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The Best Nature Retreats & Holidays in Europe

Book and become one with nature via these nature retreats and European holiday getaways.
Nick Dauk
23 Feb 2022
Escape from the traffic jams of everyday life and find refuge in nature’s splendour. Whether you’re seeking to trade the glare of the streetlights for the glow of the moon or the chatter of commuters for the sounds of the wild, Europe’s nature retreats will soothe your soul. Relax in hot springs in Iceland and sip wine in rural Georgia on these great nature retreats and holiday experiences.
1 . Escape to Iceland’s Frozen Wilderness

A snug and luxurious retreat is always more appreciated after a day filled with heart-racing activity. On this five-day Iceland trip, you’ll whiz around on a snowmobile, explore the Golden Circle by jeep, and enjoy a high-speed trip on a husky-pulled sled. Back at your hot springs-powered hotel or snow-smothered log cabin, warm up by the fire or in the hot tub – then really warm up with shots of brennivin to toast one epic day after another.

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2 . Riches and Ruins: Wine, Dine and Step Back in Time in Rural Georgia

Georgia may well be Europe’s best-kept secret – and this nine-day trip promises to reveal this enigmatic nation in full. Start in Tbilisi, the capital, then venture out to rural towns where the oldest wine-making practices in the world began. There’ll be many hearty meals to hoover up after days spent hiking in the foothills of Mt Kazbegi, where your chalet-style accommodation is located.

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3 . Britain’s Last Frontier: Exploring the Outer Hebrides

There’s no shortage of isolated windswept islands in Scotland, and the Hebridean Isles are certainly among the most striking. This specially curated trip takes you from mainland Scotland to the islands of Skye, Harris and Lewis, where you’ll get lost among craggy peaks and crumbling ruins, kayaking your way through secluded inlets. There’s also a visit to the Isle of Harris Distillery – and the chance to stay in a converted fishermen’s cottage overlooking Portree Harbour on Skye. Pair that with a stay at a cosy hotel in Stornoway marina and you’ve got the makings of a true retreat-style holiday.

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4 . Into the Azores: Europe's Most Remote Adventure Playground

Escape into the wilderness on this six-day trip to the Azores, a remote Portuguese archipelago in the Mid-Atlantic. Cycle and kayak around the spectacular Sete Cidades crater lakes, abseil down waterfalls, hike around Furnas lake and soak in soothing natural hot springs. You’ll certainly feel at one with nature after this getaway.

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5 . Jewels of the Adriatic: the Best of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

Crystal clear water and picturesque towns await on this eight-day trip to Croatia. Your adventure will take you down the Dalmatian Coast – highlights include sea kayaking around Split, a guided bike ride from Korčula to Lumbarda for a wine-tasting session, and sampling fresh oysters near Dubrovnik. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Adriatic Sea as you go.

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Emma Gibbins and Maja Proescholdt contributed to this article.