If you love walking, holidays in close contact with nature or simply you want to live a different experience than usual, then you should really consider a walking trip among the great natural beauties that Europe has to offer. France, Spain, Germany, but also Sweden and Norway. If you search well you will find the perfect path for you and your needs!
Here is a list of the most beautiful treks in Europe!
- GR 10 trail in the Pyrenees, France
- Rota Vicentina, Portugal
- Way of Santiago, France and Spain
- St. Olav's Way, Norway
- South West Coast Path, United Kingdom
- West Highland Way, Scotland
- Via Cretese, Greece
- Kungsleden Way, Sweden
- GR20 path, Corsica
- Tour of Mont Blanc, Italy, France and Switzerland
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10 - GR 10 trail in the Pyrenees, France
It is one of the most spectacular mountain trails. We are in France, where you can travel a great crossing of the Pyrenees, that starts from Hendaye, on the Mediterranean Sea, e goes up to Bayuls sur Mer on the Atlantic Ocean. The whole route is about 860 km long and, to cover it from start to finish, it would take about 50 days to two months.
This wonderful walk is a must for those who love the mountains and walking! Two months is a long time but don't worry, there are different routes and itineraries shorter ones that last even a week. The difficulty is high, therefore it is not recommended for those who do not have at least a basic preparation. In addition to admiring spectacular landscapes and valleys, you can sleep in hostels, shelters and bivouacs, there are areas also equipped to set up a tent, making your experience even more unforgettable.
9 - Rota Vicentina, Portugal
Here one of the most beautiful coastal routes in all of Europe! This path in Portugal follows the entire south west coast overlooking the Atlantic, giving those who travel it wonderful views. Has a low to moderate difficulty level according to the different traits and is therefore perfect even for those who are not fully trained.
Si in turn divides into two different paths.
The first is the "Historical Trail", of 230 km, from Santiago do Cacém up to Cabo San Vicente, a rural path that will also take you towards the interior of the country, between villages and agricultural lands.
The second is the "Fishermen's Path", it extends for 135 km and goes from Porto Covo always up to Cabo San Vicente. The latter can be easily covered in 5 days, taking an average of about 27 km per day.
8 - Camino de Santiago, France and Spain
It is one of the most traveled routes in Europe, a journey that will show you unique landscapes and natural beauties, but that will also make you rediscover yourself. Along the way and in the hostels you will meet many people who will later become travel companions. There are several paths and trails arriving in Santiago de Compostela but, whatever route you take, on average you walk 20 to 30 km per day.
That the most famous is certainly the French Way, also called "Ruta Interior", which starts from the city of Saint Jean Pied de Port and arrives up to Santiago de Compostela, for a total of 800 km. To cover it all it takes at least a month, but in recent years shorter routes have been included, and many cover only the last 100 km. Another path is that of the "Ruta de la Costa", the Cammino de Nord, which however runs along the entire Cantabrian coast. It starts from the Spanish city Irun and arrives in Santiago de Compostela, always 800 km.
7 - St. Olav's Way, Norway
If the Camino de Santiago is one of the most famous pilgrimage routes in southern Europe, in Northern Europe this is the Way of St. Olav in Norway. There are different routes that they all like arrival point Trondheim, ancient Nidaros. This city is home to the remains of Saint Olav, a Scandinavian king who died in 1030 and was proclaimed a saint the following year. Today he is also the patron saint of Norway.
The main path and best known is The Gudbrandsdalen Path, from Oslo to Trondheim. It is 640 km between the Norwegian tundra and the wonderful landscapes that only Northern Europe can offer. Obviously the path is accessible only in the summer (in winter the temperatures are very cold and snow covers most of the trail) and it is recommended for those with a minimum of experience on the shoulders.
6 - South West Coast Path, United Kingdom
A walk along the coast in England. This is the South West Coast Path, the longest national walking route in the UK. Here you will find yourself following a route characterized by ocean cliffs and huge green expanses.
