Trying out some of the activities featured in the upcoming games is an easy way to enjoy a bit of Olympic spirit on your trip away.
Many resorts in Brits’ favourite destinations know that as well as rest and relaxation, holidaymakers want fun and excitement on their hols. So, read on to see what London 2012 Olympic sports you can find in these sun-kissed locations.
Holidays to Spain don’t have to include just beaches, nights on the town and lazing by the many pools. Resorts, like those found on Tenerife, are usually packed full of opportunities to get active. In fact, if you’re keen to saddle up a pony – like Olympians taking part in the games’ Equestrian competitions – and see Tenerife’s black sand beaches and dramatic mountains then book some horse riding lessons. You can find treks that are tailored for all abilities so you don’t need to be at an Olympic level to have a go.
Hold on Tight
Mountain biking often requires some rough terrain, trails curling around soaring vistas that look out on stunning landscape – all of which can be found in Greece! A holiday in Greece is the ideal time to try out this Olympic sport because you’ll be in the ideal location. From islands like Santorini to the mainland, you’ll find hills dotted with ancient sights, traditional white-painted homes and greenery. If you’re keen to really explore the wilderness, and don’t mind a bit of a climb, then bike along trails on Mount Olympus, which is made up of 52 peaks.
Around the Table
There are some sports that might look easy, but still take a lot of skill. Table tennis is an Olympic sport that is played the world over for fun, and Brits can test their expertise by giving it a go on their Turkey holidays. Many resorts, like those in Kas, Bodrum and Antalya know how to get holidaymakers to unwind after a day of swimming in the warm sea and shopping in bazaars! So, go and find that ping pong table, you never know, you might have a secret gift for the Olympic activity.
Olympic canoeists will soon be gritting their teeth against white water rapids to claim gold medals in the sport. If you prefer a bit more of a gentle experience in a kayak, then canoeing in Italy is an option. In fact, you might even have a better view than the Olympic teams, as you can go canoeing in Venice. Shun the gondolas for a more independent tour of the ancient city and a fish-eye view of its teetering town houses and mosaic-covered chapels.