Planning a golfing trip to the Algarve or dreaming of a Majorcan cycling adventure? Can’t leave without your favourite mountain bike or trusty set of golf clubs, but fraught with worry of damage or loss to your much-loved possessions? Never fear, as there’s no need to leave them behind.
If you’re planning an exciting activity holiday to the likes of the Algarve, Majorca or Croatia, then read our equipment guide to help the packing – and unpacking – process go smoothly.
The Algarve is home to some of the world's most superb golf courses, hosting some of the world’s most-watched championships on its stunning courses, which spread the length and breadth of the region.
If you’re a true golf lover and someone who follows the sport all over the world, then the Algarve is the perfect place for a getaway based around the sport you love.
While you can hire or loan equipment on holiday, particularly in a destination known for its excellence in sport, nothing will ever be quite the same as playing with your favourite set of golf clubs.
Before you whisk away the golf bag and polish your putting plimsolls, there are a few things you need to think about:
Where to play
If you’re looking to stay in the Algarve for your activity holiday, visit Vale do Lobo, a destination that boasts two renowned championship courses set amongst spectacular scenery and sea-views – The Royal and The Ocean Golf Course.
Like the Algarve, Majorca is renowned for its sport – most famously, its cycling. According to The Telegraph in 2016, Majorca is “the holiday destination for British cyclists”, with its all-round sunny weather and a mixture of flat and mountainous terrain.
Perfect for cyclists of all abilities, there are few climbs that will prove too difficult for the average rider.
Carrying an expensive piece of equipment along with you? Perhaps a flashy mountain bike that requires thick wheels, a gentle terrain bike with a thin, lightweight body or even a bike for the little one to join in? We’ve put together a few tips below to help you transport your trike, bike and scooter.
The size of a bike today, even ones made for children, are certainly bound to fit within the ‘oversized’ category. However, there are a few methods to help the process run smoothly:
Where to ride
Take your pick from the island's vast array of cycling routes.
Beach holidays and sun-loungers not the right getaway for you? Then a running trip to Croatia could be on the cards. With the country’s warm climate, challenging routes and scenic views, there’s no better place to feel the thrill of an activity holiday.
Perfect for climbers of all abilities with the country’s rough, flat pebbled ground and mountain trails, Croatia offers climbers the chance to experience stunning views, and sensational circuits; giving runners Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.
While you may think that running holidays require little equipment, the courses that trail runners often encounter throw up some challenging obstacles such as steep mountain cliffs, rough forest terrain and sometimes, water. Routes like these demand tougher, sturdier equipment.
Where to run
This southern point of Europe, recognised for its charm, cuisine and cultural heritage, continues to draw in wanderlust travellers from across the globe that crave the allure of its turquoise waters, stunning fairways and idyllic coastlines.
If you’re looking to spend a week somewhere warm and full of character, then the resort of Vilamoura could be right up your street.
Whether you’re looking for a home-away-from-home to escape the winter chill, or another income from holidaymakers, investing in a property abroad is a dream come true for many.
Dreaming of a beach getaway? Look no further than the the Algarve – a sun-drenched region scattered with some of the best beaches and coastlines in Europe.