3 activities to explore areas in France, Germany, and Spain this summer while avoiding crowded places

Sächsische Schweiz, Bastei bridge

It is almost summer again, and many want to go into nature to get a break from the city life. So how can you find some peace and quiet while enjoying nature and sporty activities at the same time? Let’s check out three possibilities.

1. Give mountainbiking a go in one of the many nature parks that exist around Bavaria in Germany, the Ardennes in Belgium, or in Provence in the south of France. These are all fairly accessible by car as well as train. Just bring a mountainbike, get lodging in the outskirts of one of the towns nearby the nature parks and prepare yourself for some mountainbiking fun for a few days.

2. Go canoeing in canals with stop overs in villages. Three places that stand out in terms of amazing nature are Canal du Midi in south of France, Empuriabrava on the Costa Brava in Spain, or along the Peene canal in northern Germany.

3. Try hiking in one of the many scenic regions that are tucked away in the European landscapes. For instance, you could plot a hike through the Dordogne valley in south-west of France, or in Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland) close to Dresden in Germany, or why not Picos de Europa in the north of Spain.

These sporty activities will most definitely open up your eyes to the places and give you taste of the wild nature that still exists around western Europe. Whether you want to get some exercise by bike, by canoe or by foot, the options are there. Go explore and have fun!

Find more inspiration!

Do you want to see more of the national parks that France has? Then check out these seven national parks in France that you have to see.

If you are ready to take your bicycle adventures further away, then bikepacking is the way to go. Read about how to get started with bikepacking.

If you prefer to travel on water and want to see Europe from its canals and rivers, then you should have a look at these beginner’s tips to get started with kayaking.