Four Great Walking Trails

It’s great to be outdoors and taking a stroll, basking in the fresh air – so take advantage of the the sun with some out-door activity and take a hike in the country! Enjoy the arrival of the spring months with four of the best walking trails in Europe! Cheap flights are easy to find, so pick a country and get the thermos flask out!

Massif Central France

There is more to the French Riviera, or ‘Cote d’Azur’, than just beaches, film festivals and the Monaco Grand Prix. Between Saint Raphaël and Cannes lies this ancient mountain region, its dramatic red scenery naturally carved from iron-rich minerals in the rock rising to the peak of Mont Vinaigre. A dream location for walking or longer, challenging hikes! With an abundance of footpaths and a pleasant climate with more than 300 days of sunshine, it is no surprise that the Massif attracts millions of walkers and tourists every year. Combine some walking with adventure too if you are feeling up to it; a hike up to the village of Les Adrets not only gives breathtaking views but also takes in old bandit country, where France’s version of Robin Hood was said to hide out!

Cinque Terre Italy

The Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”) is a rugged part of the Italian Riviera, comprising the five small villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is perfect for hiking, incredibly beautiful, charming and perfect for capturing the picturesque scenery of the Ligurian coast. Each of these five coastal villages is connected by a single trail and its popularity is enhanced by being ideal for novice and non-hikers. Take the famous Via Dell’Amore  – yes, Love Walk trail from Riomaggiore to Manarola for stunning ocean views and scenic picnic areas – its wheelchair-friendly too. And if hiking between all give villages is just a bit too much,  then take the train or boat. An amazing vista all year round!

Mount Olympus – Greece

For the fabled home of the Greek gods, there’s only one place to go: Mount Olympus. Begin from the town of Litochoro (about 100km from Thessaloniki) and from there the road will go to Prinoia to start your hike from the base of the mountain. Whilst reasonably non-challenging, the final half an hour or so of the climb is a bit steep but definitely worth it! The best conditions are during the spring and summer months and with over 50 individual peaks and plenty to see, this is a popular hike with well-trodden paths that are easy to follow. So stroll into the Greek hinterland and see what legendary sights this World Biosphere Reserve has to offer!

Easyjet fly regularly to France, Italy and Greece – so for a change, get out the city and enjoy the greenery.