- 11 Destinations to Visit in Europe for Summer
- Original Vacation Spots: 5 Fun Breaks to Take In The UK This Summer
- A Camping Trip
- A Forest Adventure
- A Relaxing Spa Break
- Stay in a Cottage
- A Treehouse Holiday
- 20 of the best activity holidays in the UK and Europe
- Family adventure, Montenegro
- Swimming, Formentera, Spain
- Cycling, The Balkans
- Snowshoeing, Romania
- Women’s training and weight loss, Portugal
- Skiing and more, France
- Triathlon for beginners, Spain
- Surfing and yoga, Portugal
- Tennis, Greece
- Ice-climbing, France
- Multi-activity, Croatia
- Horse riding, Spain
- Activity break, Gozo, Malta
- Kitesurfing, Sicily
- Beginners’ sea kayaking, the Highlands
- Paddleboarding, County Derry
- Multi-activity, Pembrokeshire
- Trail running, Yorkshire Dales
- Canoeing, Kent
11 Destinations to Visit in Europe for Summer
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Visiting the best destinations in Europe in the summer has long been a grand procession. Outdoor enthusiasts rave about Europe’s magnificent natural scenery and memorable wild places.
Culture vultures flock to the best European cities to revel in grand cultural history, with magnificent museums, opulent palaces, brooding castles, and glorious artistic legacies. Many fun-seekers plunge into Europe’s vibrant nightlife, colorful festivals and heaving live entertainment.
Once you've ticked off the must-sees on your bucket list, you can indulge your culinary desires with Europe’s fine dining, street food, chic cafés and cheeky bars.
Here is a brief introduction to some of the best destinations for summer, European holidays on offer, listed in no particular order.
The surreal natural structures of Cappadocia in Turkey resemble something that is this world. Towering boulders stand side-by-side to traditional houses, caves and underground tunnels. Here, you can admire the stunning beauty of this semi-arid region by hiking to a scenic cliff or by taking a hot air balloon ride over the magnificent boulders.
- Where to go and what to do: Take a hot air balloon over Cappadocia’s landscape, visit cave hotels and spend the night there, explore Kaymakli underground city, visit the numerous valleys such as Love valley, Red valley, Pigeon valley and Fairy valley
- What to see: Stunning sunsets, Fairy Chimneys in Gerome Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle
- Best time to visit: End of April to October when there is least chances of rain and strong wind has subsided allowing for hot air balloon rides.
One of the best ways to take in the landscape of Cappadocia is on a hot air balloon.
It’s hard not to fall in love with this jewel located in Croatia on the Adriatic Sea.
Home to one of the world’s best-preserved medieval cities, Dubrovnik’s ancient walls, baroque buildings and labyrinthine streets are endlessly enchanting. Here delightful seaside charm merges seamlessly with civilized retreat.
Whether you’re lazing on a beach, sightseeing or strolling through its botanical gardens or just people watching, Dubrovnik will weave its own special spell on you.
- What to do: The Old Town for sightseeing, Buza 1 and 2 for cliff jumping, Adriatic coast for swimming, Lokrum Island for snorkeling and exploring
- What to see: Roland's Column, Bell Tower, Sponza Palace, Pile Gate, Fort Lovrijenac, City walls, Franciscan Monastery, Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
- Best time to visit: May to June or September to October when it’s not too hot but the water is warm and crowds are minimum.
If you are planning a visit to Europe for summer, Dubvrovnik is a perfect destination to combine a cruise with a historical site.
Languidly reclining on the banks of the Rio Douro, Porto is a city in Portugal that is compact enough to enjoy in 48 hours.
Yet the city is rewarding to visitors willing to take their time to explore its labyrinthine medieval heart with its cathedrals and gold-leaf-bejeweled churches.
Take in its brash in-your-face contemporary architecture and linger over many a fine meal and seductive tipple or two.
