The landscape in Western Europe is perfect for a walking holiday. With friendly resorts, gorgeous coastlines, rugged peaks, spectacular mountains and endless off the beaten track challenges to conquer, there are so many different reasons why you should choose western Europe for your next walking holiday trip. Here are just some of the reasons why it makes sense to head there today:
The Famous Pilgrim Route – Spain
Hailed by experienced walkers as one of the favourite walking routes across Spain, the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is one of Western Europe’s walking highlights. With a number of different sections to the route, you can make it as challenging or as leisurely as you like. Experienced tour operators offer guided walking holidays along the most famous stretches of the route through rural Spain, offering walkers the option to do the minimum 100km required to be able to qualify for the coveted Compestela certificate.
The Causeway Coast – Ireland
A world famous 26 mile trek the Causeway Coast is one of the most beautiful walks in Western Europe. Gorgeous luscious green rolling hills, stunning costal scenery and a mixture of sleepy seaside towns and rugged beaches make this one of western Europe’s most idyllic walking routes. Head there in the summer for the best weather as Ireland can be notoriously wet but be prepared to fall in love with the scenery as it’s extremely beautiful.
The Alps – France
The French Alps provide some of the most spectacular walking routes in the whole of Western Europe. The stunning Mont Blanc is one of the most popular mountains to hike in France and popular with walkers of all abilities offering a variety of different routes from leisurely walks to more challenging hikes right to the summit. With the Chamonix Valley providing the perfect place to stay there’s an amazing base with a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars meaning you can have an enjoyable stay. The variety makes the alps perfect for mixed ability walking groups who want to split of to try out more challenging routes through the steep alpine passes, leaving less ambitious walkers to enjoy the picturesque valley trails.
With so many great walking holiday destinations to offer, it’s easy to see why so many people head to western Europe on trekking holidays each year. With a high standard of accommodation, fine weather in the summer months and plenty of top quality guided tours and places to hire walking equipment from, Western Europe is the perfect place for your next walking holiday.