Walking holidays can help you get away from the fast-paced lifestyle that you’re used to, away from the modern world and sety you off to explore beautiful landscapes. On top of that, you will have the luxury of taking your sweet time walking, which will enable you to soak in every moment.
If you are walking for the first time, your best choice is going for either Spain or France, or both, since the roads they offer are well maintained, and suitable for a new walker. Here are some of the treks you might choose:
Walking in Andalucía
If you want to organize a romantic getaway with your significant other, then you should consider taking a walking holiday in Andalucía, Spain. The rural landscape of this area is incredibly beautiful, and you’ll certainly have a lot to see. A typical walking holiday in Andalucía lasts for 7 days, which will all be filled with breathtaking scenery. Although you will get away from modern life for the most part, you’ll still spend a day exploring the city of Seville.
There is a lot to see in Seville, since it’s the fourth-largest city in the whole country. You can find the world’s largest church here too. Another attraction that you must visit while here is the Real Alcázar palace, built in the 14th century. Apart from visiting the city of Seville, you’ll also get a chance to walk the stunning Caminito del Rey, which was once considered to be the most dangerous walkway in the world.
Tour du Mont Blanc
If you love adventures, then you’ll be extremely happy with the Tour du Mont Blanc walking holiday. This is considered to be one of European’s most popular long-distance walks. It will take you 11 days to complete the hike, which will take you through parts of France, Italy, and Switzerland, since you’ll be circling the Mont Blanc massif.
The tour starts in France, either in the Montjoie or the Chamonix valley. Due to the popularity of this walking tour, there are now quite a few different routes. In fact, more routes were created so that people of all fitness levels could take this walking holiday. Keep in mind that some paths require a lot of endurance, so you should do some research before deciding which route you’ll go. Considering the fact that there are a lot of options for accommodation, you’ll be able to break the route of your choosing into as many segments as you want.
The Camino de Santiago
The Camino de Santiago is one of the most famous hiking trails on the planet, and by far the most popular in Spain. It’s incredibly challenging due to its length, since it stretches for nearly 500 miles. Many people choose not to walk the entire route, simply due to a lack of time. One of the best options to go for is the Camino Frances. Otherwise known as the French Way, it is the most famous Camino de Santiago route.
Although there aren’t many challenging parts to this route, you’ll still have to spend 28 days walking. During these 28 days, you will have 1 or 2 days to rest. Despite its length, more than 250,000 people walk this route each year.
In order to complete the hike in time, you will need to walk 18 miles every day. This may sound incredibly difficult, but you won’t feel that tired when you get lost in the breathtaking landscapes. You can also choose to cycle the route, if that is more your forte, but we do recommend taking on the experience on foot.
Stevenson’s Trail is a very popular hiking route in France that stretches 140 miles. It is in fact the path described in the book Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes, written by Robert Louis Stevenson. It usually takes people 8 days to complete this hike. Keep in mind that you will face some challenges on this route, so it’s recommended that you embark on this journey only if you’re at a great fitness levels.
After all, you will be walking around 22 miles over hilly terrain every day. If you’re new to walking holidays, then it’s best that you avoid the Stevenson’s Trail for now.
While on this route, you will get a chance to explore the Cévennes National Park, as well as Le Puy en Velay, a UNESCO heritage town. In this town, you will see one of the most beautiful churches in Europe – the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Annunciation, which dates back to the 13th century. You’ll also get more familiar with rural French life while you’re on your holiday, as you explore from village to village.
Whicever holiday you choose, make sure you judge your fitness levels correctly, and focus your energy on getting to know the area as much as possible. After all, there is no better way to explore any given trail than on foot, at a leisurly pace.