Active Holidays

Demand for active holidays is on the rise as families are increasingly keen to get stuck into activities while they are away. Whether its sunny Sicily in July or windswept Denmark in November, fun activities are the key to keeping everyone entertained – and working off all that delicious food! At NOVASOL we pride ourselves in providing self-catered accommodation in excellent locations, giving renters easy access to the active pursuits they want to enjoy. With 50,000 holiday homes in 28 countries to choose from, we have accommodation near to the things you want to do, when you want to do them.

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Get active on holiday

Lounging by the pool all day is fun, yes, as is hiking up mountains with friends or enjoying water sports with your family. Villa holidays are about giving you the choice to balance your time how you want, catering your holiday to the desires of your family. Increasingly, it is becoming popular to get active on holiday by booking specialist classes or taking advantage of free activities such as cycling. After all, nothing beats a family challenge to get the competitive juices flowing.

Walking and hiking on holiday

What’s the point of holidaying somewhere beautiful if you don’t enjoy the landscapes and nature when you are there? By going on hikes and walks in the countryside surrounding your holiday rental, you are able to get a feel for the destination and enjoy the local flora and fauna while you are at it. Some of the best walking and hiking areas in Europe can be found in northern Italy, at the foot of the Alps. Villas in Italy on the Italian lakes Garda, Como and Maggiore are fabulous for enjoying the many wonderful walking trails which offer fantastic views over the lakes. Wherever there are scenic hills, whether that be in Lombardy or the Belgian Ardenne, there are brilliant walking opportunities to try.

Cycling on family holidays in Europe

Cycling on holiday is dead-easy, particularly in the Benelux regions and northern France. Take your own bikes to holiday homes in France by sticking them on the back of the car, or rent them when you are out there, and enjoy the many cycle paths which weave through the cute towns and villages that spot Normandy, Brittany and the Calais regions. It’s just as easy to cycle in the Netherlands and Belgium, particularly in the Limburg region which has over 2000km of routes to enjoy. This area lets bike-lovers hop from country to country with ease, enjoying the sites of Maastricht and Liège.

Water sports on family villas holidays

Beachside holidays are loved by families and become even better when there are sports and activities available as well as lounging and cocktails. Beaches across Europe offer a wide range of water sports. Rent holiday homes in Germany by the Baltic Sea to enjoy wind-surfing in the ‘bodden’ lagoons which line the coast of Western Pomerania. For water sports in southern Europe, you can’t go wrong with villas in Italy, Spain, Croatia and Greece, although the Dalmatian Riviera in Croatia perhaps offers the best variety of beaches on its hundreds on islands and inlets.

Nature activities to relish on active holidays

Feeling out of touch with nature is one of the worst feelings and one we often try to address by escaping our busy lives to somewhere beautiful and scenic. Across Europe there are wonderful natural environments to explore from mountains to marshes to deserted beaches. Some of the best places to find nature activities on holiday are national parks which are dotted throughout most countries. Croatia in particular has some wonderful national parks such as the Krka National Park with its waterfalls within easy reach of villas in Split. Across the Adriatic, villas in Tuscany are well positioned to enjoy the national parks of the province as well as Umbria, which are still home to many wild animals such as deer and eagles.

Rent a chalet and get your skis on

NOVASOL has a great range of chalets in Germany, across central Europe and throughout Scandinavia. Renting self-catered accommodation near the slopes is an affordable way to ski for families and gives plenty of flexibility for when you want to spend the day exploring a nearby city or stay at home and play board games. For those who want to get the full winter experience without the skiing, rent accommodation in Sweden, Finland or Norway in the winter months where you are almost guaranteed snowy weather and magical environments.

Fishing holidays

Fishing is one of the most popular sports in the UK so it is unsurprising that fishing holiday homes are popular throughout Europe. NOVASOL has a wide range of fishing homes with over 3,300 marked as fishing-friendly, meaning they are near to a fishing site and have facilities to help enthusiasts. You don’t have to be an experienced angler to enjoy fishing on holidays however, sometimes it’s just fun to spend the afternoon down by the river seeing what you can catch.

Visit amazing attractions while self-catering

‘Active holidays’ are not just about climbing mountains and playing sport, a key ingredient is also getting out and about and seeing as much as you can in your short time away. By choosing a NOVASOL holiday home in a great location, you will be able to visit multiple cities and plenty of attractions all in one holiday. When you only get one holiday a year, it’s important to make it count by balancing pool time and exploring.

Active holidays with NOVASOL

Self-catering is great for active holidays, giving families the flexibility to get messy and have fun knowing that there is a washing machine and kitchen facilities back at the holiday home. There is no need to worry about running out of clean clothes or struggling to make pack-lunches when you rent one of our villas – all the equipment is at your fingertips. All of NOVASOL’s villas are hand-selected by our teams who agree exclusive deals with homeowners to guarantee that our prices are lower than anywhere else. This makes cheap family holidays easier, and frees up more cash for activities.