5 Incredible European Wonders to Experience

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


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. Avatar of Anastasia Harper

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

    2. Avatar of Jacalyn Beales

      Jacalyn Beales

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

    3. Avatar of Helen Dark

      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!


    4. Avatar of Merry Robinson

      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. Avatar of Lela House

      Lela House

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

    6. Avatar of Rosemary Robles

      Rosemary Robles

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

    7. Avatar of Kimberly Vigil

      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. Avatar of Louise Stone

      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. Avatar of Jenny Garett

      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. Avatar of Jae Medina

      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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