While the wonders of the world are very well known, there are a huge number of natural wonders located in Europe that are relatively unknown. With an intoxicating blend of natural beauty and wonders, art, architecture and wilds, you are certain to find a huge number of natural wonders when you explore Europe, that are not only underrated by the world, but also remain relatively unknown. The best way to discover these unknown wonders is to head out to Europe and explore them yourself. Before you go, it’s important that you apply for an e111 card (European Health Insurance) so you are covered for your trip.
Here’s a list of some unknown wonders of Europe so you have somewhere to begin your search. You can also check out a list of Europe tours which focus more on the ‘off the beaten track’ locations.
Les Gorges du Verdon, France
Les Gorges du Verdon, translated to Verdon Gorge, dates back 250 million years and was shaped by various glaciers and oceans. Located in Provence, this Gorge comes complete with an emerald-coloured lake and is generally considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful. It is about 25 km long and up to 700 metres deep, and is one of the must-see natural wonders of Europe. While there is no road to reach the top, there are plenty of opportunities to kayak or boat along the river.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
The 16 cascading blue and green lakes give this National Park its name, and with natural travertine dams, waterfalls, beech and fir forests and a number of hidden caves, this National Park really is one of the most beautiful in Europe. A UNESCO heritage site, the forests are home to bears, wolves and many rare bird species that you may be able to spot from a distance if you’re lucky.
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
With plenty of stories and legends surrounding the Giant’s Causeway, including that this marvellous sight was built by a giant, the basalt columns appear to have formed a cobbled path into the sea through volcanic activity. With the Giant’s Boot and the Wishing Chair all an exciting part of this must-see site in Northern Ireland, and a five-mile hike to the ruin of Dunseverick Castle all included as one of the many walking tours near the marvel, it really is one that shouldn’t be missed.
Davolja Varos, Serbia
Davolja Varos are 202 naturally occurring rock towers, and these are regarded as one of the Europe most unusual natural wonders. They stand like guardians protecting the mountain, and are formed by a combination of volcanic activity and erosion on the mountain. Known as hoodoos, tent rocks and fairy chimneys, these interesting natural wonders are an exciting sightseeing opportunity in Serbia.
Vatnajokull Glacier Ice Caves, Iceland
Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice, and one of the most spectacular forms of ice in the country is the Vatnajokull Glacier. Not only do sightseers get to walk across the glacier, a select few also get the chance to head inside it. With the light seeping through the glacier, Vatnajokull looks as if it glows! It is important to remember that you should only visit the Glacier with the help of trained experts, as crevasses in the glaciers can move and change, which can be unnoticed by those who do not know the area well.