Top 10 activity holidays in Europe

If you are planning an adventurous activity holiday in Europe – whether it is horse riding, kayaking, sailing, cycling or something else – take a look at these top ten superb adventures:

Horse-riding – Turkey

This country is known as ‘the land of beautiful horses’ because of its wild mountain ponies and glorious landscapes. You can go on an eight-day trip that crosses plains and explores remote villages, riding for up to six hours every day and camping in a cute tipi. It is more suited for experienced riders and is definitely in the top 10 activity holidays in Europe.

Long distance treks – Balkans

There are three options to choose from; the high mountain White Trail, the Green Trail and the slightly easier Blue Trail, along the beautiful Dalmatian Coast. There are plenty of tailor-made options to suite everyone that includes accommodation and meals.

Wildlife adventure – Spain

Another amazing activity holiday in Europe – whereupon you will visit the enormous, coastal Doñana national park which is south of Seville and the rougher Andújar natural park in the north of Andalucía. You can ride in 4 x 4 safaris or enjoy a guided hike; both are led by experts to both parks and learn all about the conservation and wildlife.

Cycling – Romania

Transylvania offers one of Europe’s most stunning wildernesses, and plenty of amazing history and culture. There are holiday cycling choices lasting from three days to three weeks. You can take a four-day superb Saxon Transylvania trip covering 90 miles, from the Saxon village of Cund to Viscri.

Sea kayaking – Estonia

Estonia’s Baltic coast is fabulous to explore by kayak – paddling between islands with remains of Russian watchtowers and remote abandoned farmhouses. There are several kayaking trips that include hiking and camping on remote isles.

Mountain hiking – Slovakia

For a less expensive alternative to hiking in the Alps, try Slovakia’s High Tatra, which runs right along the border with Poland, offering stunning walks and amazing views of rocky hills, lush valleys and clear blue lakes. There are plenty of trips to be recommended that include flights, accommodation and expert guides.

Canyoning – Corsica

This amazing French resort maybe a super beach holiday but it is also a top activity holiday in Europe. With over 50 summits it offers challenging hiking and canyoning. Trips include a seven-day individually tailored canyoning experience which includes abseiling and swimming in the clear blue rivers. You can either choose camping or hotel accommodation.

Diving and trekking – Iceland

With its fabulous volcanic landscapes, glaciers and hot springs, Iceland has about everything you need for a fun-filled adventure. Diving between the North American and Eurasian plates is an amazing experience. There are three-night trips, including flights or five day hiking tours.

Road trip – Norway

Norway is a beautiful country to enjoy an adventurous self-drive. The most spectacular drive has to be from Bergen north to Trondheim taking you along the Atlantic Road, with eight bridges linking various islands. It’s about 430 miles and goes through the longest tunnel in the world and the breath-taking bends of Trollstigen.

Ice climbing – Switzerland

For those of you who don’t mind the cold, a full week of ice-climbing and mountaineering in the fabulous Swiss Alps is a fantastic winter experience. There are 6 or 7 night trips depending on your experience which includes sleeping in huts and carrying your provisions. All trips start from Leysin (a two-hour’s drive from Geneva) and exact routes available will depend on the weather conditions.