Popular Walking Holiday Destinations in Europe

01 May 2019

Celebrate National Walking Month in style.

High Tatra, Slovakia

High Tatras Mountain Range, Solvakia

Photo credit: Slovakia.com

The High Tatra mountain range is located along the northern border of Slovakia and is partly shared with Poland. They’re often called ‘the smallest mountain range in Europe’ and are the only Alpine mountains in the whole Carpathian Range.

The High Tatras comprises three main parts; the Western Tatras, the High (central) Tatras and the Belianske Tatras, which are all joined together by the ‘Road of Freedom’.

There are several hiking paths for walkers to choose from ranging from mild difficulty to highly demanding. Technical hiking clothing and shoes is mandatory as navigating through the paths and routes can be tricky. Walking these paths you’ll come across narrow rocky ridges, glacier-cut valleys and breathtatking views from the very top – what could be better?

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Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria

Pirin Mountains, BulgariaPhoto credit: Adventure Alternative

Take a guided or self-guided hike through Bulgaria’s Pirin Mountains. One of the country’s highest mountains, it was originally named after the Slavs superior God, Perun.

Situated in the south western part of Bulgaria, a large area of Pirin was declared as a National Park in 1983 and was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

During your hike, cast your eyes over moraines, lake cirques, u-shaped valleys steep and high peaks, rocky thresholds and more. Hiking gear is necessary, especially hiking boots because of the possibility of slippery and loose rocks.

Although you can take yourselves on a self-guided tour, it is highly recommended to hire a guide as they know exactly what terrain, weather and climates to expect during your hike.

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Sibillini Mountains, Italy

Sibillini Mountain Range, ItalyPhoto credit: Naturetrek

Mount Sibillini (Monti Sibillini) is located in Monti Sibillini National Park in Umbria, Italy. Legend has it that the Umbrian community was founded 917 years before Rome and that it was recognised as a free commune divided into 5 districts.

Trekking, rock climbing and skiing are popular activities on Monti Sibillini. Take a themed guided tour through easily navigated marked trails which describes the ancient route taken by those that walked to buy Saffron from Abruzzo.

Structures built for rock climbing can also be found in the National Park – mostly on the northern slopes of Monte Bove. Unique environmental conditions shaped by the atmospheric current, hand gliding and para gliding are also available.

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Catalonia, Spain

Catalonia, SpainPhoto credit: Wanderlust Travel Magazine

Catalonia is located in the north eastern area of Spain and is one of the most popular walking holiday destinations in Europe.

The principality is jammed packed full of hiking trails and walking routes. From Mediterranean trails to exploring volcanic landscapes and crossing the Spanish Pyrenees, there’s a walk for all interests and abilities.

Scour the landscape and see famous landmarks, medieval sites, monasteries and more. Take advantage of the Spanish sunshine and top up your tan on your walk, but make sure you remember your sun cream – no one wants to end their walk in pain or looking like a lobster!

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Path of Peace, The Balkans

Path of Peace, the BalkansPhoto credit: Mountain Kingdoms

Many countries make up the Balkans, which is what makes walking there so exciting. There’s so much to explore, including the Path of Peace, founded by Duško Medić.

The 55 mile trail of paved and dirt roads connects the Serbian region of Vojvodina and the Croatian region of Slavonia and was created to instil a feeling of peace between the two countries. The idea of the trail came about in 2005, a decade after the Croatian War of Independence (1991 – 1995) in the hope of bridging the divide between the two countries.

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Other stunning tracks and trails are available in the Balkans that will stimulate your senses and make you never want to leave! Get your cameras ready – there’s so much beauty to capture!

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