Europe continues to be a very popular tourist destination, with 713 million visitors in 2018 alone. While Australians are spoiled for choice when it comes to sea-based adventures, Europe also boasts plenty of coastal thrills. Rafting is a traditional water-based activity on offer in countries such as Germany, for example. But for those wanting to try something a little different, however, there are several lesser-known adventures to be had on sea, all over the world.
Experiencing Carnival’s new Mardi Gras Ship
A particularly exciting development in the world of sea-based adventure is the Mardi Gras Ship, by Carnival. Due to set sail for the first time in 2020 from ports across Europe, the Mardi Gras offers a way of bringing water-based and land-based adventure together. This is thanks to the onboard roller coaster – something never seen before on a ship. This sort of feature may have been the reason for the increase in the 28 million passengers on cruises last year.
Sailing on a spooky yacht in Scotland
Voted the most beautiful country in 2017, Scotland is a must-visit. With over 6,000 miles of coastline on the mainland alone, the country’s natural beauty comes with a range of memorable water-based activities for visitors. It is particularly worth taking the opportunity to sail on a vintage yacht on Scottish waters. This will enable you to take in the stunning surroundings whilst bringing a sense of adventure to the experience. For those seeking a spooky thrill, Rannoch Moor is a deserted but beautiful bog-heavy moorland, whose stillness becomes particularly haunting at night. In daylight, however, its beauty is there for all to see.
Swimming with loggerhead turtles in Greece
For lovers of wildlife and adventure, you can’t get much better than swimming with turtles. The island of Zante in Greece is the only place in Europe where this is possible, with loggerhead turtles coming in the summer to nest. The fact that loggerheads are an endangered species makes swimming with them in the open sea all the more unforgettable. In order to increase your chance of being able to do so, however, it is advisable to have flexibility when it comes to planning what days to swim.
Europe: offering a host of sea-based adventures
These are just a few of the unique adventures worth experiencing at sea. Whatever your interests, location, budget and available time, there is something to suit all sea-loving adrenaline-seekers. Just be sure to research costs, as well as the best time of year to go and get the most out of your trip. Happy adventuring!
This Guest Post is by Jennifer Dawson.