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Walking holidays in Europe

 

Walk in Europe’s best scenery

A walking holiday in Europe is a fantastic way to see some of its best scenery up close. With glorious coastlines, magnificent mountain chains and plenty of idyllic countryside in between, Europe has something for everyone. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to walk from one medieval village to another in Tuscany, or follow trails across herb-clad hills in Provence. If you love mountains, we not only have walking holidays in numerous parts of the Alps, including the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc, but also the Pyrenees, the Apennines in central Italy, the Canary Islands, and more. We have coastal routes if you want to be by the sea, and holidays well off the beaten track if you are keen to get away from it all. In short, our walking holidays in Europe cater for all tastes and all levels.
Walking holidays in Europe
Walking holidays in Europe
 

Take a self-guided walking holiday in Europe and uncover its secrets

All Inntravel walking holidays are self-guided, with luggage transfers and other arrangements such as hotel reservations taken care of. Armed with our meticulously researched route notes that guide you from A to B, you have complete freedom to explore your chosen European destination. You can set off at a time that suits you, and pause as often as you like – the route notes give you the lowdown on the places of interest that you pass, and point out any worthwhile detours to viewpoints and monuments. They even include recommendations for lunch.
 

What is the accommodation like?

The accommodation varies from destination to destination and, to some extent, from holiday to holiday. Some feature only 4-star hotels, others take advantage of special accommodation unique to the area, such as the masserie (ancient farmsteads) of Puglia in Italy or the converted fishermen’s cottages of northern Norway, and many more offer a mix of accommodation, including agriturismos (working farms) and high-quality hotels. What you choose will depend on your preferences and your budget.
 

What to pack

What you should pack for your walking holiday depends on where in Europe you are visiting.
 

The best walking holidays in Europe for beginners

  • Why it features in our list of best walking holidays in Europe for beginners: both the walking and the navigation are easy

    The beautiful coastline, delicious seafood, and warm Mediterranean climate are three very good reasons to choose this holiday. Walking on good paths, you’ll find the navigation is easy – keep the sea on your right! – and the routes are short enough that you can pause for frequent dips in the sea. View our walking holiday on the Catalan Coast >
  • Why it features in our list of best walking holidays in Europe for beginners: the walking is leisurely, and there’s plenty of cultural interest

    If you’re not sure that a walking holiday is for you, this is a good choice because it’s about so much more than just walking. There is a different château to visit virtually every day – one of our favourites is turreted Azay-le-Rideau – and there are opportunities for wine tasting, too. View our walking holiday in the Loire >
  • Why it features in our list of best walking holidays in Europe for beginners: despite the walking being easy, the scenery is incredible

    You may think that ‘easy mountain walking’ is an oxymoron, but that’s not the case. Our formula is simple: let trains, cable cars or gondolas whisk you to great heights, then follow wide, well-signposted trails at the top, enjoying inspirational views of mighty peaks and glistening lakes. View our easy walking holiday in Switzerland >
  • Why it features in our list of best walking holidays in Europe for beginners: there is a choice of easy or moderate routes

    It can be hard to know what level to choose for your first walking holiday. This holiday removes the dilemma, because there is a choice of routes. It’s not just this flexibility which gives the holiday such a wide appeal, however – the scenery is glorious, the villages picturesque and the accommodation charming. View our walking holiday in Mallorca >
 

The best walking holidays in Europe for solo travellers

  • Why it features in our list of best walking holidays in Europe for solo travellers: well-waymarked trails frequented by other walkers

    This being the Austrian Tyrol, the views are sublime despite the walking being decidedly leisurely. You can relax and enjoy the vistas knowing that the paths have good waymarking and are frequented by other walkers, and that your hosts at the excellent Milderer Hof ‘look out for’ for their guests. View our walking holiday in the Austrian Tyrol >
  • Why it features in our list of best walking holidays in Europe for solo travellers: the camaraderie

    The Variante Espiritual (Spiritual Variant) of the Portuguese Way that approaches Santiago de Compostela from the south is a quieter camino, but you’ll still encounter other pilgrims, and it’s the camaraderie of fellow walkers, along with the friendliness of the hotels and eateries along the route, that make this a good choice. View our Camino de Santiago walking holiday >
  • Why it features in our list of best walking holidays in Europe for solo travellers: these mountains are a great place to get away from it all

    These are decidedly secret mountains, despite their proximity to the Costa Blanca, making them perfect if you are looking for some alone time amid dramatic scenery. Besides the varied, scenic walking, this holiday is highly praised for its hospitality – the first two hotels take particularly good care of guests. View our walking holiday in Alicante >
  • Why it features in our list of best walking holidays in Europe for solo travellers: you are based at a very welcoming hotel run by ex-pats

    This is another holiday which offers a mix of alone time as you walk in beautiful mountain scenery combined with a hotel where you’ll be well looked after by your hosts. You needn’t worry about language barriers, either, as David and Emma are Brits who settled in Las Alpujarras after falling in love with this timeless region. View our walking holiday in the Alpujarras >
 

The best walking holidays in Europe for foodies

  • Why it features in our list of best walking holidays in Europe for foodies: it is one of our most gastronomic holidays

    Enjoyable as the walks across the herb-clad hills of southern France are, this holiday is essentially a celebration of French cuisine. As you stroll through carpets of thyme en route to the magnificent Roman aqueduct over the River Gardon, the thought dominating your mind is likely to be what culinary delights await you next. View our Pont du Gard walking holiday >
  • Why it features in our list of best walking holidays in Europe for foodies: the light, refined dishes feature local produce

    The Black Forest’s excellent cuisine owes a lot to its proximity to Alsace, another fantastic choice for food-lovers. Menus feature game, river fish, nuts, wild mushrooms, berries and herbs from the forest, which is considered by Germans to be one of the best areas for walking in the whole country. View our Black Forest walking holiday >
  • Why it features in our list of best walking holidays in Europe for foodies: the light, refined dishes feature local produce

    The Aracena Sierra is a favourite weekend retreat for those living in nearby Seville. They come not only for the tranquillity, but for the food: the air-cured ham is delicious, and seemingly every village has a small restaurant serving authentic dishes packed full of flavours. These villages also hide some surprising architectural treasures, making for an interesting and varied walking holiday. View our walking holiday in southern Spain >

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