Wild Landscapes: Some of Europe’s Best Natural Drama

Looking to embrace your inner explorer? To help you plan the perfect nature excursion, our team at Prestige Holidays has not one – but three – insider tips for you, to introduce you to the wildest and most dramatic natural landscapes that Europe has to offer.

Volcanic Adventures in Lanzarote

3,000 hours of sun every year, beautiful beaches, and spectacular volcanic scenery: what’s not to love? If you’re looking for a warm and adventurous holiday, look no further than Lanzarote, a Spanish Canary Island near West Africa’s coastline. Thanks to UNESCO, the entirety of the island became a biosphere reserve in the late twentieth century. Timanfaya National Park is an integral part of the reserve, and is a favourite among tourists – especially for nature lovers.

It’s possible to take a ca. 20-minute camel ride around the volcanic park of Timanfaya, which is particularly suitable for visitors in search of adventure and new transportation methods! If you’d like to venture into the depths of the park, two footpaths enable you to explore its highlights, such as the Montañas del Fuego, whose dried volcanic lava is an exceptional and colourful sight to behold.

Our Hotel Recommendation

To fully immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s nature, I recommend that we book you a room in La Casona de Yaiza, a lovely little hotel that is located near to Timanfaya National Park. This optimal location not only minimises the time and distance between your hotel room and the flora and fauna of Lanzarote, but also offers a breathtaking view of the island’s dramatic landscape when you’re not busy exploring.

If you’re in the mood for other nature-related activities, La Casona de Yaiza has a beautiful outdoor pool and hot tub overlooking Lanzarote’s mountainous scenery. In addition we encourage those we send there to rent bikes and explore the surrounding town of Yaiza.

Dramatic Sea Views in Madeira

If stunning sea views, exotic plants, and imposing cliffs and waterfalls are what you’re after, a holiday on the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira should be right up your alley. To strike the perfect balance between Madeira’s numerous land and sea excursions (all of which are absolutely remarkable!), I decided to focus my own holiday around discovering the Rocha do Navio, a marine reserve on the northern coastline of the island.

There are two fantastic ways of discovering the natural treasures of this reserve: if you’re ready to relax and simply take in the picture-perfect views of Madeira’s inland landscape and its surrounding waters, you can take a cable car up the cliffs of Rocha do Navio, which is guaranteed to be a thrillingly steep and gorgeous five-minute ride. If, on the other hand, you’re a hiking fanatic, you’ll get the best feel for the area by accessing a challenging – but very rewarding – trail that leads up to the reserve.

Our Hotel Recommendation

Located on top of a cliff near the charming town of Santana, Quinta Do Furão is the best place to stay if you’d like to feel closely connected to Madeira’s natural wonders. From the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep, the hotel’s dramatic view across the island’s northeast rocky coastline and vineyards will serve as a constant reminder of Madeira’s exceptional landscape. When you’re not out exploring the nearby Rocha do Navio, the hotel’s outdoor pool and terrace give you the chance to relax against a one-of-a-kind backdrop.

Thrilling Hikes in Brac

Uncultivated nature, steep cliffs, and sparkling water: this description perfectly encapsulates Brac, a Croatian island in mid-Dalmatia. If you’re looking to avoid tourists, a nature holiday on Brac is the ideal place to do so: although the island is exceptionally beautiful, it largely attracts nature- and sports-oriented travellers. For avid hikers, the popular trek up the Vidova Gora, the uppermost spot on the Adriatic Islands, is a demanding and most enjoyable excursion. When you reach the summit, you’ll be rewarded with an unobstructed view of Brac, along with the adjacent islands of Hvar and Jabuka. Some of my clients have told me that it’s even possible to spot Italy on particularly sunny and clear days!

There are two fantastic ways of discovering the natural treasures of this reserve: if you’re ready to relax and simply take in the picture-perfect views of Madeira’s inland landscape and its surrounding waters, you can take a cable car up the cliffs of Rocha do Navio, which is guaranteed to be a thrillingly steep and gorgeous five-minute ride. If, on the other hand, you’re a hiking fanatic, you’ll get the best feel for the area by accessing a challenging – but very rewarding – trail that leads up to the reserve.

Our Hotel Recommendation

If you’re ready to mount the Vidova Gora, booking a stay at Hotel Bol is your best bet. Situated in Bol, the town from which hikers access the Vidova Gora, this hotel is not only ideal for hiking, but is also great for trips to Zlatni Rat Beach, which is less than a mile away. Additionally, you can rent bikes and jet skis at the hotel, and can organise discounted diving and windsurfing excursions with the help of the friendly hotel staff. Ready, set, explore!

Although these nature excursions in Lanzarote, Madeira, and Brac are our team’s favourites, they barely scratch the surface of all the sounds, sights, and accommodations that these magical holiday destinations have to offer. For a nature holiday that exceeds your wildest dreams, we are here to help you make the most of your adventures. We look forward to your call!