Are you the kind of person who hates the idea of doing nothing all holiday long? For some, holidays are about relaxing on the beach or by the pool with a cocktail in hand but for others, travelling is about exploring a new part of the world and all that it has to offer. There is no better continent for an activity holiday abroad than Europe. From rambling mountain ranges to sailing in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 active holidays in Europe to give you a little inspiration for your next adventure.
There’s nowhere better for an active holiday in than the mountains. Spawning an incredible 750 miles across 8 countries, the Alps is Europe’s highest and largest mountain range. In the summer the ski resorts in France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland become a playground for skiers and snowboarders. A superb destination for a fun-filled winter activity holiday, the ski resorts are open from November until April. Once the snow has melted and the ice has thawed, the mountains become a top destination for hikers and mountain bikers looking to scale the highest peaks and ride down the thrilling trails.
The Greek Islands
If you are looking to get out on the water and explore the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, then the stunning Greek islands are the perfect destination for you. Sailors flock here en masse every year to enjoy the superb weather, perfect wind conditions and glorious sailing conditions. The islands are popular destinations for all types of watersports including windsurfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. The beauty of the Greek islands is their variety. From the famous blue rooftops of Santorini to the sleepy streets of Lemnos there is something to suit all tastes.
For hiking enthusiasts Scotland is a wonderful destination. With temperatures rarely peaking above the low twenties (Celsius), the weather is ideal for long walks. There is no shortage of spectacular scenery to choose from. From the spectacular rock formations on the Isle of Skye to the mountain peaks of the highlands, taking a week or two to discover the beauty that Scotland has to offer is well worth it.
The island of Malta is a gem at the heart of the middle of the Mediterranean. Consisting of an archipelago of islands, the country sits to the south of the Itlalian island of Sicily and enjoys a warm climate all year round. Alongside the islands famous hotspots including the blue lagoon, the main attraction of the islands is their spectacular diving. Undoubtably the best diving in Europe, the turquoise waters surrounding the archipelago make the best destination for a diving holiday in the Mediterranean. From impressive ship wrecks to coral reefs, Malta is a must visit destination for diving enthusiasts.
Loves activity holidays but hate to plan them? There are a number of companies like tour operator Mark Warner who offer action packed all-inclusive holidays allowing you to have an action-packed holiday without the hassle of organising it. Thrills await!