Top 10 Places in the World for Active Sports Lovers ...


Top 10 Places in the World for Active Sports Lovers ...
Top 10 Places in the World for Active Sports Lovers ...

Some travelers prefer a relaxing, laid-back holiday spent reading, lazing on the beach or strolling through museums and galleries. Others can’t think of anything worse: They want to do things and burn energy while on holiday. If you fall in the latter category, the following places in the world for active sports lovers may be your dream destinations.

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New Zealand

reflection, nature, water, sky, mountain, Rugby, cricket, golf … there’s almost no sport that Kiwis don’t excel at. You can participate in all these sports and more. The country’s dramatic mountain ranges offer winter sports like skiing while at the coast you can go sailing or surfing. Moreover, as one would expect from the country that gave the world bungee-jumping, extreme and adventure sports are huge in New Zealand too.


Alaska, United States

mountainous landforms, road, sky, mountain range, mountain, Alaska is nicknamed The Last Frontier. This untamed wilderness provides excellent opportunities for active travel and your choice of activity will depend on the season. During summer you’ll want to explore the great outdoors by hiking, cycling, mountaineering and kayaking. Winter is all about snow: It’s the season for skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.



horse, horse like mammal, wilderness, pack animal, mountain, Chile’s landscape is hugely varied and this means that there’s a variety of active pursuits to choose from. Whether you want to ski in the Andes or go surfing; whether you want to do some whitewater rafting or horse-riding, Chile has it all. Even better is that you can do many of these activities on the same day. Because of the country’s narrow shape, it’s only a couple of hours from the coast to the mountains.


Chile's dynamic terrain isn't just varied, it's also incredibly accessible. Imagine starting your day catching waves on the pristine beaches of Viña del Mar, then trading your surfboard for skis as you ascend the breathtaking slopes of Valle Nevado – all within hours. If you’re someone who seeks adrenaline, the roaring rapids of Futaleufú River offer world-class whitewater rafting experiences. Prefer a slower pace? Trek on horseback through Patagonia's rugged landscapes, where the vistas are as untamed as the wild horses that roam them. Chile's unique geography creates an unbeatable playground for thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike.


Colorado, United States

mountainous landforms, wilderness, mountain, outdoor recreation, lake, High up in the Rocky Mountains you’ll find some of the best opportunities for outdoor activities in a beautiful setting. During summer, sports like hiking, whitewater rafting and mountain-biking will have you work up a sweat. Naturally the climbing is great too. In winter, satisfy your need for speed with skiing and snowboarding.


Costa Brava, Spain

sea, water, waterway, coastal and oceanic landforms, sailing, If you want to spend some of your holiday time playing golf or tennis, you might as well do it in an absolutely gorgeous setting. The Costa Brava with its dramatic landscape of cliffs dropping down to golden beaches has some world-class golf courses, and tennis courts. Mountain-biking, hiking, and water sports are fantastic too. Its climate is perfect for sports too since it’s sunny almost all the time.


Dubai, United Arab Emirates

water, underwater, marine biology, coral reef, swimming, Many people associate Dubai with shopping, luxury hotels and ambitious construction projects. However, it’s also a Mecca for active travelers. The warm ocean and the proximity of coral reefs make for great scuba diving and other water sports. The golfing is great too and if you’re worried about the amount of water used to keep the courses green, sand golf is a fun alternative. The desert dunes offer fantastic opportunities for sand boarding but if you prefer doing it the traditional way, you can go snowboarding or skiing at Dubai’s indoor skiing centre.



waterfall, water resources, freezing, watercourse, geological phenomenon, For hiking and cycling, you can’t go wrong with Iceland. The country is spectacularly beautiful and you’ll want to appreciate it while breathing in the crisp, clean air outside rather than looking at it through the windows of a tour bus. For something different, try glacier hiking or ice climbing.



grassland, ecosystem, wilderness, pasture, nature reserve, With the world’s lowest population density and a diverse landscape, Mongolia offers you plenty of opportunities to be active without having to include tourist-dodging as one of your holiday sports. You can hike, climb the mountains, and go mountain-biking or whitewater rafting in the mountainous parts of the country or trek across the plains on the back of a horse or camel.



sky, mountainous landforms, mountain, cloud, volcanic landform, Costa Rica is Central America’s top ecotourism destination but its northern neighbor offers it all at a fraction of the cost. Go surfing on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast or learn to scuba dive in the Corn Islands. Trek through jungle or climb a volcano. Kayak on the Lago de Nicaragua or on one of the country’s many rivers. The country is fast becoming a premier zip lining destination: After all, who would want to pass up the opportunity to glide down a volcano at breakneck speed while hanging on for dear life? The country’s coat of arms features a group of volcanoes and if you want to try a uniquely Nicaraguan extreme sport, sure to go volcano-boarding.


Western Cape, South Africa

outdoor recreation, river, rock, water, water resources, South Africans are sports fanatics and the country’s Western Cape Province is a wonderful destination for the active sports lover. Cape Town has world-class sports facilities and if you follow the coastline eastward, you’ll find many renowned golf courses too. Table Mountain is a popular destination for hiking and abseiling while kite-surfers from around the world flock to the windy beaches. The mountains further inland are great for rock climbing and canyoning or, as it’s called in South Africa, kloofing.

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