Europe is a fantastic place to explore but cities can get busy, that is why we are sharing these 5 alternative Europe holiday ideas for you to explore without the crowds.
If you intend holidaying in Europe this year but want to try something a little bit different, there are many holiday destinations and activities to choose from. Perhaps you want to step a little bit out of your comfort zone, or have made a resolution to try some new things this year. Regardless of whether you are an adrenaline junky or just want to spend your time developing a much-loved hobby, you won’t be disappointed with the sheer volume of holidays available.
Here are 5 alternative European holiday ideas for 2020.
Mediterranean yacht charter
The Mediterranean is packed with beautiful locations, diverse cultures, and lots of interesting history, making it a great location for a yachting holiday. Both crewed and bareboat charters set sail from Croatia, Spain, and Greece as well as several other European countries. Hiring a yacht will allow you to see multiple locations in one trip – something that you would not be able to do very easily if going on a typical package holiday.
You can visit beautiful beaches in secluded bays; experience many different foods and cultures and will have a freedom and independence that you would not experience when travelling a standard cruise liner. Yachting is a great way to spend time with friends, relax, and soak in the wonderful sea air.
Italian wine touring holiday
If you love wine, are fascinated by the processes used to make it, and are drawn to beautiful locations and fabulous culture, a wine touring holiday in Italy might be exactly what you are looking for. Whilst Tuscany and Piedmont are best known for their wine production, there are countless others throughout Italy.
Local travel experts will lead the way through incredible vineyards and educate you on how to taste the difference between them and the wines their grapes produce. You will also be taught about wine pairing techniques, so if you see yourself as a bit of an undiscovered sommelier, this might be right up your vineyard!
Camping holidays in France
If you fancy visiting France, prefer not to stay in a hotel or gite and love the outdoors, a camping holiday might be ideal. There are a huge number of campsites in France in various locations so your only problem might be deciding which one to choose.
Most campsites have all the facilities you would expect to find in a hotel complex so you have the best of both worlds. Swimming pools, restaurants, bars and, if you fancy a manicure or facial, some have beauty salons and spas within the grounds.
If you are travelling with children, lots of campsites have children’s clubs hosting games and activities throughout the day giving the adults some well-deserved rest and time for recuperation. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you need to stay in a tent and sleep on the floor with a sleeping bag. You can of course do that if you wish but if you prefer something a tad more luxurious, there are many different sized static caravans available as well as lodges with all the facilities you could every need.
Hiking and hill-climbing in Scotland
Whilst Brexit may have put paid to Scotland forming part of Europe, for the purposes of this article, we are going to pretend it still does. If you love mountains, beautiful walks, and dramatic landscapes, it’s probably about time you visited Scotland. From stunning coastal walks to woodland walks in the many National Parks, you will never be short of choice.
If you prefer serious hill-climbing, Scotland is home to around 282 Munros. A Munro is a hill with a height of over 3000 ft and which is noted on the official list of the Scottish Mountaineering Club.
Whilst summiting Ben Nevis, the highest Munro in Scotland, might be on your bucket list, if you really want to push yourself, getting roped up and attempting the Inaccessible Pinnacle in Skye might be one for the list too. It’s not only the hardest Munro to climb but is the most difficult major peak in the British Isles and most certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Salsa dancing in Mallorca
If you are a bit of a mover and fancy spending your next holiday wiggling your hips to the beat, a salsa dancing holiday in Mallorca might be exactly what you are looking for! Mallorca is an island in the Balearics and a very popular holiday destination with millions of tourists each year. It has beautiful weather particularly during April and September, fabulous beaches and amazing restaurants serving up delicious local produce.
Salsa dancing originated in the Spanish speaking regions of the Caribbean and is a very sociable dance. The male leads the dance and based on certain movements and gestures he makes; the female dancer knows the moves that are to follow. This is why its such a popular choice for groups of people going on holiday. You can dance with a complete stranger but still achieve what looks like a choreographed dance.
All you need to know are the basic salsa moves. Many companies run organised salsa holidays during different times of the year within Mallorca, so whether you are a lone traveller or there are a group of you, it’s definitely one to check out. All you need to bring is some luggage, appropriate footwear, sun tan lotion and a whole lot of rhythm.