Top 10 Easy-to-Reach Holidays
While travelling deep into a country reveals regions that far fewer tourists bother to visit, sometimes it can make a refreshing change to visit parts which can be accessed more quickly from the UK.
Proximity to an airport doesn’t make such areas any less alluring – indeed, the ever-expanding network of flights, particularly new routes pioneered by ‘no-frills’ airlines to smaller regional airports, serves numerous regions of astonishing beauty. Here are some of the best walking and cycling holidays for an easy getaway, many of which offer options to fly from an airport near you.
Traditions & History of Crete Walk (grade 1-2)
After collecting your suitcases from the arrivals hall, head over to the car hire desk to pick up the car keys, and 45 minutes later you can be relaxing in the lush, fragrant gardens or swimming in the inviting pool of the Elia Traditional Hotel and Spa, which makes a superb base for a week of walking
and exploring in north-west Crete. Heavenly! Fly to Chania, where you pick up a hire car (drive from airport 45 mins, drive to airport 45 mins).
Menorca, Jewel of the Mediterranean Walk (grade 1-2)
Given that the island of Menorca is only a fifth of the size of its better known neighbour, Mallorca, it perhaps comes as no surprise that you spend no longer than half an hour in the car getting from and to the airport. Some of the easiest travel arrangements in our Top 10 Easy-to-Reach Holidays combine with the island’s tranquil charm and gentle scenery of rolling hills and golden beaches washed by turquoise seas, to make for a very relaxing holiday
. Fly to Mahón, where you pick up a hire car (drive from airport 30 mins, drive to airport 20 mins).
Rivers & Castles of the Dordogne Cycle (grade 2)
For this cycling holiday you fly into Bergerac, a town synonymous with red wine. While this holiday certainly can feature plenty of wine – in this gastronomic region you can expect some great wine lists to accompany the mouthwatering menus – it is about much more than that. Scenic routes
lead through idyllic villages, fortified towns, impressive châteaux and past caves in which prehistoric paintings have been discovered. Fly to Bergerac, with connecting taxi transfers (out 30mins, home 30mins).
Mountains & Villages of MallorCa Walk (grades 1 & 2)
Seemingly a world away from the resorts that stretch either side of the capital, Palma, the island’s most exquisite villages are only a 35-minute drive from Palma’s airport. Leading from idyllic Fornalutx via elegant Sóller to Valldemossa, our walking holiday explores the heart of the Tramuntana Sierra
, where mountains plunge into the sea and terraces of olive and orange trees stretch as far as the eye can see. Fly to Palma de Mallorca, with connecting taxi transfers (out 35mins, home 35mins).
The Secret Apennines Walk (grade 2-3)
Stretching from Liguria to Umbria, the rugged Apennine Mountains
form Italy’s spine and offer some of the country’s best walking. This is Italy off the tourist map, where you will enjoy genuine hospitality, yet the rail journey from Bologna takes little over an hour. Fly to Bologna, with connecting rail travel on the outward journey and connecting taxi and rail travel on the return journey (out 1hr 10 mins, home 1hr 25 mins).
Leutasch Valley Walk (grade 2)
The charming small city of Innsbruck is one of the jewels of the Austrian Tyrol, and its airport provides easy access to another of the region’s treasures, the Leutasch Valley
. Framed by the dramatic, jagged peaks of the Wetterstein chain, whose lower slopes are thickly forested, this is an idyllic valley, dotted with pretty villages and onion-domed churches. It exudes the very essence of the Tyrol: charming and traditional, with high standards of hospitality. Fly to Innsbruck, with connecting taxi transfers (out 50mins, home 50mins).
Samos, an Aegean Island Walk (Grade 2)
Just a few miles from the Turkish mainland, Samos is one of Greece’s greenest and most alluring islands
– as you’ll discover for yourself on the taxi transfer to your first base, which will no doubt whet your appetite for the walking to come. Fly to Samos, with connecting taxi transfers (out 1hr 45 mins, home 1hr 15 mins).
Landscapes of the Tarn Walk (grade 2)
One of the joys of walking in the Tarn Valley
is that you feel as though you are exploring deepest rural France, yet it is within easy reach of the vibrant city of Toulouse. Another highlight is the wonderful progression from rolling hills into ever more dramatic and beautiful countryside. Fly to Toulouse, with connecting travel by rail and taxi (out 1hr 40 mins, home 1hr 40 mins).
Châteaux of the Loire Cycle (grade 1)
Fly to Tours, and you arrive right in the middle of the Loire’s château country. And this is what this holiday is all about – gentle cycling
interspersed with visits to grand châteaux steeped in history. Admire elegant Azay-le-Rideau, whose turrets are reflected in its small moat, enjoy the views over the River Loire from imposing Saumur, marvel at the splendour of fairy-tale Ussé, and learn about the many historical figures linked to the abbey at Fontevraud. Fly to Tours, with connecting taxi transfers (out 1hr, home 1hr).
Lakes & Julian Alps Walk (grade 2)
Ljubljana Airport is actually some 25km north of the capital, making it very convenient to reach Slovenia's famous lakes and the dramatic mountains which frame them. Our holiday
starts close to the Italian border, before exploring the wild but beautiful landscapes surrounding Lake Bohinj and then finishing with a day by idyllic Lake Bled. Here, you have the option of upgrading to the Vila Prešeren, a charming boutique hotel that sits beneath the castle cliffs on the shores of Lake Bled. Fly to Ljubljana, with connecting taxi transfers (out 1hr, home 45mins).
If our Top 10 Easy-to-Reach Holidays has inspired you, you can view full travel details, including a list of flight options, on each holiday page, or contact
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