Une vue naturelle

All European countries have their own natural treasures, but it’s hard to know where to start and decide what to do. Emblematic natural formations in national and regional parks, ecotourism holidays can discover the natural environments to observe wildlife and support conservation efforts.Pyrenees.  Aigües Tortes National Park

The most popular ecotourism destinations following the five pan-European ecotourism routes. These five itineraries that span several countries have well-known natural heritage sites, as well as national and regional parks. The longest is the Nordic pan-European route which spans 11,500 km. The vast landscapes offer countless opportunities for water excursions on the lakes of Finland, to cruise in the fjords of Norway, and go hiking in the ancient forests of Sweden. That sounds tiring you? Take a train or ferry, and discover the scenery in comfort.

Hiking in Europe is more popular than ever, as visitors discover stunning views of the Dolomites, the Pyrenees or the Serra da Estrela, Portugal. The sight of a wild chamois while we climbed the slopes of the Italian Gran paradiso certainly worth worldly attractions of cities. Take a hike in the Curonian Spit, Lithuania, where the highest dunes of wandering Europe offer you an experience in a pristine environment, breathtaking.

Bird watchers invade protected areas in Europe. The vast forests of Finland are home to owls, woodpeckers and grouse. Its lakes are home to magnificent whooper swans, arctic loons, the red-necked grebes and small gulls. The BirdLife International Partnership (English) includes links to specific websites to partner countries, which have a wealth information on endangered species disappearance, their habitats and efforts to preserve them.

Some of wilderness areas best protected in Europe are members of the PAN Parks network. These parks work with local communities to develop sustainable tourism and protect natural areas. One of the favorite parks for tourists, naturalists and scientists is the National Park Tsentralen Balkan Bulgaria. Considered one of the largest and most important protected areas in Europe, the park offers visitors ancient forests of beech and spruce. Its vast mountain meadows, rock walls, waterfalls and numerous peaks invite hikers and explorers to fresh air.  

Hiking in the Serra da Estrela - Portugal

To live a rustic experience, Spain, Portugal and Italy offer authentic farm tourism experiences. Visitors housed in country houses, farms, ranches or wineries, taste the local products and roam the countryside on horseback or on foot. Some even learn to cook {link to Education: Tourism with Good Taste Cooking Schools Article] with local products, or lend a hand at harvest.

While ecotourism continues to gain popularity, consider the official mode of travel that promotes the natural landscapes of Europe and preserves traditional lifestyles.


Vagues, soleil et sable.

Search the best beach in Europe can be a difficult task, especially in an area that you do not know well. But in Europe, you’ll know you’ve found the ideal place to surf or sunbathe with a symbol – a blue flag. The Beaches European Blue Flag must meet selective water quality criteria, safety and environmental compliance to qualify as ideal place to sunbathe, swim or play. Luckily, there are more than 4,000 beaches which have met the criteria Blue Flag in the world, and Europe has the majority.