Famous in Soviet times for its spa houses located in the middle of the forests and a privileged destination for Soviet "sanitary" tourism, Belarus is today far from having been taken by mass tourism. The country presents itself to visitors in all its authenticity. Although large cities tend to evolve rapidly and adapt to change, the rest of the country retains the originality of its villages, cities and population, as well as the charm of unspoilt nature. It is in the Belarusian villages that we discover the charm of a country that still preserves its own traditions. The hospitality of the people will surprise any traveller in search of authenticity. This unspoilt nature, the ruins of castles like those straight out of fairy tales and legends, and the generosity of the Belarusian people cannot leave anyone indifferent. On the margins of Europe, although geographically Belarus is its centre, this country is not far from being the most misunderstood of Europeans.
A generous nature :
Forests, lakes, rivers, plains as far as the eye can see and swamps... Belarus is a real paradise of greenery! More than a third of the territory is covered by forests. Nature has an important place in the hearts of Belarusians who do not give up bits of forest, even in the city centre! Belarusian cities are full of green spaces. And once you leave the city, you automatically find yourself in the middle of a forest... Dubbed the "blue-eyed country" for the abundance of its lakes, or Europe's "green lung" for the vast marshy regions of Polesia, Belarus will seduce all nature lovers. Rich in parks and nature reserves, this country enchants its visitors with the sweetness and harmony of its landscapes where there is a varied flora and fauna almost non-existent in the rest of Europe, such as bison, wolves and an extraordinary ornithological variety.
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