Top 5 Destinations To Try in Europe
Given the frequent chilly and rainy spells we experience in the UK, many Brits dream of holidays where the weather allows us to take advantage of the great outdoors. Since blue skies and sunshine are a rarity here, there are plenty of reasons to say ‘yes’ to visit the continent in 2018. With a record number of us now jet-setting around the globe, here are our top five destinations and the best walking, cycling and adventures tours to try with us in Europe.
If you are a fan of Mercedes-Benz, then Albania could be a country that is well worth visiting. As you tour the roads and mountain passes of this coastal nation of over 3.5 million people, you are pretty much guaranteed to spot every model of the Mercedes produced from the 1970’s onwards. Albania is rumoured to have the highest percentage of Merc drivers, not only in Europe but the entire world, with roadside huts advertising ‘Mercedes servicing and repair’. From the modern-day S-Class to the vintage versions of yesteryear, Albanian’s know how to roll.
However, to really capture the beauty of this fascinating country, a cycling tour offers a unique look at all the beauty and charm up close. Consider our Albania Heritage by bike tour to explore this great country by bike is an experience like no other, even if you aren’t a cycling-addict back at home. As one of our best cycling holiday tours in Europe, the trip passes through the hilly country south of the capital, Tirana, and goes onwards through no fewer than three UNESCO heritage sites.
As one of the jewels of Scandinavia, Sweden has many claims to fame. From the unforgettable hits of Abba to the flat pack empire that is IKEA, Sweden is certainly a charm of Northern Europe. Our walking and cycling tours to this magical part of Europe are just as memorable, albeit without the need for an instruction manual and a set of Allen keys or even a rendition of Mamma Mia.
It is a country for all seasons with our holiday adventures reaching some of planet Earth’s greatest natural wonders. From the Northern Lights in winter to the charming cities and villages around Stockholm in the summer, a visit to Sweden should be on everyone’s bucket list. Our Northern Lights Snowshoe Safari is a guided winter walking activity holiday with a difference. In your very own snowshoes, we head up to the Abisko National Park, 200km north of the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights. However, if the warm summer sunshine tickles your fancy, then our Swedish Multi-Activity Week could be the holiday adventure for you. We start our tour in the vibrant city of Stockholm, before setting out to explore magnificent castles and palaces, charming Swedish villages and historical Viking sites.
It’s safe to say that for us Brits, Spain is our favourite holiday dn estination. From kicking back on the Costa del Sol to enjoying the city life in Madrid and Barcelona, España is pretty much our home from home.
In 2016 alone, one in every five British holidays abroad was to Spain; that is almost 13m trips made by sun-seeking UK residents. To say we all know a thing or two about Spain, is probably an understatement. But if you are looking for a more memorable holiday than traditional ‘bucket and spade’ packages, our Spanish tours range from cycling to walking holidays, and even adventures for the whole family. Spain does have something for everybody, and some of the best adventures to discover in Europe. The Camino de Santiago is certainly a hotspot in the northwest of the country.
Known in English as ‘The Way of Saint James’, your cycle or walking tour will take you down a network of pilgrims’ passages. We offer both an 8-day cycling tour to Spain, where we can provide you with a bike, or an 8-day walking tour to this part of Northern Spain.
If you’re planning to bring the kids or even the grandkids with you, then how about our family activity holiday in Mallorca? With a host of activities on offer, our Mallorca Multi-Activity holiday adventure is a real treat. From coasteering and cave tours to rock climbing, horse riding and Stand Up Paddling, there is something for everyone to try, whatever your age and fitness level. It promises to be an adventure of a lifetime!
As home to the deepest underwater cave on Earth, Macedonia has plenty for you to discover with our top European adventure holidays. Landlocked and sandwiched between Albania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece, it is a mountainous country with extensive wilderness areas that make it close to a paradise for lovers of mountain biking, walking and hiking tour enthusiasts.
There’s no need to look any further. Predominantly involving off-road riding on tracks and trails, our Macedonian explorations and adventures take you to the Shar Planina Mountains, the stunning Mavrovo and Galicia national parks, Golemo Ezero (Big Lake), Mariovo and into the Vodno Mountains above Skopje. With a selection of excellent day-rides, far-reaching views and a wealth of ancient ruins and cultural interest, this Macedonian adventure holiday has something for everyone.
Famed for the finest Port, pastries and golf courses on the continent, Portugal has become one of the most popular luxurious destinations in Europe. It might have something to do with it being the hottest country in the continent, with an average of nearly 3,000 sunny hours per year. All that sun coupled with stunning beaches and scenic hilltop destinations puts Portugal at the top of our list for the very best cycling, walking and adventure holidays! Our Portugal adventure tours takes place on the island of Madeira, with its year-round warm climate, unique flora and crystal-clear waters.
You’ll quickly understand why so many tourists adore their biking and hiking adventures to the ‘Floating Garden’. We have a great selection of outdoor holidays available, with our Family Adventure including kayaking in nature reserves, walking the rocky coastline and horse-riding through the lush green forests. As for the walking adventure holiday, you can enjoy hiking along steep and rugged coastlines, green hills and small bays, as well as cloud forests and sun-drenched banana plantations. Marvellous Madeira is just simply unmissable. Get in touch with our friendly holiday advisors to book your own adventure of a lifetime.