Europe offers endless opportunity for outdoors activities. Tom Le Bas, Travel Editor at timeoutdoors, looks at the highlights across the continent.
From cycling in France to canoeing in Finland, it’s not difficult to find an activity holiday to suit all tastes and fitness levels across much of Europe. Southern areas, particularly Spain and Portugal, are year-round destinations for a range of pursuits.
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Croatia is becoming an increasingly popular destination for outdoor activity holidays, with walking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking and rafting all featuring. It can be visited all year round but spring and autumn offer the best possibilities.
The island of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean is a great all-year-round destination for outdoor activity holidays.
France is synonymous with cycling and it’s the perfect destination for a whole range of outdoor activity holidays including walking, skiing, snowboarding and sailing.
Greece and its islands is an up-and-coming destination for a whole range of outdoor activities. The majority of its tourism revenue comes from coastal areas but for those seeking relatively unspoilt and diverse regions for walking and cycling, look to the mainland.
The Mediterranean coastline and an abundance of beautiful rolling countryside makes Italy one of the world’s top walking and cycling destinations.
Norwegians have a love of the great outdoors and no wonder, given the spectacular landscapes on offer. Skiing and other winter sports are arguably top of the agenda but hiking, kayaking and even open-water swimming are all popular too.
With a perfectly-suited all-year-round climate, attractive scenery and varied terrain, Portugal is a fantastic holiday destination for cyclists and walkers alike.
Spain is far more than beaches, tower-block hotels, golf courses and paella. Dive into the real Spain and discover one of the most varied landscapes in western Europe.
Switzerland’s dramatic landscape of mountains, lakes and valleys is the perfect environment for walkers, runners, cyclists, triathletes, climbers and many other types of outdoor activity.
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