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Getting Hot & Sweaty In Europe


Photo from Flickr by robinvanmourik
Photo from Flickr by robinvanmourik

Inter-railing. Hop On Hop Off Buses. Easyjet or Ryan Air flights…. There are a whole bunch of ways you might be planning on travelling around Europe, be it for a whole summer or just a long weekend. And while your to-do list might currently look like an extended international brewery tour, scattered only with allocated Hangover Days, there’s way more on offer than Amsterdam’s Red Light District to help you work up a sweat in Europe. With almost 50 countries to choose from, and a host of Activity Holidays on offer, Europe is one of the top places to try something a little bit different.

Mountain Climbing in the UK

Okay, so maybe the UK isn’t the first place on your list of places to check out in Europe. But with a ridiculously large number of adrenaline sports easily accessible, it’s definitely worth adding to your itinerary. Why not try your hand (or feet) at hiking, and head up to the Scottish Highlands to conquer the highest UK mountain, Ben Nevis. Standing at 4409ft above sea level, Ben Nevis offers a challenge to hikers and climbers alike. There are plenty of scrambles and rock climbs to tackle, and it even offers ice climbing for more experienced mountaineers.

Turtle Spotting in Turkey

A fascinating mix of East meets West, Turkey Holidays have a lot to offer for backpackers looking for more than their next bar crawl. Why not take a trip to the aptly named Turtle Beach, where as part of a day-long river cruise from Dalyan, you should be able to spot large loggerhead turtles swimming in the wild. Dalyan itself is famous for being home to these beautiful creatures- for more information, head here.

Sailing in the Dalmatian Islands, Croatia

The Dalmatian coast is a stunning stretch of crystal clear waters scattered with small islands. The best way to explore the coast line is by boat, and there are a myriad of companies offering different sailing trips. You should get the chance to explore the islands on foot, eat freshly caught seafood aboard your boat, and swim or snorkel in the warm waters.

Horse Riding in Estonia

Kuusekannu Riding Farm can be found about 60miles east of Tallinn, and is worth a visit if you are looking for something a little different. With riding available for all abilities, even novice riders can enjoy one of the many trips through Lahemaa National Park. There are also longer trips available, such as a two day trek out to the coast, if you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind walking like John Wayne for a few days afterwards.

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