Are you a hiking enthusiast? Want to take your passion on holiday with you? You’ve come to the right place if so! We’ve rounded up some of our most popular destinations for people who love to hike through beautiful landscapes. Read on to discover some of the best hiking holidays in Europe. You can thank us from the mountains!
It’s no surprise that Italy is a hiker’s paradise. With miles of dramatic landscapes and spectacular views over twinkling lakes and picturesque towns, you’re in for the trip of a lifetime when you hike around this colourful country. There’s plenty to discover on wonderful walking trails for those new to hiking and seasoned hikers who like a challenge.
As well as great hiking trails, you’ll naturally find endless amounts of exquisite Italian food on your trip to Italy. Nothing will fill a hungry stomach at the end of a long day of hiking like a hearty bowl of Italian pasta or a pizza baked to perfection!
Some of our favourite spots for hiking in Italy include Lake Garda, Lake Como, Neapolitan Riviera, Liguria and the Dolomites.
Take me to Italy!
Switzerland is a mountainous country and a hiker’s dream. From shorter walks with varying difficulty to all-day treks not for the faint-hearted, there’s something for all kinds of hikers. There are many seriously beautiful lakes to pass by, quaint Swiss villages to visit, delicious foods to try (think cheese and chocolate!) and, of course, the colossal Swiss Alps.
The views and landscapes in Switzerland are truly otherworldly. If you’re an avid photographer as well as a walking enthusiast, don’t forget your camera! On your wanders, you’ll find endless photo opportunities, from waterfalls in luscious green valleys to snow-capped mountain peaks towering above turquoise lakes.
Heading for Switzerland? We recommend checking out hikes in Grindelwald, the Swiss Alps, Zermatt, Lauterbrunnen, Engadin and Interlaken.
Take me to Switzerland!
Austria is another of our top picks for walkers, owing to its breathtaking beauty and range of hikes available. There are some extreme and challenging trails for more seasoned hikers, but also plenty of options for those new to the sport or for people who are hiking with younger children. It’s a hobby we can all get involved with!
At times, walking through the vast Austrian mountains is quite literally like stepping into a scene from the Sound of Music (much of the film was shot in Salzburg). There are miles of green meadows, shimmering lakes and pine forests to pass by. Add wonderful Austrian culture into the mix and you’re in for a hiking holiday to remember.
Want to discover some of our favourite hiking spots in Austria? Take a look at trails through Soll, Mayrhofen, Lech, St Johann, Saalbach and Pertisau.
Take me to Austria!
The Canary Islands are known for so much more than just year-round dazzling sunshine (although that is a big reason why they’re so popular!). These idyllic islands are a hot spot for hikers, with stunning scenery over vast, rugged volcanic landscapes and trails to suit walkers of all levels.
The most famous place to hike is on Mount Teide, the Canaries’ largest mountain perched on Teide National Park on the fabulous island of Tenerife. It is actually an active volcano, though visitors safely hike it every day. The views are amazing, particularly from the mountain’s astronomical observatory.
Outside of Tenerife, you’ll find some incredible places to hike on the surrounding islands. Some particular spots to look out for are Garajonay National Park in La Gomera, Roque Nublo in Gran Canaria and the Volcanoes of Timanfaya in Lanzarote.
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Finally, we have a totally different part of the world: Iceland. This fascinating country is sprinkled with natural wonders that will take your breath away. Tumbling waterfalls, mystical valleys, soaring geysers, bubbling hot springs and colossal glaciers will make your hikes through this magical land totally unforgettable.
You can spend days on end adventuring through the breath-taking Icelandic landscapes, or you can choose routes that are a little shorter if you want to combine your hiking with tourist excursions and some time exploring the dazzling capital city of Reykjavik. Wherever you go in Iceland, be sure to have your camera. There’s a photo opp for every few steps!
Fancy Iceland for your next hiking holiday? Some of our favourite easier routes are in the likes of Landmannalaugar, Mount Esja and Reykjadalur, or you could opt for more challenging hikes like the Laugavegur Trail or the Seven Peaks of North East Iceland.
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If all this has got you ready and raring to head off to rocky peaks and jaw-dropping views, you’re in luck! We’ve got plenty of Lakes & Mountains holidays to browse. Grab your hiking boots and get planning!