Τhe top 10 European countries for nature lovers

The tendency of people to return to nature is a fact, especially in recent years. The need to come in direct contact with the natural environment seems more urgent than ever at this time, since due to the pandemic we have been deprived for a long time of nature walks, excursions and our acquaintance with different parts of the world.

Greece is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in the world, with monuments, sights and natural beauty that rank it at the top. However, of course there are other parts of the world that are worth visiting, especially when it comes to natural attractions, natural monuments and landscapes that we all want to see up close.

According to a British survey, during which almost 80,000 nationally protected land areas in Europe were analyzed, the European country with the highest percentage of protected land is Luxembourg. This is a European country where the percentage of protected land is 75.9%. An important element is the fact that Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe (2,586 km2) and hosts only 134 green areas. However, due to the fact that these areas cover 1,963 km2, they gave this country the first place.

The 10 “green” European countries that nature lovers adore

There are of course other European countries, which are admiring for their environmental aesthetics and beauty, “enchanting” every year a very high percentage of visitors. These are the parts of Europe that, on a first visit, captivate tourists and captivate all eyes, thanks to the hidden beauties and heavenly places that exist on their land.

The following countries therefore have the highest percentages of protected nature:

Luxembourg 75.9%

Slovenia 72.1%

Malta 65.1%

Cyprus 55.6%

Liechtenstein 45.5%

Netherlands 44.2%

United Kingdom 36.3%

Austria 33.2%

Poland 32.9%

Germany 31.2%

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Who among us would not like to take a trip to one of these parts of the world, becoming one with the natural environment? Contact with nature is a way of internal reconstruction and general rejuvenation, which is why people often, when experiencing periods of intense stress and anxiety, seek a short escape to nature so that they can regain their balance. The natural environment, in addition to all the beneficial benefits it has for our soul and body, also needs our own care and protection. We must not forget, after all, that the more we need the natural environment, the more we need it. So it is good to take care of it, to love it and to respect it and the easiest way to achieve this is to explore all its beauties.

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Tοp 9 beautiful tree tunnels in the world!

Trees are the largest living organisms on earth, they beautify and protect the environment, they offer incredible images in all shades, shelter and shade, while they renew the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Valuable, necessary and irreplaceable, the trees play their own important role on the planet, while those that have lived for centuries in forests and urban environments, forming impressive natural tunnels, are not missing. From German cherries and bamboo to Japan, the most beautiful natural tree tunnels win the impressions.

#1 Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Germany. In the old town (Altstadt) of Bonn, Germany you will find a number of cherry blossom tunnelled streets such as Heerstraße and Kölnstraße that explode with colour every Spring.
The bloom typically occurs some time in April and when it happens people flock in droves to the picturesque streets. The ornamental Japanese Cherry Blossoms were first planted in the 1980s and they have become a major attraction for the historic city.

#2 Autumn Tree Tunnel, USA

#3 Ginkgo Tree TunnelTokyo, Japan yellow ginkgo tree tunnel at Jingu gaien avanue in autumn with tourist enjoy scenery. Famous attraction in November and December.

#4 Yew Tree Tunnel, United Kingdom. The Yew Tunnel is thought to have been planted by the Dyer Family in the eighteenth century. This glorious fusion of thick tree trunks will live for centuries if looked after properly. Taxus baccata can be old or merely look old – and often defy dating. Experts had been fooled into thinking the half dozen or so that make up Aberglasney’s Yew Tunnel were over 1,000 years old. In 1999 dendrochronology put the trees at just a quarter of that age.

#5 The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland, The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees along Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The trees form an atmospheric tunnel that has been used as a location in HBO‘s popular television series Game of Thrones, which has resulted in the avenue becoming a popular tourist attraction

#6 Bamboo Path, Japan, Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove or Sagano Bamboo Forest, is a natural forest of bamboo in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan. The forest consists mostly of Moso Bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) and consists of several pathways for tourists and visitors. The Ministry of the Environment considers it a part of the soundscape of Japan.
#7 Tunnel of Love, Ukraine, The Tunnel of Love (Ukrainian: Туне́ль Коха́ння, Tunel Kokhannya) is a section of industrial railway located near Klevan, Ukraine, that links it with Orzhiv. It is a railway surrounded by green arches and is three to five kilometers in length. It is known for being a favorite place for couples to take walks.
#8 Jacarandas Walk, South Africa, The Jacarandas Walk is a well-known tourist destination. Pretoria in South Africa is often called “Jacaranda City”, thanks to the miles upon miles of jacaranda trees that line its roads, parks and avenues. These attractive purple flowers can be found around November (peak summer in the southern hemisphere) when the flowers are in full bloom.

#9 Wisteria Tunnel, Japan. Wisteria typically bloom around late April and early May, with slight variations depending on the type of wisteria in bloom.

The 10 most creepy abandoned places in the world

The specific ruins, selected by distractify.com and imagined from a movie, offer a different look at a world without people. Their menacing and mysterious walls inspire a sense of awe we may not have experienced before.

#1 Pripyat, Ukraine

#2 Mirny Diamond Mine – Eastern Siberia, Russia

Pripyat, a city of about 50,000 people, was completely abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the area in 1986. Due to the radiation, it has remained untouched since the incident and will remain so for many thousands of years to come. Nature now rules the city in a way that resembles a disaster movie.

#3 The Farm – Lake Seneca, New York

The second largest man-made cavity, Mirny, was built by Stalin to meet the Soviet Union’s need for industrial diamonds. However, further excavation efforts were gradually abandoned when it turned out to be very difficult to continue digging this vast pit.

#4 Willard Asylum – Willard, New York

The hotel is a tangible proof of North Korea’s madness. Work on the 105-story building began just years before the massive plague epidemic hit the country. Abandoned for 16 years, construction resumed in 2008 when it was covered in $ 150 million worth of glass. Foreign visitors report that although the building now looks complete from the outside, most of its interior is still abandoned and unfinished.

#5 Six Flags Jazzland – New Orleans, Louisiana

These homes were intended to be sold to U.S. Army officers when construction began in 1978. In 1980, work was suspended due to a loss of investment.

#6 Banerman Castle – Polepel Island, New York

#7 Disney Discovery Island – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

The owner of Banerman Castle, Francis Banerman VI, built this building as a warehouse when he bought the US military surplus from the war with Spain. After the explosion of about 90 kilograms of ammunition in 1920, most of the castle was destroyed and the rest was abandoned.

#8 The Aniva Rock Lighthouse – Sakalinaskaya Oblast, Russia

A former wildlife attraction in the heart of Disney World, rumored to have been abandoned to its fate when bacteria found deadly to humans in the surrounding waters.

#9 Abandoned coal mine – France

The castle was originally built by French aristocrats who fled during the revolution. During and after World War II, Miranda Castle was used as an orphanage. It was abandoned in 1980, with the family refusing to allow the authorities to take care of the building. Due to its past, this “haunted” castle remains one of the favorite destinations of ghost hunters.

#10 Abandoned Mill – Ontario, Canada

Hashima Island used to be rich in coal, with more than 5,000 miners living there. When oil replaced coal as Japan’s main source of fuel, the settlement was abandoned. Now the once prosperous city is creepily ruined, with the only thing left there being shadows.