There is no such thing as too old for adventure. On the contrary, the golden years are one of the best times to enjoy life’s finer things. There is nothing more rejuvenating than a relaxing holiday, whether you are sailing the balmy seas of Croatia or sampling vintage wines in Portugal. Are you planning your next getaway? Here are five age-friendly vacation ideas to add to your bucket list.
- Cycling Holiday in Sardinia
The enchanting Italian island of Sardinia is home to a stunning coastline that stretches for more than a thousand miles. Here, you will discover pristine beaches, secluded coves, rocky headlands, and ancient sites, all from the comfort of your bike. Indeed, a cycling holiday in Italy is one of the most relaxing, albeit adventurous, ways to spend quality time with your partner.
Learn about the island’s history through its fascinating landmarks and marvel at otherworldly beauty at the Valley of the Moon. After a long day, head to a local winery to try the famous Vermentino wines.
2. Walking Holiday in Spain
Sunkissed and spectacular, Spain boasts exotic landscapes that would take your breath away. Picture the green mountains of the Pyrenees, the canyons of Gran Canaria, the idyllic villages in Majorca, the orange groves of Mallorca, the charming coast of Catalonia and the snow-draped slopes of Picos de Europa.
The best way to experience all these is on a walking tour. In Spain, a romantic vibe permeates the air wherever you go – it doesn’t matter if you are in the middle of a medieval town in Andalusia or hiking on Camino de Santiago. And whatever part of the country you explore, you’re sure to find great food.
3. Narrow Boating in Warwickshire
A blend of culture and nature, Warwickshire offers a mosaic of scenic countryside, dainty villages, and historic towns, such as Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Spend an afternoon on the canal and hire a boat in Stratford upon Avon for a day, a weekend, or a week cruising the network of lovely canals and waterways that course through the charming county. Learn about its fascinating history through its centuries-old landmarks.
Along the route, discover the jaw-dropping Warwick Castle, the fascinating Hatton Flight, the vibrant neighbourhood of Kings Norton, and the Victorian spa town of Leamington. You can also take a side trip to nearby attractions, such as the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, the 14th-century Cathedral in Coventry, the 700-hundred-year-old Hinckley market and the lively pubs that line the streets of Stoke Bruerne.
4. Wine Tasting in Portugal
After years of living in the shadow of its more popular wine-producing neighbours, France, Italy and Spain, Portugal is getting the attention it deserves. Thanks to its world-class blends, Portugal is emerging as the new go-to of wine connoisseurs from across the globe. The UNESCO-listed Douro Valley is its oldest and most renowned wine region. Head there to enjoy the best Portuguese wines, including Muscat, several sparkling varieties, and the esteemed port. If you visit in September or October, you can participate in harvesting the grapes and squashing them in an old-fashioned winepress with your feet.
5. Sailing in Croatia
Known for its captivating coastline, glassy blue waters, pristine beaches, and over a thousand islands, Croatia is a dream for those who love to sail. Start your cruise in the beautiful city of Split as it is only a short trip away from the famed islands of Brac, Hvar and Korčula.
From Split, you can go all the way to the medieval city of Dubrovnik and visit its famous landmarks, such as the Old Town and the Game of Thrones filming sites. Don’t miss out on the lesser known but equally beautiful destinations, including the tranquil Šešula Bay in Solta, the historic town of Vis, the delightful village of Skradin and the magical island of Lavsa.