From the ice-capped mountains of the Canadian Rockies to the incredible cliffs of Cape Town, nature lovers are spoiled for choice with so many stunning landscapes to choose from.
We have picked 8 destinations where you will enjoy a true taste of nature and reconnect with the land.
1. Phong Nha, Vietnam
This is a never ending paradise for explorers. Home to Hang Son Doong, the worlds largest cave, this UNESCO listed national park is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. You may recognise the sites from the blockbuster movie, Hong Kong. Enjoy spending a day or an overnight caving expedition. There are also some amazing bike trails and the many hotels situation within the park often provide bikes.
2. Banff National Park, Canada
As one of the most famous skiing resorts in Canada, Banff is the perfect location to embark on some amazing outdoor adventures. Ride the Gondola to take in the epic views and get a 360 view of the surrounding mountain ranges. Hit the slopes of any of the three surrounding mountains: Sunshine Village, Lake Louise or Mount Norquay. Visit one of the most famous sites Lake Louise where you can hike the glaciers and stop into the 5 star Fairmont Hotel for a luxurious hot chocolate.
3. Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town
This world heritage site is one of South Africas best known sites and provides breathtaking scenary of Cape Town below. The peak of the mountain is called Lion’s Head and is a popular spot for stopping for a picture. After a morning hiking in the 22,000 hectare park you can enjoy relaxing some of the sandy beaches. You will find secluded beaches in the reserve that are surfing hotspots. If you are a wildlife lover than Simon’s Town is home to a colony of African penguins. Stop by Foxy Beach to get a glimpse of these beautiful creatures.
4. Provence, France
It is easy to see why the colours of Provence inspired some of our most treasured artists. Stop by Cezanne’s former studio to admire his work. Avignon, Arles and Aix-en-Provence are just some of the historic towns waiting to be explored. Discover famous french cuisine at the local provencal markets. This is the perfect way to sample french life. You will find everything from delicious pastries to jam packed flower stands. For nature lovers the crystal green water of the Verdon Gorge is a spectacular site to see.
5. The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Soak yourself in natures bath at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Located on the Reykjanes Peninsula, it is only a 30 minute drive from Icelands main airport in Reykjavik. The warm waters are rich in minerals and soothing for your skin. There is also a 5 star hotel called the Retreat Hotel on site and it has stunning views of the lava fields and surrounding landscapes. Note that this attraction is so popular that you will need to book well in advance but our travel experts can help you here.
6. Kauai Island, Hawaii
Kauai is renowned as the Garden Island and once you get there it is easy to see why. Packed full of lush jungle landscapes and hilltop treks this is a nature lovers paradise. The famous Kalalau Trail is a tough trek but worth every step. If you are an active hiker than this is a must when you are spending time on the island. Enjoy dining in charming towns and kayaking along the spectacular Na Pali Coast. 5 star resorts jut out into the ocean with incredible infinity pools and luxurious restaurants. When you are hiking around the island there will be plenty of opportunities to admire the waterfalls and even have a dip. If you are looking for a mindful holiday with a bit of adventure than this is the perfect place for you.
7. Zakynthos, Greece
Discover the stunning, remote island of Zakynthos. Swim in idyllic beaches, meet endangered turtles and learn about the native foods of Greece.
Askos Stone Park is home to more than 200,000 trees and plants. Enough to keep you entertained for a lifetime. Explore Hidden blue lagoons.
8. Wai-O-Tapu, New Zealand
This is nature at its best, spitting hot pools and mud from boiling hot landscapes. Located just a short drive from Rotorua is a magical area carved out by geothermal activity. Wai-O-Tapu is a natural volcanic park and will delight any nature lover. Enjoy witnessing the daily eruption of Lady Knox Geyser and beautiful trails in the thermal park.
If you have more nature loving travel tips please get in touch with us anytime. To find out more information about any of these unique destinations for nature lovers get in touch with one of the Travel Centres travel experts.