The Best Sporting Destinations in Europe

After what will undoubtedly be an electrifying spectacle at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, many luxury travelers will turn their attention to the next chapter of their athletic adventure. 

Whether you’d like to sail aquamarine waters, play a luxurious links course, or try at a famous Tour de France climb, these post-Olympics holiday havens offer world-class facilities, high-end hotels, and a tapestry of sporting experiences. 

Here, we’ll discover the crème de la crème of Europe’s cycling, golf, sailing, equestrian, swimming, and tennis destinations. 

Cycling Destinations in Europe

Mallorca, Spain

Coastal cycle routes to  remember in Mallorca, Spain.

A cyclist's paradise, Mallorca boasts scenic coastal routes and challenging mountain climbs with breathtaking views around every turn. The island offers diverse terrain and routes suitable for cyclists of all levels, but the famous Cap de Formentor and the winding Tramuntana coastal road are tough but hard to beat. After an exhilarating ride, relax in exclusive resorts overlooking turquoise seas.

Tuscany, Italy

Traverse Tuscany's undulating terrain, where every bend in the road reveals a postcard-worthy panorama. Cycle through medieval hilltop towns, along cypress-lined avenues, past vineyard-draped hillsides and vast sunflower fields. Indulge in the region's culinary delights before unwinding in plush villas tucked away in the serene countryside.


Golf Destinations in Europe

European Club, County Wicklow, Ireland

The brainchild of Pat Ruddy, this leading links course is one of the Emerald Isle’s premier golf destinations, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and strategic challenges. With far-reaching views of the Irish Sea and rippling fairways bordered by dunes, the European Club promises a memorable golfing adventure in an unspoiled coastal setting.

Monte Rei Golf Resort, Algarve, Portugal


Aerial cityscape of beautiful Tavira
The beautiful town of Tavira, Algarve, Portugal



Considered one of the best courses in Portugal, Monte Rei is an oasis of luxury nestled amongst the foothills of the Eastern Algarve. Designed by the revered Jack Nicklaus, it offers discerning travelers an elite getaway amidst citrus groves, tranquil lakes, and verdant valleys.


Sailing Destinations in EuropeDalmatian Coast, Croatia

trio of yachts sail the  Dalmatian Coast, Croatia.

The Dalmatian Coast is an ever-popular sailing destination. It boasts calm waters, favorable winds, fashionable waterfront resorts, and idyllic islands. Explore the historic hub of Dubrovnik, anchor in secluded bays on islands like Hvar and Vis, and cruise through the Kornati Islands, a designated national park famed for its beauty and rich marine environment.

Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

Encompassing over 30,000 islands and islets, this is a sailor’s heaven. Sail through a labyrinth of sheltered bays, narrow straits, and open sea passages and explore rustic fishing villages where colorful wooden cottages line the shores and traditional smokehouses tempt with freshly caught seafood. The waters are calm, the winds are gentle, and the scenery is utterly spellbinding. 


Equestrian Destinations in Europe

Golden Circle, Iceland

Ride through Iceland’s most dramatic landscapes.

Embark on an unforgettable trail-riding adventure amidst Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes. Pass volcanic fields, mighty glaciers, geothermal hot springs, and cascading waterfalls as you traverse part of this enchanting route that encompasses some of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders. Icelandic horses, known for their surefootedness and unique tölt gait, provide an ideal means of exploration through the rugged terrain.

Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland

Situated in the stunning Scottish Highlands, the Gleneagles Equestrian School offers top-notch facilities, captivating scenery, and acclaimed accommodation. From scenic trail rides through woodlands, heather moors, and secluded glens to tailored programmes such as dressage clinics, show jumping lessons, and cross-country training, everyone is catered for.  


Swimming Destinations in Europe

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Bled, Slovenia - Aerial view of beautiful Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria on a small island at Lake BledLocated in the majestic Julian Alps, Lake Bled, and nearby Lake Bohinj offers magical spots for a rejuvenating wild swim. With a mild climate and calm, crystal-clear waters, they are ideal for leisurely swims or intense training sessions. The lake is 2 kilometers long, providing a thrilling challenge for accomplished open-water swimmers. Meanwhile, those less experienced will enjoy the 300-metre swim to the peaceful Bled Island. 

Luštica Peninsula and the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

This mesmerizing country offers fjords, lakes, rivers, and seas, making it perfect for open-water swimmers looking for variety amongst dramatic scenery. Forming the western boundary of the sought-after Bay of Kotor, the Luštica Peninsula is home to charming villages, hidden coves, secluded beaches, and calm, uncrowded waters. 


Tennis Destinations in Europe

Monte Carlo Country Club, France

While located 150 meters inside the French border, the Monte Carlo Country Club oozes the opulence and sophistication that Monaco is famous for. The club offers 21 world-class clay courts spread out in steps facing the sea and hard courts, squash courts, and exceptional instructors. It has hosted champions like Nadal and Federer and is the location for the ATP’s annual Monte Carlo Masters tournament. 

Bürgenstock Resort, Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Switzerland, Panoramic view on green Alps and lake Lucerne near Vitznau.Look no further than this contemporary hotel masterpiece for the ultimate tennis getaway. As well as a host of top-notch amenities, three spas, and outstanding dining options, you’ll find two state-of-the-art indoor courts called ‘Diamond Domes’ that will take any tennis lover’s breath away. The views from the courts are jaw-dropping, as is the standard of coaching and the caliber of the players hosting exclusive tennis clinics.


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With over 60 years of experience in the region and a reputation for excellence and reliability, Air Partner offers seamless and stress-free onward travel by private jet for travelers departing the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games, no matter where their post-event adventures may take them. 

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