- Where to go and what to do: Visit the wine caves for port tasting, São Nicolau for its historical buildings, Matosinhos for fabulous restaurants, Boavista for its cutting-edge architecture, Ribeira and Foz do Douro to discover Porto’s history
- What to see: Igreja de São Francisco’s baroque finery, neoclassical Palácio da Bolsa, Palácio das Carrancas, Serralves museum, Jardins do Palácio de Cristal and the Museu da Misericórdia do Porto
- Best time to visit: May through September when it is sunny but the sea breezes keep you cool.
Explore the narrow streets, discover medieval culture and explore Portugese dishes in this city.
A picture-postcard set of five UNESCO World Heritage site villages; Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso fit to rival the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre is one of the best European vacation destinations. Accessible only by train or boat, Cinque Terre or Five Lands offers extraordinary coastal scenery and exhilarating hiking along serpentine paths cut through imposing cliffs.
- Where to go and what to do: The five famous villages to soak up the local atmosphere and sample local, fresh seafood; the coastline to swim and the dramatic coastal paths for a hike
- What to see: Magnificent natural scenery and the sunset from the coast, the colorful streets and houses
- Best time to visit: Mid-May through to mid-September for swimming and mid-March to mid-October for hiking.
- Good to know: Some of the trails are currently closed due to an ongoing construction work. The Vernazza to Corniglia, Corniglia to Manarola and Manarola to Riomaggiore routes are scheduled to reopen in April 2021.
Cinque Terre's iconic, colorful houses provide wonderful photo opportunities.Cinque Terre Trek is the treat for the eye; thanks to its colourful settlements along the way.
It’s little wonder that Berlin is one of the best destinations in Europe. This city has serious historical street cred.
From Bismarck to Bowie, Einstein to Hitler and JFK ‘s speech, Berlin is endlessly fascinating, despite its chilled-out lifestyle vibe.
Here gritty street life collides with glitzy glamour and is long on vibrant culture, brilliant architecture, flourishing arts scene, divine food and frenetic nightlife.
- Where to go and what to do: Berliner Funkturm for a scenic view of Berlin, visit the Deutsches Theater, Deutsche Opera or the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra for some classical music, Mitte Berlin’s historical centre for sightseeing
- What to see: Pergamon and Altes, Museums Gemäldegalerie Art Gallery, Bode Museum, Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Stasi Museum, Bundestag
- Best time to visit: June to July when the weather is ideal for afternoon strolling around the city.
The iconic Bode Museum sits elegantly on the Spree River. The Museum is famous for its collection of arts from the Antique and Byzantine periods.
Malaga is deservedly popular as a chic and unabashedly cosmopolitan destination in Spain. This is the city that gifted Picasso to the world.
Malaga has recently and spectacularly transformed itself with a flood of brilliant art galleries, a radically re-imagined port district and Soho, an emerging art district.
Malaga’s flourishing nightlife is complemented by a foodie culture spanning Michelin-starred restaurants through to tastefully distressed fish shacks.
- Where to go and what to do: Visit Mitjana Square to experience Malaga’s hip nightlife, El Palo’s old fishing district for freshly grilled sardines on the beach, visit one of the beaches and laze around, Pier 1 Port of Malaga for shopping,
- What to see: Picasso’s original art at Picasso Museum, the artwork at Museo Carmen Thyssen, the Gibralfaro Castle, the Alcazaba and Roman Theatre
- Best time to visit: May through September is the perfect time to hit the beach by day and enjoy cocktails during cool, balmy evenings.
The famous Gibraltar rock offers amazing views
Interlaken is Switzerland's adrenaline central.
Flanked by the Thun and Brienz glacier-fed lakes and home to the imperious peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau; Interlaken is an outdoor and adventure sports fiend’s nirvana.
Not up for sports? Interlaken is also home to some postcard worthy scenery of Switzerland and an old charming town where you can discover historical castles and peaceful Alpine gardens.
- Where to go and what to do: Mürren, Kleine Scheidegg and First for summer skiing, Lütschine River for rafting, Saxeten for canyoning, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau for mountain climbing, Harder Klum for hiking and panoramic views of Interlaken, Unterseen for sightseeing and cultural experience
- What to see: Höheweg, Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn World Heritage site, alphorn workshop, St Beatus Caves
- Best time to visit: May to August when the weather is pleasant and suitable for adventure sports.
