If you’re planning on going on a walking holiday this year, there’s no need to head too far afield. The rugged landscape of western Europe with its impressive mountain ranges, luscious scenery and mild weather in the spring and summer months make it the perfect location for heading on a walking holiday. With each country being so unique, here’s where you should be heading to make the most of a walking holiday in western Europe today:
The stunning mountain ranges and beautiful summer weather make Spain an ideal walking holiday destination in western Europe. One of the most famous and enjoyable routes is the Camino De Santiago walk which follows the Pilgrim route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. With plenty of different stages to the route, a great way to discover this walk is with an experienced tour operator, who have the options to go on everything from an 8 day long trek or a full 40 say long hike from the Camino Frances all the way to the Cathedral, covering 770km of Northern Spain with some spectacular countryside to view.
The gorgeous channel island of Jersey is prime for going on a walking holiday. With beautiful countryside, there’s a wonder 19-mile route you can take along the Normandy Coast, with guided trails and beautiful tree lined country roads offering plenty of opportunity to explore the landscape whichever way suits you best. With flights to Jersey from the UK being super cheap, it’s a great affordable walking holiday in western Europe with some delicious Anglo-French cuisine to try out whilst you’re there.
The French Alps
Famed for the incredible skiing opportunities in the winter, the French Alps also provide an amazing landscape for hiking holidays in the warmer months. With such a varied and diverse landscape, the mountain range provides amazing walking holiday opportunities for all. Whether you’re taking the kids and want to have a more leisurely walking holiday based in Chamonix, or you’re an experienced walker and want to explore the peaks of the mountains, there’s options for all.
Although these countries offer fabulous walking opportunities, there’s scope to experience a lot more across western Europe and even some great walking holiday opportunities to be had closer to home with Wales, Scotland and the Lake District if you don’t want to stray too far away from home.