Does sunbathing by the beach sound like it might put you to sleep, and not in a good way? Lounging on the sand isn’t for everyone. Maybe you’re a restless thrill-seeker, or maybe you’re just looking for an adventure to liven up your summer holidays. Either way, you should make time for an adventure holiday in 2016.
Swimming, surfing, cycling – whatever it is, there is somewhere you can do it. To help you decide where to go on your holiday, here are six adventures that you might like:
Watersports in Fuerteventura
When it comes to watersports, Fuerteventura is king of the Canaries. The beaches, wind, and waves make the island paradise for water enthusiasts. You’ll find plenty of independent activity operators on the beaches in Fuerteventura offering jet skiing, surfing, and much more. They’ll provide you with the necessary equipment you need and, if you’re taking lessons, you’ll be taught by highly trained instructors who know the sports and the waves like the back of their hands.
Cycling in Tuscany
You probably know Tuscany for its art and architecture, but the region’s lush countryside is a cyclist’s dream. A combination of smooth roads and unmade gravel tracks (‘white roads’) criss-cross the hillsides, and there are countless routes to choose from.
The route between Florence and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siena, is a particularly impressive one. Easy to complete in a day, the journey will take you through vineyards, fields and forests. At the end, you can unwind with a drink in Piazza del Campo in Siena’s gorgeous historic centre.
Hiking in St Lucia
The Caribbean is a destination every hiker should visit. Mountainous forest terrain surrounded by sparkling waters provides a splendid backdrop and promises interesting encounters with the island’s wildlife.
St Lucia’s Piton Mountains are a fantastic hiking spot for visitors. Most climbers will be capable of completing the two-hour trek to the summit of Gros Piton, the higher of the two volcanic peaks. At the top, there is even a welcome centre where you can rest before the descent. Hikers looking for a challenge should tackle the steeper Petit Piton. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with even better views of the island than those found on its taller neighbour.
Climbing in Catalonia
Catalonia isn’t just home to resort holiday hotspots like Costa Dorada. Venture inland in the Tarragona province, and you’ll find the village of Siurana, one of Spain’s best climbing bases.
The rock faces and ravines here have something for all levels of ability, while the moderate climate makes climbing possible all year round. You could spend days exploring the crags here, but Siurana’s proximity to destinations like Barcelona and Salou make it easy to combine your climbing trip with relaxation and sightseeing too. You can read about Siurana’s many different climbing routes here.
Horse riding in Thassos
You’ll be dying to explore the vibrant landscape and golden coastline of Thassos, otherwise known as Greece’s ‘Emerald Isle’ in the North Aegean. Natural beauty is the island’s most alluring feature, and the best way to explore it is on horseback.
Pegasus Riding Centre in the north of the island, near the village of Theologos, is the perfect place to start your horseback adventure. Beginners can take lessons to learn the ropes before tackling the open countryside. Meanwhile, more experienced riders will be able to enjoy long treks on the beaches and in the surrounding mountains.
Diving in Malta
You might be surprised to learn that elegant, historic Malta offers some of the best diving in the Mediterranean. With caves, wrecks and marine life in abundance, there is an entire world waiting to be explored beneath the waves.
Hotel Mellieha Bay provides a superb base to the most of your diving experience — it is home to AquaVenture, a PADI scuba diving centre with top class facilities. Certified divers will escort you on your underwater exploration, with a choice of both shore and boat dives to fascinating caverns and reefs. AquaVenture also offers scuba diving courses ranging from introductions for complete beginners, to teaching qualifications.
Wherever you choose to travel, adventure isn’t hard to find. Ditch the sun loungers and start planning your activity holiday now, and then tell us all about it in the comments below!