Easy Walking Holidays in Europe

Explore Worldwide    22 July, 2019    Natasha Goncalves   

Couple enjoying a walking holiday

Take to the trails of Europe with Explore to delve deeper into the patchwork of charming landscapes and villages on an easy walking tour. Enjoy relaxing walks along stunning coastlines, through sprawling orchards where the smell of citrus hangs in the air, and around gorgeous townships uncovering cultural and culinary treasures along the way.

Easy walks will see you exploring along predominantly good paths through undemanding terrain for roughly 3 – 5 hours per day with rest stops en route. They are suitable for travellers in good health and are a great way to experience incredible destinations in a whole new way.

If you are craving an active exploration without losing the laidback feel of a European sojourn, then perhaps one of these easy walking tours in Europe is for you.

Bologna, Italy

A Taste of Emilia Romagna

Follow the paths, and your palate, through Emilia Romagna in northern Italy where you can indulge your tastebuds guilt-free on a relaxed walking holiday. Learn the secrets of Parmigiano-Reggiano, a parmesan cheese that can only be produced within firm geographical and processing guidelines, stroll local vineyards and enjoy tasting sessions, devour delicious farm-to-table cuisine, and try Bolognese like you have never had it before – in its home of Bologna.

You will also get to delight your other senses with incredible views and interesting sights peppered throughout this eight day itinerary – towering Torrechiara Castle, the Old Town of Parma, The UNESCO-listed centre of Modena, and the red roofs of Bologna just to name a few! From the Apennine foothills to the Po River Delta, the treasures that garnish this journey are just as delightful as the locally produced balsamic vinegar and olive oils that garnish your plate along the way.

Walking in The Algarve with Explore

Walking in the Eastern Algarve

Make yourself at home in the little town of Tavira, the perfect base from which to explore the Eastern Algarve on a series of walks. Meander the cobblestone streets, enjoy a quiet coffee in the main square, and refuel on delicious Portuguese fare as you dine al fresco basking in the fresh sea air.

Set off on foot to discover fishing ports and rural villages steeped in old world charm and stretch your legs with a stroll through cork oak woodlands, olive groves and citrus orchards in the Tavira surrounds. Head across to Tavira island, part of Rio Formosa Estuarine National Park, where pristine beaches, salt marshes and a wetland ecosystem home to an abundance of birdlife. Enjoy a pleasant blend of nature and seaside village life on this easy walking tour of Portugal. 

Porto, Portugal

Walks & Wine Tasting in Spain & Portugal   

This is one for lovers of all things wine, culture, and countryside. Make your way from Madrid to Porto over 12 days with leisurely walks and unique experiences throughout. Explore national parks, take a train ride along the Douro Valley, marvel at towering aqueducts and fortresses, and stay in medieval towns on this easy-paced walking holiday. And did we mention wine tastings?  

Sample delicious drops in splendid places along the way, from some of Spain’s most innovative wineries and a local bodega cave carved into the rockface to the iconic banks of Portugal’s Douro Valley and lively Porto city. Delicious vintages, incredible places, and the holiday of a lifetime awaits.

Discovering the National Parks with Explore

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot

Venture through three Baltic States on this walking holiday which takes you into the heart of nature. Rich with national parks, this eight day itinerary showcases the great outdoors in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Walk the Beaver Trail in Lahemma National Park, Estonia’s largest and oldest, keeping your eyes peeled for beaver dams and dens and their furry residents along the Altja River Valley. Clip on special bog shoes for a walk through a fascinating ecosystem within the park and spend an overnight here to soak up the essence of nature.

Explore the rolling landscapes of Latvia’s Gauja National Park home to hill forts, castles and windmills, and then take a cable car ride to enjoy the views from a different perspective. Still in Latvia, Kemeri National Park awaits with a beautiful boardwalk winding above the wetlands, and across the border in Lithuania Curonian Spit National Park beckons with its chains of sand dunes and pine forests.

Puglia, Italy

A Taste of Puglia

Puglia – a dreamily tantalising corner of Italy where you will enjoy warm Italian hospitality and leisurely rambles through charming villages and beautiful landscapes on this eight day sojourn. Some standouts include the sassi of Matera, a series of grottoes carved into the landscape that comprise this intriguing cave city, and the iconic whitewashed walls and conical roofs of Alberobello’s trulli.

On this foodie walking holiday, you’ll be treated to feasts prepared by local hosts from their home grown vegetables and regional produce, sample warm crusty bread straight out of the wood-fired oven, and enjoy a cooking lesson – of pasta of course! You will also get the chance to visit an organic cheese maker and check out the local butchers, see, smell and taste freshly pressed olive oil, and wash it all down with some delicious Puglian wines. Bellissimo.

Natasha Goncalves
Natasha Goncalves Marketing and Content Specialist Natasha is the Marketing and Content Specialist at Global Journeys. With over five years’ experience in the travel industry, she is enjoying bringing her experience to our content and communications. A writer and traveller at heart, Natasha enjoys influencing others to get out and explore the world. View all posts by Natasha Goncalves