With easy access in a motorhome from the UK, many of our customers love to tour Eurpoe in the long summer holidays, so we have put together a list of some of the most beautiful national parks in Europe.
Europe is famous for its beauty and picturesque nature, therefore we have brought you some of the most beautiful and protected locations in the UK to be able to give you some ideas on places you can travel to take in the views this summer. Take a look.
This is a national park on the North West coast of Italy and in turn holds the mountainous characteristics of the Alps whilst leading out onto the Mediterranean Sea. This UNESCO world heritage site is just west of the city of La Spezia and comprises of hills, mountains and valleys surrounding the five villages of Monterosso al Mare, Corniglia, Vernazza, Riomaggiore, and Manarola. The villages themselves have a ban on cars coming in from the outside and in turn can only be reached by foot, boats and helicopters, which bring in many people to enjoy their retirement and give the whole region a slightly slower and picturesque way of life.
The villages in the area were once under the protection of the republic on Genoa and at the time sought sovereignty defending themselves from the oncoming Turks and warlords with their own small defence towards and walls in the park. In turn, there are hardly any accessible routes to the villages as a lot of land was used from the mountains to make steep climbs and fill valley ways making it difficult for large groups of troops. In turn, the area soon saw its self as a very inaccessible location and it stayed this way up until 1907 when the local government introduced footpaths into the villages from the outside world. In turn, there is a lack of corporate big names and an abundance of farmer’s stores and a very small tight knit community in the area who have lived off their local land for generations and aided it to flourish.
This strange set of events has made this location an amazing place to visit on a motorhome getaway; however, you will need to set your motorhome up in one of the surrounding cities before catching a train to the area to explore in the daytimes.
Białowieża is a national park, which has been divided between Poland and Russia during world war two and in turn is open to the public in the majority of the land. The national park its self is home to the bison breed centre for Europe and in turn has a wide range of wild bison and other species for animal that use the area for protection. The park its self is comprises of an extensive and a minimalistically developed woodland, which in turn means that there is a scarceness of buildings, roads and other structures in the forest making it perfect for the breeding of bison. The headquarters for the park is base on the old palace of Poland and the park is classed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Furthermore, the site is so protected that you need a guided tour to be able to explore the park so that you are placed under supervision and some areas of the park are not allowed any human exploration except specially chosen scientists who are doing preservation work. In turn making it one of the most remote and untouched locations in Europe.
Ordese y Monte Perdido
This is a national park placed in the famous passing from Spain to France sitting right on the border of Spain and having a huge impact on the history of the country. The French used this pass when they would attempt invasions of Spain due to its relatively flat bottom and wide size making it easy for marching troops and machinery. This in turn means that the valley is well know throughout Spanish and French museums and attracts people from all over the world looking for loot from pillages of the villages and cities of both France and Spain. The valley its self is a 3000m deep valley with mountains on both sides and in turn has amazing views from the mountains over the various small fortifications and structures in the valley. There is also a wide range of forest life and natural aesthetics within the valley as the various forests seem to alter the higher up the mountains you get. This ranges from oak and birch all the way to Mountain pine as you reach the top, giving the whole area a sort of variation and layer affect if you look at it from above.
If you are heading here in your motorhome then be sure to park within the valley, there are a number of roads on both ends and this means that when you are finished exploring your motorhome will always be a downhill decent, which is great after a tiring day of walking and hiking.
This is Portugal’s only national park and in turn, gets a lot of funding to be able to retain its protection and sustain its wildlife. The park its self has a high elevation and a very rocky bedding which is one of the reasons it reached national park status. The parks populous all but abandoned the area around 6000BC and until the roman invasion of Spain the land become untouched by human hands. Even during the invasion, the only people to reach these areas were people passing through along the roman road. Then during the 16th century, the region saw an increase in agriculture with wheat, maze and potatoes coming from the Americas and soon become a hot spot for growing foreign foods that needed a moist wet climate as the rocks were hot yet pooled water. The entire region went under a forestation scheme due to the fertility brought to it by the agriculture and in turn has now seen transition from the rocky outcrop it once was to a forested landscape that has a range of sites available. This includes Neolithic tombs, Portuguese 16th century warehouses and even an old flooded village, which only appears in years of low rainfall. Few other locations in the world has seen such a diverse transformation from desolate rock to pine forestry and in turn, it makes this location well worth a visit.
The Saxon Switzerland
Saxon Switzerland is a very rigid national park in south East Germany, which forms park of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and stretches across Germany, Bohemian Switzerland and the Czech Republic, which in turn shows the sheer size. The park its self is internationally renowned for its climbing peaks and hollows, which attract climbers from all over the world and for that, reason has earned its way onto this list of national parks. The mountainous nature of the area has made it a favourite with many military rulers over the years and in turn, you will find small picturesque fortifications high up on the cliffs. These include things such as small towers and balconies made of sandstone on the cliffs, small bridges from one stack to another and even a fortress hidden away on the outskirts of the park. This picturesque and fairy tale nature to the park makes it all worthwhile when you visit.