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Donau Auen National Park - Austria

As a country, Austria is one of the most environmentally friendly in the world and a great destination for any eco-tourist currently planning their next vacation. As well as clean cities and green modes of transport there are also seven national parks to choose from, all of which are worth visiting should time allow.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park - Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. Founded as a national park in 1949, it is situated in the mountainous Karst area of the country. The beautiful protected area extends over 73,350 acres and attracts over 1.2 million visitors a year.

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Ordesa National Park

On the north coast of Spain lies the Ordesa National Park, the jewel in the crown of the Pyrenees and haven for any eco traveller looking for an idyllic destination to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


The area itself has been a national park for almost a century but it wasn't until 1997 that it was upgraded to a UNESCO world heritage site in the interests of conservation.

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Moeraki Boulders - New Zealand

The Moeraki Boulders are the huge and phenomenally spherical boulders like giant cannon balls found on Koekohe Beach on the coast of New Zealand. They are specially protected as part of a scientific reserve to ensure their lasting beauty and scientific interest. They range in size from about 0.5 to 1 metres (1.6 to 3.3 ft) in diameter, to well over 2 metres (7 ft).

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Devil's Bridge and Nelson's dockyard - Antigua

Nelson's dockyard is the largest of all of Antigua's national parks and a real treasure for any green traveller interested in seeing a working Georgian dockyard in all its splendour. More than 200 years old the dockyard has been recognised for its importance due to its central location. It's the only one in Caribbean large enough to accommodate the larger boats as well being a once strategically importance base for the British navy.

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Tuscany

Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and its permanent influence on high culture. But it is not only the arts and sciences that Tuscany holds precious, for it is also a hub of outstanding natural history and the ecotourist may be interested to hear that the region boasts over 120 nature reserves.

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Seychelles

The Republic of Seychelles comprises 115 islands occupying a land area of 455 km? and an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 km? in the western Indian Ocean. It represents an archipelago of legendary beauty that extends from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and which lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa.

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Petra - Jordan

Petra in Jordan is one of those places that have to be seen to be believed. The giant red mountains and vast mausoleums are one of the true wonders of the world carved over centuries out of nature by man. It is a truly unique city built by the industrious Nabataeans more than 2000 years ago, where it was used as a trade junction for silk and spice, and linked the trade routes of China, India with Egypt, Greece and Rome, all of whose influences can still be seen in the remains.

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Lake Baikal - Russia

Lake Baikal sits in Southern Siberia in Russia, located between Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast, near the city of Irkutsk. Also known as the "Blue Eye of Siberia," it contains more water than all the North American Great Lakes combined. At 1,637 meters (5,371 ft), Lake Baikal constitutes the deepest lake in the world, and the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, holding approximately 20 percent of the world's total surface fresh water.

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Longji Rice Terrace - China

Village elders have a saying in Longsheng: where there is soil there is a terrace. Two hours ride from the city of Guilin in Guanxi province, the problem of growing rice on steep hills was long ago solved by cutting long terraces, like giant round staircases, directly into the hills, and there has been a rice harvest every year since that time long ago in the thirteenth century.

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