Europe is a vast continent with many destinations to explore. While most tourists flock to the famous attractions in London, Rome and Paris, others will find more enjoyable European vacations slightly off the beaten path. Traveling families can choose from a diverse range of outdoor activities across the continent. Consider hiking in Scotland, skiing in Spain or kayaking in Portugal.
Hiking Around Loch Lomond in Scotland
Hike the pristine shores of Loch Lomond as you explore the woodlands in Trossachs National Park. This Scottish park is located in the southwestern part of the country and features beautiful lakes as well as rugged highlands. Located just one hour outside of the main city of Glasgow, Trossachs National Park is 720 square miles of tranquil forests. Loch Lomond is a legendary Scottish lake and a national treasure. Spend a day hiking or biking the trails around the lake with the entire family.
Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority
Carrochan Road, Balloch G83 8EG, Scotland
Tel: 01 (389) 722-600
Skiing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Spain
Ski the slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in southern Spain. The mountains stretch around the Andalusian city of Granada, forming the southernmost ski station in all of Europe. Peaks like the Mulhacen and Veleta reach up to 11,155 feet in altitude. Prime skiing and snowboarding season lasts from November to March. There are 79 slopes to choose from in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Beginners should try the Borreguiles and Lomo Dilar slopes. Families with advanced skiers can head to the slopes around the Veleta peak.
Sea Kayaking Around Algarve Coast of Portugal
Kayak along the Algarve Coast in southern Portugal. Start your excursion in Lagos, a lovely beach town on the Atlantic Ocean. A variety of sea kayaking companies such as Extreme Algarve offer special group deals for families to paddle around the inlets and grottoes that make up this beautiful region of Portugal. Visit this area in the summer months between June and August for warmer waters and sunnier weather. The ocean current near the coast is gentle enough for beginners to learn how to kayak, so take the whole family on a sea kayaking excursion at Lagos.
Article Written By David Thyberg
David Thyberg began his writing career in 2007. He is a professional writer, editor and translator. Thyberg has been published in various newspapers, websites and magazines. He enjoys writing about social issues, travel, music and sports. Thyberg holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College with a certificate in Spanish and Latin American studies.