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Green lodges are the necessary, beautiful and adequate future of construction. Green lodge or eco house literally means a house that is harmless to the environment, but also a house that is harmless to the occupants. Modern eco houses can have a variety of designs and sizes, they provide a healthy living environment and comfort. Take a look at our offers for sustainable accommodation and enjoy your cosy and eco vacation!

Rare plant species in Europe

Alpine edelweiss(Leontopodium alpinum) - a plant with a short and thick ascending simple or short-branched rhizome, covered with dark brown remnants of leaf sheaths. Flowering stems are solitary or sometimes form buds, the leaves are collected in sterile rosettes. Numerous bracts are narrowly ovate or trifoliate, sharp or dull, tomato-white, form a beautiful multi-rayed "star" with a diameter of 2-2.5cm, from time to time there are several "stars" in the inflorescence. It grows in the mountains of Europe(Carpathians, Alps), on rocks, cornices, protrusions in the alpine and subalpine belts. Rare ornamental plant, whose number is declining due to the destruction of tourists. Protected in all European countries.

Bells in Europe are disappearing because of the collection of bouquets and because of the destruction of habitats. 12 species are rare and endangered, half of which are endemic to Italy. Bells grow in meadows and forests. The perianth is five-membered, the corolla is spinoleptic, usually bell-shaped. The fruit is a polysperm capsule, a rare berry.

Tirsoid bell (Campanula thyrsoides) - a plant 30-50cm tall with simple straight, grooved stems. The leaves are entire, basal - oblong-lanceolate, wedge-shaped, stems - from linear-lanceolate to ligature, acute. The inflorescence is dense, dense, ovate or oblong. The teeth of the cup are bristly, linear. Corolla 17-22mm long, shaggy, yellowish-white. It grows in meadows in the mountains of the Balkan Peninsula, Jura and the Alps. Campanula isophylla Moretti(Campanulaceae) - perennial with immobile or almost upward stems up to 10-15cm tall and almost round toothed tooth lengths. The corolla is wide in the shape of a bell or a funnel. It grows on cracks in limestone rocks in northwestern Italy.

Fauna of Europe

In many parts of Europe, most of the forests have been cleared by man and are now replaced by fields, pastures and cities. To the north, there are still large coniferous forests inhabited by bears, wolverines, deer and blond owls.

Millions of seabirds, protected by sheer cliffs, nest near the Arctic Circle, including puffins and cones. Further south, in the center of the continent, the climate is milder. Here grow deciduous forests, inhabited by many species of animals, such as woodpeckers and fillers, bears and wolves. Fallow deer, mountain goats and butterflies flutter in the mountains. The Mediterranean Sea is home to many species of animals that are not found anywhere else, for example, Audrey's seagulls live there. Coastal lowlands and islands are also rich in various species of animals and are of great interest and research opportunities to biologists and naturalists.

Forests are a complex, well-organized community of plants, animals and fungi. Under the canopy of trees, as a rule, grow shrubs, grasses, mosses and lichens grow below. Each level has its own species of insects, spiders, birds, animals. Forests play an important role in life on the planet. They release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, clean the atmosphere of many harmful substances and have a beneficial effect on the Earth's climate. The forests are home to, feeding and protecting huge bears and moose, as well as small shrews and voles.

Brown bears inhabit the wooded areas of Europe. In this vast space, they are represented by many subspecies, different in size and color. In many places, bears have been killed by humans, while in others their numbers have dropped dramatically. Brown bears are large predators. Their weight can reach 600kg. Having a formidable appearance, these animals are less predominantly herbivorous: they eat fruits, nuts and berries in large quantities. They eat invertebrates with great pleasure. If you follow in the footsteps of a feeding bear, you can see many overturned rocks, logs, excavated anthills and hornet nests. They willingly eat the carcass. They like to eat fish and honey.

Where to go in Europe?

As a sustainable company, we offer a wide selection of eco-friendly holiday homes in Europe. Most of them are located in the Netherlands, but you can find green lodges in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, and more. Did you know that we even have accommodation in the middle of famous National Parks? There you can really venture out into the wilderness, meet one-of-a-kind flora and fauna, and discover magical views of unspoiled nature. Here are some suggestions for beautiful nature areas to visit.

Sierras de Cazorla Natural Park(Spain)

This park in the eastern and northeastern part of the province of Jaen in Spain was opened in 1986 and covers an area of ​​2099 square kilometers, making it the largest protected area in the country and the second largest in Europe. It is an interesting fact that the levels of protection in the park are different in different parts of it due to the large area and the fact that there are settlements within it, where a total of about 80 thousand people live. Another interesting detail is that there you can see many animal species such as spotted vultures, foxes, wild cats and golden eagles, but with this the tourist opportunities of the park are not exhausted. Sierras de Cazorla has places with prehistoric paintings such as Cuevas de Pardis near Segura River, where there are remains of Iberian settlements from 2000BC.

Vatnajokul (Iceland)

Also known as the Vatna Glacier, it is located in the southeastern part of the island and covers 8% of the territory of the country. The area of ​​the park is 8100 square kilometers and the average thickness of the ice is 400 meters. There are several volcanoes under the ice cover, and volcanic lakes are often the causes of floods. It is rare for a volcano to erupt beneath these lakes. According to The Guinness Book of World Records Vatnajokull is the most distant place in the world. It is visible from the top of the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands, which is 550km away. The park covers much of the island and is the largest ice cap Iceland, where people can walk, camp, and explore the ice caves.

Monty Sibyllini(Italy)

The Sibylline Mountains are a massif, part of the central Apennines, in the regions of Umbria and Le Marche. The park is home to rare plants and animals such as hedgehogs, owls, golden eagles, falcons, wolves, and the area is famous for its many beautiful gorges and lakes. Monti Sibilini has been declared a national park in 1993 and offers numerous opportunities for entertainment for tourists - you can the cost, to ride a bike or go down to the hills of Le Marche, where are some of the most beautiful Italian villages such as Sarnano and San Ginesio.

Climate

The climate in Europe is temperate, continental in nature, with a maritime climate prevailing on the west coast and a Mediterranean climate in the south. The climate is strongly determined by the Gulf Stream, which warms the western region to levels unattainable in similar latitudes on other continents. Western Europe is oceanic, while Eastern Europe is continental and arid. Four seasons occur in Western Europe, while wet and dry seasons occur in Southern Europe. Southern Europe is hot and dry during the summer months. The strongest precipitation occurs in the direction of the wind of the water bodies due to the predominant western parts, and larger amounts are also observed in the Alps.