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:

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.
High Times in the High Alps
Where the Nors Gods Play
Gnocchi by the Lake
Lance's Spanish Retreat
Austrian Allure
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