We have endeavored to provide below a selection of five of the world’s most exotic and naturally beautiful places – five great destinations for nature and adventure lovers because “adventure is worthwhile,” as Aristotle wanted us to believe.
Madeira Islands – Portugal
This Portuguese sub-tropical archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean is one of the world’s top retreats for nature lovers offering stunning scenery, lush mountains, a year-round mild climate, warm and friendly locals, and most importantly it’s one the safest holiday destinations even if you are a female solo traveler.
However, considering the romantic setting this magnificent place has to offer, it would be a good idea to travel with a romantic partner to enjoy this sublime destination to the fullest.
The archipelago comprises the two populated islands of Madeira and Porto Santo in addition to two groups of uninhabited islands – the Desertas and Selvagens Islands.
Cabo Girão – At 1935 feet above sea level, Cabo Girão is one of the world’s highest ocean cliffs located along the southern coast of Madeira. It is a great lookout spot attracting up to 1800 visitors a day.
Jardim Botânico – The Jardim Botânico is Madeira’s popular hillside botanical gardens home to a bird park, a natural history museum, glass houses in addition to being a great lookout point with stunning views.
São Vicente Caves – Volcanic caves (grutas) where you can visit lava tube system, and a museum with a 3D movie & other exhibits about volcanism in Madeira.
Jardim do Monte Palace – Magnificent gardens of the former Monte Palace hotel.
Madeira Story Centre – Unique, modern museum with interactive exhibits of Madeira’s history, plus a bistro with a terrace.
Madeira Theme Park – Kid-oriented park with various buildings & displays illustrating Madeira’s cultural traditions.
Museu CR7 – Museum dedicated to the famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo featuring his career history & trophies.
Casino da Madeira – Small casino & nightlife destination.
Sacred Art Museum of Funchal – This museum specializes in sacred art beginning in the Renaissance, with Flemish paintings & more.
25 Fontes Falls – The 25 Fontes is a group of waterfalls located in Serrado, Ribeira da Janela, near the town of Porto Moniz in the Madeira Islands. The waterfall is 30m high, consisting of a group of different water streams coming vertically down the mountainside
Museu da Quinta das Cruzes – 500 years of art, ceramics, jewelry & antiques housed in an 18th-century villa in lush gardens.
Istria – Croatia
Located between the Kvarner Gulf and the Gulf of Trieste, Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. Croatian Istria is bordered in the north by Slovenia and by the Adriatic Sea in the south and west. Towards the east lies the Kvarner region of Croatia.
As far as natural, unspoiled beauty is concerned, picture-perfect Istria deserves a place among the top destinations in that category.
Istria boasts some of the most amazing vistas on the planet. Here’s what you can expect to see and experience in this fairytale land.
- Gently rolling hills overlooking valleys and fields and clusters of houses perched atop peaks.
- Streams flowing into the Adriatic after carving paths through deep gullies and valleys.
- Breathtaking, camera-worthy panoramas of swaying wheat fields, snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and plateaus.
- Olive groves and vineyards and blossoming cherries hugging the hill sides.
- Beautiful church facades, portals and narrow winding alleyways of the small villages with native architectural touches.
- And, of course, the vast expanse of the sea.
Kauai – Hawaii (USA)
Also known as the Garden Isle, Kauai is the extreme northwest island of Hawaii’s major islands. It is an exceptionally wet region of the planet receiving high amounts of precipitation throughout the year. The abundant rainfall has made Kauai the luxuriant tropical paradise that it is.
Being the oldest of the islands, it has been exposed the longest to the erosive influences of nature that have given it some awe-inspiring natural wonders – the Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast being great examples. Kauai boasts more miles of sandy beaches than any of the other Hawaiian Islands.
Nāpali – Coast State Wilderness Park northwest of Kauai Island
Poipu Beach Park – Lifeguarded beach with areas for swimming & snorkeling plus picnic pavilions & a comfort station
Polihale State Park – Isolated white sand beach with rough waters, a backdrop of cliffs & no facilities
McBryde Garden – Botanical garden with a large selection of native plant life, diverse topography & self-paced tours
Waimea Canyon State Park – Expansive, mountain top gorge known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” features sweeping views
Haʻena State Park – 230-acre park at the end of Kuhio Highway, offering access to a beach, sea caves & ancient sites
Kilauea Light– Circa-1913 lighthouse on a peninsula 180 ft. above the ocean, with tours available twice a week
Wailua Falls – 83-foot waterfall located near Lihue that feeds into the Wailua River
Secret Beach – Kauapea Beach, popularly known as Secret Beach known for its size, seclusion, and beauty
Allerton Garden – Opulent & artful gardens with many varieties of flowers & plants, plus scenic guided tours
Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge – Oceanfront refuge featuring seabirds, spinner dolphins & other wildlife, plus a 1913 lighthouse
Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge – National Wildlife Refuge located in the Hanalei River Valley along the island’s northern shore
Sleeping Giant – Also known as the Nounou Mountain, Sleeping Giant is a mountain ridge located west of the towns Wailua and Kapaʻa in the Nounou Forest Reserve
Waioli Mission District – 1830s residence built by Christian missionaries with period artifacts & furnishings, plus tours
The Rainbow Mountains – Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park – China
The Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Zhangye, China, is home to one of the world’s most incredible geological wonders – the Rainbow Mountains. Streaks of bright rainbow-like colors line the rolling mountains for as far as the eyes can see.
The reds, yellows, greens, and blues dominating the landscape are the result of minerals present within the sandstone. It is indeed one of the most magnificent sights one can ever hope to behold.
Other Zhangye Attractions
- Dafo Temple
- Zhangye National Geopark
- Muta Temple
- Zhangye National Wetland Park
- Marco Polo Statue
- Biandukou Ecology Leisure Tourism Area
- Minzu Cultural Relics Exhibition Hall
- Zhangye Drum Tower
- Ganquan Park
- Gaotai Martyrs’ Cemetery
Murree – Pakistan
Located at an altitude of over 7500 feet above sea level, Murree lies 30 kilometers northeast of the country’s capital city, Islamabad. This picturesque hill station dates back to 1851 when it served as a Sanatorium for British soldiers.
In the words of Camile, an American journalist “Everything and anything can happen in Murree. Romance is in the atmosphere; intrigue is in the air. The roads to this happy holiday’s resort embrace both the heaven and earth. In Murree, it is easy to fall in love”.
Ayubia National Park– Ayubia National Park, also known as Ayubia, is a protected area of 3,312 hectares located in Abbottabad District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. It was declared a national park in 1984
Sozo Water Park – Sozo Water Park is a water park located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It is one of the few water-themed amusement parks in the city.
The Pearl Continental Bhurban – The Pearl Continental Bhurban, usually shortened to PC Bhurban, is a member of Pearl Continental Hotel chain in Pakistan
Patriata – Patriata also known as New Murree is a hill station in northern Punjab, Pakistan. It is situated 15 km southeast of Murree hill.
Other attractions worthy of a visit are: PIA Park, Sunny Bank Chowk, Pindi Point Chair Lift, Chitta More, Sangrela Park
Sourced from: Wikipedia, Wikitravel, and Google