Interlaken is great for outdoor adventures as well as leisurely activities.
If you adore sublime romantic sunsets, Santorini is a “must-see” destination. Set in the enchanting Greek Islands, Santorini’s combination of sun, sea, refreshing sea breezes and picture-postcard-perfect, whitewashed buildings is made for lovers. The sunsets at Oia overlooking the crater are some of the world’s best and the views from the infinity pools over the caldera are sublime!
- Where to go and what to do: Fira to Oia, Ancient Thira and the monastery for hiking, Black Beach and Red Beach for swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling, Nea Kameni for volcano hiking and hot springs, Vothonas village for historical sightseeting
- What to see: Spectacular sunsets, cave houses, Santorini’s caldera bay
- Best time to visit: May for hiking and early June to September for swimming.
Insider Tip: When eating in restaurants anywhere in Greece, it is not mandatory to leave a tip. Although it is completely optional, most Greeks tip well. — from Trip & Travel Blog
Santorini is an enchanting coastal town in Greece that has everything for a summer vacation, from sun and sea to beautiful whitewashed houses and mesmerizing sunsets.
The splendid city of Budapest straddling the languid Danube is a city of surprises.
Budapest bedazzles from its vibrant old centre, magnificent Buda Castle, Saint Stephen's Basilica and the Parliament building to its delightful parks and historic Heroes' Square.
Once you are satiated on Budapest’s sublime heritage, it is time to indulge in some serious dining before plunging into the city’s busy nightlife.
- Where to go and what to do: Cruise down the Danube, Margaret Island for picnic by the musical fountain, Buda Castle for panoramic city views, Lake Balaton for vineyards, mineral treatments and sightseeing
- What to see: Royal Palace, Parliament, Vajdahunyad Castle, National Gallery, Fisherman's Bastion, Chain Bridge, House of Terror, Heroes' Square
- Best time to visit: March to May and September to November when the city isn’t over crowded but the weather is pleasant.
There is a lot to discover in Budapest, from history to dining and nightlife.
Gotland is undeniably special. With its treasure trove of historical sites, unexpectedly delightful scenery, enchanting countryside, enigmatic forests, quaint fishing villages and idyllic sandy beaches, this ancient Baltic island is a fresh take on Sweden. Neoclassical architecture jostles politely with tramways amid sumptuous restaurants and thriving cafés.
- Where to go and what to do: Haga to photograph the picturesque wooden houses, the City Centre for a stroll, Botanical Gardens to enjoy a picnic, ride the Lisebergslinjen vintage tram, Lake Delsjön for kayaking
- What to see: Gothenburg Art Museum, Gothenburg City Museum, 17th century Skansen Kronan fort, Maritiman world's biggest floating museum of ships and the Volvo Museum, Götheborg ship
- Best time to visit: June and July is a great time to see the midnight sun.
A walk through this city will have you appreciating its well-preserved history.
Iceland’s vibrant capital also doubles as the world’s most northerly capital.
Here you’ll discover a quirky culture; eons old, an emerging art scene and vibrant buildings set against a backdrop of raw, icy wilderness with wildlife.
Reykjavik combines all the hedonistic pleasures you expect from civilization with a convenient base for exploring Iceland’s majestic natural landscapes straight Iceland’s sagas, complete with steaming natural hot springs!
- Where to go andwhat to do: Laugardalslaug and Árbæjarlaug for swimming and hot tubs, Ægissíða and southern coast for coastal rowing, Öskjuhlíð for hiking, Faxaflói for whale watching
- What to see: The Reykjavik Settlement Exhibition or Alþingi, Grótta Lighthouse, Tjörnin, Einar Jónsson Art Museum, Reykjavík Botanical Gardens
- Best time to visit: June through to August is the best time for hiking and other outdoor activities.
Reykjavik will have you discovering an emerging art scene, steaming hot springs and vibrant architecture.
