Whether you’re a keen rambler or prefer a leisurely stroll of a morning or afternoon, walking holidays give you the best of both worlds. Not only do you get to explore and discover the natural beauty of the area you’re in, walking holidays are a great way to keep fit and justify that dessert after your evening meal.
While many favoured European walking holiday locations often have routes and trails already set out, you’ll still find lots of ways to get lost and venture off the beaten track, just be sure to pack a phone, a map and plenty of water - particularly if Europe’s glorious summer sunshine is calling your name.
Home to Sierra Nevada, Basque Country and beautiful Catalonia just beneath the Pyrenees, mainland Spain alone has so much to offer for a walking holiday to remember. Whilst the Canary Islands’ year-round good temperature, stunning volcanic landscapes and endless winding trails make any of its islands an idyllic setting for a walking holiday in Europe.
From the dreamy hills of Tuscany right the way down to the unforgettable coastline of Amalfi, you won’t need to venture far for a photo opportunity on a walking holiday in Italy. And, with one of the world’s most loved cuisines to enjoy along the way, a walking holiday here is the ultimate balance of indulgence and wellness.
The Scottish Highlands are easily one of Great Britain’s most picturesque natural wonders, so it’s not unlikely for an avid rambler to return to Scotland’s wilderness time and time again. Home to the renowned West Highland Way and Great Glen Way, a walking holiday in Scotland is ideal for seeing some of this country’s best bits, including Loch Ness and Ben Nevis.
A flower lover’s dream, the botanical wonder of Madeira’s unique levadas and trails make a Madeira walking holiday a must for anyone. Boasting impressive ocean views from favoured spots such as Cabo Girão and Funchal, the island’s capital city, Madeira walking holidays aren’t always for the faint hearted, but there’s no doubt that the trickier routes are rewarded tenfold by their surroundings.