While the idea of lying on a beach in the sun for a week sounds like luxury to some, others prefer to seek out something more active. The UK fitness market is worth around £4.5bn, thanks to a millennial shift from boozing to boot camps, and this health-kick shows no signs of slowing down.
This year, instead of jetting off on a cheap package holiday to a party destination, why not take inspiration from some of these fitness-based holidays instead?
Yoga in India
If you’re a regular yogi, there’s no better place to head to on a retreat than to the home of the practice itself; India. With plenty of hotels and spas to choose from, you’ll be hard stretched (literally!) not to find a yoga retreat that’s perfect for you.
From retreats in quiet villages surrounded by lush greenery to urban practices in the bustling city of Varanasi, there’s no better place to deepen your connection with your mind, body and practice.
Hiking in Germany
Serving as the inspiration for many a fairy-tale, Germany has the most incredible landscape that is perfect for those hiking hedonists out there.
The mountainous landscape found in the Berchtesgaden National Park is not to be missed when it comes to walking holidays in Germany, with trails for complete novices to experienced pros.
Similarly, the Black Forest offers breath-taking dense forestland with the odd quintessentially German village to stumble upon while on one of the many routes.
Cycling in Italy
If biking is more your thing, make sure to head to Italy. With such varied terrain, there’s plenty of options to consider based on expertise.
For those hardcore cyclists out there, the Dolomites route from Cortina to Ortisei is a mighty challenge. Cutting through the most unbelievable mountain range, this is a bucket list route for even the most experienced of pedal pushers.
If you’re not quite ready for something so heart-pumping, the Veneto route from Verona to Lake Garda is much more relaxed. Following the Adige River on a flat path, you’ll find many vineyards along the way to quench your thirst while enjoying the more laidback Italian way of life.
Surfing in Spain
Grab a board and head for the coast with an exciting surfing holiday in Spain!
Somo Beach in Santander is ideal for beginner surfers as the small and medium-sized swell makes for the perfect conditions.
However, if you’re on more of an intermediate level when it comes to riding waves, Razo beach in Galicia is a picturesque place to practice. With its turquoise sea and soft white sand, Razo is a surprisingly quiet beach, which is perfect if you’re looking to work on your skills.
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