Walking is one of the best forms of exercise for people of all ages. Spending your vacation walking is a great way to forget about all of your worries and just enjoy the wonderful things that you see along the way. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes and layered clothing in case the weather changes. Here are Europe’s 6 best walking holiday destinations.
Iceland is a stunning country and it has the lowest population density in all of Europe. There are plenty of fabulous local trails close to the capital city of Reykjavík to explore. But if you are looking for something a little more adventurous it is best to rent a car. You can wander along the sea cliffs, red beaches, and rugged terrain of the West fjords; explore the “bay of trails” of the East Fjords; or check out Laugavegur highland wilderness trail.
Italy is a fabulous place for walking and you can join guided tour groups or hire a company that will do all of the work for you. Italy is a beautiful country and you can trek the Dolomites in northern Italy, stroll along the extensive coast, or wander over the gentle rolling hills of Tuscany. You can either book different accommodation for each night, or if you’d prefer to focus on exploring certain areas, you could book Italian villas in a couple of different areas, and then complete all the walks in those areas. With all this walking, you will build up an appetite so make sure you stop for some fabulous local food and wine along the way.
There are many brilliant walks in Germany, however one of the most historically significant is in Berlin. From 1961 until 1989 The Berlin Wall divided Berlin. This was a dramatic time in German history and it is a fascinating historical walk to explore. You can walk along the 160km trail where the wall once stood and see pieces of the wall, learn more about the heart-breaking stories of families that were separated, and people that lost their lives trying to cross the wall.
From the north to the south of the country, and everywhere in-between, England is packed full with great walks. If you’re looking for good weather on your walk, walking in Cornwall is probably the best bet. Cornwall is a fabulous place for a walking tour. You can walk along the beach from town to town and explore what each place has to offer. Or you can explore the fabulous Southwest Path that is a 1008 km trail that offers up stunning coastal scenery like nowhere else in the world.
Tenerife is a stunning island in Spain that is a fabulous place for a walking tour. You can explore tropical forests, white sandy beaches, old colonial towns, or trek Pico del Teide, which is the tallest mountain in Spain. The airport is situated in the south of the island, so if you’re looking for coastal walks then you won’t have far to go, however it is about an hour’s drive inland from the airport to Mount Tiede, so ensure you arrange your Tenerife airport transfer in advance to avoid paying high local taxi rates. There are plenty of all-inclusive resorts to stay at on the island or you can head to Los Christianos for accommodation that doesn’t have as many people.
Croatia is a beautiful country and there are plenty of great walking opportunities. Head to Plitvice Lakes National Park and explore the beautiful nature in these 295 square kilometres of forest reserve. There is a breath-taking limestone canyon and 16 lakes that are joined by waterfalls. You can also head to the incredible fortified city of Dubrovnik where you can join guided walking tours that will take you through the city and even allow you to enter the fortification and walk on the walls.