There are dozens of destinations on our planet that athletes of all types covet. We have selected five of our current favourites!
Because that’s where the Ironman World Championship has been held since 1978
Every fall, the Kailua-Kona region on the island of Hawaii hosts the famous race that rivals all other challenges. Many want to bask in the 26°C water of the bay, but performance enthusiasts can’t help but get carried away by the spirit of the Ironman that has lived on the island for more than 40 years. A destination to cheer on the champions or take part of in the competition.
Pokhara in Nepal
Because it’s the capital of extreme sports
Less known than Kathmandu, Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal. Quieter, less polluted and located at the edge of Lake Phéwa, it attracts hikers to the mountains and those looking to take a boat ride. But it’s also the stomping grounds of extreme sports fans from around the world. Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, all kinds of extreme sports take place here: mountain biking, climbing, canyoning, rafting, kayaking and even paragliding. A destination filled with adrenaline.
For his crazy hikes
Croatia is not just about the beautiful islands and intense blue sea. The country is also full of natural parks with spectacular hikes in magical landscapes. A paradise for hikers, Croatia offers itineraries for all levels and tastes: trails that climb to the ridges, waterfalls, dizzying gorges, turquoise lakes, cliffs that overlook the sea and, always, the more gorgeous sunsets. A breathtaking destination, in every sense of the word.
For its 12,000 km of bike paths
When you love cycling, the Tour de France is not the only bicycle race to get excited about. Denmark has earned an enviable place in the hearts of amateur cyclists. The smallest of the three Scandinavian countries offers exceptional bike paths, including 11 national cycle routes totaling 4,000 km. What’s more, Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, was recently voted the best cycling city in the world, no doubt for its 1,000 km of individual paths. The ultimate destination for four-season cycling.
To discover the site of the 2020 Olympic Games
The capital of the Empire of the Rising Sun is preparing to host the largest sports event in the world. Now is the time to visit the future Olympic facilities, but also to take the opportunity to train in one of the world’s major marathon cities. From the Imperial Palace to Kumotori Hill, and to the man-made island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay, runners will find something to their delight. But please don’t forget to respect the Japanese rules of courtesy, such as running in the same direction or in a single file. The hottest destination for Olympic sports fans.