10 of the Best National Parks in Europe
For those that love nature, forests, lakes and flowers, these are 10 of the Best National Parks in Europe that offer just that. Instead of going to busy cities and crowded beaches, the next time you are in Europe consider visiting one of the National Parks listed below.
Durmitor In Montenegro
There are more than 23 mountain tops at Durmitor In Montenegro. The park consist of 39,000 acres with around 50 miles of canyon. Visitors can see massive gorges and large forests. It’s home to around 130 different kinds of birds.
Plitvice Lakes National Park In Croatia
The Plitvice Lakes National Park In Croatia features some of the most interesting karst entities in the entire world. There’s also Mesozoic limestones present. This unique makeup of the park’s geology allows for things like a canyon that was formed by limestone deposits. There are also 16 terraced lakes that are joined by waterfalls. (pictured above)
The Encrins National Park In France
The Encrins National Park in France is located in the Alps. This national park has a variety of features including glacier fields, lakes and alpine pastures. Each year around 800,000 tourists visits here.
Triglave National Park In Slovenia
The Triglave National Park In Slovenia is the only national park in the entire country. It was named after the highest mountain in the park. The mountain is actually featured on both the flag and coat of arms in Slovenia.
Soomaa National Park In Estonia
The Soomaa National Park In Estonia is known for the numerous types of flora and fauna located here. Because of the amount of water in the park as well, it’s not uncommon to see a beaver or beaver dam or even an otter. The forests can be dense here and tend to have swampy conditions at times.
Saxon Switzerland National Park In Germany
The Saxon Switzerland National Park In Germany adjoins the Bohemian Switzerland National Park. It covers approximately 58 miles. At the park, there are around 250 miles of hiking paths and 12,600 different combinations of climbing routes.
Ordesa National Park In Spain
The Ordesa National Park In Spain is full of peaks and valleys. The highest peak measures at 3,355 meters. There are numerous trails here and a waterfall called the Cola de Caballo which is quite popular for tourists to visit. While at the park, don’t forget to look up as bearded vulture, with a wingspan of more than 6 feet, can often be seen flying about.
Goreme National Park And The Rock Sites Of Cappadocia In Turkey
The Goreme National Park And The Rock Sites Of Cappadocia In Turkey is full of slopes, valleys and flora. What makes this park so unique is the impressive erosion that makes the landscape look intricately sculpted. Many of the remains of former towns and villages that date back to the 4th century can be found here.
Vatnajokull In Iceland
The Vatnajokull In Iceland consists of a glacier, numerous other rock forms, snowy mountain peaks and a glacial lagoon filled with icebergs. There also is a campground and hiking trails. The weather can make it difficult to navigate around the park so visitors need to dress appropriately and be prepared for drastic weather changes.
Krka National Park In Croatia
The Krka National Park In Croatia is located in the southern part of the country. It has a series of 7 waterfalls. There are also a nature trails, a monastery and catacombs. The park was originally formed to protect the Krka River. It’s now home to a variety of recreational activities including touring the cascades of the Roški Slap and the natural pools.
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