With its 1.014 km, starts at Minehead, in Somerset and goes all the way to Pool Harbor, in Dorset. In between it runs through North Davon, Cornwall and Souh Davon. Starting from Minehead, you will immediately find yourself inside the wonderful Exmoon National Park.
The whole journey takes at least 30 days of time but, for those who have time available, the real journey should be covered in 52 days, with 52 different daily stages. Obviously, there are still many people who travel only a few traits, choosing the most suggestive and most suitable for them. For example, many travel the stretch of Cornwall, one of the most striking. Along the way you can stop and sleep in the characteristic villages you will encounter.
5 - West Highland Way, Scotland
In Scotland this path is also known as the Way of the West, and is the most famous and loved trail in the country. Frequented every year by thousands of hikers, it does not present particular difficulties, therefore suitable for everyone, even to those who face such a journey for the first time. The best time to travel it goes from May to October, in the remaining months the weather is really unstable and there are numerous precipitations.
The West Highland Way starts in Milngavie (11 km from Glasgow) e ends at Fort Williams, for a total of 150 km. It traverses all of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, providing hikers with beautiful landscapes, typical of the Scottish Highlands. Each stage is designed to reach a village at the end of the day, so you can stay in b & b and hostels and experience the local atmosphere.
4 - Via Cretese, Greece
It is a beautiful journey that crosses the Island of Crete. E ' one of the most beautiful paths in the Mediterranean, thanks also to a huge recovery work and the birth of new points of interest and services. You will find yourself traveling about 500 km between beaches, olive groves, natural landscapes and Byzantine churches, all this always with a wonderful view of the sea.
The Cretan Way starts at Katos Zakros beach, in the easternmost point of the island, and reaches the monastery of Chrysoskalitissa, in the westernmost part, along the whole island with 20 different stages, one for each day, thus requiring 29 days to complete. Obviously, you can decide to travel only some stretches, the most suggestive ones or those that are closest to your interests. Furthermore, it is a part of the largest European Route E4.
3 - The Kungsleden Way, Sweden
This spectacular trek in Sweden is also called the "King's Walk", which runs along the mountain range on the border between Sweden and Norway. More precisely, we are in Swedish Lapland, in the midst of the most unspoiled nature! Obviously, due to the harsh winter temperatures, this route must be followed in the summer, from June to mid-September.
This path, of medium difficulty, starts from the town of Abiske and ends in the village of Hemavan, further south. It stretches for 440 km, divided into 4 itineraries of 110 km each. Based on your available time you can then decide to travel one, two or even all four! Along the way you can set up your tent in the various camping areas or stay overnight in the small ones tourist huts.
2 - Path GR20, Corsica
Close to Italy there is a wonderful trekking, suitable for all those who love the mountains and are not afraid to get involved.
Be careful though, it comes to one of the most difficult in Europe, therefore to travel it, even in short distances, you will have to be very trained, as there will be several ups and downs to deal with. To prevent the summer heat from making everything even more complicated, it is preferable to go in May, June, September and October.
The GR20, which stretches over 200 km, is divided into two main sections: the first from Calenzana to Vizzavona (northern part), the second from Vizzavona to Conca (southern part). Along the way they then develop a whole series of simpler trails, suitable for those with no experience but he still wants to enjoy the beauty of this place and its breathtaking views. Along the way you can sleep in huts, hostels, tents and bivouacs.
1 - Tour of Mont Blanc, Italy, France and Switzerland
E' one of the best treks in Europe and the world! A few numbers for this wonderful route: 170 km in length, 10 days in duration, 10.000 meters in altitude and 3 countries involved, Italy, France and Switzerland. It is a trek very challenging, suitable in its entirety only for those who have already walked in the mountains, even with steep slopes.
It is a circular route that passes through all three states, but there is no real starting point! You can choose Courmayeur, Les Houches, Chamonix Les Contamines, Saint Gervais, Les Chapieux, Orsières, Trient or Vallorcine and customize your route, thanks to the great offer of the area. Furthermore, also i services are excellent, along the way you will find several shelters and you can choose whether to sleep in characteristic shelters, hostels or even luxury ski resorts!