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3 Ways To Stay Fit While On Holiday In Europe

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We all like to have fun when on holiday, whether heading to the beach, on a city break or exploring the countryside. Why not combine some healthy activities to keep fit while having fun on holiday in Europe? Cycling tours, exploring nature and the ocean are three good examples of keeping fit.

1. Cycling holiday in Europe

Getting on a bike is one of the best ways to explore a destination, while getting plenty of fresh air and exercise. Among the many choices, France offers various cycling tours and these are one of the best ways to get to know the country, while seeing the sights and keeping fit along the way. Rural areas offer many opportunities for exploring the villages, taking in the landscapes as they pass you by. If you are new to cycling, the Loire Valley is the perfect destination with its relatively flat terrain. However, for those who wish to push their limits, Bordeaux and Provence offer steeper inclines while cycling from winery to winery.

Cycling holiday in Europe

Heading to the Netherlands, Amsterdam is famous for its many cyclists and has the perfect cycling lanes to keep them safe. In fact, there are around 515 km (320 mi) of cycle lanes in the city, while Amsterdam is estimated to have 22.8 million bicycles, which works out to 1.33 bikes per person in the city. In fact, Amsterdam is the second-most bike-friendly city, behind Copenhagen in Denmark. Even if you havenít cycled for a while, try out a cycling holiday this summer Ė as they say, itís just like riding a bike!

2. Hiking tour of Spain

Among the many ideal destinations for hiking and trekking in Europe, Spain truly stands out. For those with stamina, hiking trails in the Picos de Europa in Asturias are a good choice. The Ruta del Cares is located in the north of Spain and the route follows what is known as the Divine Gorge, a 12 km (7.5 mi) route along the Cares River from Asturias to Leon. A gentler hike can be found in the mountains north of Madrid, where PeŮalara is the highest point in the Sierra de Guadarrana National Park.

Hiking in Spain

However, the most famous Spanish trekking route is El Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James as it is popularly known. The best thing about this walking route is that you donít have to trek the full distance. As the route is made up of a series of ancient pilgrim routes, hikers can start off in various places, while always ending up at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.

El Camino de Santiago or The Way of St. James, Spain

One of the oldest walking routes begins at Oviedo in Asturias, while another, the Cami Catala, starts at the Montserrat monastery close to Barcelona, joining up with the Camino de Santiago to finish up at the same spot in Santiago de Compostela. Oh, and on an interesting note, you can also cycle the Camino de Santiago..

3. European diving holiday

Europe offers many opportunities for scuba diving and snorkeling, especially in the warmer climes. One great example is Malta, which actually has the best climate in Europe and clear warm waters all year round. Diving in the clear waters around Gozo Island is a rewarding experience indeed. Other warm sunny climes can be experienced in the Canary Islands of Spain, which attracts divers from around the world all year, every year. Meanwhile, the warm and clear waters reveal an amazing array of marine flora and fauna.

Scuba diving in Europe

Heading to Croatia, the preserved nature and wonderful landscapes made it a paradise for lovers of diving. Here, you can get away from the holiday crowds to Losinj Island, with its clear blue waters containing all kinds of underwater treasures.

Experience an activity holiday in Europe this year, keeping fit by cycling, hiking or diving and generally having the holiday of a lifetime.

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