Walking holidays in Europe

Unmissable walking holidays in Europe

Before the longer days give way to colder nights and the summer sunshine is swapped for a chillier climate, why not embark on one of these walking holidays in Europe? From braving steep mountains to trekking through forests and marvelling at waterfalls, there are some heavenly hikes to consider. Take a look.


Mala Fatra, Source: Laurynas Mereckas

Slovakia is home to some of the most spectacular walking holidays in Europe. Start by taking to the trail around Nosice Reservoir, where you’ll pass by a traditional shepherd’s hut and natural mineral spa as well as other eclectic sights. If you make it to Holíš Ridge, even better. This stunning spot will treat you to lovely views of the reservoir itself and the many quaint villages clustered around it.

Alternatively, visit Manínska Gorge. Sandwiched between two steep cliffs, this trail contains rare flora and fauna, wildlife and more, and is beloved by locals. It’s also home to the largest rock overhang in Slovakia – a truly impressive sight.

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Malá Fatra. Though it’ll require a whole day of your itinerary, the national park is more than worth it. Home to impressive mountains, forests, animals and gorges, there are tons of different places to explore and experience Slovakia’s many natural delights.

Where to stay:

The four-star hotel, Gino Park Palace, is a brilliant option. Originally built in 1612, you can feel this property’s history throughout – particularly in its striking architecture, which includes high vaulted ceilings and opulent rooms.

What’s more, the hotel staff can recommend some amazing tours. Hike the rugged Súľov mountain range with their expert guide, and soak in views of the beautiful Súľov Castle. Or, if you’d prefer to exercise your sea legs (instead of your real ones!), you can go rafting on the river Váh – the longest river in all of Slovakia. Contact the hotel directly for more information.


Vidova Gora panoramic view, source: Wikipedia, photo credit: Sztudva Gyöngyi

Admire the Adriatic islands from a unique perspective by mastering the tallest peak in the archipelago: Vidova Gora. You’ll cross pine trees and serpentine, sunkissed roads on your way to the top, where a breathtaking view will greet you.

Croatia’s brand-new Via Brattia trail has also helped to establish the country as one of the best places to enjoy walking holidays in Europe. Along the way you’ll see a number of historic attractions, including the chapels of St. Spiridon, Blaca hermitage – which dates back to 1551 – a variety of hamlets and a stonemasonry school. A brilliant way to stretch your legs while soaking in Croatia’s diverse culture.

Where to stay:

Unwind in style at Puteus Palace. This luxury hotel includes fifteen boutique rooms, a spa and an exquisite terraced garden, where live musicians play and a pristine pool awaits.


Trail to Kivisilla waterfall

Kivisilla waterfall is a must-visit while holidaying in Estonia. Part of the Saka Klindimõisa hiking trail, you’ll observe cliffs, forests and more as you make your way to this serene sight.

If you’re a fan of the waterfall theme, factor in Valaste waterfall next. It’s the highest waterfall in Estonia, and according to the official Visit Estonia website, is especially striking in winter, when chilly northern winds use the waterfall’s spray to create ice sculptures on the surrounding trees.

Also worthy of mention is the Selisoo hiking trail. This diverse route is peppered with pine trees, hollows, pools, and even an empty cabin on Lake Seli where you can stay the night. There’s plenty to see – and at only four kilometres long, it’s also deemed suitable for children. The whole family will love it.

Where to stay:

Saka Manor is the perfect place from which to embark on these walking holidays in Europe. In fact, the trail to Kivisilla waterfall begins on its doorstep, where you can also pick up a map and order a beautifully-prepared picnic basket before heading out. Plus – once back from your trip – you’ll be sure to appreciate the property’s relaxing Fireplace Chamber and spa.


Cliffs of Slieve League

Hikers the world-over flock to Donegal to take on the Inishowen Peninsula. This unique pocket of the world is also known as ‘Ireland in Miniature’, as there’s so much to see. Along with its rough tracks, laneways and bog roads, you’ll witness areas of historical significance, like a World War 2 lookout tower and the point where St. Columba left Ireland many moons ago.

If you seek a steeper stroll, step lively to Donegal’s tallest mountain, Errigan Mountain. At 751m tall, this near-horizontal trail takes three and a half hours to complete, but the view from the top is one you’ll remember forever.

Alternatively, chase Ireland’s invigorating sea breeze by taking to the cliffs of Slieve League. Based high above ground, this trail’s scintillating seascapes will soothe your soul as you amble along.

Where to stay:

Consider Rathmullan House. The four-star hotel – originally built in the 1700s – is crammed with traditional Irish charm and based well off the beaten track, resulting in an incredibly idyllic setting. You’ll love the views of Lough Swilly, too.


It’s small wonder the glorious mountain lake Lai da Palpuogna was once named the most beautiful spot in Switzerland. The blue-green lake is nestled in an impossibly serene mountain realm, where the colourful scenery is at its most vibrant in autumn. Just a short train ride on the spectacular UNESCO-world heritage route – and a 30-minute hike from Bergün – this is a real hidden gem.

Where to stay:

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.


Walking from Dalen to Lårdal, image source: Visit Telemark

Explore the mountain ridge above the Telemark Canal by walking from Dalen to Lårdal. Best-suited to expert hikers, this trail snakes through forests, villages and more over the course of fourteen kilometres. It will take a full day, so make sure to set off early and bring plenty of water!

For an easier trek, we couldn’t recommend the beautiful Bufjordstigen route highly enough. In just one hour, you’ll see some of Norway’s loveliest sights, such as beaches, a pine forest, the sparkling Lake Bandak and the vibrant streets of Dalen itself.

Where to stay:

The dragon-style hotel, Dalen Hotel, is remarkable. Out of the ordinary from head to toe, you’ll love the experiences on offer here: from the unique dishes available at the property’s restaurant to their “floating spa”, Soria Moria. Expect to be amazed.

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