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European Wonders

Submitted on Tue, 28-October-2014

Europe’s wonder shines brightest in its most natural locations. With over 350 national parks scattered throughout the continent, there’s plenty of wonder to take in during your next trip. From Spain to Finland, Denmark to Greece and everywhere in between, you’ll find national parks featuring unique terrains, breathtaking views and endless activities. One thing is certain: outdoor adventure abounds at each and every European park.

 

Trails wind through the breathtaking countryside of Teide National Park in Spain.
Trails wind through the breathtaking countryside of Teide National Park in Spain.

 

What makes Europe’s national parks different is the natural diversity of Europe’s scenery. In one country you’ll see alpine landscape. In the next, karst formations. In other areas, you’ll immerse yourself among lakes, rivers, tidal areas, island, forests and grasslands. No national park in Europe looks the same, and a number of organizations are making sure that it stays that way.

In Europe, all paths and trails are strategically marked with signs that indicate the level of difficulty and the services available to families with small children. So whether you’re biking, jogging, pushing a stroller or walking through the park with a friend, you’ll always know what you’re getting yourself into before your trek begins.

Throughout the continent, green landscapes emanate natural wonder throughout the region. Activities range from biking between the hills of Echternach in Luxembourg to day-hiking through Gozo, an island in Malta crisscrossed by tracks and lanes. The lush sceneries allow for a variety of enjoyable outdoor activities.

 

The Kalidonia Waterfalls add even more wonder to a trek through the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus.
The Kalidonia Waterfalls add even more wonder to a trek through the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus.

 

Scandinavia and the countries bordering the Baltic Sea have a terrain that ranges from wintry wonderlands to vibrant beaches. Start the week by hiking through National Park Thy in Denmark. Then, end the week walking along the soft beaches of Stenshuvud National Park in Sweden.

National parks in Southern Europe and the Balkan Peninsula provide an array of wildlife-watching, beach relaxation and mountain landscapes. Photograph birds, bears and wildcats at Pirin National Park in Bulgaria. Hike along rivers and waterfalls at Troodos National Forest Park on the island of Cyprus. You can even ski or snowboard at Kopaonik National Park in Serbia.

 

The landscape of Gozo Island, Malta, is full of valleys, streams and lush vegetation.
The landscape of Gozo Island, Malta, is full of valleys, streams and lush vegetation.

 

It’s just a taste of the activities offered throughout Europe’s national parks, but it’s a good start. Find the adventure that’s right for you in the natural side of Europe during your next trip. And remember, each year, every European country has the potential to open a new national park in order to preserve more beautiful and fragile areas – so keep exploring!