Undoubtedly, Europe is a continent of enchanting experiences with a bewitching combination of culture, architecture, history and cuisine that sets it apart from other destinations. The best destinations in Europe make for delightful memories and enchanting experiences that will last you a lifetime. If you haven’t already planned your trip to Europe, now is the time!
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Original Vacation Spots: 5 Fun Breaks to Take In The UK This Summer
As we’re finally heading into warmer climates, and summer is just around the corner it’s time to dust off that bikini, dig out the beach towel and start planning fun weekends and trips to make it the best summer yet! You don’t want to end the year looking back at all the things you didn’t do. And there are plenty of ways you can make this the most memorable summer yet.
It doesn’t have to be extravagant exotic holidays that break the bank, there are plenty of fun breaks you can plan that won’t cause you to return with a maxed out credit card and post-holiday guilt! Whilst a weekend of binging on Netflix is perfectly acceptable over the winter months, it’s time to minimise the TV watching (EVEN if Prison Break is returning) and get up and enjoy the great outdoors.
For a little inspiration, here are some amazing breaks that you should start planning for this year! It’s time to stop dreaming and start doing…
A Camping Trip
Now, if you’re not the camping type there are plenty of other more ‘glamorous’ options available. Glamping became a big trend a few years back and is still enjoyed by many that want to experience the great outdoors, but in style. Quite often these glamping experiences don’t even require you to bring a sleeping bag!
If you opt to stay in a Yurt then you’ll often find you will be greeted with a bed, small area for cooking and other basic amenities. You just need to bring yourself, plenty of waterproof clothes (just in case!), a pair of Wellington boots and plenty of food to keep your energy levels up. Cornwall offers some amazing glamping locations, so be sure to check these out.
A Forest Adventure
The UK is full of truly stunning locations that should not be ignored for further away destinations, one of which includes the beautiful New Forest in Dorset. An ideal location for all ages, the New Forest has something for everybody. With plenty of activities including cycling, horse-riding, water sports and golf you definitely won’t ever be bored!
As well as breath-taking scenery and a true experience up close with nature, the New Forest also has a great dining scene with plenty of restaurants, pubs and a variety of cuisine including Italian and Asian. You can opt to go for a camping experience, or there are plenty of hotels and B&B’s that surround the forest, offering a luxury stay for your break.
A Relaxing Spa Break
If you fancy a weekend of pure pampering and bliss, then there’s only one destination for it. The spa! For relaxing massages, a peaceful environment and kicking back with your best friend or partner, there’s no place better to unwind. For a truly tranquil experience try a real countryside retreat. Set in three acres of secluded gardens, this location will truly sweep you off your feet!
Enjoy the hotel’s chic, luxury rooms complete with high-end toiletries, room service and fitness club. And then head to the spa for a relaxing afternoon in the rooftop hot tub. Sounds just heavenly, doesn’t it?
Stay in a Cottage
Why not gather a group of friends together, chip in and hire out a cottage for a long weekend? Or head away for a romantic retreat with a partner? A beach cottage is a perfect option for those who still want to feel some sand between their toes, and hopefully some sunshine too! The great thing about these is that most are dog-friendly, too, so you can bring your four-legged friends along for the ride.
Look for coastal cottages with stunning views, a hot tub, contemporary décor and plenty of opportunities to catch a few waves for any keen surfers out there! Just imagine those balmy summer evenings with a BBQ whilst watching the sun go down. Heavenly.
A Treehouse Holiday
How about re-living your youth and staying in a unique tree house?! Now these aren’t the ‘thrown together with old bits of wood’ tree houses you might have previously had fun in as a kid, these are the height of luxury! Many of the treehouses can home up to groups of six and they’re seriously fun.
This beautiful Devon based treehouse overlooks a stunning view of the lake accompanied with a hot tub, balcony, and even free Wi-Fi. Yes, you can even get Wi-Fi in a treehouse in the middle of a forest! Welcome to 2016. As well as all this you can also enjoy the 3D home cinema, underfloor heating, and log burner. We told you there was more to this treehouse than meets the eye!
