In many parts of the globe, tourism is a major revenue earner. The likes of the Caribbean, Oceania, and Southeast Asia capitalize on their natural beauty to attract visitors, and their magnificent beaches and islands almost always take the biggest slice of the cake. However, dramatic coastal sceneries are not only found in the tropics. In fact, even in the colder latitudes, seascapes can still be just as stunning. If you’re still trying to complete your bucket list, try visiting any of these surreal coastal utopias:
1. Norway’s Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten archipelago is considered as one of the planet’s most mesmerizing group of islands because of its glorious mountains and picturesque coastline. The islands’ 160-kilometer rugged mountains are the first sights to see when traversing this coastal gem in northern Norway. Lofoten is a home to natural and surreal phenomena of sounds and sights. If you want to experience the dreamlike midnight sun in the summer or the enthralling northern lights of autumn and spring, then this paradise should be on your bucket list.
2. Italy’s Cinque Terre
On one of the most beautiful parts of the Italian Riviera sits Cinque Terre, a line of craggy cliffs and stunning coastline named Liguria. The site is a home to five interesting and colorful villages: Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare, Corniglia, and Manarola (Çinque Tære literally means “Five Lands”). These towns are inaccessible to cars so tourists have the chance to walk around and along the rocky coastlines while enjoying the tranquil Cinque Terre’s pebbled beaches and the spellbinding cliff-side terraced gardens. It was in 1997 when the Cinque Terre was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast
The stunning Antrim Coast will take your breath away, thanks to the outstanding natural beauties that surround this travel paradise: its splendid cliffs and spectacular farmlands of equally bucket-list-worthy landmarks. Just nearby is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Northern Ireland’s best known landmark, the world-famous Giant’s Causeway.