Paragliding holidays

Surf the air and carve shapes in the sky


Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
HomeAway travel expert


Paragliding in Savoie, France.Anyone experienced in paragliding knows how dependable the high-adrenaline pursuit is on weather. The sacred word in this sport is ‘flyability’. Your chosen destination might have a monsoon season, periods of high winds, or bouts of low gathering clouds, all issues you will want to factor in when choosing your location and time period. If your chosen destination has a climate more predictable than the British Isles, for instance, it may be easier to determine good seasons! Rest assured HomeAway have an excellent list of holiday rentals in superb locations for paragliding.

After a day perfecting your thermalling technique and surfing the waves in the sky, what better way to relax and recuperate for the following morning than recreating a home from home experience in one of our rentals? The destinations below are all prime paragliding locations, as well as diverse in history, culture and cuisine. Whether you want to retire to a stylish, minimalistic apartment or wind down in a cosy cottage rental, you can tailor your search to your specific needs. HomeAway have listed the following destinations with the avid glider in mind, but we have included local attractions, natural beauty spots, and exceptional dishes distinctive to the destinations, if you do decide to set a day aside to explore on foot!

 


 

Top five destinations for paragliding holidays


   

Paragliding holidays in Nakhon Ratchasima and Phuket,Thailand Paragliding holidays in Nakhon Ratchasima and Phuket,Thailand

 

Thailand is a superb destination to surf the clouds with exceptional paragliding centres. Notable areas include Khoa Son, in Suan Phueng located in the central province of Ratchaburi, and Khao Sadao in Sik Hiu located in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima. There are numerous paragliding clubs in these destinations, as well as wider organisations such as the The Thaiglider Club where you can buy lifetime membership or cover yourself for three months or a year. Paragliders flock in their thousands to Thailand each year, and have formed an international community in this small country, craving the beach-landings on Patong's sandy shores, friendly local bar scenes and scrumptious Thai curries. With Bangkok's increasing popularity with holidaymakers, you can combine the bustling, cosmopolitan atmosphere of the capital with a paragliding excursion.

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Paragliding holidays in southern Turkey Paragliding holidays in southern Turkey

Any experienced pilot will find it difficult to resist Turkey’s charms. The country has magnificent paragliding locations, perhaps the most famous being Oludeniz, situated in the province of Mugla on the exquisite Turquoise coast. Babadað, a mountain in the same province, has also been praised for its impressive launch spots. Mount Tahtali, in the Antalya Province, is close to the fringe of the southern coast, and nearby towns include Kemer, a gorgeous seaside resort, and the city of Antalya. Tahtali is a brilliant destination to take off into the skies, offering a phenomenal view of the majestic mountain crests. In the evening, sample the fantastic lamb based dishes of Tava, cooked with potatoes, onions and tomatoes, and Kuzu Güveç, lamb cooked with eggplant.

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Paragliding holidays in Lefkada, Greece. Paragliding holidays in Lefkada, Greece.

Lefkada is an idyllic Greek Island located in the Ionian Sea, and an edenic spot for paragliding. With a coastline of 117 km, there is ample opportunity to take off into the skies and perfect your landing on the white sands. You can take an excursion, circling the islets of Madouri and Sparti, and stopping at the largest islet, Meganisi, to explore. For dinner, choose from a plethora of seafood dishes, or sample a Souvlakia kebab or Dolmadakia; stuffed vine leaves with mince.

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Paragliding holidays in Norfolk, England. Paragliding holidays in Norfolk, England.

 

The English county of Norfolk in East Anglia is a brilliant destination for paragliding, with a collection of ideal flying sites. The Norfolk Hand gliding and Paragliding Club have a selection of designated spots, Hill Farm in Fransham being their home site with two grass runways of 0.7km and 1.1km. You can pay the beautiful city of Norwich a visit, the home of a stunning cathedral and a medieval fortress, and a remarkable number of alehouses! Alternatively, visit The Broads, a web of serene lakes and rivers and eat traditional fish and chips by the water.

 

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Paragliding holidays in Slovenia Paragliding holidays in Slovenia

More and more holidaymakers are visting Slovenia, mesmerised by the beauty of Lake Bled and the majestic castle overlooking the water, as well as the romantic capital city, Ljubljana. There is ample opportunity to paraglide in the Julian Alps, with various centres scattered around the area as a port of call. Lijak is another brilliant paragliding location, situated in the municipality of Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Famed for its excellent take-off points, you can soar the skies and gain a spectacular view of the village of Trnovo’s stunning landscape.

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Holiday Cottages in Norfolk,

Old Rectory House

Overview: The Old Rectory House is a Georgian country house offering luxurious group accommodation near Swaffham. Built circa 1750 the family home and guest house is situated in an exceptional and unspoilt rural position with an outstanding view ...

Meadow Manor

Overview: Meadow Manor is a beautiful Manor House with parts dating back to the 16th century. The house has a stunning cliff top position overlooking the sea in the delightful village of Mundesley and direct beach access from the private garden. ...

Inglethorpe Hall

Overview: Built in 1745, Inglethorpe Hall was once a substantial North Norfolk private estate and residence. Still set in thirty acres of private grounds and parkland, it offers exceptional views across the Wash and is just one of a few Grade II*...

Cottage in King's Lynn - MIHOU

QUIRKY DETACHED COTTAGE BENEFITTING FROM A PRIVATE HOT TUB Set in this quiet location on the edge of vast tranquil woodland near the Babingley Stream this charming cottage is reached via long private road set within a handful of quiet grand reside...

COURTYARD BARN 2, pet friendly in Coltishall, Ref 913889

Courtyard Barn 2 is a single-storey barn conversion in the quiet village of Skeyton, five miles from the village of Coltishall in Norfolk. This cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms, consisting of one double with en-suite shower and one twin,...
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