Hopefully, these top tips and suggestions will help to give you some inspiration to start planning the summer of a lifetime! It’s true that you don’t have to leave your own home country (wherever that may be!) to have a great time, and too often we’re guilty of overlooking it in favour of jumping on an airplane. With the upcoming bank holidays, now is a good time to start planning, researching and booking some fun weekends available close to you, before it’s too late! So, where will it be first?
20 of the best activity holidays in the UK and Europe
Inntravel has a new three-centre, self-guided walking holiday to Senja, an island sometimes called Norway in miniature, north of the Lofotens. The trip starts with two nights on the smaller island of Sommarøy in the “Arctic Caribbean”, so-called because of its white beaches and azure sea.
The next stop is the fishing village of Mefjordvær, for coastal walks and an ascent of Segla, the island’s sail-shaped peak. The final three nights are based in a waterside wooden cabin at Hamn i Senja, on a spit of land further west, a great spot for viewing the northern lights or midnight sun.
• From £1,345pp for seven nights’ half-board, including car hire, route notes and maps, flights to Tromsø extra, inntravel.co.uk
Family adventure, Montenegro
St George Island
The whole family can get fit together on an active tour of Montenegro, which includes hiking, cycling, swimming, rafting and kayaking.
Accommodation is mainly in simple mountain huts (with private rooms) amid spectacular scenery, including three national parks, mountains, canyons, lakes and beaches.
• Eight days from £1,299 adult, £1,099 child, including all meals and activities, flights extra, familiesworldwide.co.uk
Swimming, Formentera, Spain
Pool at hotel roca bella, Formentera
Three-times Olympic swimmer James Goddard is the head coach on SwimQuest’s technique trip to Formentera, the smallest of Spain’s Balearic islands. The holiday is designed for swimmers of all abilities who want to improve their stroke and become more efficient in open water.
Each day includes a morning skills session and an afternoon sea swim, plus talks and video analysis. Accommodation is at the four-star, beachfront Hotel Roca Bella in Es Pujols (pictured).
• From £1,290 half-board, flights to Ibiza and transfers to Formentera harbour extra, 18-24 May and 19-25 October, swimquest.uk.
Cycling, The Balkans
The Ciro trail
Intrepid has a new cycling trip from Dubrovnik in Croatia to Sarajevo in Bosnia & Herzegovina via Montenegro, suitable for any cyclist with a reasonable level of fitness.
The longest ride is about 40 miles, and highlights include cycling a section of the Ciro Trail, a scenic path that follows an old Austro-Hungarian railway track; a stiff climb to the spectacular Ostrong Monastery, carved into a cliff in Montenegro; and a downhill ride to Mostar, with its 16th-century bridge.
Accommodation is in basic but comfortable hotels.
• Eight days from £988 B&B, including bike hire and support vehicle, flights extra, various dates from May to September, intrepidtravel.com
Much Better Adventures offers a host of active trips in Europe and further afield, including hiking, rafting, kayaking, climbing and paddleboarding. One recent addition is snowshoeing in the Apuseni Mountains – part of the Carpathians – in Romania.
The trips includes two full days of snowshoeing (up to seven hours a day), a shorter hike and some cave exploration. The guesthouse is in a hamlet reached by horse-drawn sledge; there is also a visit to a local family to learn about life in the mountains.
• From £369 for three nights full-board, flights extra, next departures 7 and 21 February, muchbetteradventures.com
Women’s training and weight loss, Portugal
This fitness holiday in Albufeira on the Algarve squeezes in six hours of training a day, but still leaves afternoons free to relax around the pool, have a massage or explore Albufeira old town.
A typical day starts at 7am with a walk or run, before a wellness workshop at 9am, fitness sessions such as beach circuits, core and weights from 10am-1pm (there are 20 different classes over the week), and yoga or pilates at 5pm.
The villa is 15 minutes’ walk from two beaches and 30 minutes from town; breakfast, lunch and dinner (including one in town) plus healthy snacks are provided.
• Eight days from £799, flights extra, next departures 18 May and 5 October, golearnto.com
Skiing and more, France
London company Our Retreat runs yoga and fitness breaks in Somerset, Ibiza and Sardinia. This year, it is launching a six-night winter retreat in a luxury chalet in Chamonix. Each day includes a 60-minute morning meditation and yoga class, an après-ski stretch, strength and conditioning class, and a pre-bed yin yoga session or sound bath.
