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Dublin named one of the best European destinations for fitness lovers



Dublin ranks in the top ten destinations for health-conscious travelers looking for an active holiday in 2024.

Many holidaymakers find that time away from home is the perfect opportunity to focus on mental and physical wellness.  In fact, a recent study found that 37% of holidaymakers would choose fitness activities over sipping a cocktail while on vacation!

With a 129% increase in people searching for ‘fitness retreats,’  it seems many don’t want a break from healthy habits when traveling abroad.

To find Europe’s active holiday hotspots, online travel agent loveholidays examined a number of factors, including the number of gyms, parks and sporting activities in each city.

London, Paris and Lisbon were revealed as the top three cities for active holiday makers. Istanbul came in number four, followed by Barcelona to round out the top five. Dublin earned the sixth spot on the list of best destinations for the fitness conscious.

“Whilst it’s perfectly understandable that most people just want to relax and unwind on holiday , some may prefer to keep up with their usual fitness routine,” says Al Murray, Chief Marketing Officer at loveholidays.

“Holidays are also a great opportunity to try new experiences so whether you’re just looking for a destination where you can get out for a run with a new backdrop or an excuse to try a totally new activity, these destinations have plenty to offer.”

The top 20 European destinations for fitness lovers

  1. London, United Kingdom
  2. Paris, France
  3. Lisbon, Portugal
  4. Istanbul, Turkey
  5. Barcelona, Spain
  6. Dublin, Ireland
  7. Prague, Czechia
  8. Rome, Italy
  9. Madrid, Spain
  10. Athens, Greece
  11. Bucharest, Romania
  12. Berlin, Germany
  13. Vienna, Austria
  14. Milan, Italy
  15. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  16. Glasgow, United Kingdom
  17. Budapest, Hungary
  18. Brussels, Belgium
  19. Belgrade, Serbia
  20. Manchester, United Kingdom

Find out more about the best destinations for sports and fitness lovers here

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