Avoid the crowds in the Mediterranean for a sailing, cycling or walking holiday this summer
Dreaming of crystal-clear sapphire waters, quaint cobble-stoned villages, history-laden ruins and fortresses, lively culture and delectable cuisine straight from the sea? Island-hopping in Greece or Croatia may be just what the doctor ordered. Join a boat that is manned by an experienced crew and you can help to sail the boat - or simply sit back and relax.
Sail from Santorini to Mykonos and you can swim in warm turquoise waters, eat fresh seafood off the boat, wander through olive groves, climb the winding stairs of Syros and explore Mykonos along the way. Or sail from Dubrovnik to Primosten to explore lush national parks, wander through medieval towns and hike to ancient ruins.
Dominated by fragrant lavender fields, tree-lined lanes and rugged mountains, Provence is the perfect place to take a scenic cycling trip. Choose a self-guided tour and you’ll be able to cycle at your own pace but accommodation will be arranged and your bags will be transported between hotels for you. Be sure to stop and sample some of Provence’s fabulous produce as you pedal through beautiful market towns, verdant vineyards, olive groves and hilltop villages. If you’re feeling energetic and up for a challenge, you could even attempt one of the Tour de France’s epic climbs.
Turkey’s Cappadocia region is one of Europe’s little-known gems. With a stunning, volcanic landscape and whimsical-looking ‘fairy chimneys’ that have been carved by the elements over millions of years, it’s a fascinating area to explore on foot.
You can hike or mountain bike through the many valleys, canyons and vineyards above ground, and then marvel at churches and houses carved into the rock below ground by early settlers. To get another perspective, float over the landscape in a hot air balloon.
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