There are optional hikes, plus a trip to the Aiguille du Midi mountain and an afternoon at a thermal spa. The retreat is fully catered, including hot breakfasts, healthy packed lunches, afternoon tea and three-course dinners with wine. The chalet has a log fire and a hot tub.
• From £1,150, flights extra, 10 Feb and 3 & 10 March, ourretreat.co.
Triathlon for beginners, Spain
Triathlons can be daunting, but this eight-day small group break in north-east Spain will help first-timers prepare.
There is a maximum of four athletes per coach, and the price includes one-to-one training in all three disciplines, as well as video analysis, cycling skills and bike maintenance sessions, and massages.
The hotel is a converted Catalan country house with a 25-metre pool, gym, sauna and hot tub, about half an hour from the lovely city of Girona.
• From €999 for eight days’ full-board, flights extra, next departure 23 February, responsibletravel.com
Surfing and yoga, Portugal
Soul & Surf, which runs surfing and yoga breaks in Sri Lanka and Kerala, southern India, is opening its first permanent European base – a farmhouse in the hills near Lagos in the Algarve – in April.
The house is a short drive from the beach, and a typical week’s stay includes five three-hour surf lessons, one video feedback session and one surf theory lesson, five vinyasa flow yoga classes and two yin yoga classes, plus breathing and meditation sessions.
There are three-night weekend and four-night midweek options, too.
• From €790 for a week, €410 for short breaks, including activities and meals, flights extra, soulandsurf.com
The Rafa Nadal Academy opened in Mallorca in 2016, offering full-time courses for promising youngsters and fitness breaks for adults. Now the first Nadal Tennis Centre is opening at the Sani Resort in Halkidiki, Greece.
The resort’s existing sports facilities include Chelsea FC football coaching (children only), a waterski and sailing academy and a diving centre. The resort also runs mountain bike tours and fat bike beach tours, free SUP lessons, guided jogs and forest walks, and daily fitness classes.
There are five hotels on the site, and dozens of bars and restaurants.
• Doubles from £90 half-board, tennis coaching from £218 for five days, sani-resort.com
Undiscovered Mountains specialises in active holidays in the southern French Alps, such as canyoning in the summer and husky sledding in the winter. One of the more challenging trips is an intensive weekend of ice-climbing.
Over three days, complete beginners can learn to scale a frozen waterfall, while more advanced climbers can tackle technical ice cliffs. If that sounds too tough, the winter multi-activity holiday offers a taster of ice-climbing, plus other activities including skiing, sledding and sleeping in an igloo.
• From £627 for seven nights multi-activity or from £829 for 4 nights ice-climbing, half board, undiscoveredmountains.com
Spend four nights in the Croatian countryside trying a different activity each day, from cycling to river rafting. Based at the Heart of Nature hotel in the tiny village of Ribnik, near the Slovenian border, there’s a swimming pool, river beach, good fishing and hiking, too.
Entry to a local adventure park with ziplinging, rope climbing and BMX biking is included.
• From €338pp, including activities, bike rental with GPS, two nights half-board and two nights B&B, but excluding flights and transfers, (Ribnik is one hour from Zagreb airport), available from April to October, activitybreaks.com
Horse riding, Spain
Follow old bridle paths through chestnut and pine forests high in Andalucía’s Sierra Nevada mountains, with views of the Mediterranean on one side and soaring peaks on the other, on a horse-riding holiday with In the Saddle.
One of many options in Spain, the Sulayr short break includes three nights in the pretty village of Bubión and one in Trevélez, the highest village in the country. There are up to six hours of riding a day, with picnics in pastures and evening meals in local restaurants or hotels.
• From £597 for a four-night break, with most meals, excluding flights (to Malaga, the nearest airport), dates are flexible, longer itineraries also available, inthesaddle.com
Activity break, Gozo, Malta
On this new action-packed short break guests choose three half-day activities from: climbing and abseiling, sea kayaking, cycling, hiking, a Segway tour (£25 supplement) or diving (£56 supplement, full day).
