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A new study has revealed that Dublin is in the top ten for the best holiday spots in Europe for sports and fitness enthusiasts.

With a 143% increase in people searching for ‘fitness retreats Europe’, and a recent study finding that 37% of holidaymakers would choose fitness activities over sipping a cocktail while on holiday, it seems anecdotally, many don’t want a break from healthy habits when booking their holiday this year.

With opportunities for cycling and hiking, for example, where are the best destinations in Europe to travel to?

Dublin bikes (Pic: InsideIreland.ie)

Looking at factors such as the number of parks, gyms, tennis courts and more, a study by loveholidays has revealed the best cities in Europe for those looking to stick to their healthy lifestyles while travelling.

The top 20 destinations for fitness lovers

London takes the top spot for fitness fans also wanting a city break, with 187 parks and over 151 fitness centres and gyms to choose from – not to mention the almost 9,000 fitness-related activities listed around the city.

Rank City Country
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

Paris comes in second place and again is home to plenty of parks, 174 in fact, so lots of outdoor space to get active whilst exploring. Lisbon, Istanbul and Barcelona round off the top five best fitness destinations.

Dublin is sixth in the table.

The factors used in the research methodology including the numbers of parks, activities, gym and fitness clubs, sporting clubs were found using TripAdvisor scraped from each city.

Aviva stadium, Dublin (Pic: InsideIreland.ie)

Stadiums over 30,000 capacity, the number of tennis courts, soccer teams and rugby clubs in the city in question were other factors.

Dublin boasts a number of parks popular with walkers and joggers, including the National Botanic Gardens, Merrion Square, Iveagh Gardens, Phoenix Park and St Stephen’s Green.

St Stephen’s Green (Pic: InsideIreland.ie)

Al Murray, Chief Marketing Officer at loveholidays, said:

“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. 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.”

This dataset ranked 70 UK & EU cities, based on their sporting and fitness amenities. To do this, eight different factors were considered for the UK & EU.

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