Extraordinary Destinations in Europe
Whether you’re heading to Europe for a wedding, honeymoon, or just a simple vacation, you want to make the most of your trip. I’ve traveled to over 20 countries at this point, so I’ve hit the classics, and I’ve delved deeper into the more remote locations. I’ve come up with a list of five extraordinary destinations in Europe. This list is intended for those who want more adventurous and unique locations to add to their travel list.
- Faroe Islands
Norway is an incredible place to visit if you like stunning views, good coffee, and Nordic style (which happens to be my favorite type of design). I recommend flying into Oslo and renting a car to go out west. Oslo is a great city to explore, but it’s not the reason Norway is on my list. If you go up to Aurland, a norwegian village, you’ll see the beautiful Aurland Fjords. This town is more of a local spot and offers a true Norwegian experience. If you want to hear more about my Airbnb in the clouds and how to reach the best view of the Fjords, check out my post about Norway (there are tips at the bottom of the post).
Words feel inadequate when it comes to describing this magical place. You’ll be smashing your face against the plane window as you fly into the airport. These islands are filled with hikes to nature’s anomalies (like Sørvágsvatn the lake above the ocean), mountain views, and quaint lighthouses. Among the scenery, you can find adorable animals such as puffins and highland cattle. Faroe Islands really is a dream. Every turn you take, you’re met with new wonders. You can explore the different Islands by car or ferry. It is one of the most expensive places in the world, but save up your money and book the trip. You won’t be disappointed.
Ok Santorini is a classic that so many go to, but there’s a reason. Plus, you can escape the tourists by going off-season and exploring the less-traveled spots. Once you get your fill of the typical tourist draws in Oia like Ammoudi Bay, shopping, and photos of the blue rooftop churches, head to Immerovigli. There’s a really cool rock formation jutting out to sea called Skaros Rock. You can hike from Fira to Oia as well. If you have a car, go explore the middle of the Island. You can also use Santorini as a base and go Island hopping. Greece can be as relaxing or as adventurous as you want it to be. I recommend visiting at least once.
The Canary Islands bring together the best of Spain- sun and relaxation. You can unwind with a book, grab a surf board and hit the beach, and enjoy tapas. I flew into Lanzarote and headed to La Graciosa, one of the most remote Islands. There’s not a lot going on there, but if you want a more secluded place, this is the spot. Once you get there, the Island is very walk-able. You can rent paddle boards from a little bar on the beach. Lanzarote and Tenerife are more popular and lively islands. There’s more options for food and accommodation. I suggest staying in one of those Islands and taking a day trip to La Graciosa if you have time.
Scotland has a special place in my heart. Castles, highlands, and friendly people – does it get much better? Edinburgh is a great city to visit. There you have access to all the perks a city has to offer. There are plenty of restaurants/pubs, shopping, and London-esque houses. From the city you can reach Arthur’s Seat for a great hike. Outside of Edinburgh, there’s Glencoe in the highlands, Isle of Skye, and Doune Castle. I fell in love with the nature and culture of Scotland. Don’t let this country escape your travel list.
Unique Trips in Europe
Hopefully these suggestions inspired you to plan your next unique trip. These are my top five extraordinary destinations in Europe, but the continent is big and filled with wonders. So if you have any jaw-dropping destinations you’d like to share, comment below. I love discovering new places and adding adventures to my journey!