Inspired by the London Marathon 2018? Try these great runs!
If the lead up to the London Marathon 2018 is inspiring you to lace up your running shoes, you're in luck, as we've tracked down some of the best walking and running trails in Europe – so you can combine your leisurely break with some sporty action.
Don't worry if running isn't your bag though, you'll be amazed at the different ways you can stay fit and healthy while on holiday.
There’s more to Paris than shopping at chic boutiques and dining at delightful Parisian eateries. The French capital has become popular for the running options it offers. You can jog for miles along the Seine, on seamless tracks that steer clear of traffic. If you’re feeling ambitious, take in the top sights like the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and parks like the Bois de Boulogne on a 16-km run! Paris has a good public transport system, so if you’re tired, you can hop onto the subway on your way back.
We peg this as a difficult run, simply because you’ll be tempted to pause and whip out your camera to take pictures of the gorgeous Amsterdam canals that, along with the Amstel river, form a half circle around the city. These scenic 'distractions' along the way make this among the greatest runs in the world. Keep a map handy and create your own route, jogging past all (10.4 km) or picking a few of the historic canals in Old Amsterdam, which include Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsensgracht. Go early to avoid the crowds and, yes, don't forget your camera!
If you’re in Santorini and you feel the urge to let your spirit soar in the outdoors, the perfect solution is to run along the cobblestone path between the cities of Fira and Oia, past blue waters and whitewashed buildings. The 10-km hike can take between two and four hours, depending on how often you stop to simply admire the view as you pass through Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia. Older kids can easily accompany their parents on this walk.
The coastal town of Cascais, barely 30km from Lisbon, is a hotspot for summer holidays with the family, a loved one or even if you're exploring solo. Despite being a well-known surfing and sailing destination, it’s also popular among runners, with a wonderful beach promenade and beautiful gardens dotted within the city. Breathe in the sea air as you enjoy a morning run along the Atlantic Ocean, from Avenida Republica and past the Quinta da Marinha golf course. You can also head out to Praia do Guincho, 9km away, along the coast.
Shop till you drop or go for a power run? If you’re in Marbella, you can do both - naturally. Jog along the gorgeous Puerto Banús harbour and you'll pass luxury boutiques (where you can pause a while for some retail therapy), quaint coffee bars and exceptional yachts, before taking a well-earned break on the sands of Playa Rio Verde beach, which totals about 5km. If you’re hungry for more activity, how about a dip in the clear blue waters?
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
If you’re a true lover of the outdoors, then Prague is the ideal holiday destination for you. Try the Letna Park run, which offers great views of the Old Town and bridges across the Vltava river. Just like the London Marathon route passes through many of the city's landmarks, this running trail in Prague gives you the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of the city's iconic attractions. Carry your camera (or use your phone!) as you click memories of jogging or walking past historic bridges and baroque buildings across the city skyline.
It may be Budapest’s best kept secret, but we’re telling you here – Margaret Island boasts the largest running track in the world. Located in the heart of the city, its 5.4-km track is a great place for serious runners. If you’re looking for picturesque trails, you won’t be disappointed. Head out of the city towards Budai Tájvédelmi Körzetet for panoramic views of Budapest.