Somewhere less ordinary in Europe
With the rise in adventurous holidays and ever-improving travel routes, it's getting harder to find places that are genuinely ‘off the beaten track' yet are suitable for most. But if you just know where to look, they are closer to home than one might think...
There are still wonders and amazing attractions to be enjoyed in Europe if you're considering a mini-break or excursion a little different from ‘sun, sea and sand'.
The Flexicover Team look up a selection:
Vatnajökull Ice Caves, Iceland
For spectacular phenomena, head for the glacial caves of Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland - more so between November and March. These wonders open up in the various glaciers of the area and allow access into the ice to see the fascinating formations within. Once inside, you can often find glacial pools and ice structures - you might even experience the dazzling magic of ‘blue ice'! This is where the ice has built up to such an extent to compress all the air out of it and causes it to reflect deep and wonderful shades of indigo and aquamarine when exposed to light. Mesmerised by the wonders of nature, this will be a trip to remember forever!
Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
The Tunnel of Love just outside the small town of Klevan is a must-see marvel of serenity and natural architecture. This gorgeous, leafy green tunnel cuts through the local woods and was shaped by the passage of a private train providing wood to a local factory. The beauty of this unusual rail route also makes it a popular spot for lovers' promenades - it's even said if you are sincere in your love, being here will make your romantic wishes come true. So it's no surprise that this is a favourite spot for loved up couples to stroll and a great avenue for photographers looking for that perfect shot! Love has no boundaries; you will not feel out of place here!
Keukenhof Gardens, the Netherlands
It's no surprise that the world's largest flower garden, Keukenhof, also known as the ‘Garden of Europe', is one of the top Dutch attractions. Located in the small town of Lisse in South Holland and boasting over 32 hectares, this is the perfect place to escape to in the spring. Formerly a hunting estate and the residence of Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut, this world famous park revels in an abundance of colours and fragrances from March to May each year. With flower shows, indoor exhibitions and over 7 million flower bulbs planted annually, many visitors come back year after year. Witness a riot of colour in fauna, take a relaxing stroll through the gardens amongst spring blossom or just sit and admire floral perfection - this is one place like no other.
Keukenhof Gardens, the Netherlands
This beautiful sea cave, also known as the ‘Blue Cave', in the small bay of Balun on the Croatian island of Biševo, is one of the best known natural beauty spots on the Adriatic. Its fame comes from the spectacle of a blue light that plays across the water and rocks at certain times of the day. A boat ride can take you inside the cave via a natural opening that's only 1ft high and less than 2ft wide. The best time to visit is between 11am and noon, as the sun's rays penetrate through an underwater opening, reflect off the floor and create the otherworldly iridescence it's world-renowned for. Plus, if you're adventurous enough, you can take an underwater swim, making this location ideal for scuba divers!
Devil’s Bridge, Germany
Deep within the Azaleen-und-Rhododendronpark Kromlauer (“Azalea & Rhododendron Park”), a Gothic-style, basalt arch - the famous Rakotzbrücke - stands magnificently above the waters of the Rakotzsee. More commonly known as the ‘Devil's Bridge' (in reference to its strange look and construction), its unique draw is that its reflection on the water's surface creates a perfect circle regardless of the side it's being viewed from! Although you can't walk on the bridge (off limits for preservation), it draws a multitude of photographers and hikers who then enjoy the beauty that the rest of the 200-acre country park has to offer!
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