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Six impressive wonders of nature in Europe

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNature is the most wondrous work of art. There are many amazing works of art. Many of them are far away and many of them are located in Europe.

Here are six impressive wonders of nature in Europe worth seeing:

Croatia – Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park is located in the very heart of Croatia. It is often called a water paradise – water there sparkles and bubbles in ways that charm every visitor. The natural beauty of the park surprises with its variety. The national park is home to 16 marvellous lakes linked together by small rivers and waterfalls. The special allure of the lakes is their ability to change colours. Their tone changes from greenish to light blue or greyish. The beauty of the lakes is only enhanced when surrounded by a thick spruce forest. The park is part of UNESCO World Natural Heritage. To appreciate the beauty of this park in its fullest, it is necessary to spend at least one day walking around it.

Montenegro – Durmitor National Park

Montenegro is a very special country not just for its natural beauty, but also because the country is home to the only canyon in Europe. The northern region of the country, which is known for its mountains, is home to Durmitor National Park. It is on the list of UNESCO World Natural Heritage. Aside from mountain peaks and ravines, mountain streams and lush dark pine tree forests, the park also has a canyon. The park is home to 23 impressive mountain peaks, 17 glacial lakes and Tara River, which is considered the best river for canoeing in Europe. The park’s pride is its pines, some of which are around 400 years old and reach 50 m in height. The park is also home to more than 163 species of birds, 50 different species of animals. The park also has the largest variety of butterflies in Europe.

Bulgaria – Pobiti Kamani stone desert

A unique stone desert – the only one of its kind in the world – is located a mere ten kilometres away from Bulgaria’s capital city of Varna. There is one large group of stones surrounded by fifteen smaller ones in this desert. This place has earned world-class interest, with geologists from all over the world regularly visiting the desert, all hoping to uncover its mystery. The first documentary about this park dates back all the way to 1829. To this day, however, there is no explanation for the phenomenon. Some stone formations have even been given names, such as Stone Guardian, Camel, Throne and others. The height of the tallest stones reaches 10 metres. Bulgarians believe the stones emanate very powerful energy.

Greece – Blue Caves in Zakynthos

The blue caves found in Zakynthos Isles in Skinari region of Greece are incredibly beautiful to behold. The reason why they are called Blue Caves is because of the blue tone reflecting off the surface of the water. Tourists can enter the caves in small boats. It is also allowed to swim and dive there. The name of the biggest cave is Kianoun. The Blue Caves are located near Volimes, a village in the mountainous northwestern part of the island of Zakynthos. This location was discovered by Antonio Kamouto in 1897. Since then, it has become an incredibly popular place. The best time to go to the Blue Caves is early in the morning, because that is when the sun illuminates the walls, creating breathtaking tones. The site is also beautiful at dusk.

Majorca – Dragon Caves

The eastern coast of Mallorca is famous with its variety of cliffs, islands and grottos. Dragon Caves [Cuevas del Drach] are located not far from Porto Kristo. The Dragon Caves are the largest on the island. Their age is estimated around several thousand years. This magnificent natural formation astonishes with its stalactites and stalagmites of unusual form, as well as it underground labyrinths and underground lakes. Caves span 1,700 m underground. Dragon Caves are also home to the largest underground lake in Europe – Lake Martel (177×40 m).

Lanzarote – Timanfaya National Park

Over the course from 1730 to 1736, lava and dust covered Lanzarote’s fertile soil as a result of eruptions of more than 100 volcanoes. Soil fertility never recovered, as the island is rarely visited by rain. The territory has since been turned into a park. It is not recommended to visit this place alone. It is best to seek services of a guide, as many volcanoes remain active. Visiting the national park is similar to walking on the service of the Moon. Locals have found a way to use this territory. Inactive craters are now used as grape groves. The bravest park visitors are offered a chance to enjoy a meal prepared in a volcanic crater, Novatours specialists say.

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