Wanna go where the clubs never close? Where bedtime is anytime and meals are eaten whenever? Then it’s time to take off on a wild and wicked Euro tour – sans (par)rents. What happens in Europe stays in Europe – after all, this is not your parents’ vacation. The less said – the better.
All those years of tagging along on family trips have taken their roll. Now it’s your turn to pick a slick getaway. You’ve got the dough and the time to go, so what are you waiting for?
Wondering where to travel in Europe and what to do when you get there? Here are ten top mind-blowing activities for your fabulous Euro trip.
1. All-night bar crawl in Barcelona
In Barcelona the city that never sleeps, a number of companies provide guided, all-night tours of popular bars and clubs in the city. Tours offer express entry to two to four clubs, transportation, one free drink per establishment, body shots and drinking games, and a group of like-minded souls and rowdy regulars to party with. Following the tour, guides leave patrons off at an all-night venue to rock-out with the locals.
2. Kite skiing in Rhne-Alps, France
Tired of traditional downhill skiing? Then strap on a harness, a kite and a pair of skis and you’re ready to soar across any terrain – sans ski lifts. A combination of sailing, skiing, and kite flying, kite skiing is a sport that has taken off in Europe. With a bit of wind you are on your way. For killer kite skiing, check out the Rhne-Alps region in France, two hours from Paris on the border of Italy and Switzerland. The Rhne-Alps region is defined by snow-packed peaks, world-class ski resorts, fertile wine-growing regions and deep gorges.
3. Riding the Beerbike in Amsterdam
A cross between cycling, drinking and sight-seeing, the Beerbike in Amsterdam picks up passengers to enjoy a drink while appreciating the outstanding view. A sober guide, Bob, keeps the party going, making sure the bike stays on track. With a capacity of eight to 18 passengers and 30 litres of beer, the Beerbike passes through Amsterdam’s major canal route ending at Central Station. Passengers pedal through the historic streets while burning calories. What else would you expect in Amsterdam?
4. Nude sunbathing in Nice
Want an all-over tan with no bikini lines? Longing to stretch out in the sand garment-free? Tired of lugging your wet swimsuit back from the beach? Then check out the French Riviera where topless sunbathing is the norm. Naturalist beaches allow sunbathers to shed their bottoms too. Be careful to apply lots of sunscreen, though. Beaches for nude sunbathing can be found in St. Tropez, Cannes, Golfe Juan, Cap Ferrat, Bornes Les Mimosas, Carqueiranne, Cap Negre, Cap Sicie, Nice, and Frejus. In the naturalist village of Cap D’Adge, locals bare their bottoms on and off the beach.
5. Perusing the pubs in London
When in London, don’t forget to knock back a pint at a pub with some of your favourite blokes. The beer choices will blow your mind. There are plenty of pubs to pick from. You’ll also want to try some English food faves like steak and kidney pie and black pudding – made with pig’s blood.
6. Spelunking in Slovakia
Like to get down and dirty crawling through cracks and crevices beneath the earth? In Slovakia, many mysterious caverns showcase startlingly beautiful limestone formations. Of the approximately 8000 karst caves across the country, 25 are open for exploration. Some caves are accessible only by boat. Key features of caves are cave lakes, stalagmite and stalactite formations and ice sculptures.
7. Ice climbing in Italy
Your climbing gym is miles away and you’re itching to scale a slippery surface. You’ve heard about the challenge and thrill of ice climbing, involving finding frosty footholds in the crags and crannies of glaciers or frozen waterfalls. The Dolomites in Italy boast the largest limestone climbing area in the Alps and the highest glacier climb in Italy. More challenging than mountain climbing, ice climbing calls for special safety gear such as ice axes, picks and ropes.
8. Biking in Belgium
Belgium is famous for waffles, chocolate and beer. But biking? In Belgium, bike trails feature contrasting landscapes from the flat fields of Flanders to the rolling hills of Wallonia. Cyclists can glide past medieval castles, outdoor cafes, bustling breweries and calm canals then park at an outdoor beer garden for a thirst-quenching brew.
9. Camping in Cologne
If you’re in Cologne, are short on cash and can’t find room at a hostel, camping is definitely an option. On the bank of the River Rhine in the borough of Poll, a government-run campground can accommodate up to 180 tents. Camp Site Berger in Kln is another option and has bicycle rentals, a sun terrace and a beer garden. Also in Kln, Waldbad & Camp Site Dnnwald has an outdoor pool and is near public transportation.
10. Diving in Corfu
If water sports are your thing then you’ll love Corfu. This Greek treasure is part of the Ionian Islands off the northwest coast of Greece. In Corfu, divers will witness amazing underwater rock formations, ‘swim-throughs’ and ship wrecks along with octopus, squid, starfish, and fire worms.
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