Looking to pair the Eiffel Tower with some trail runs? Want to keep up your Fartlek training while you’re in France? We’ve gathered up the best running holidays in Europe for you that provide hand-picked trails, great coaches, and some of Europe’s top destinations.
These are no ordinary trips. We know how exhausting it can be to be stuck on a bus for hours each day, to go shoulder-to-shoulder with a thousand tourists to see a single painting, or to have your vacation get in the way of your regular running routine.
These trips are for travelers who want to see Europe in a new light. As runners ourselves who’ve lived in both California and France, running is a powerful way to explore a new place. We’ve seen that power firsthand (running through vineyards in the morning and then enjoying wine from that vineyard in the afternoon!), and we want to share the joys of running holidays in Europe with you.
So if you’re looking for a way to see your favorite European countries while still getting your miles in (get used to calling them kilometers!), stick around. We’ve got 7 of the best European running holidays for you, along with a few honorable mentions.
Let’s lace up and get going!
- Soak Up The Sun With This Spain Running Holiday
- Enjoy Ales And Trails With This UK Running Holiday
- Step Into The Scandinavian Summer With This Norway Running Holiday
- Go Green With These Ireland Running Holidays
- Take On The Land Of Fire And Ice With This Iceland Running Holiday
- Indulge In Trails And Snails With This France Running Holiday
- Drink Espresso And Hit The Trails With This Italy Running Holiday
Soak Up The Sun With This Spain Running Holiday
If the idea of exploring medieval villages, running alongside (and diving in) Mediterranean beaches, and eating your fill of tapas sounds like a dream, this Spain running holiday by Run The World Adventures has your name all over it.
Over 7 days and 130km (you can take a sneak peek of a descent here), you’ll get to experience what makes life in the Costa Brava region so rich. Plus, with Run The World Adventures’ decade of experience, you’ll know you’re in good hands.
Other Running Holidays in Spain
Obsessed with red wines from Rioja, Spain? If you’re not yet, you might be after Trails and Vines’ Rioja Spain running adventure.
This weeklong trip in Rioja, located in the northern part of Spain, features great food, seemingly endless wine, and a charming setup. This is a base camp-style retreat, meaning you’ll be in the same beautiful farmhouse each night, giving you the chance to relax from your runs, catch up with your new friends, and plan your next adventure.
Enjoy Ales And Trails With This UK Running Holiday
If there’s an English running challenge that’s always tempted us, it’s the idea of criss-crossing England by trail. Add on top of that the chance to enjoy some of the region’s best ales, and you’ve sold us.
That’s what Tour de Trails offers with Coast2Coast Pub2Pub and 300+ kilometers over 10 days on the trail (plus 2 days of time to recover and/or have some more pints). The standing record for pints enjoyed responsibly over the trip is at 50.
While we can’t say for certain that drink training counts as cross-training, this UK running holiday sure has us rethinking our stance.
Other Running Holidays in The United Kingdom
For a UK running holiday that takes you up to Scotland’s Glasgow Harbor and the lochs of the Knoydart Peninsula, you might be interested in Aire Libre’s Scotland running retreat.
In this 6-day adventure, you’ll find yourself among the untouched environment of the Scottish highlands, running, and taking in lochside meditations.
Step Into The Scandinavian Summer With This Norway Running Holiday
The joys of a trail running adventure are that they often emphasize adventure just as much as they do trail running. That’s what makes Trail Run Adventures’ 7-day Norway trip stand out to us.
Not only do you get to do some of the world’s best trail running backdropped by fjords, the Troll Wall (Europe’s tallest vertical rock face), and glaciers, but you get to have good old-fashioned adventures, too. We’re talking hiking, canyoning, white water rafting, kayaking in an UNESCO fjord, yoga, and more.
Other Running Holidays in Northern Europe
While there are many kinds of runners, there are two categories we find most fall into: those who eat to run, and those who run to eat.
If you love running because you get a blank slate to eat, it’s worth checking out Go Running Tours’ Danish Gastronomy Run Holiday. During these four days, you’ll pair lovely trail runs along the beach and through the forests with local vineyards, breweries, and maybe – just maybe – a dinner at one of the world’s best restaurants.
Go Green With These Ireland Running Holidays
While you may have an idea of what Ireland is about, Rogue Expeditions’ Run Ireland trips let you in on some Irish adventures that are well worth having.
From cozy pubs and towering castles to wind-whipped cliffs and eye-poppingly green hills, their two trips – the Classic Ireland Route and the Hidden Northwest – are both gems.
Other Running Holidays in Ireland
It wouldn’t be a conversation about Ireland if we didn’t mention how lucky you are to have some other great Irish options. We’ll mention two. For the adventure-minded, Vacation Races plans an 8-day Ireland running vacation a few times a year, complete with falconry, archery, and more than a few glasses of whiskey.
For a mix of mindful running to go with the charms of cliffs and castles, check out the women-only Ireland Trail Running + Wellness Retreat by Run Wild Retreats.
Take On The Land Of Fire And Ice With These Iceland Running Holidays
For an epic run through geothermal mountains and hot springs, the Laugavegur Trail knows no equal. And there may be no better company to explore it with than Iceland’s own Arctic Running.
With their guides, you can enjoy the Laugavegur Trail in 1, 2, or 3 days, or take on a weeklong Iceland running adventure.
Other Running Holidays In Iceland
From snowmobiling to hot springs and runs by glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, and lava fields, Rogue Expeditions’ Run Iceland tour is a breathtaking introduction to running the Land of Ice and Fire.
Indulge In Trails And Snails With This France Running Holiday
If we told you it was possible to travel to France in the summer and not drown in tourists, would you believe us? It is when you take the high road through the French Pyrénées with Aire Libre.
This stunning 6-day running adventure in France features remote high mountain passes, local foods, and a base camp at 2,400m (or just over 7,800’!).
Other Running Holidays In France
While there are plenty of Mont Blanc tours and running adventures and training camps, we’re going to put the emphasis on the best running holidays in Europe with this honorable mention: Trails and Vines’ weeklong run adventure in Bergerac, France. Situated just outside of the world-renowned Bordeaux region, you’re in for a week of vineyard runs and winery visits.
Drink Espresso And Hit The Trails With This Italy Running Holiday
While no one ever accused the Dolomites in Italy as being easy, you can at least make the challenge a bit more luxurious with Holimites’ Trail Running + Wellness Retreat.
Over this 6-day Italy running tour you’ll pair breathtaking (and tough!) trails with four-star hotels in Sud-Tyrol. Wind down each day with a glass of wine, in the spa, or just by taking in the calming mountain views.
Other Running Holidays In Italy
Get a taste of Slovenia and Italy in this Guided South Tyrolean Dolomites + Slovenia Trail Running Vacation by Runcation. For runners who want a taste of Slovenian Alps, Italy’s Dolomites, Alpine lakes, and some castles, too, this 7-day tour is waiting for you.
Finding More Running Holidays
While these are some of our favorite running holidays in Europe, you might be interested in seeing where else around the world your next running vacation might take you. Or if you’re looking to stay within the US, our guide to the 2023 running retreats has some nice selections from all over the country (personally, we’re torn between Arizona and Vermont).