Sun, fun and sand holiday – for most travelers, this sounds like the perfect vacation. We, on the other hand, are looking for a new thrill! This summer, we’ve set our sights on some of the most exciting and jaw-dropping places in all of Europe that will make even your best friends envious.
Nothing screams louder “I have had the time of my life” like mountain biking, paragliding or even going on a safari. Even simple activities such as walking between destinations or swimming without a care can be outstanding when done in the right places!
Safari Ravenna, Italy
Safari Ravenna, located in front of the amusement park Mirabilandia, is the first “zero impact” animal park in Europe which allows visitors of all ages and sizes to see about 700 animals and 100 different species up close and without cages, including wild animals living in complete freedom.
This Park is literally a crossroads for man, animals and the environment where visitors can admire many species such as lions, tigers, giraffes, zebras, hippos, bison, camels, ostriches, llama, antelopes and many other wild animals living freely. The route can also be traveled by car, on a bus, on the little train of the park, or in the park’s electric car, although we do not recommend it since it limits your experience.
Want to get there this summer? Pack your gear, fly Blue Air to Bologna and start your safari in less than two hours (1 and a half hour drive)!
Fort William, Scotland
When talking about Fort William imagine pubs that stock the finest Scotch whisky, fearless mountain biking that attracts World Cup enthusiasts each year, trekking wanderers and even trips aboard the steam train that took Harry to Hogwarts. It is a unique and breathtaking town!
Whether you love the sense of adventure and the adrenaline rush you get from walking, hiking, quad biking, kayaking, skiing, or white water rafting, Scotland has a little something for everyone. The north-western town of Fort William is also crowned as being the UK’s adventure sports capital.
After a full day of escapades, you can put your feet up and rest in a cozy traditional pub and enjoy a distinctly flavored Highland single malt or what about a traditional-tasting ale straight from the local brewery? You can also indulge in the local delicacies at shops, cafés and restaurants along the High Street.
Even though this city is a mecca of the winter activities with access to beautiful reserves, scenic lakes and winding rivers, during the warm season, Lyon is characterized by a world of mountains. Extended walks across nature’s valleys, clean fresh air and clear mountain streams offer everything you need for a relaxing and varied vacation experience. Or you could just live a little and go skiing or boarding!
Snowboarding is that one adventure sport which can accelerate your heart beat and can give you the adrenaline rush of your life. What could be a better feeling than flying through the snow? Skiing or boarding gives you butterflies in your stomach! This activity can be best experienced in Lyon, France. The state offers ideal mountain ranges and slopes where you can engage in snowboarding from highest peaks possible and can achieve an exhilarating and memorable experience.
For those whose idea of getting into the outdoors consists of hiking, biking, camping or horseback riding, Lyon’s got you covered. To the south and east, the often overlooked Bauges Mountains, Parc du Pilat and Chartreuse Park provide stunning scenery, rugged trails, caves and waterfalls (Cirque de St. Meme), giving visitors a natural alpine experience without hordes of other English speaking travelers.
What are you waiting for? Fly Blue Air to Lyon, France – a couple of hours away from your very own adventure vacation!
Jagged mountains, green valleys and an enchanting rural ambiance, Romania is one of Europe’s go-to country when it comes to cycling vacations or get-aways! Everyday life in this central European country is blessed by the welcoming nature of people and the beauty of the natural landscape.
Cycling in Romania is very peaceful. Tour through medieval towns and past fairy tale castles in Transylvania, see world-famous Painted Monasteries in Bucovina, and pedal past magnificent architecture in Bucharest.
With ancient forests, high mountains and Unesco-protected villages where the principals of life haven’t changed for centuries, Transylvania offers one of Europe’s last great wildernesses, and plenty of fascinating history and culture, too. If you are looking for a well-kept pace adventure, Romania is the place you’re looking for. Even the British firm The Slow Cyclist has new group and independent trips for 2017, lasting from three days to three weeks. Its four-day Enchanted Saxon Transylvania trip covers 90 miles, from the Saxon village of Cund south-east to Viscri at an unhurried pace with plenty of time to stop at local homes, visit shepherds on hilltops and discover little-visited historic sites.
So, take your bike and spread those wings by flying Blue Air to Bucharest, Romania – 2 hours away from the heart of Transylvania.
The Comporta village which lies tucked into a sun-drenched corner of Portugal’s Alentejo region is a surfer’s dream. With 30 lapping miles of consistent waves and empty beaches the surf here is year-round. Moreover, any tourist can be charmed by a string of unspoiled villages that dot the coastline; and a patchwork of vineyards, rice fields, and pine forests make up the interior—all of this stashed about an hour south of Lisbon in a quiet stretch of southwest Portugal that’s been mostly forgotten by time.
If you are just dabbling with surfing you should visit Portugal during the summer when the weather is hot and dry, and the waves are small, creating the perfect conditions for beginners to catch their first wave. From October to April the big boys come and play, the surf cranks up and delivers medium-size tubes that experienced surfers will enjoy.
Comporta is also a pretty quiet place which isn’t bubbling with activity! This charming city invites tourists to just poke around and they’ll find plenty to do. Kick back in a hammock with a glass of ginjinha at one of the funky, thatch-roof bars that line the beach. Also, you can go on a bird-watching tour in the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve, home to more than 200 species of birds, including flamingos, herons and storks.
Surf’s up in less than 1 and a half hour from Lisbon (by car). Luckily, you can fly Blue Air to Portugal and make it time for that first big wave.
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