From Sicily’s majestic mountainous lands to glistening Slovakian lakes, some of the most breathtaking walking delights are to be found in Europe. Grab your walking boots and pack a picnic – we’ve put together some of the best places to breathe in the crisp air, the vivid colours, and the glorious turn of the season on the continent.
Lai da Palpuogna, Switzerland
Closeby, Kurhaus Bergün is no less worth discovering: an incredible Art Nouveau building dating back to 1906 with a fairy-tale-like ballroom, a well-preserved lounge and plenty of other surprising corners. With careful preservation of details, the wellness hotel has maintained its authentic, historic charm.
Madonie Mountains, Sicily
When you’ve worked up an appetite walking, the Madonie’s gastronomic traditions are rife here: salami, cheese, olives, mushrooms, ripe seasonal vegetables and fine Sicilian wine are all on offer.
Relax afterwards at the Castello San di San Marco. Set in a baroque 17th-century coastal castle with outbuildings, this refined spa hotel is a short walk from the beach.
Ty Canol Woods, Wales
Once you’re done mushroom spotting, be sure to book into the stylish Llys Meddyg – a delicately remodelled Georgian townhouse sitting on the prettiest, wildest stretch of Pembrokeshire coast. It’s also a mere 20 minute drive from Teifi Marshes – one of the best wetland reserves in Wales.
Low Tatras, Slovakia
Just two minutes from the glacier lake, in the heart of the National Park, you’ll find Hotel Mikulášska chata Jasna: one of the oldest mountaineer’s chalets in the Low Tatras. Take a well-deserved rest from hiking among rubbly mountains and untouched nature by soaking up the hotel’s wellness centre. Complete with Finnish sauna, steam room, heated loungers and calm views of the lake – you’ll leave feeling completely and utterly rejuvenated.