Summer is here and with it comes long walks and one of my favorite activities: hiking. That’s why I’ve decided to write a list of my favorite routes in Europe, but if you have any suggestions, they’re more than welcome in the comments section!
1. Cinque Terre, Italy
If you are lucky enough to live in Milan or Turin, you already have a plan for this weekend. The 10-km coastal promenade of Cinque Terre connects five ancient and colorful fishing villages along the Ligurian Sea. This is one of the most photogenic hiking trails in the world and a must for anyone living, studying or working in Italy.
Each of the villages is connected by a train on the other side of the cliffs, so you always have the option to rest on the hardest stretches or even skip them if you don’t have much time.
2. La Roche, Belgium
Just a two-hour drive from Brussels, you can immerse yourself in the lush beauty of the forests of the Ardennes region. In La Roche you will find all kinds of routes, from steep walks to routes through the forest, a perfect place to spend the summer, but also the autumn season, when the leaves change colour and wrap the forest in a magical aura!
3. Camino de Santiago, Spain
A route so famous that it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This road is not only a long walk, but a religious experience. The pilgrimage to the city of Santiago de Compostela has changed so much the lives of individuals, friends and families, so if you have the opportunity to live in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao or Madrid, take advantage of the experience and live it.
4. Alsace, France
Apart from Paris or Lille, the Alsace region is a perfect blend of wine and hiking – what more could you ask for! The Alsace route is also available for cycling and crosses the French Tuscany from north to south. Enjoy a landscape bathed in hills and endless vineyards.
5. Ziller Valley, Austria
The Ziller Valley region consists of a nature reserve situated on a mountain that stretches from the mountain village of Ginzling to the village of Hochfeiler. Throughout its beautiful landscapes, the Ziller Valley offers several Nordic hiking trails and is the ideal place to escape the stress of everyday life in Vienna.
6. Visit Mont Blanc, France
If you have some time to spend during the summer, don’t hesitate and go out and conquer the highest peak in the Alps. The route crosses three countries (Italy, Switzerland and France) and visits several mountain villages; it is also a fantastic area for hikers.
7. Kampinos National Park, Poland
If you don’t have much time on holiday, but would like to escape the hustle and bustle of Warsaw, head to Kampinos National Park. It is located just 40 minutes from the city and has more than 385 square kilometres of forest, 16 000 different species of animals and plenty of hiking and Nordic walking routes to choose from. In addition, there are also routes for cycling or horseback riding.