The 10 Best European Hiking Destinations Where You Can Reconnect With Nature

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The great outdoors are calling for many people who’ve spent a lot of time inside during the pandemic, and hiking is the perfect way to get some fresh air.

Outdoor transmission of COVID-19 is widely considered to be low. So an activity holiday such as a hiking tour could help to cure your coronavirus variant blues, keep fit, and you can enjoy some gorgeous scenery.

But where are the best places to go hiking?? For those EU residents who are lucky enough to be vaccinated, the EUDCC means they will soon have relatively easy and open travel options within Europe. Luckily, we have compiled a list of the top 10 best hiking destinations in Europe, from Mediterranean trails to Nordic climbs.

10 – Portugal

First up is a country known for its sizzling summers and beautiful beaches. But Portugal is more than sun, sea and sand and can boast some of Europe’s most wonderful walkways.

The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail stretches to the Algarve coast and features the famous Bengali cave. Elsewhere, dramatic red sandstone cliffs can be your backdrop on the beach walk of the Costa de Caparica Trail.

Away from the coastline, the Trilho dos Currais takes hikers through the breathtaking Inpeneda-Geres National Park.

9 – France

From the Alps to the vineyards of Bordeaux, France has walks (and wine) for every occasion. If you fancy a break from the bright lights of Paris or Mediterranean beaches, hiking in the French countryside is a must-try..

The Pilgrim’s Trail, Mont St Michel is best done at low tide and it’s recommended you tackle with with a guide. It will take you to the incomparable sight of the island of Mont St. Michel.

Further south, intrepid hikers can admire the Azure rivers and the Verdon River as they walk the Verdon Gorge.

8 – Germany

Germany has so many beautiful forests, rivers and mountain ranges you’ll understand instantly why hiking is such a popular German pastime.

The warm German summers are perfect for a hiking holiday and exploring routes which show fairytale castles in the home of the Brothers Grimm. On the Rhine Castle Trail, you can do just that or visitors can explore the Goethe Way in Harz National Park.

Meanwhile, the Painters’ Way is the backdrop for many films and TV shows and is widely considered the most beautiful walk in Germany.

7 – Norway

Enjoy a bit of scandanavian ‘friluftsliv’ and get into the great Norwegian outdoors. With a lunchbox full of pickled herring you can climb to the picturesque and dramatic Pulpit Rock or explore the fjords of southern Norway.

The more ambitious travellers can even try to get to the top of Galdhøpiggen, the highest peak in Northern Europe.


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