A walking holiday gives you the chance to experience a destination in a meaningful way. timeoutdoors’ Travel Editor Tom Le Bas outlines the appeal.
There’s no better way of getting to know a region than by exploring it on foot. Proceeding at walking pace, one can appreciate the subtle details and rhythms of local life, the effect of the changing light on the landscape, the sights and sounds of the countryside. Travelling self-contained on your own two feet with no vehicle to worry about can be a liberating experience, and one that enables you to access some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet.
We have divided our walking holidays into two main categories: rambling and trekking, with more details available by clicking the links below:
Rambling holidays usually emphasise the leisurely approach and tend to be self-guided hotel to hotel walking with your luggage transported by road. The terrain will be relatively undemanding and stopping off for lunch in a picturesque village is often a great pleasure.
For people who want high mountain scenery and/or a more extended period of hiking, there are trekking holidays. Treks are physically demanding with some major ascents and descents to take into account but the rewards are fantastic. Most will involve camping and some long days.
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If mountains are your thing, a walking holiday in Switzerland is hard to beat.
Get to know the real France in all its bucolic beauty on a leisurely walking holiday.
A long coastline, an abundance of wildlife, ancient stone villages, charming rustic inns and lots of sunshine make for a fantastic walking holiday.
The Italian countryside offers endless possibilities for a richly rewarding walking holiday, from Alpine trails to the sparkling Mediterranean coast.
Stunning mountain trails, secret valleys and spectacular peaks abound in this surprising corner of Spain - let Tom Phillips guide you through some of the highlights.
Diverse Dalmatia is one of the best-kept secrets in Croatia and an area featuring some incredible hiking trails.
Wide-open spaces, towering cliffs, fairy-tale castles looming over picture-perfect towns: the Alentejo is an exciting destination for walkers looking to explore a corner of Europe way off the tourist trail.
These wild granite uplands offer exhilarating solitude amid magnificent scenery, and an encounter with an age-old way of life
Lush forested mountainsides, granite cliffs with spectacular views, royal palaces and a superb cliff-lined coastline: it's hard to think of a better location for exploring on foot.
Encompassing a series of awesome canyons in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees, Ordesa offers some of the most spectacular hiking in Europe
A gigantic dormant volcano and an extraordinary range of landscapes make this Atlantic island appealing to walkers of all abilities.
Classic Alpine scenery accessed on well-marked, well-maintained trails makes for a fabulous walking holiday.
These wild craggy mountains offer an exhilarating hiking experience on a network of trails with some challenging sections.
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