It’s no wonder that a European vacation is a dream for many travelers. From horseback riding in Santorini to biking in the countryside of the United Kingdom, the number of active adventures that can be discovered while you travel Europe makes an impressive list.
Ireland offers an assortment of active adventures, including climbing, biking and hiking through the county’s rugged terrain while an adventure trip to the southern Algarve region of Portugal promises remote beaches with stand-up paddleboarding and surfing. Europe may not be the first place in the world that comes to mind when you picture surfing, but there are some opportunities to catch a wave along the coasts of Spain and France too.
For those seeking a more chilling experience on their Europe trip, try skiing the snow-covered slopes of Levi, Finland, where you can also interact with huskies and reindeer and take a break from the below freezing temperatures by warming up in a sauna. You could also embark on a ski safari in the Dolomite Mountains of Italy. These multi-day adventure vacations allow you to ski from resort to resort and experience multiple alpine lodges.
As you travel Europe, you can explore many impressive canyons, lakes and rivers. From Gorges du Verdon in southeastern France to Grimsel in the Swiss Alps, these areas are the perfect playground for active adventures, such as ziplining, rappeling, hiking and kayaking . The mountainous Snowdonia National Park in Wales and the sea caves in Mallorca, Spain also provides ample opportunity for active adventures.
For an extreme adventure trip, try coasteering on your European vacation. Invented in Wales, this activity involves exploring a coastline by rock climbing, swimming and cliff jumping and has spread to many other places, including Portugal and Ireland.
You can find more inspiration for your European tour by watching these travel videos filled with active adventures.
Canyoning Adventure in Grimsel, Switzerland
Sea Caves in Mallorca, Spain
Epic Ireland Adventure
Surf Camp in Le Porge, France
Coasteering in Arrabida, Portugal
The Ultimate Algarve Adventure, Portugal