There’s so much more to Europe than just the big cities and landmarks. Go off the beaten track and discover some of Europe’s lesser-known cities, hidden towns and secret villages that are rich in natural beauty and history.
Sometimes the best way to experience Europe is by taking the road less traveled. Or in some cases, not taking a road at all. The natural side of Europe consists of vast countrysides, towering mountains, calm waterways and more. Browse this gallery of some of Europe’s best adventures that are off the beaten trail. Then, load up your backpack and be on your way.
Elðraun Moss Fields, Iceland
Elðraun in Iceland is a rolling field of volcanic rock. But what makes it unique is that moss has grown over the rock through the years, creating an even more breathtaking landscape. The moss-covered rocks can get slippery, so don’t forget to wear boots when trekking across these lands.
Windmills of Holland, Netherlands
The windmills of Holland are one of the Netherland’s most iconic symbols. But to find some of the oldest and most authentic windmills, you have to venture to Holland’s rural areas. Here, you’ll find windmills watching over fields of colorful tulips.
Lavender Fields, France
Thoughts of France usually bring images of the Eiffel Tower and romantic urban evenings. But in the rolling grasslands of the country’s rural areas, you’ll find just as much beauty. Explore fields of lavender that sprawl for miles and fill the air with delightful fragrances along the way.
The rural village of Graiguenamanagh is one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets. While it’s tucked away from the country’s urban areas, the village is full of charming things to do. From boating to hiking, you’ll find plenty of adventure in this quaint Irish town.
Nature Park Our, Luxembourg
Nature Park Our in Luxembourg is one of the most expansive outdoor sceneries in Europe. Bright green grasslands, vibrant fields of flowers and cool breezes make this place ideal for rural relaxation.
Gozo Island, Malta
The island of Gozo is located off the southern tip of Italy and is one of the Mediterranean’s natural gems. It’s known for its relaxing qualities, but the island’s tall cliffs and warm waters are a perfect formula for diving and swimming.
Dunajec Pieniny range, Slovakia
Find yourself hiking along rolling mountainsides in the Dunajec Pieniny range in Slovakia. From intimate hiking trails to intense water rapids, the wild landscape of Slovakia will have you plenty entertained.
The small village of Wéris in Belgium won’t be found from a major highway. But when you get there you’ll find ancient megaliths, quaint cottages and cobblestone trails. It’s truly a preserved gem tucked away in Belgium’s rural landscape.
There’s more to shopping in Europe than the designer brands on Champs-Élysées.
Europe’s beaches are rated amongst the world’s best for a variety of reasons: their stunning scenery, their unique nature and their lively entertainment offerings. Here is a selection of some of the most unique spots Europe’s coastline has to offer.
Get in the mood and lose track of time and space in one of Europe’s many music festivals.
Could you imagine so much variety in Europe? From Finland to Azores or From Malta to Ireland, 71 destinations decided to gather to promote sustainable tourism under two words: Eden Network. The Eden Network: surprise yourself with Europe!
Take part in creative workshops using paper products and wood.
See the Milky Way from a castle courtyard!
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