Top 10 activity holidays in Europe

Posted: May 8, 2014 by kirisyko in Boarding, Climbing, Long Boarding, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing
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Mountain biking in Finale, Italy

Mountain biking in Finale, Italy

Mountain biking in Finale, Italy

You think Italy and you think warm nights spent strolling around an ancient town, sipping Barolo and relishing the good life. This is all true but it overlooks the country’s burgeoning reputation as an extreme sports destination. One of the most perfect places to head if you want to combine beautiful beaches and culture with white knuckle experiences is Finale Ligure, a mecca for both rock climbers and mountain bikers. The Mountain Bike Lodge in San Filippo has trails running right up to its front door and offers guiding and bike hire as well as affordable accommodation. With 150 trails, routes for beginners as well as advanced and the town of Finale a pedal away, you can ride as hard or as soft as you like.
• Camping from €19pppn (£15.60) and rooms from €39pppn including station pick-up.

Rock climbing in Corscia, France

Corsica rock climbing    Sardinia has a justified reputation for its rock climbing but its oft-overlooked neighbour, Corsica, also puts on a good show, especially for people new to the sport. Based in the town of Corte in the centre of the island, Altiplani has a week-long guided rock climbing course designed to take you from confident beginner to completer of one of Corsica’s multi-pitch routes. The course is limited to six people to maximise coaching time and participants will climb at a number of sites in the centre of the island as well as on its coast.
• From €689pp including half-board accommodation, transfer to climbing spots, coaching and equipment if required.

Triathlon training in Morzine, France

Triathlon training in MorzineThere are activity holidays and there are holidays that will make you more active than you thought possible. Triathlon training in the French Alps with a crew of professional athletes falls into the second category. The D-Squad, including athletes Jodi Stimpson and Aileen Reid, are a group of Olympic and World Championship medallists who use Morzine as their European summer training base. For one week you can join them for structured coaching and training sessions picking up invaluable tips and advice as you slog your way through inspiring Alpine scenery and their incredible training schedule.
• €795pp including full-board accommodation, training, coaching and airport transfers.

Learn Spanish and hike the Camino de Santiago, Spain

It has been shown that learning a language is often made easier if you study while moving. Responsible Travel has taken this a step further by working with a local language school, offering Spanish lessons as you walk sections of the Camino de Santiago in the Picos de Europa. Each day you walk the route for up to five hours, during which time you also have three 50-minute practical Spanish lessons, giving you the tools to chat confidently with people in the communities along the way. You won’t complete the whole route in six days (it usually takes three months) but you will get to walk classic sections and see the rich wildlife on offer.
• Six nights from £415pp B&B.

Pack rafting in Finland

Packrafting with Hendrik Morkel in FinlandTravel light, travel far. It’s a mantra Hendrik Morkel takes very much to heart in his work taking people backpacking around his adopted home country of Finland (he’s half-German, half-Dutch). This year he is running two beginner courses in pack rafting to help service your escapist fantasties. Pack rafts are lightweight boats that can fold into your backpack, so you can really explore the wilderness, by using them to navigate rivers, rapids and lakes instead of doing everything on foot. Hendrik’s three-day course will take you from learning the fundamentals of pac krafting and wild camping to paddling class II whitewater. He is also running seven-day expeditions in August for more experienced rafters.
• Three-day beginner course in western Finland €

Longboarding in Galicia, Spain

Longboarding in Spain Skateboarding and surfing have long had a close relationship, with the evolution of modern skateboarding owing a lot to the style and ethos of its watery counterpart. Art Surf Camp in Galicia puts this relationship at the centre of two of its holidays by teaming up with the Longboard Girls Crew and combining surf lessons in the morning with longboard skate lessons in the afternoon, where you learn how to carve, cruise, race and slide on closed roads, with different inclines for different abilities. There are also other activities including yoga and table tennis to help you wind down after all that adrenalin. Camp prices include all equipment for both surfing and skating, five nights’ full board accommodation and insurance.
• 25-30 August and 31-5 September €450pp.

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