Rather than your everyday family getaways, soft adventure travel specialists at Off The Map Travel have hand-picked their top summer holiday spots that will not only take you away from the crowded resort, but deliver an adventure fit for the whole family.
Soft adventure holidays are perfect for families as they include activities suitable for all ages. Soft Adventure incorporates all of the creature comforts and luxury you want from a holiday with activities that will get adults’ and kids’ pulse racing.
Unlike other operators, Off The Map Travel do everything possible to maintain a consistent pricing structure throughout the year whether it be for school summer holidays or not.
West Swedish Province of Dalsland
Known as Sweden’s Lake province, it is a traditional and tranquil corner of western Sweden that is characterised by dense forests in the northwestern uplands and lakes in the east.
Choose from a luxury apartment to a traditional Swedish wooden Stuga and use the time to get back to nature, ride a horse, kayak, explore the lakes on a motor boat, brave the zip-line or high ropes course or even spend an evening with a guide searching for the local Beaver.
A highlight of your trip would be to spend a night under the stars in your own tepee. Swim in the lake and explore the surrounding area. In the evening cook dinner on an open fire whilst watching the stars above. In the morning enjoy waking up to the magnificent view while having your freshly made breakfast delivered to your door.
Gozo is a small Maltese island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. The island is the second biggest island in the Maltese archipelago and is separated from Malta by only 5 kilometres of sea but feels a million miles away as it is distinctly different.
On the island you can stay in a choice of luxury private farmhouses from which you can explore the island with a guide walking, cycling, horse riding, on your own boat, climbing/abseiling or snorkelling.
A great way to see the real island of Gozo is through an eco-tour that will introduce you to local people in their working environment to understand where some of the local food comes from. It’s a great balance of food, people, site-seeing and trying out traditional Gozo games.
The Åland Islands
The Åland Islands form a beautiful archipelago in the Baltic Sea at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia. Åland is an autonomous region with its own flag, stamps and duty-free status.
It is a Swedish-speaking region of Finland with its own laid-back relaxing feel taking influences from both countries – whilst retaining its own individual culture. Due to its longitude, Aland experiences wonderful long summer days.
Stay in your own house with a sea view with access to boats, kayaks, and fishing rods from which you can explore the culture and action including hiking the islands walks, cycling, boat trips, swimming and of course sampling some of the islands famous fishing spots.
The Spanish Pyrenees
The Pyrenees Mountains straddle the border between France and Spain and offer some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery.
The region of Aragon is located away from the main tourist destinations and ski resorts and so provides a peaceful and authentic Spanish experience. Small rustic villages and towns are dotted throughout the landscape offering a view of rural Spanish life including all of their festivals and markets.
Stay in a family-run, beautifully restored self-catering apartment from which you can opt for any of the local activities including paragliding, canyoning, white-water rafting, hiking, horse riding and sightseeing flights.
Off The Map Travel is a tour company that specialises in organising tailor-made Soft Adventure holidays in stunning destinations that are off the regular travel routes and adventurous with a luxurious touch.
Jonny Cooper, director of Off The Map Travel explains: “Soft adventure is all about making an adventure accessible to everyone in the family whilst providing it with the touch of luxury you associate with a holiday.”
“Our destinations have been hand selected to be a little off-the-beaten-track yet provide great facilities for the discerning traveller. It’s all about having fun and creating memories – and our top summer destinations are sure to do that for any family.”
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