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Best National Parks from Italy to Portugal in 2018 for your Holiday in Europe

By on November 5, 2017

Best National Parks from Italy to Portugal: your 2018 Holiday in Europe

With towering peaks, rugged shores and untouched forests, Europe’s national parks exhibit some of the most breathtaking and diverse nature in the world. Explore the picturesque national parks that span from Italy to Portugal. Join us on an adventure that would entice any nature lover to plan a trip to Europe and have a fabulous holiday in the green!


1. Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

We suggest that you start your holiday in Europe in Italy with the Gran Paradiso National Park. Situated between Aosta valley and the Alps, the Gran Paradiso National Park is a paradise for protected wildlife. Surrounded by the majestic Alps, it also holds the famous peaks of  Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and Matterhorn.

Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy


2. Monti Sibillini National Park, Italy

Monti Sibillini National Park is covered with white snow in the winter, colorful flowers in the spring, and green pastures in the summertime. It is one of Italy’s most beautiful national parks and is also a great spot to engage in outdoor activities and surround yourself with the most awe-inspiring nature.

Monti Sibillini National Park, Italy

Monti Sibillini National Park, Italy


3. Belluno Dolomites National Park, Italy 

From mesmerizing mountains to enchanted forests and wildlife watching, Belluno Dolomites National Park has just about everything to offer the nature-loving traveller. If you love a good treasure hunt, try to find as many turquoise ponds and lakes as you can; they’re hidden between the cracks of the Rockies and each is its own world of wonder.

Belluno Dolomites National Park, Italy

Belluno Dolomites National Park, Italy


4. Cinque Terre National Park, Italy 

National Geographic has added Cinque Terre National Park to its list of the top 10 hiking trails in the world! The park is so named for its five lively and authentic cliff-side fishing villages. Stroll along the villages and take it all in: the charming small houses, the colors, the smells and the people. You will fall head over heels for this timeless trail. Many consider in a “must” for any holiday in Europe.

Cinque Terre National Park, Italy

Cinque Terre National Park, Italy


5. Écrins National Park, France 

Start your French exploration high up in the clouds at Écrins National Park. The park is a valley of glaciers and white mountain summits: a beautiful asylum for the wandering soul. This setting has historically offered inspiration to countless poets – clarity and peace await you too!

Écrins National Park, France

Écrins National Park, France


6. Pyrénées, France

Wilder than the Alps, your next stop is the Pyrénées Mountain Range. This range boasts rare wildlife, tall snow capped mountains, and breathtaking scenery. Bordering the south of France, it is surrounded by natural hot springs, bright blue lakes and air so pure it will cleanse your body and mind.

Pyrénées, France

Pyrénées, France


7. Port-Cros National Park, France 

Just  east of Toulon on the less familiar island of Port-Cros, you will find the peaceful beauty you have been waiting for in Port-Cros National Park: an off-the-beaten-path Mediterranean secret.

 Port-Cros National Park, France

Port-Cros National Park, France


8. Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, Spain

And on to Spain! Rich with wildlife, mountains, lakes and green forests, Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park is quite the gem of the Spanish Pyrenees. Accompanying its abundant wildlife, it also holds a wealth of history and features great historical sites.

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, Spain

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, Spain


9. Garajonay, Spain

Garajonay’s beauty has earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Locared on the Canary Islands, the park is a wild reserve of thick forests and unruly trees whose tangled branches sprawl in all directions. Talk about a real-life fairytale! You must add this fantastic place to your Spain itinerary!

Garajonay, Spain

Garajonay, Spain


10. Madeira National Park, Madeira Island, Portugal

Our last country for the tour: Portugal. Madeira National Park encompass nearly two-thirds of the Archipelago of Madeira and is home to some of the planet’s most unique and exotic flora and fauna. It is also known to be occupied by various endangered species! If you’re planning a road trip in Portugal, this place is the first one in the “must see” category!

Madeira National Park, Portugal

Madeira National Park, Madeira Island, Portugal


11. Peneda-Gerês National Park, Portugal

Peneda-Gerês National Park’s astonishing landscape is dotted with beautiful mountain peaks. With great hiking trails and campsites, you should make sure to explore the prehistoric remains scattered through its grounds.

Peneda-Gerês National Park, Portugal

Peneda-Gerês National Park, Portugal


What are you waiting for? Pack your hiking boots and head out on the adventure of a lifetime! How many of these parks do you plan to visit on your next holiday in Europe?

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