There is plenty of spare time to explore Gozo’s Ġgantija temples, its capital Victoria, and watch the sunset from dramatic Dwejra Bay. Guests can upgrade to the Ta’ Cenc Spa on the south coast, which has more fitness and wellness facilities, and views to Malta and Comino.
• Four nights from £775 B&B (and one dinner) including flights, various spring and autumn dates, artisantravel.co.uk
KiteWorldWide runs kitesurfing holidays in Spain, Italy and Greece, as well as long-haul destinations. Its base in Italy is Lo Stagnone nature reserve near Marsala in Sicily, a huge, flat, shallow lagoon that is the perfect place to learn. The beginner package includes 12 hours of lessons, equipment hire and accommodation in the Santa Maria Hotel, which has a pool.
There is a cheaper basic package for those who don’t need instruction, and improver lessons for intermediate and advanced kitesurfers. All packages include a kitepass for access to the launch and landing areas, showers, storage and a weekly barbecue.
• From £598 B&B (and one dinner) for basic package or £979 for beginners, including flights, March-October, kiteworldwide.
Beginners’ sea kayaking, the Highlands
The first couple of days on this short break are spent on a sheltered sea loch, practising kayak strokes, before the group ventures out along the coastline. For the last couple of days, kayakers paddle out to seal colonies on Shieldaig and Kishorn lochs.
The base is a bunkhouse in Torridon, and includes all meals – dinner on the last night is at the local pub. Wilderness Scotland also runs trips for more experienced kayakers, such as a new wild camping expedition to the Outer Hebrides.
• From £865 for five days, next departures 4 May (women only) and 22 June (mixed), wildernessscotland.com
Paddleboarding, County Derry
Gutsy Girls is a new company running day events, weekend retreats and holidays for women who want to try out sports in a fun, non-competitive way. ne of its specialities is SUP, or paddleboarding. Beginners can take a lesson on a London canal; more experienced paddleboarders can island-hop in Croatia or explore the Norwegian fjords.
Bridging the gap is a weekend in Northern Ireland for all levels, including first-timers. The trips includes SUP tours of the rivers Roe and Bann, and an SUP surf lesson at Benone Strand, a seven-mile beach. Guests stay in two cosy cottages near Bellarena village.
• From £409 for three days full-board, next departures 5 April and 16 June, gutsygirls.co.uk
Preseli Venture runs outdoor fitness weekends and short breaks on the Pembrokeshire coast, with activities that make the most of the location: sea swimming, coasteering, kayaking, surfing, trail running … Guests stay in an eco-lodge in Abermawr valley in the Pembrokeshire Coast national park, eat healthy, home-cooked food, and relax around the woodburner in the bar in the evenings.
• Weekend £275, next trip 31 May; four nights midweek £595, next trip 16 November; both include meals, coaching and local transport, preseliventure.co.uk
Trail running, Yorkshire Dales
Jelley Legs offers bespoke guided trail runs for individuals, couples or friends (maximum three people, dogs welcome). This year, owner Dave Jelley is focusing on building the confidence of those new to off-road running.
Packages include one or two personalised trail runs with advice on technique, training, kit, navigation and pacing. B&B accommodation is in Studley Roger, a small village between Ripon and Fountains Abbey – home to one of England’s most scenic park runs, where runners can camp or stay in a garden room, shepherd’s hut or treehouse.
• £199/£249 for one/two guided trail runs and two nights’ B&B, discounts for more than one person, jelleylegs.co.uk
Beyonk is a new adventure travel website connecting customers with guides across the UK and further afield. It offers day trips and short breaks in five categories: biking, hiking, climbing, paddling and multi-activity.
For example, on a canoeing and wild camping trip along the River Medway in Kent, participants paddle 15km a day, cook over an open fire and sleep in a tipi. Other breaks include navigation skills and wild camping in the Peak District (2 June, £140).
• £150 for two-day River Medway trip with food and equipment, next departure 18 May, beyonk.com
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