Europe’s most environmentally vulnerable regions are preparing for the worst

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Humanity is slowly waking up to the inevitable reality of climate change and its potential economic, social, and political repercussions. While some countries have been relatively fortunate to escape the wrath of the worsening changes in the world’s weather patterns, many of the most naturally vulnerable regions are preparing for the worst.

Europe, for instance, as part of the northern hemisphere, is experiencing an alarming pace of warming temperatures more than the global average. Because of this, experts have warned the country of multiple climatic hazards.

According to a related study, European mountain ranges such as the Pyrenees and the Alps will soon experience a dramatic glacier-melting temperature rise – and the Mediterranean is facing the same threat of extreme and drastic heat, possibly triggering a region-wide drought, forest fires, and crop failure.

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Even countries fronting the Atlantic could suffer the opposite but similar fate, with experts predicting heavier rainfalls, bigger flood risks as well as continuous devastations from storms of unprecedented strength.

Recently, a massive earthquake shook the Turkish coast and the Greek Islands. Greece and Turkey, according to United Nations University for Environment and Human Security’s (UNU-EHS) World Risk Report in 2015, are among the countries in the continent vulnerable to natural disasters more specifically earthquakes.

These two major European countries are considered the most earthquake-prone countries in the region because of its unfortunate location, seated on the meeting point of Eurasian and African tectonic plates.

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Since most Europeans live in the cities, urban development experts agree that focusing the attention on infrastructure can be the first line of defense against natural disasters and a long-term solution in coping with climate change. In fact, many cities have adapted similar plans like Copenhagen, Bratislava, London, and Almada in Portugal. Other major cities like Bologna, a medieval city prone to flooding and heatwaves, followed a totally different approach

Small towns and nature sanctuaries to visit in Europe

Traveling Europe offers a delightful experience for anyone who is willing to explore its hidden wonders. It will not be the world’s top continent for tourists for no reason. In fact, the hospitality industry forms one of its strongest and most resilient economic sectors, with six of the world’s 10 most visited countries located within its borders (in Spain alone, more than $56 billion in tourist spending was generated in 2015). However, aside from the famous sites that tourists usually visit (e.g. Paris, Rome, London, etc.), there are other charming destinations that you should definitely see at least once in your life.

If you’re looking for a list of unique and inspiring European travel destinations, these small towns and nature sanctuaries are all you need.

  1. Göreme National Park

Located in Turkey, this picturesque national park was naturally created by the process of erosion. It is the haven to an abundant flora and a glorious collage of valleys, hills and alluvial streams. The national park is also a home to bizarre yet beautiful rock formations called, ‘fairy chimneys’ and were once a booming residence of the region’s old inhabitants.

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  1. Conwy, Wales

This Welsh town is one of Europe’s finest sites, highlighting medieval walls and majestic castles. In fact, Conwy is a walled market town. Plus, its local beer and lager breweries at the Albion Ale House offer a unique 1920s pub experience.

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  1. Cinque Terre

This breathtaking national park is located in Italy, showcasing an extraordinary blend of nature and culture. Aside from its spectacular line of small beaches and coves, it is also a home to wildlife and a site of vibrant and nostalgic medieval quarters.

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  1. Kilkenny

This Irish city is located in the province of Leinster. Although locals and travelers know Kilkenny as a city, the land area is just the size of a large town. It treasures scenic heritage and historical marvels like the St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny Castle, and medieval walls.

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