Think you’ve seen it all (and got the t-shirt)? Even the most seasoned travellers will admit they’ve probably only scraped the surface when it comes to exploring this big, wide world. Europe alone has a vast number of travel experiences to enjoy, which will delight and surprise in equal measure, so you’re not done yet!
In 2019, the more mature travellers are showing the younger ones how it’s done and, having more trips under their belt, are not afraid of getting their hands dirty and trying something new. So, here at Holiday Lettings we’ve rounded up 10 amazing adventures in Europe for the young at heart, from favourites like the Lake District to less-trodden places in Norway.
Ride the Glacier Express in Switzerland
It might be called an ‘express’ train, but it’s actually the slowest in the world! But with stunningly beautiful views of alpine valleys, snow-capped mountains and dramatic bridges en route, why would you want to hurry? This unforgettable journey connects the railway stations of the two major mountain resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz, so you could stay at a rental in both destinations, breaking up your holiday with trip on the train. Getting from A to B has never looked so good!
Culinary adventures in Tuscany
Treat your tastebuds to a food tour of Tuscany! With its extraordinary countryside, glorious coast, fabulous rustic food, and some of the world’s best art, Tuscany is a must for anyone looking for adventure. Expand your repertoire with a cookery class, where you’ll learn the basics to take home as an everlasting souvenir. Have a go at some of the region’s best-loved dishes, like Panzaletta and Ribollita, made with lashings of olive oil (harvested from groves scattered across the countryside). And for an extra-special treat, sample the rare and expensive truffle while you’re there.
Scale Snowdon in Wales
While Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh) is the highest mountain in Wales and England, reaching its summit might not be as challenging as you might imagine. There are six different routes to the top of this 1,085 metre giant, all varying in difficulty. Maybe choose one of the ‘easier’ ones, such as the Ranger Path or the Llanberis Path, and take your time, making a day of it and soaking in those amazing views. Alternatively, journey to the summit on the Snowdon Mountain Railway where you can sit back and snap a few photos of the majestic landscape.
Ski in Chamonix, France
Known as one of the best freeride resorts in the world, Chamonix is perfect for adventurous travellers of all ages. With its five diverse ski resorts – La Flégère, Les Houches, Le Tour/Balme, Grands Montets and Le Brevent – there’s hours of fun to be had, whether you’re taking to the slopes for the first time or if you’ve been skiing for years. And it’s not just skiing on offer here; climbing, hiking, mountain biking and sightseeing are all popular pastimes in this beautiful Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
Go walking in the Lake District
“I wandered lonely as a cloud, That floats on high o’er vales and hills…”. From the peaceful walking routes of Wordsworth’s Grasmere to the dramatic and exhilarating hikes of Scafell Pike, the Lake District is one of the most awe-inspiring places in the world. It’s easy to fall under its spell when you look out over the mountains, so you might find yourself being drawn back here, year after year. And after a day spent exploring the beautiful waterfalls and woodlands nearby, why not find a cosy pub or a quaint cafe where you can enjoy some well-earned refreshment?
Bask in Bled, Slovenia
With its sparkling lake, iconic fairy-tale church and medieval castle, it’s no surprise this Slovenian gem is popular with tourists. However, make Bled your spring break destination if you want to see it in a more peaceful light. With the beautiful backdrops of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke, Bled is perfect for adventure-seekers; the hiking, biking, water-sports and canyoning possibilities are seemingly endless. And with its sunny alpine air and thermal springs, this stunning town is great for relaxing walks and romantic picnics.
Explore the Outer Hebrides
This beautiful island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland is ripe for new experiences and adventures. Away from the light pollution of towns and cities, you’ll find the night sky literally glitters with stars in this area. The unspoilt landscape of Harris and Lewis is otherworldly and will leave you feeling refreshed. Head to the beach at Luskentyre where, on a bright sunny day, you’d easily mistake it for a sun-bleached corner of the Caribbean! Norse, Viking and Celtic influences all combine here to create an intriguing escape from the everyday.
See the Northern Lights in the Lofoten Islands, Norway
If you love the great outdoors, this staggeringly beautiful group of islands is for you. From its excellent fishing opportunities and clear skies for stargazing, to kayaking and spotting sea eagles, this magical destination is one for your bucket list. History-lovers will enjoy finding out more about Lofoten’s connection to the Viking Age, and the Lofotr Viking Museum At Borg is a must see. And as you might expect, the seafood here is exceptional so you’re in for a treat when it comes to eating out.
Go diving in Gozo, Malta
One of the many great things about Gozo is that, while you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the unspoilt coastline and picture-postcard fishing villages, a wealth of adventure awaits! You’ll find some of the Mediterranean’s best dive sites here, so book a class and take the plunge! Or if you’d rather stay on dry land, explore the many Baroque churches and old stone farmhouses that pepper the countryside. Ġgantija, one of the archipelago’s best-preserved prehistoric temples, is also a must-see. And if you simply enjoy spending the day on the beach before dining out in the evening, Gozo’s cultural calendar and excellent restaurants will keep you more than happy.
Be charmed by Colmar, France
This beautifully preserved town is in a ‘protected area’ so a stay here feels like taking a step back in time – in the best way possible! Its traditional houses, canals, cuisine, famous wines and stunning floral displays make Colmar the perfect place to relax and unwind in. There’s so much going on here, with a diverse range of cultural, sporting and culinary events to be enjoyed.
Other must-see attractions include the Toy museum, the Unterlinden Museum with works of art from the 12th to the 16th centuries, and the The Bartholdi Museum.