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From Bristol to Adventure: Ten Epic Trips from Bristol Airport
July 5, 2018

Bristol – birthplace of Blackbeard, Banksy and Ribena and voted best city to live in Britain by the Sunday Times. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also connected to the world via its busy international airport, which can only mean one thing – adventure awaits.

So if you’re looking to make the most of your hard-earned weekends, or stretch your time off a little bit further, here are a few incredible adventures that you could be departing on soon.

1) Navigate and Sleep in one of Europe’s Deepest Canyons


Floating down the Rekitnica canyon. You’ll sleep in there, somewhere.

Over three days you’ll travel deep into the Bosnian highlands and the lost-world-like wilderness of the 25km long Rekitnica canyon. You’ll canyon down a narrow gorge, abseil vertical cliffs, swim, dive, rock jump, and then wild camp on a secluded beach.

Don’t miss: The dramatic entrance to the canyon, narrowing at times to just 50cm.

When to go: Summer, however it can still get chilly in Rekitnica, so be sure to bring a jumper.

Fly to: Dubrovnik Airport, Dubrovnik (DBV) or Split Airport, Split (SPU)

2) Yachting Tour of Greek Islands


This private 12.5m yacht could be your home for 3 days.

Take to the Mediterranean on a 12.5m private yacht for a three-day sailing adventure around the beautiful Argo-Saronic islands. Under the guidance of an experienced local captain, you’ll visit isolated beaches, quiet coves and quaint ports, including the protected town of Poros, and then be rocked to sleep at night by the waves.

Don’t miss: Snorkelling to the sunken city of Ancient Epidaurus.

When to go: Spring, summer or autumn – there’s not a bad time to visit!

Fly to: Athens Airport, Athens (ATH)

3) Kayak and Wild Camp along Turkey’s Ancient Lycian Coastline


Witness the remains of the ancient Lycian culture from the water.

Step back in time as you kayak around Turkey’s lovely Kaş Sound, home to the ancient culture of the Lycians. You’ll paddle around the nearby archipelago, stop for lunch on a remote beach, visit ancient tombs and sleep beneath the stars beside a crackling campfire.

Don’t miss: The magnificent view into Hidrellez cave.

When to go: June – October

Fly to: Dalaman International Airport, Dalaman (DLM)

4) Cycling the French Alps from Morzine


Pit yourself against the pros by cycling some classic stages from the Tour de France.

Tackle climbs, switchbacks and descents straight out of the Tour de France on this self-guided adventure through a landscape of alpine meadows, mountain lakes and dense forest as you explore one of the most scenic cycling destinations in the world.

Voted one of the 10 Best New Cycling Holidays in Europe in 2017 by The Guardian.

Don’t miss: The exhilarating final descent into Morzine.

When to go: Summer, when the temperature is just perfect for cycling.

Fly to: Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Geneva (GVA)

5) Paddleboarding through Iceland’s Hidden Lagoons


SUPping the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Falling off might smart a bit.

Paddle onto clear Icelandic waters on your SUP board and if you’re lucky experience the northern lights. You’ll travel along Iceland’s gorgeous southern coast, visiting thundering waterfalls, the black sand Reynisfjara beach, secret canyons and the water beaten wreckage of a long-downed aircraft.

Don’t miss: Walking behind the wild Seljarlandsfoss waterfall and discovering a picturesque cave – the photo back out through the water is a must.

When to go: The warmest months are June, July and August.

Fly to: Reykjavik Airport, Reykjavik (RKV)

6) Sea Kayak Along Menorca’s Wild North Coast


Bivouac on a different beach every night, without another soul in sight.

Set off from the pristine beach at Cala Sa Mesquida, and explore the rugged northern shore of Menorca. Take a swim at the uninhabited Illa d’en Colom islet, explore the cliffs of La Mola de Fornells, snorkel in warm, Balearic waters and then bivouac camp on the beach.

Don’t Miss: Camping beside the dunes at Platja Mongofre.

When to go: July to August, when the water is warm and the skies are blue.

Fly to: Menorca Airport, Menorca (MAH)

7) Ice Climb and Snowshoe in Finnish Lapland


Shinny up this bad boy followed by a quick dip in an ice hole, if you’re brave enough.

Head deep into the Arctic Circle and snowshoe across Pyhä-Luosto National Park – 142 square kilometres of perfect and protected wilderness. You’ll walk across an ancient landscape of ravines, meadows and valleys, learn to climb one of the world’s most magnificent icefalls and hunt for the aurora borealis.

Don’t miss: A fire and ice sauna – a hot sauna and a freshly cut hole in the lake ice. Is it pain? Is it pleasure? We just don’t know.

When to go: January to April if you want the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

Fly to: Rovaniemi Airport, Rovaniemi (RVN)

8) Bike, Kayak and Hike to the Most Western part of Continental Europe


Swap your wheels for paddles along the Costa do Sol from Belém to Cascais. There’s a fortress nearly every 400m.

Embark on a three-day cultural and historic journey across Portugal. You’ll cycle 25km across the capital city of Lisbon along mosaic-paved streets, kayak the Tagus River and then hike the Atlantic route to the most westerly point in Europe.

Don’t miss: The Atlantic swell crashing against the wild and rugged headland of Cape Roca.

When to go: All year round.

Fly to: Lisbon Portela Airport, Lisbon (LIS)

9) Culinary Kayaking Adventure in Sweden


Wild camp on one of the Saint Anna Archipelagoes six thousand odd islands.

Let your stomach lead the way as you paddle around Sweden’s secluded Saint Anna Archipelago. Forage for mushrooms and berries, source ingredients from local farmers and fishermen and then relax as your resident chef transforms them into delicious meals, including traditional Swedish recipes that date back to the 19th century.

Don’t miss: Roast lamb, slow cooked in a stone-age-style cooking pit filled with hot rocks.

When to go: August to September when ingredients are abundant.

Fly to: Stockholm Skavsta Airport, Stockholm (NYO)

10) Canyoning in Chamonix


Rappelling into one of the many deep pools around the beautiful Chamonix Valley.

Pull up your wetsuit, strap on your helmet and tackle the gorges, waterfalls and lakes that surround Mont Blanc – the highest mountain in Europe. Starting from the beautiful Vallée d’Arve, you’ll blast down an alpine river, navigate winding waterways, leap off cliffs and spend the night sleeping in a mountain refuge.

Don’t miss: Abseiling down a sheer rock face into a deep emerald pool.

When to go: July to September when the valleys come alive with green.

Fly to: Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Geneva (GVA)

Or alternatively, you could catch up on the washing – I mean, who needs adventure anyway? However, if you do, explore our other hand-crafted adventures and max out your annual leave.