Showcasing some classic locations in new light whilst adding a wonderful active element, a scenic walking holiday in Europe enhances your time away visiting some spectacular destinations.
Uncovering classics from a walking perspective, we take a look at what you can expect as you step into some of the world’s finest countryside.
A definite favoured destination for many UK travellers, it is easy to understand the appeal of Spain.
Lovely beaches, deep and varied history, an extremely generous climate and fascinating cites – Spain has it all.
Add a vast and wonderfully scenic countryside to the mix and readers are presented with a fantastic concoction of holiday goodness.
Tracing all the way back to the Romans, deeply historic locations connected by lush rolling landscapes include Tarragona, La Mora and Tamarit.
Venturing to the south, deep into the mountains, Sierra de Mijas stretches along the country’s Mediterranean coastline.
Befitting the holiday lifestyle perfectly, the area is a world away from the busy atmosphere of cities.
Soak up the sun, enjoy the scenery and briefly sample the relaxing countryside way of life as you wander through quiet villages connected by paths venturing amongst rich scenery with intriguing historic features dotted around this beautiful region.
Continuing with the mountainous theme, Costa Blanca is well worth thinking about.
Here lies some of the finest walking country in Spain.
Huge rising mountains dominate the region with a network of different routes weaving their way amongst them, passing some charming traditional villages along the way.
A part of the country with agricultural roots sitting to the north of stylish Valencia, the Orange Blossom Coast is another magnificent walking experience.
Lesser known than perhaps the countryside of Catalonia or the Costa Blanca, this wonderful stretch of coastline still lies slightly under the radar.
Often referred to as ‘the Orchard’, readers based in the famous resort of Benicassim are guided out into excellent walking countryside where you will come face to face with the Desert of the Palms, Sierra de Irta and the Sierra de Espadan.
Travelling across the waters of the Mediterranean, discover iconic island destinations all over again with well-crafted walking itineraries.
Menorca, Mallorca and Tenerife each have plenty to offer both first-time visitors and island veterans seeking to rekindle their passion of these glorious island escapes.
Enjoy the climate as you are expertly guided on ventures throughout, serving up some excellent experiences throughout the journey.
Where to begin? The ‘Beautiful Country’ is another excellent destination of choice for readers.
Whether exploring the history of the cities, wandering along the shores of iconic lakes or exploring the countryside along the coast and further in-land in regions like Tuscany, Italy has more than its fair share of highlights.
Along the coast, the traditional villages of the Cinque Terre climbing in-land are colourful and some of the most photographed places in Italy.
The great lake, Maggiore is the second largest in Italy. Sheltered slightly from the elements by the Alps, the shoreline is awash with vegetation and exotic plant life.
Following the coast westwards, the sights of the Italian Riviera have captured the imagination of visitors for centuries.
Inspiring the works of creatives from around the world including icons such as the famous painter Monet, the tremendous appeal of the riviera since British tourists first holidayed in the region in the 19th century remains.
On Europe’s Atlantic coast, Portugal enjoys a climate fed by streams of hot air arriving in the country from the African continent.
During available itineraries, different experiences feature the hustle and bustle of Lisbon, one of Europe’s oldest cities, a stunning National Park, a venture to Cape St Vincent – the most south-westerly point on the continent and the Algarve’s famous coastline.
Growing in popularity, huge stretches of unspoilt coastline and countryside attract walkers from across the world.
Along this famous coast lie some of the finest beaches on the planet, some tucked away in pretty coves where you can get away from it all and unwind.
Well-placed to border-hop to neighbouring Italy and Austria, a walking venture to the Julian Alps of Slovenia can be the ultimate lakes and mountains holiday.
Splitting time between Slovenia and Italy gives readers the chance to take in the sight of iconic Lake Bled, the mountain beauty of Kranjska Gora with a further possibility of visiting the Carinthia province in the south of Austria, famous for its sparkling blue lakes.
A part of the world often visited during a river cruise following some of the world’s greatest waterways, discover countryside along the banks of three famous rivers flowing through Germany on a walking holiday.
Also spending time across the border in Prague, city and countryside are combined, catering to different tastes.
Standing at the confluence, time spent in Passau marks the focal point of our walking holiday with three different featured walks tackling the rivers Ilz, Inn and Danube.
At 250 metres deep, the Danube Gorge is one of the most impressive sights in Europe.
Dramatic scenery around every corner, readers visiting Romania’s delightful Alpine countryside will find idyllic scenery, saxon-era towns, postcard-perfect villages and historic landmarks including Bran Castle, inspiration for Dracula’s castle in the famous novel from Bram Stroker.
A region steeped in lore and legend, different walks shed light on the beauty and history of this fascinating part of the world.
Another classic destination, our featured itineraries take readers to the beautiful islands of Greece in search of splendid walking country.
Crete and Evia, both rich in history and culture, attract walkers thanks to their blend of landscapes served by a generous helping of sunshine and lovely beaches.
Both islands offer a different perspective on the country away from the crowds of the ancient capital Greece.
Whether taking to the water and visiting the former fortress and leper colony Spinalonga or the ancient acropolis of Eretria, experiences are aplenty on these beautiful islands with walks taking readers through old villages, chestnut woods, along serene coastlines and up into the mountains, covering as much as possible.
Discovering the south of France on a walking tour paints the country in a different, incredibly scenic light.
Actively setting off exploring beautiful countryside lets readers follow in the footsteps of artists with much of the country immortalised in canvas hanging in museums around the world – Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso and Salvador Dali all spent time in this striking part of the country.
Alongside the countryside, famous towns and cities are handily close by.
Roman Arles, home to a well-preserved amphitheatre, and a hop over the border – Barcelona, give readers the chance to experience important cultural sites including a well-preserved Arles Amphitheatre and of course, Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia designed by the iconic artist Gaudi whose influence can be felt throughout the city.
Imagine yourself wandering through stunning mountainous landscapes, deep gorges and rolling green fields.
Poland’s Tatra mountain region, next door to the historic city of Krakow is made up of all these wonderful ingredients.
An essential destination for the walkers amongst you, the wildlife, lakes and sheer alpine scenery of the region complemented by a raft journey close to the Slovakian border, create fantastic walking memories for travellers.