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World's natural wonders: 10 places in Europe that don't look like Europe at all

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The nature of Europe is not at all monotonous and can often replace long travels

Sometimes travelers may think that Europe's nature is rather monotonous. The mountains, coasts and plains that can be seen in many countries are the same, and impressive natural wonders await you in the East or far across the ocean. This is according to tourists who are unaware of the hidden gems of the European region.

Fairy-tale pink lakes, natural pools, waterfalls and other beauty can be found in relative proximity to each other without spending dozens of hours on a flight. Time Out editors told us about the places that will take your breath away (scroll to the bottom of the page to see the photos).

Lake Koman, Albania

At first glance, it may seem that this area is located somewhere near Thailand, where water meets lush forests. However, a magical combination of rocky mountains with overgrown flora can be found in Albania on the Drin River, which is crossed by ferries.

Haukadalur Valley, Iceland

A geyser valley located in the south of Iceland is part of the so-called Golden Circle. The combination of snow-capped mountains and steaming earth is breathtaking.

World's natural wonders: 10 places in Europe that don't look like Europe at all

Krka National Park, Croatia

For picturesque landscapes of waterfalls, you should go to Croatia. This park is often called the "twin" of a similar place in Vietnam.

World's natural wonders: 10 places in Europe that don't look like Europe at all

Matterhorn, Switzerland

If the journey to the Himalayas seems too long, you can enjoy skiing in Switzerland. The European option is no less attractive than the Asian one.

World's natural wonders: 10 places in Europe that don't look like Europe at all

Trollfjord, Norway

The fjord in the municipality of Hadsel in the photo is indistinguishable from the New Zealand landscapes. It combines water, high cliffs, untouched flora and civilization in the form of small houses on the water.

World's natural wonders: 10 places in Europe that don't look like Europe at all

Pink lake in Spain

Mexico and Australia usually boast lakes with pink water, the color of which is given by algae. However, few people know that Spain has a European equivalent of these fabulous bodies of water.

Menton, France

It is said that tourists associate this colorful corner with St. Tropez, but Menton in France may be an even better option as interesting architecture is combined with affordable prices.

World's natural wonders: 10 places in Europe that don't look like Europe at all

Pamukkale, Turkey

Thermal springs in the Denizli province in southwestern Turkey have formed a cascade of pools decorated with snow-white stalactites over the centuries. A similar natural wonder can be seen in the Huanglong Nature Reserve in China, but it will take much longer to get there.

World's natural wonders: 10 places in Europe that don't look like Europe at all

Dolomites, Italy

These impressive mountains have gained popularity all over the world. No matter how beautiful the scenery is in other rocky parts of the world, the Dolomites will always have something to match: from snow-capped peaks to lakes in the middle of the rocky interior.

World's natural wonders: 10 places in Europe that don't look like Europe at all

Tabernas Desert, Spain

The Wild West is not only in the United States. You can feel the cowboy atmosphere in Spain, where action movies are often shot.

World's natural wonders: 10 places in Europe that don't look like Europe at all

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