Coming into the Old Country

Living well is a European tradition, but playing hard is the continent's secret passion. We discover five towns where you'll be both challenged and charmed.

The 21st-century grand tour: mountain-biking near Chamonix     Photo: John-Norris.com

Beyond the museums and Brie, Europe is a wild continent packed with adventure hot spots, where you can follow a day of hard play with a vintage Chateau Margaux. From Chamonix, France's alpine-sports hub, to Girona, Spain's cycling-mad town, we uncover five hamlets with unstoppable spirit and Old World Class.
Chamonix
High Times in the High Alps
Voss
Where the Nors Gods Play
Arco
Gnocchi by the Lake
Girona
Lance's Spanish Retreat
Mayrhofen
Austrian Allure
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