Traveling is a great experience in itself; however, this experience can be enhanced even more with a drone. Drones allow you to see the world from an entirely new perspective, capturing your best photography and videography yet.
Embark on a breathtaking visual journey across Europe as we unveil the most captivating destinations for drone photography.
From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, explore the continent’s diverse landscapes through the lens of high-flying creativity. Discover the perfect spots to capture stunning aerial perspectives and elevate your photography game in this guide to the best destinations in Europe for drone photography.
Scotland and the Isle of Skye are bursting with character, history, and stunning natural scenery, making it the perfect place to start on your European drone tour. Here, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding wide, open spaces to fly your drone as there is a range of parks and green spaces to take advantage of. After all, Scotland is a hiker’s paradise!
The Glen Roy Nature Reserve is mainly made up of vast green pastures and rolling hills, however, it is also home to a range of wildlife including deer, red deer, and ravens. As a result, you should be mindful of your surroundings and make sure that you’re not disturbing any wildlife before flying your drone.
Top tip: Don’t forget to check the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) website before flying your drone in the UK. This will give you important guidance on where you can and cannot fly your drone.
To fly a drone in Spain, a road trip paradise, you need to be aged 18 or over and have a drone license. It’s best to get this sorted well before you fly to Spain to avoid any mishaps or complications on your travels.
The main purpose of drone regulations is to keep people, buildings, and wildlife safe from harm, therefore, so long as you’re respectful of your surroundings you should have minimal trouble whilst traveling.
Spain is home to a range of picturesque beaches such as the As Catedrais and Illas Cies, and you can also explore historic landmarks such as Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter and Gaudi’s masterpieces such as the Sagrada Familia.
No matter where in this diverse country you choose to visit, you won’t be short of things to capture with your drone.
Read also: Solo travel guide to Spain
No European tour is complete without a trip to Switzerland, and it’s easy to see why. Between bouts of consuming luxurious chocolate and skiing in the snowy peaks, there is a range of sights and scenes just waiting to be uncovered.
Recreational drone use is only permitted in the daytime in Switzerland, however, this shouldn’t pose too many restrictions as many of the sights look their best in the delightful Swiss sunshine.
Italy is renowned for its flavourful food, rich history, and welcoming locals, making it a must-visit country on any European tour. You don’t need a license to fly your drone here, however, there are certain rules and regulations that you must follow. These can be found on the Italian Aviation Authority website.
If you’re looking to capture Italy’s striking scenery and natural landscapes, there is a wealth of national parks for you to explore and take your drone for a spin, including the Majella in L’Aquila and Asinara National Park located on the second-largest island of Sardinia.
Alternatively, if you’d rather do as the locals do, don’t forget to visit one of the – very romantic – smaller towns such as Veneto to get a feel for the Italian lifestyle.
Fans of lively culture, romantic towns, and breathtaking beaches will love Greece. Before you fly, don’t forget to register your drone with the Greek Civil Aviation Authority. This must be done regardless of whether you’re flying your drone recreationally or commercially, so be sure to tick this off your travel-prep list to avoid any problems.
Once you’ve registered your drone, you’ll still need to obey local laws and rules regarding drone usage. As a general rule, you should avoid crowded spaces, people, buildings, airports, and wildlife.
This will help to keep you and the people around you safe whilst on your trip.
The Croatian Civil Aviation Agency has set rules you must follow if you want to fly your drone in Croatia. Once you’ve checked the rules, you’ll be able to capture the spectacular islands, major sights, festivals, and hidden scenery that reside within the country.
The Krka National Park is a must-see location for anyone visiting Croatia.
Here you’ll be able to capture cascading waterfalls, and you can even take a dip in the Krka lakes if you want a brief interlude from flying your drone.
Germany has complex rules on drone usage, so double-check with the official Federal Aviation Office’s regulations before you embark on your trip.
Germany is comprised of large, densely populated cities and lots of buildings, however, this shouldn’t stop you from visiting this fantastic country with your drone. Germany has a range of national parks with stunning natural scenery hidden within them, so it’s well worth making a trip to Bavaria to see what’s in store, should the regulations allow it.
The last stop on your European drone tour will bring you to Norway, and arguably the best has been saved until last. Here, you can enjoy the famous natural wonder that is the Northern Lights and take in the country’s stunning natural beauty and stunning landscapes such as Lofoten Islands.
Similarly to other countries’ regulations, Norway also has restrictions about how much your drone can weigh, how high it can fly, and where it can fly to buildings, gatherings of people, and vehicles. Drone Traveller provides some guidance on how to fly a drone in Norway, however, to be on the safe side, you should also check with the Civil Aviation Authority Norway to make sure you’re not breaking any rules.
Europe is bursting with culture, history, and natural beauty, making it the ideal place to put your drone to the test. But don’t forget it’s always best to be safe, not sorry, so make sure to check the local drone regulations before you travel so that you can have a stress-free trip.
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- Best scenic European train rides
- Europe in Winter: Embracing its frozen wonderlands
- Warm destinations to spend the European winter
- European castle hotels worth a detour
- UNESCO World Heritage European sites
Bonus! If you’re a drone enthusiast looking for your next challenge, the protective case experts over at the Case Farm put together a handy European drone tour to help you see and capture Europe’s best sights with your drone.