Hiking is one of the most inclusive outdoor activities you can do. You don’t need any expensive equipment or to travel to far-flung places to enjoy a hike, simply lace up your boots and get out into the local hills for some quality time and R&R.
With that said, you can also travel to different parts of the world to complete those bucket list hikes through alpine meadows or along breathtaking coastlines. Europe has some of the best hiking trails in the world, and many of them can be completed in a single day. Here are four of the best such trails that are waiting to be explored.
1. Cinque Terre National Park
Cinque Terre NP is home to arguably Europe’s most breath-taking coastline. The walk around the Ligurian coast is only ten kilometers in length and is suitable for hikers of all ages and abilities. You’ll see spectacular coves and pretty-as-a-picture fishing villages that hark back to simpler times. There are also plenty of trattorias and restaurants along the way, serving spectacular seafood and pasta dishes.
The Lauterbrunnen walk through the Swiss Alps is one of the most challenging European trails that can still be completed comfortably within a day, so you’ll need your best hiking shoes on before you set out. With the right shoes on and a supply of water and snacks in your backpack, you’ll be ready to embark upon one of the most striking trails that you’ll ever see, taking in sights including the Jungfrau and Eiger.
The Flysch trail is in the Basque region of northern Spain, and it takes in clifftop scenery so unique and spectacular that it has been used as a filming site for ‘Game Of Thrones‘. It’s easy to imagine yourself in a different time, and even in a different world, when you walk on the Flysch route, thanks to its stunning rock formations that have been confirmed to date back over 50 million years. This is another trail that involves climbing, and you may have to wade through water at some points, so once again, it’s essential to be prepared.
4. The Isle Of Skye
The Isle of Skye is the largest of the islands that make up the Inner Hebrides off the northwest coast of Scotland, and it has become a place associated with legend, myth, and the supernatural. Once you’ve completed the Isle of Skye trail, you’ll understand why, and it’s sure to leave you awestruck, especially if you take in a sunrise or sunset. It’s an easy trail that should take approximately three hours to complete, and one of its highlights is the chance to see the Skye fairy pools. These are the pools at the bottom of the island’s waterfalls, and it has long been whispered that they are home to the little people who inhabited Skye before humans arrived.
There are hundreds of day hikes in Europe that are rewarding and inspiring, but these walks in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, and Scotland are among the very best. All you need to enjoy them is a sturdy pair of boots, a backpack, and enthusiasm. You’re sure to come away feeling inspired, energized, and in love with this beautiful continent.
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