Getting away from it all isn’t always easy – even on vacation! But traveling a little further away from the grind can reward you with stunning natural beauty, lush landscapes and breathtaking wilderness that will make the extra miles worthwhile.
Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland
Spanning over 2,500 kilometers of pristine coastline, northern Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way boasts one of the world’s most dramatic sceneries with a backdrop of the Atlantic. This awe-inspiring journey will take you all along the country’s west coast, through untouched and virtually unexplored terrain. Starting in the northern-most peninsula by the town of Letterkenny, you’ll see some of the highest cliffs in Europe – here, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, with its award-winning restaurant and heated pool, makes the ideal base for touring this wild and unblemished corner of the world. About 100 kilometers south, the town of Sligo should be your next stop. The scenic Rosses Point peninsula, and its sandy beaches, are perfect for windsurfing − and minutes from the elegant Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo.
Dunas de Maspalomas, Spain
Many visit the Canary Islands to relax at the spectacularly-long beaches, others come to soak up the desert-like landscapes. An under-protection nature reserve, the Dunas de Maspalomas originated millions of years ago and cover an area of about four square kilometers. For the perfect escape, stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Gran Canaria, right on the waterfront, and enjoy front-row seats to the island’s natural splendor.
The Black Forest, Germany
The place that claims to have invented hiking for pleasure – Germany's Black Forest region is just as magical as its chocolate counterpart. Locally known as the Schwarzwald, this hikers’ paradise is a maze of thick woodland, meadows, trails, farms and waterfalls. Whether you are into hiking, mountain climbing, biking or bird watching, Germany’s largest nature reserve can be explored in any number of ways. Stretching from Karlsruhe to the spa town of Baden-Baden, and over to the Swiss border, there are many historic cities to explore en route.
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Table Mountain, South Africa
A Cape Town landmark that has earned its place on the South African flag, Table Mountain offers some of the most epic views of the continent’s southern-most gem. Experienced hikers won’t think twice about setting out on the three-hour trek up the rocky slopes, but the cable car offers the most stunning views of the bustling cityscape. Easily reach Table Mountain national park from the Radisson Blu Le Verdome Hotel, Cape Town, which features modern rooms overlooking the Atlantic coast.
The northern lights, Iceland and Norway
The northern lights might look amazing in photos, but nothing beats the real thing. In northern Norway, Tromsø is the perfect base for an adventurous holiday chasing the lights. Choose the just-renovated Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromsø for views of the fjords and the famous Arctic Cathedral. Likewise, thousands of tourists are drawn to Reykjavik every winter, where the lights are visible for eight months a year. Remember: changeable weather and atmospheric conditions can be unpredictable, so it’s a good idea to book a tour with a local guide to get to the best spots possible!
Photo below snapped from the camera atop the Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromsø !