Sure, we all like to spend our holidays relaxing on a sunny beach, perhaps with a cool, tropical cocktail in hand, but sometimes we want something a little more active to change up the pace during our stay. Whether it’s hitting a few balls on a local tennis court, cycling around the historic city sights, or going for a run along a seafront promenade, we’ve found the best destinations that will make fitness a whole lot of fun!

Go for a run in Nice

The famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice is perhaps one of the most beautiful boardwalks in all of Europe. Can you imagine a better spot for a morning jog? Breathe in the salty Mediterranean Sea air, gaze across the iconic pebbled beaches and smell the freshly baked croissants calling you from the local boulangerie. If you’ve ever needed some inspiration to get up and going in the morning, you’ll find it in Nice!

Nice Promenade

Play tennis in Mallorca

Fancy yourself a bit of a Rafael Nadal when it comes to tennis? Hit up the courts in his hometown – you’ll find tennis clubs and academies dotted throughout this sun-soaked Spanish island. Looking for a real Grand Slam experience? You could score an ace Tennis Mallorca prize pack; a 7 night tennis coaching break for 2 in the bay of Palma, Majorca! The prize includes: half-board accommodation at the beautiful Hotel Viva Palmanova and Spa 4*! Click here for more information.

Tennis in Mallorca


Cycle around Rome

Let’s all go on a Roman Holiday! Bike riding is the best way to see all the sights of this historic city – in fact, 50% of the city is inaccessible by cars, meaning bicycles are the easiest (and quickest) way to get around town. There are plenty of bicycle rental places all over Rome, or else you can bike tour if you’re not up for getting lost in the winding cobbled streets. But that’s half the fun, no?

Castel St.Angelo at sunset

Hire a gondola in Venice

Of course you can get a handsome Italian to do the hard work for you, but have you ever thought about steering your very own gondola through the Venetian canals? Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world, so your very own private gondola is thevenice perfect place to find some one-on-one time with your love. Plus, steering that oar through the waters is one of the best arm workouts you’ll ever find – beats doing push-ups, that’s for sure!




Jessica is a passionate traveller and regular contributor to the Monarch blog. She is also on a continuous hunt for the World's best beaches.


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