If you associate hiking and biking with vast wildernesses, long distances and remote refuge-style accommodation, think again. Europe’s landscapes, while still very impressive, tend to be on a scale that means exploring them is less of an undertaking – think laid-back adventure rather than demanding expedition. The distances between villages – or, more importantly, comfortable places to stay
! – are such that hiking or cycling from hotel to hotel is a leisurely, relaxed affair.
What’s more, Europe is pedestrian and bike-friendly – there is a huge network of well-marked paths and, for cyclists, an ever-growing number of cycle paths.