Jun 12 2014 / Travel Tips & Advice

Summer 2014: The Summer of Sports

There’s an exciting summer of sport ahead with the football kicking off today (and yes, we did intend that pun) and a host of other events taking place throughout the summer. From the Monaco Grand Prix to the Kings Cup Regatta in Mallorca, this year’s sporting calendar is packed full of exciting events. But why leave it to the professionals to have all the fun? Be inspired, fly somewhere exotic and get active this summer.

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Where to go and what to do

If you’ve never been scuba diving before then head to Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt. This family-friendly resort has a range of top diving schools and is fantastically equipped for beginners thanks to the warm, clear waters of the Red Sea.

Water-babies might prefer a spot of surfing in Agadir. This beautiful beach resort sits on the West coast of Morocco so is blessed with the waves of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Canary Islands are another destination famed for watersports try windsurfing or if you’re a little more adventurous kite surfing – which involves flying a kite while you balance on the board!

For those who prefer to stay on dry land then how about horse riding in Cyprus? Get fantastic views from your saddle as you ride alongside the olive groves or make like Black Beauty and head to the beach and gallop along the sand.

If you’ve already been inspired by the winter Olympics, why not plan ahead and book in a skiing holiday for later this year. Whether it’s Innsbruck in Austria, Grenoble in France, or Friedrichshafen in Germany, the ski season usually begins at the end of October so it will give you something to look forward to when the summer’s over. shutterstock_145241680

Fancy something out of the ordinary?

If all that sounds a bit tame then you could always try something a little out of the ordinary.

The game of Picigin (pronounced ‘pih-tsih-gheen’) originates from Split in Croatia and involves keeping a small ball from touching the water – a bit like volleyball but without the net. The World Championship takes place this Sunday in Split so you can see the pros in action!

Another ball game which is becoming increasingly popular is Bossaball. Originating in Andalucía just a few years ago, it takes its name from the bossa nova rhythms that often accompany games. The game is played on a court made up of trampolines and protective inflatables divided by a net, with teams combining elements of volleyball, football, trampoline and capoeira to get the ball over the net. shutterstock_126679910

Spectator Sports

If you’re more of a spectator than a participant, why not jump on a plane and get to the heart of the action? Everyone likes watching big sporting events on TV but nothing quite beats being at the main event – from the roar of the crowd to seeing the world’s best sportsmen and women right there in front of you, there’s nothing quite like it.

Petrol heads can get their fix in Spain next week, when the Catalonia Grand Prix kick starts in Barcelona, while the King’s Cup Regatta in Mallorca on August 8 will see hundreds of sailing boats dot the bay of Palma.

Trust us, you’ll be hard-pressed to remain a spectator with all the action on show. So pick your event and make the most of this summer! shutterstock_168115343

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