoy excellent mountain food including – hams, polenta, mountain bread, and special rice & cheese.

 

Reason to go there –

 

If you love hiking and want to capture the beautiful nature through your camera, then you need to visit this place. In addition, this is also a great place to enjoy common activities such as bird and animal watching. This place is known for its rich wildlife and you don’t need to put any extra effort to spot some local inhabitants here. 

 Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy
photo credit: placestoseeinyourlifetime.com

Slea Head, Ireland

 

If I had to describe this place in a word, then that word would be – Awesome. That’s right this is a perfect word that describes the dramatic coastline, panoramic views, and beautiful sandy beaches here. Located at the western tip of Dingle Peninsula, it can be easily reached from the main town of Dingle. On the way, you get to see Beehive huts (made of stone having the shape of beehive), gorgeous views over Atlantic, and rugged coast covered with greenery. 

 

Reason to go there –

 

Some of the common reasons to visit Slea Head are – Coumeenoole Beach, wild seabirds, superb walks, one of a lifetime opportunity to witness Gannets, Fulmar, and Gulls. 

 Slea Head, Ireland
photo credit: ireland-highlights.com

Isle of Skye, Scotland

 

Isle of Skye is a picturesque place to visit and it offers a great variety of outdoor attractions. If you are really interested in exploring wildlife, then go for the boat trip. You have the option of choosing from various boat tours. You can visit Loch Coruisk bordered by Cuillin Range or you can take boat from Portree to explore Raasay or Rona (neighbouring islands). Once on the boat, you get to explore perfect wildlife moments such watching as Dolphins, Whale, Seals and Otters.

 

Talking particularly about outdoor activities, then you can enjoy paintballing, climbing, kayaking, and walking. Skye is quite popular for its stunning scenery, so you have the opportunity to improve your photography skills.

 

Reason to go there –

 

Amazing scenery, opportunities for hiking & climbing, witnessing rich wildlife are some of the reasons as why you should visit Isle of Skye.

Isle of Skye, Scotland
photo credit: azamaraclubcruises.com

Author Bio

Sophia Jones tries to live her life like the sun – setting her sights high and vowing to always rise up again. Always game for an adventure, Sophia loves widening readers and her own expectations of our vast, beautiful world. As a journalist, Sophia writes to inform. As a creative writer, Sophia strives to inspire. Overall, she hopes to captivate. She currently writes for Fixithere.