Extremely Low Fares, Extremely Big Adventures
Right. No more messing around with New Year’s resolutions. Treadmill this and quit smoking that… frankly, we think you can do better.
Make 2017 the year of getting more action. No, not that kind of action (although if you can get more of that, fill your boots). No, we mean the other kind. The extreme sports kind, that gets your blood pumping and your hearth thumping its way out of your ribcage. The kind that makes you face fears and challenge yourself.
Europe is an absolute cornucopia of incredible landscapes, wild seas, rivers and canyons, mountains and volcanoes – and with our extremely low fares it’s never been so accessible. So in 2017, go hard or go home!
Europe has loads of great spots for surfing, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned surfer. All those Atlantic coastlines are a good place to start; think France, Portugal, Morocco, the Canaries, England’s southwest coast, and of course, lovely Ireland.
We went to Strandill in Sligo for this video. Ireland’s west coast is famous for its superb Atlantic surf, but Sligo in particular is renowned for having consistently good surf that’s both kind to beginners in places, and seriously challenging in others (like the famous badboy big waves in Mullaghmore). Strandhill itself is just a 50 minute drive away from Knock (Ireland West) Airport, and 2.5 hours from Dublin Airport.
Strandhill is a super beach for beginners to learn the basics, and for intermediate surfers to improve and hone their skills. If you’re looking to do either of those things, you’re in good hands with the lads at iSurf Ireland, who provide individual lessons or full surf camp packages that will have you riding waves in no time.
You can go skydiving all over Europe, but in Autumn and Winter it can be a little hit and miss with the weather and wind, so you want somewhere that at least has a fighting shot at a calm, clear day.
We went to Madrid, and made the short trip (just 35 minutes) from there to the Skydive Madrid dropzone. Skydive Madrid offers tandem skydives from 3000 and 4000 metres, but if you want to go solo you can come here and get your licence to jump solo in three days with Freefall University.
Jump in the morning, in the sun, and you can be back in the city centre eating tapas by noon.
One of the great things about mountain biking is that you can do it in rain or shine, so a bit of wet weather doesn’t affect the superb MTB trails in destinations like Ireland or Scotland. We went to the Ticknock MTB trails just 30 minutes from Dublin Airport (20 from Dublin city centre). The trails here are great – well signposted and technically challenging – but the best part is the incredible view you get down over the city and Dublin Bay.
Biking.ie have a rental shop at the bottom of the mountain where you can rent all the gear you need (and get some MTB lessons if necessary!). You can even book a mountain biking Day Tour a little further afield in the gorgeous Wicklow Mountains – an incredible way to see this beautiful part of Ireland.