1. Windsurfing in Turkey
Apparently Turkey is the place with its clear waters and stunningly beautiful coast line. Our windsurfing sources tell us that ‘Alacati’ – a sleepy little village – is the best place to head to for reliable surfing winds all Summer. The town is bright and active and the surf is good for beginners as well as champions!
2. Scuba Diving in Egypt
There are great dive sites just off the Alexandria shore line and it’s known for its sunken treasures! Take off on a treasure hunt in ancient civilisations at sites like the sunken City of Cleopatra where you can find statues, ancient buildings and maybe, just maybe a gold medallion or two from the many shipwrecks in the area. Suitable for beginners and expert divers.
France in the Summer is idyllic and what better way to enjoy it than on your bike. If you’re the romantic type hire a tandem and get your other half to help with the pedalling as you glide past the perfect shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea.
Many outfitters provide logistical support for cyclists who want to ride some or even all of the legendary stages of “Le Tour,” and some packages combine rides with VIP spectator access to the real race. Independent cycling options abound thanks to charming communities and welcoming locals all along the French Riviera.
4. Snow Skiing on the Adriatic
Fun in the Mediterranean sun needn’t always include sand and surf—snow sports also thrive not far from the lapping waves. Italy’s Abruzzo region, with its long Adriatic coastline, offers great skiing, surprisingly reliable snow, and picturesque villages stocked with topflight eateries. And visitors to Abruzzo will share slopes like Roccaraso and Campo Felice with far more Italians than tourists, who are typically drawn to the more famous Alpine resorts to the north. In fact most of Abruzzo reflects a quieter corner of Italy—a rustic throwback to an earlier era that’s also evidenced by far lower prices.
Europe’s southernmost port town is perched on the Strait of Gibraltar and draws kite surfers to a dozen or so beaches well situated to feast on howling winds funneled through the strait. A wide selection of schools can help even newcomers to the sport get up and running in relatively short order. If the wind dies down, travellers can flee Europe via a fast catamaran that reaches Tangier, Morocco, in under an hour.
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