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Bicycle tours and hiking tours in Europe in our unique self-guided format is what we do! It is the Pure Adventures mission to provide exceptional self guided cycling and hiking tour services that allow our clients to experience their destination in their own unique way. Pure Adventures was awarded BEST TRIP FOR 2009 by National Geographic Adventure!

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4 Things You Should Know Before Hiking Spain's Camino Trail

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 4:12 PM

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One of the world's oldest pilgrimage routes, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela across northern Spain is an unforgettable hiking experience. For more than 1000 years, pilgrims from all over Europe were attracted by the grave...

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9 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in the Southwest

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 2:49 PM


On July 4, the United States celebrates its 238th birthday. Whether the Fourth of July kicks off your summer vacation or just have the day off, here are nine great ways to celebrate our amazing country.

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30 Bucket-List Summer Adventures

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 1:59 PM

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Let's face it: Summer is way too short. While technically summer lasts from June 21 to September 22, traditionally the vacation months for many travelers are July and August, and those 62 days...

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5 Reasons to Cycle Mallorca

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 3:47 PM

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Spain continues to be one of Pure Adventures' most popular cycling destinations, with tours offering  flat to rolling countryside, charming villages, vineyards, castles, Roman history, and museums. Majorca (Mallorca...

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3 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Our National Parks -- For Free!

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 9:35 AM


Self-guided cycling and hiking vacations are the original green travel holiday, especially when you book with Pure Adventures.  By its very nature, a self-guided program uses less energy because less vehicle support is required. Pure Adventures chooses eco-friendly hotels...
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Eating at the World's Best Restaurant: El Celler de Can Roca

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 12:34 PM

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Pure Adventures self-guided cycling tours allow travelers the opportunity to experience a region's cuisine and restaurants at their own pace and taste, unlike group tours that may choose...

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Ireland's 7 Best Trails, Pubs and Festivals for Cyclists

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2014 | 1:05 PM


Since 2004, Pure Adventures has offered self-guided cycling vacations in Ireland, the home of St. Patrick, the country's most famous patron. While little is known about his early life, St. Patrick's influence on religion and culture...

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Mary Jane Colter's Indelible Impression on the Grand Canyon

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 10:32 AM

American architect Mary Jane Colter is often described as a perfectionist. As one of the few female architects working in the United States between 1910 and 1950, Coulter's passion for history figured strongly into the iconic buildings she designed. While Colter had a long and successful career throughout the US...

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14 Things We Love About Italy

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 3:00 PM


Italy is a top travel destination for cyclists for good reason: challenging hills, temperate climate, mouth-watering cuisine and fascinating history all make for an unforgettable holiday. Year after year, our self-guided bicycle vacations in Italy continue to be Pure Adventures'...

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Spain's Picture-perfect Cycling Trails

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 9:52 AM


Spain is one Pure Adventures' top-selling self-guided cycling destinations. The country's pleasant climate and extraordinary cuisine are natural reasons to want to visit Spain, but when our travelers return from their vacations, the first thing they say is they can't believe...

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4 Dos and Don'ts for Safe Cycling in Death Valley

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 2:58 PM

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Visiting Death Valley is a bucket list item for many mountain bikers and travelers. Nowhere else on earth will you find the unique geological features and breathtaking features found in our country's largest...
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6 Reasons to Hike Zion National Park

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 9:29 AM

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Utah's Zion National Park is rich in history, a land once dominated by dinosaurs and inhabited by ancient natives and pioneers. The peaks and valleys themselves were carved by glaciers,...

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Brewpubs to Burgers: The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Arizona

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 2:34 PM


After a day on the desert single track eating only trail mix, the occasional granola bar and lukewarm energy drinks, food is top of mind for all cyclists and hikers on our new Arizona tours. If it's your first time visiting Pure Adventure's...

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8 Weird Facts About Death Valley (and Why You Need to See it to Believe it)

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 1:01 PM


Death Valley is synonymous with extremes: extremely hot, extremely arid, extremely mystical. But despite the legendary crossing of the first emigrants to cross death valley in 1849, Death Valley still draws millions of tourists every year, all attracted to this geographic rogue. Pure...

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How to Take your U.S. Cell Phone to Europe and Not Go Broke

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 12:33 PM


Whether you've picked Spain, Portugal or Italy for your self guided cycling tour , chances are you'd like to stay connected with friends or family using email or social media. You may also want to use GPS or other navigation apps...

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5 Fado Facts (and the best places in Portugal to experience it)

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 8:40 AM

Fado is traditional folk music popular in the Lisbon area of Portugal. Melancholy by nature, the music includes instruments like guitars and mandolins with one Fadista singing poetic lyrics related to darker elements of love, death and...
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Where to Find the Best Paella in Spain

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 11:49 AM

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Did you know that Paella and other rice dishes used to be considered a poor man's food? Since rice was widely available and relatively cheap, farmers...

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How to Prepare for a Bike Holiday in Ireland (Without Riding Your Bike)

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 1:49 PM

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Congratulations! After months of saving and researching destinations, you've booked a self guided cycling holiday to Ireland! But now what? Four Pure Adventures travelers...

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A Vegan's Survival Guide to Travelling in Ireland

(7) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 2:35 PM

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In a part of the world where the number of sheep outnumber the people, vegan cyclists might cross Ireland off of their list of dream holiday destinations. But with research, patience with...

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5 Reasons Why Active Family Travel Is Growing

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 2:23 PM


People take vacations for a variety of reasons; some to rest, some to discover new places, and others to experience unique adventures. Still others like to travel as a family, to experience a new place and try new things together. Active travel is...

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