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5 Best Walking Holidays in Western Europe

Top 5 Walking Holidays in Western EuropeEurope is a paradise for walkers, offering an array of scenic trails that traverse diverse landscapes, histori... Read more
5 Best Walking Holidays in Western Europe

Top 5 Walking Holidays in Western Europe

Europe is a paradise for walkers, offering an array of scenic trails that traverse diverse landscapes, historic sites, and charming villages. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a leisurely stroller, these top five trips will provide unforgettable walking holidays in Europe.


The Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago trail, or the Way of St. James, is one of the worlds most renowned pilgrimage routes. This network of trails leads to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, where the apostle Saint James is believed to be buried.

Highlights: Rich historical and religious landmarks, vibrant local culture, and picturesque villages.

Best Time to Visit: Spring (April to June) and Autumn (September to October) to avoid the summer heat and crowds.

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The GR20 Trek

The GR20 Trek is known as one of the toughest long-distance trails in Europe, stretching 180 kilometres across the rugged island of Corsica. The route runs from Calenzana in the north to Conca in the south, traversing high mountains, deep gorges, and lush forests.

Highlights: Challenging mountain terrain, stunning views, and diverse landscapes ranging from rocky peaks to verdant valleys.

Best Time to Visit: Summer (June to September) when the weather is stable and mountain refuges are open.

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The Dolomites

The Dolomites in north eastern Italy are renowned for their dramatic peaks and unique rock formations. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers some of Europe's most breath taking mountain scenery. For those looking for an extra dose of adrenaline, then take on the infamous Via Ferrata climbing high up the cliffs.

Highlights: Stunning mountain vistas, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, and charming alpine huts.

Best Time to Visit: Summer (June to September) when the trails are clear of snow and the weather is generally favourable.

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Cinque Terre Trek

The Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site, comprises five picturesque villages along the Ligurian coast and is one of the best walking holidays in Italy. Walking trails between these villages offer stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and colourful, cliffside homes.

Highlights: Coastal views, terraced vineyards, and the charm of the five villages—Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

Best Time to Visit: Spring (April to June) and Autumn (September to October) for pleasant weather and fewer tourists.

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Tour du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc trek is one of Europe’s most famous long-distance walks, circling the Mont Blanc massif. This 170-kilometer route passes through France, Italy, and Switzerland, offering some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world.

Highlights: Panoramic mountain views, glaciers, high-altitude meadows, and traditional alpine villages.

Best Time to Visit: Summer (June to September) when the trails are free of snow and mountain huts are open.

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From the spiritual journey of the Camino de Santiago to the rugged challenge of the GR20, Europe’s walking trails offer an unparalleled experience. Each destination provides a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and rewarding adventures, making these top five routes perfect for your next walking holiday in Europe.

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