European alternatives to major tourist destinations

The world offers us a very wide kaleidoscope of places to visit. Sometimes they are thousands of kilometers away but we also have European alternatives, Wonderful destinations that have nothing to envy to others much appreciated by tourism in distant or exotic lands.

Traveling in Europe has the advantage of having fantastic infrastructure and a huge variety of landscapes and historic cities. If you also live in the old continent you will save time and you can enjoy these destinations much more.

European alternatives to sun and beach tourism

If, for example, we like Caribbean beaches because of their turquoise waters and white sands, one of the European alternatives would be to opt forSes Illetes beach, on the Balearic island of Formentera, which has been chosen as the best beach in Spain and the fifth in the world.

Ses Illetes beach, Formentera - holbox

Ses Illetes Beach It is a dream place, perfect for walking, sunbathing or water sports.It is a place where nothing is missing from what we could wish for on a beach: kiosks, hammocks, umbrellas and wonderful waters to enjoy it in a thousand different ways.

European alternatives for mountaineers

Europe offers many places to practice this discipline. There are no peaks as high as Everest, in the Himalayas, but there are peaks of a respectable height that can be optimal European alternatives, like Mount Elbrús; in Russia; Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn or Matterhorn, in the Alps. All these peaks are over 4,000 meters high.

Aiguille du Midi in the Alps - xoxo / Pixabai.com

In Spain there is a great offer of not so high peaks, but with more than 3,000 meters, such as Mulhacén, Veleta and La Alcazaba, in the Penibética mountain range; or the Aneto, Posets, Monte Perdido, d'Astorq, Maldito and Daviu, in the Pyrenees, among many others.

"A wise traveler never despises his own country."

-Carlo Goldoni-

European alternatives for photographic tourism

For photography enthusiasts, they also have great European alternatives. Africa is a dream destination for photographic safaris, but if we want to be more original, also We can participate in the photographic and adventure safaris that are done in Andalusia, Extremadura or the south of Castilla.

Flamingos in Doñana - Francisco Manuel Esteban / Flickr.com

It may be more attractive, perhaps, to photograph an elephant than a wild boar, but ... do you know the Iberian lynx? The photographic safaris that take place in the Doñana National Park, in Huelva, are extremely interesting.

Photo tours are also offered in major cities in Europe, such as Paris, London, Berlin or Moscow. Although the theme will not be wild animals, but rather the human landscape, there are a lot of alternatives to satisfy the most avid photographers.

European alternatives for cultural tourism

If ours is cultural tourism, Europe is full of possibilities. Visiting Egypt is very attractive, without a doubt, for the quantity and richness of its monuments. But much closer we have ancient cities, such as Rome, Istanbul or the cities of Eastern Europe, with an incredible historical, cultural, religious, architectural heritage.

Blue Mosque in Istanbul - OPIS Zagreb

Very good European alternatives are the great theaters, in which we can see the best shows, with the best artists. You can also visit cathedrals, museums, art galleries of unparalleled value.

Europe, a small piece of the world

Europe is a continent where there is a bit of everything in the world. Just as Europeans have spread all over the planet, Europe has also incorporated some of the customs of other continents.

Chinatown, London - Daniel Moreno / Flickr.com

Within Europe you can visit places where one can feel in Arabia, India or China, without leaving the continent, without the high costs of airline tickets, or the inconvenience of the documentation to be presented.

As you see, there are much cheaper and less complicated alternatives in Europe to plan and carry out the large transfers that require other destinations much further away.

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