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5 Incredible European Wonders to Experience

Add these five European wonders to your bucket list. You have to experience them to believe them!

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Hike the Olive Trail – Lugano, Switzerland

5 Incredible European Wonders to Experience

The first time I visited Lugano, Switzerland, I was just a child but I still remember the winding hill-top landscape overlooking the pristine lake. That’s exactly the view you’ll experience on the Sentiero dell’olivo (Olive Grove Trail). While most Swiss tourists will be in the bustling city center, you can enjoy a countryside trail lined with ancient olive trees.

5 Incredible European Wonders to Experience

The pathway stretches 3.5 km long, connecting the hidden villages of Castagnola and Gandria. You can start the hike from either town, but the traditional starting point is from Gandria – a town of roughly 200 people that can only be reached on foot or by boat!

5 Incredible European Wonders to Experience

The entrance is marked by a small olive logo but it’s very easy to miss it and asking for directions can be tricky in the Italian-speaking town, but with a few handy phrases and points in the right direction, you’ll be on your way to one of the rarest European trails.

5 Incredible European Wonders to Experience

The views from this trail are incredible

Imagine unique hillside houses along narrow streets, sprawling olive trees and views of the famous Lake Lugano from every angle and you’ll get a sense of what the Olive Trail is all about.

Want more? Read about Hilary’s trip to Lugano!

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After obtaining her Honors B.A. and postgraduate journalism degree, Pegah has written and researched for a variety of magazines and newspapers, with celebrities, fashion and travel being her topics of choice. Now settled in Toronto, she has lived in many corners of the world, including the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. In her spare time, she divides her love unevenly between her poodle, chocolates and shopping.

Reader Discussion: 60 Comments

  1. Doing a tour backpack tour in Europe this summer. Really excited to see all the sights and experience the culture and food.

  2. Jacalyn Beales

    Love this piece! Would love to visit Santorini!!!

  3. Helen Dark

    Beautiful! Gosh, I haven’t been to any of these places. So many fascinating places. I’m a fan of fragrances and I would love to visit Le Studio des Fragrances at Galimard. Visiting that place and creating my own bottle of perfume would be a dream come true.Thanks for highlighting these cities!
    xoxo

    Helen

  4. Merry Robinson

    Such an awesome post. Would love to travel to all these places. Wow brilliant pics! they all look incredible. There is so much more to see than the highlight to been found on the web. There’s something eye-popping around every corner.

  5. Lela House

    Explicit photographs you have there! i’m interested in visiting that black beach.

  6. Rosemary Robles

    Now I really need and love to get on the road, ? Great article!

  7. Kimberly Vigil

    Informative list, thanks. I must say that these awesome places are worth checking out. It’s worth it to sit back and enjoy a well-earned meal at Il Tramonto while watching the sun set. I would love to witness that beautiful sunset with my fiance. thanks for this excellent post!

  8. Louise Stone

    So many fascinating places. Travelling around the world sounds like a goal worth pursuing. I’ve talked to countless people about their adventures and experiences in life. It’s really an accomplishment to see and enjoy the wonders of this world. Time to update the bucket list, perhaps. ?

  9. Jenny Garett

    Majestic. That’s the word I could describe to those places. I think that Europe is everyone’s favorite continent. I’m going to Budapest this summer, heard that is an amazing city as well. Great read.

  10. Jae Medina

    Best Europe related bucket list that I ever came across! Just wanted to stop by and say these are great tips! Definitely a great read. I will definitely be sharing on Facebook! Keep up the good work! 🙂

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