A recreational as well as competitive adventure sports, paragliding is gaining popularity across the globe. Interestingly, paragliding not only opens doors for travellers to travel to remote corners and create employment opportunities but also is one of the air sports which leaves very little negative effect on the environment.
One of the best places to paragliding is in the Alps in Europe. But do remember, whether you are a beginner or an experienced one, love flying in tandem or solo, there are a host of house rules to be followed. Here is our favourite places in Europe.
Soar above this 19th century castle and the mountains surrounding it in the Bavarian Alps in Germany. Located on a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau, the palace is said to have inspired Walt Disney. The hill usually sees a spate of paragliding between March and October. You can get there from Munich.
Tucked in the Austrian Alps, East Tyrol is known for its historic sites, folk culture and ski resorts. The mountains here are attracting paragliders because of the friendly weather conditions. According to paragliding enthusiasts, the region has extremely stable weather conditions. Tandem flying is quite popular in Lienz. Do not miss the views of the Dolomites Mountains. You can reach Lienz from Innsbruck.
Stable air currents and fine views are the twin reasons why paragliders are heading to this largest of the Canary Islands. The weather conditions are suitable for beginners. Hence you will find flying schools offering tandem flights and lessons too. You may either fly into any of the two airports in Tenerife or take a ferry from the southern coast of Spain.
Val di Fiemme
Located in the Trentino province of northern Italy, this region has gained popularity with paragliding enthusiasts. Enjoy panoramic views of the Lagorai chain and he Dolomites Mountains. Tandem flights are popular here. You may visit Val di Fiemme from Rome and many other places.
Dune du Pyla, Gironde
This paragliding site in France is considered one of the best sites in Western Europe. One may go paragliding any time of the year. Apart from the great views, paragliders have the opportunity to try different techniques. It is a favourite with experienced pargliders. You may travel from Paris, Bordeaux and other places.