When, like me, you love exploring the world on foot, you are always looking for new places to go. Last year I explored the Dolomites in Italy and I was blown away by the stunning scenery. So you will find it in the list below as it is a must-go-to area for walkers. Along with it, here are 19 other places to travel to if you like hiking.
Portugal - Azores
The remote archipelago of the Azores, situated in the middle of the Atlantic, is a wonderful playground of volcanic origin. Crater lakes, caverns and thermal springs dot the islands, while the craggy coastline hides picturesque fishing villages. Adventure activities such as hiking and canyoning are the order of the day. Whales are numerous in the many marine reserves while on land a network of natural parks and biospheres protect the unspoiled environment.
Norway - the Fjords
One of the most spectacularly beautiful countries in the world, Norway also has some fantastic hiking. As you hike up steep mountains to the tune of cascading waterfalls, deep fjords run off into the distance while glaciers spread out before you in this, one of the most tranquil places on earth.
Montenegro - Via Dinarica
The mountains encircling Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro offer some of the most remote and wild scenery. Picturesque mountain villages are inhabited by agricultural communities, where farming practices and traditional shepherd life have been preserved for generations. We enjoy breathtaking views as we cross remote borders with time to soak up the traditional shepherd mountain life along the way. With a slew of awards - Via Dinarica was National Geographic Traveller's "Best of the World" destination for 2017 - this is guaranteed to amaze and challenge the keen trekker.
Romania - travel back in time
Whether you come to hike the spectacular peaks of the Făgăraş mountains, walk the dense forests of the rolling Bucovina hills or explore the Carpathians in search of wildlife you will be sure to enjoy the first-class hiking trails Romania has to offer. Witness farmers cutting grass by scythe, walk through hamlets forgotten by time and enjoy some spectacular views. Romania is certain to impress even the most spoiled hiker. Contact us about trips
Spain, Portugal & France - Camino
If you are drawn to a meaningful trip, then one of the many Camino trails may be for you. We help you book accommodation and luggage transfers and give you clear route notes and maps. This is purposeful walking but without the stress of staying in hostels.
Italy - Dolomites
As mentioned in the introduction, we were blown away by the beauty of the Dolomites.
Craggy peaks towering up to the sky, where wooden farmhouses dot the orchard-clad valleys, where hiking trails lead you from mountain huts to spa resorts to glorious vista. These are the Dolomites, part Austrian, part Italian, with a culture all its own.
Switzerland - the Bernese Oberland
Located in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, where the great arc of the Alps culminates in some of its highest and most spectacular peaks, Kandersteg is a walker's paradise. This area epitomises the 'chocolate-box' Alps: lush green meadows bright with wildflowers, against a backdrop of rugged, wild mountains, topped with glistening glaciers. We stay at the charming Hotel Alfa Soleil, owned by the Seiler family, and discover the best of the region offers, including towering cliffs, a hidden valley headed by a glacier, a sheer gorge carved out by glacial meltwaters and more.