Advertorial feature

Adventure holidays on a budget

 

Poolside lounging isn’t for everyone but neither is the considerable price tag that comes with many adventure sports.

If you’re after a holiday break with a little more get-up and go, here are three unlikely adventure holiday locations that won’t leave your face as red as your bank balance.

Ski holidays to Greece

When you think of holidays to Greece you think of spectacular ruins, white sandy beaches and blistering heat. One thing that might not spring to mind is skiing – but such activities do exist in this historically rich country.

Choosing to ignore the skiing options in Greece should be done at your peril, as the land credited with the creation of democracy also provides us with some of the best winter sport resorts in Europe.

Most are situated in the north of the country and are limited to the winter months – but this shouldn’t act as a deterrent.

The combination of Greek history, culture and cuisine with top-class skiing, makes a trip to Greece one not to be missed and, as a lesser known ski destination, Greece is also void of the cutthroat competition associated with better-known resorts and thus benefits from lower prices.

Water-sports in Portugal

Portugal may sometimes be overlooked for its larger neighbour Spain, but city breaks in Lisbon and Porto and beach holidays to Algarve are more than a match for the Spanish Costa del Sol and Barcelona.

And, when it comes to water-sports, Portugal is arguably one of the best locations in mainland Europe. Whether it’s wakeboarding, windsurfing or waterskiing, Portugal’s brisk winds from the Atlantic and beautiful beaches make it the ideal spot.

Add to that Portugal’s laid back lifestyle and you have a match made in heaven.

As the ‘Little Spain’ of Europe, you will find hoteliers and restaurants dropping their prices to wrestle visitors away from the likes of Madrid and Valencia. Best yet, the hotels in Portugal are some of the best in the world – meaning quality is not compromised for price.

This blend of immaculate beaches, crystal seas, stunning food and offbeat culture make it the ideal spot for your adventure holiday.

Hiking in Slovenia

If hiking is more your thing, then Europe’s numerous destinations will leave you spoilt for choice. Great hiking regions – such as the picturesque Lake District in England and the world-class scenery found at Jungfrau in Switzerland – are undeniably worth a visit, but where should you go if you’ve already discovered these treasures?

For a cheaper alternative that still delivers on the wow-factor, consider booking your next hiking trip to Slovenia.

Slovenia might be a tiny country (about half the size of Switzerland) but what it lacks in land mass it sure makes up for in height. It is also one of the greenest countries in the world, packed with beautifully preserved woodlands and areas of undisturbed natural beauty.

Interestingly, Slovenia boasts a unique blend of climates, which means you’re just as likely to find warm Mediterranean breezes blowing through the snowy mountain districts as you are colder gusts.

It’s not short of incredible hiking destinations either and the Julian Alps in the northwest corner boast an incredible blend of serene valleys and rugged limestone peaks.

Throw in some affordable accommodation and some of the friendliest locals in the world and you have all the ingredients for an outstanding adventure getaway.

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Sport
Lewis Hamilton will start the Singapore Grand Prix from pole, with Nico Rosberg second and Daniel Ricciardo third
F1... for floodlit Singapore Grand Prix
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Fans hold up a scarf at West Ham vs Liverpool
footballAfter Arsenal's clear victory, focus turns to West Ham vs Liverpool
New Articles
i100... she's just started school
News
news
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
New Articles
i100
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
life
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
New Articles
i100... despite rising prices
Voices
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
voices
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    IT Administrator - Graduate

    £18000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: ***EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FO...

    USA/Florida Travel Consultants £30-50k OTE Essex

    Basic of £18,000 + commission, realistic OTE of £30-£50k : Ocean Holidays: Le...

    Marketing Executive / Member Services Exec

    £20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...

    Sales Account Manager

    £15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...

    Day In a Page

    Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

    Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

    Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
    Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

    Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

    The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
    The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

    Scrambled eggs and LSD

    Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
    'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

    'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

    Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
    Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

    New leading ladies of dance fight back

    How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
    These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

    Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

    Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
    Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

    Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

    His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam