10 Of The Best Activity Holidays In Europe

From yoga in Crete to a beach bootcamp in Portugal, make your next holiday an active one with Health and Fitness Travel. 

Whether you’re looking to improve your fitness or simply have fun learning a new skill, be inspired to make the most of your holiday time and achieve your goals in some of Europe’s best destinations.

Beach Bootcamp in Portugal: Epic Sana Bootcamp

Epic SanaIf you’re looking for a fitness-boosting bootcamp holiday that will get results and still allow for some down time in the sun, escape to the Portuguese Algarve on a beach bootcamp at Epic Sana. Utilising the best of their beach and countryside surroundings; keep active with 5 hours per day of diverse bootcamp training sessions, from cycling to circuits and military workouts.

With excellent fitness coaching, specifically tailored diet plans and indulgent wellness treatments, Epic Sana is the perfect active holiday in the sunshine to take your fitness to the next level.


Yoga Pose in Crete: Porto Elounda Discover Yoga

YogaEscape to the sunny shores of Mirabello Bay in Crete, for a healthy yogi glow on a yoga retreat that will transform and re-energise. An initial yoga consultation and personalised yoga sessions will ensure you get the most from your yoga retreat, while chakra balancing will promote a flow of positive energy through your body. Combine your practice with guided meditation and Pranayama breathing sessions for complete mind and body harmony. Explore your beach surroundings with water sports, such as scuba diving or yachting, and let the fresh ocean air cleanse your senses.


Go for Golf in Madeira: Galo Golf

GolfPerfect your golf swing on this scenic learning holiday set upon the south-eastern coast of Madeira, where mild climates make it possible to play year round. Challenge yourself on new terrain with the choice of two golf courses, which you can trial run before choosing one to master across the duration of your stay.

While 18-hole Palheiro is a strong contender; the 27-hole Santo de Serra course is the creation of prominent course designer Robert Trent Jones.


Personal Fitness Training in Greece: Divani Apollon Fusion Fitness

Divani Apollon BeachFor an active European holiday with the flexibility to choose your daily wellness schedule, head to the coastline of the Athenian Riviera in Greece. Tailor-make your activity holiday to your exact needs and interests with a varied choice of 1-on-1 fitness sessions and wellness activities, including body weight training, TRX training, beach circuits and Pilates, to name a few.

Take a break after all your hard work with a selection of spa treatments, or keep active in the ocean with a range of water sports also on offer.


Power Pilates in Spain: Shanti Som Pilates Retreat

Shanti MauriceTone up and develop your all-over body strength with a healing Pilates holiday at Shanti Som in Spain. Stabilise your core and enhance your flexibility with a tailored programme of Pilates and yoga classes, connecting the mind and body to achieve optimum performance. Benefit from a combination of different Pilates practices including mat, traditional Cadillac, and Pilates Reformer classes, helping you learn to align your posture, improve body awareness and tone your muscles.

Suitable for all levels, this Pilates retreat will leave you feeling stronger and healthier, ready to use your body to its full potential.


Tennis Training in Turkey: D-Hotel Maris Tennis

D-Hotel MarisGain the advantage on this coastal tennis holiday at D-Hotel Maris in Turkey, overlooking where the Aegean and Mediterranean waters meet. Learn how to ace your tennis technique during private lessons with the D-Hotel Tennis School, headed up by Wimbledon champion and Olympic medallist, Goran Ivanisevic.

Off the court, unwind with reviving spa treatments or take advantage of complimentary group classes, from spinning to yoga. With five natural private beaches to choose from, continue your sporty streak as you soak up the sunshine during a game of beach volleyball.


Wellness Activities in Italy: KU Retreats Tuscany

KU RetreatSet amongst the scenic hills of Tuscany, re-boot your well-being on a relaxing wellness, activity and healthy nutrition retreat in Italy. Take time to focus on yourself with daily sessions of Hatha yoga in the beautiful octagonal studio offering panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. Return to nature with walks through the forests and send positive energy flowing around your body with Tai-Chi classes.

Refuel with the healing properties of delicious home cooked macrobiotic meals, using organic ingredients straight from the retreat gardens, before learning to recreate your favourite recipes during macrobiotic cooking classes.


Stand-up Paddle Board in Ibiza: 38 Degrees North SUP Pilates & SUP Yoga

SUP Escape to the azure waters and sandy beaches of northern Ibiza for a yoga retreat that combines yoga or Pilates with the rising popularity of stand-up paddle boarding. Take what you have learnt during private yoga and Pilates session to the water during SUP yoga or Pilates sessions for a yoga retreat that makes the most of its surroundings.

Float on the azure waters of the Mediterranean in warrior pose and experience a deeper core workout as you adapt to the unstable nature of the floating board while boosting your overall cardiovascular health as you paddle alongside Ibiza’s coastlines. 


Mountain Biking & Coastal Running in Croatia: Radisson Blu Dubrovnik Fusion Fitness

Radisson BluEscape to the coastlines of Croatia for an activity holiday that will have you ready and raring to keep active and explore your local surroundings. Perched on the coastline of the picturesque Adriatic Sea, this award-winning resort is surrounded by boundless beaches, steep inclines and cliff faced paths, perfect for coastal running.

With a variety of 1-on-1 fitness options, take in the views while mountain biking or on a guided hike. Unwind after an active day with a reviving 1-on-1 yoga session or a holistic massage.


Ski the Slopes in Switzerland: The Alpina Gstaad Ski & Spa

Alpine GstaadGuarantee yourself the white winter you’ve been dreaming of at the stunning Alpina Gstaad in the Swiss Alps. Escape to this winter wonderland and perfect those parallel turns as you enjoy skiing across five nearby ski areas in the Gstaad Region. Off the slopes, keep active with ice skating before rejuvenating with a selection of holistic treatments at the luxury Six Senses Spa.

In the evening, venture into the wine cellar and enjoy delicious cuisine with stunning views of the glacier. 

Paul Joseph


Paul Joseph is the co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in tailor-made healthy holidays worldwide. He searches for the rare and hidden gems around the world and puts together exclusive and trend-setting holidays for those who would like to improve or maintain their health and fitness while on holiday. As well as a love of all things travel – Paul’s other love is exercise, cycling, and yoga. Paul also contributes to the travel pages of various high-profile newspapers and magazines where he offers his expert advice on wellness holidays.

Health and Fitness Travel offers clients a tailor-made seamless service with the very best health and fitness holidays, handpicked by its expert team, together with exclusive and added value packages with the best deals. As leading specialists, Health and Fitness Travel has also created their own collection of trademark healthy holidays in various destinations which include Fusion Fitness™ BodyBreaks™ and Discover Recover™, offering clients the best value and holiday experience.

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