Seeing double? 9 European alternatives to the world's top attractions

Seeing double? 9 European alternatives to the world's top attractions

We don't give little old Europe enough credit.

Packed into a comparably small space to that of the rest of the world, it has pretty much got everything covered.

From beaches to glaciers, our little continent has plenty to offer those unable to trot across the globe.

So for every iconic picture you see of some Caribbean coastline or Himalayan mountain range, just remember that there might be an equally bucket list worthy alternative right on your doorstep (or indeed a budget airline flight away).

1. Mexico's beaches vs. Greece's beaches

Many people dream of visiting one of Mexico's beaches, to drink Mojitos and soak up the sun, but if you're not able to make the 10 hour flight then a great alternative has to be Greece - one of the best countries for a full-proof beach holiday.

Some of the most spectacular have to be in Zante, their white sands and clear waters make them a popular sun-bathing spot.

2. Australia's coastline vs. Portugal's Algarve

Australia's Twelve Apostles limestone stacks in Victoria are incredible, but Portugal's Praia da Marinha also packs a punch.

The famous Algarve beach is surrounded by crooked rocks and cliffs and has many coves and caves to explore.

3. Mongolian Desert vs. Gran Canaria

The Gobi desert is a fascinating place - there really is something romantic about the idea of setting forth into the wilderness to experience the isolation of this inhospitable environment, with only a camel as your companion.

However, you can still experience a desert adventure while on your holidays in the Spanish island of Gran Canaria.

Lying on the same latitude as the Sahara, it's no surprise that the south of the island has some impressive sand dunes… and yes, you can still visit them by camel.

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