There are plenty of natural wonders to be found here, from sparkling glaciers to sun-baked deserts.
From the glaciers and fjords of Norway to the Mediterranean coast, we can discover many previously unknown wonders in our wider country, and even a long flight doesn’t tax our time and wallet.
Komani Lake, Albania
You can even visit Thailand: you can sail between the rocks towering above the sparkling emerald waters on the ferry from Koman, passing through fjords, gorges and canyons for three and a half hours, and if you also want sandy beaches, head to the Albanian Riviera!
Phang Nga Bay
Haukadalur Valley, Iceland
Based on the photo, it would be hard to tell the difference between Haukadalur Valley in Iceland and the geothermal pools in Yellowstone National Park. Sparkling mud pools, powerful geysers and steaming geysers dominate this region of southern Iceland, part of the island’s golden circle of waterfalls, glaciers and lakes.
Great Prismatic Spring, Midway Geyser, Yellowstone
Ancient craters, dormant volcanoes and sparkling blue lakes are reminiscent of Hawaii’s dramatic Na Pali Coast, where Jurassic Park was filmed. You can hike to the viewpoints at Lagoa de Santiago, relax on the black sand beach, and watch whales and dolphins in the sea.
Krka National Park, Croatia
Vietnamese twin Ban Gioc can be found at the Skradinski Bok Waterfall, an ideal spot for sunbathing or exploring scenic lookouts of the surrounding forest, just a stone’s throw from Split.
Surrounded by crystal clear lakes and green forest trails, the Swiss Alps rival any mountain range in the world, not to mention ski slopes, but summers around Zermatt are just as impressive.
Cerro Chalten, Argentina
We can even hike in New Zealand’s Milford Sound among dense pine forests and thundering waterfalls. The Trollfjord, which has dramatic gorges for Arctic wildlife, whales, seals and dolphins, is only accessible by boat.
Bowen Falls, Milford Sounds
Las Salinas de Torrevieja, Spain
You can find pink lakes not only in countries as far away as Mexico and Australia, but also in Spain, where you can see flamingos in style.
Hot Lagoon, Australia
It could be the bright blue waters, palm trees and colorful houses of the Caribbean island of Curacao. Although the weather is not yet hot, golden beaches, Mediterranean cuisine and Baroque architecture set the mood.
It would be hard to compare the place, where neon blue thermal waters gently cascade from white limestone terraces, perhaps only in China’s Huanglong National Park.
The European counterpart of the Rocky Mountains can be a source of pride for Italians, where we can find a rich selection of programs not only in winter but also in summer, complemented by a few slices of pizza and a few sips of local wine.
Tabernas Desert, Spain
Europe may not have its own Hollywood or Palm Springs like California, but Spain’s Tabernas Desert can easily compete with Joshua Tree National Park. Located in the Spanish province of Almeria, this location has often served as a setting for Western films.
Joshua Tree National Park
Europe hides many wonderful islands that are also worth seeing, but you can also find gems among hidden villages.
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Autumn has arrived, and with it comes the thirteenth issue of Roadster magazine. What do we find in it? We visit the exciting and wonderful places of Japan, meet one of the world’s most famous designers, Karim Rashid, taste the fourth best pizza in Italy in Naples, and visit the workshop of the subversive Attolini dynasty. In Napa Valley, we experience what a new electric Rolls-Royce looks like, and we also talk with Riccardo Girodi, founder of Nightingale by Beefbar, which opened in the luxurious W Hotel. We go to South Korea to see up close what one of the world’s most amazing cafés, Mudzige Pension, looks like. Plus, we meet a ceramic artist from Paris, a Hungarian architect working in Japan, and a paraglider. Aviator, founder of a Romanian sunglasses brand, and dreamer of Babylon Budapest, which also celebrates its birthday. In the other pages of the magazine, we report on events in the cutting-edge world of travel, design, fashion, gastronomy and everything you could be passionate about in life, according to our usual uncompromising standards.
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