Walking Holidays in
Do something positive for your body, mind and social life
when holidaying in Europe
So, you finally made it to your well-deserved holiday. You have some time
to decide on your
destination, but you feel so drained from your job, combined with other
duties, that you'd rather just not go anywhere.
After all, if you live in a city, it has plenty to offer. There could be a lot of
catching up to do in your hometown's galleries, theatres, pubs, concert halls, whatever your preference
But before you go for the city break, stop and think about it for a
|While on holidays in Europe, consider doing something
for your body and mind, by going on a walking
holiday. (Image by Pexels)
Do Something Different
Let's get realistic - if you are so tired that you don't feel like going anywhere,
you probably won't engage in much city life anyway. You will probably spend your precious holiday on your couch,
stuck in front of your screens, perhaps invite some friends over for dinner, or go bike riding once or twice. In your usual environment, your holiday will just fly by, and before you
know it, it will be time to go back to work.
What anyone who is overwhelmed by their daily grind needs is a reset, a re-charge,
even if it initially takes a certain amount of effort.
Wouldn't you like to do something different, something that will have a positive
impact on your body, your mind and your social life?
If the answer is yes, then taking a walking holiday might be just what you need to
achieve a full recovery from your impending burnout.
What is a Walking Holiday?
A walking holiday is a type of active holiday where you will be engaging in
recreational walking on an everyday basis. The central part of a walking holiday usually takes place on specially
designated trails, in beautiful surroundings.
It's not only the location that makes a walking holiday, it is your intention as
well - your will to rejuvenate yourself by stretching your legs during your entire vacation.
Are There Any Good Walking Holidays in
Europe offers plenty of walking holiday opportunities, with a surprising variety
of environments you will be enjoying while hiking.
To give you a better view of the diversity of the Old Continent, here are a few
examples of attractive European walking holiday opportunities. Note that there are many more options as well.
|For a Mediterranean walking holiday, there's no such
inspiring place than Greece,
the home of the marathon and ancient Olympic
Games. (Image by
If you crave for a sunny Mediterranean walking experience, you won't regret if you
choose to walk in Greece. Greece offers many potential mainland and island walking tours and many interesting attractions to keep you involved and busy while on the road.
Ancient Greek archaeological sites, sandy beaches and turquoise seas, olive
orchards, rugged Mediterranean rocks and mountains, old villages painted white, ancient Orthodox churches and
monasteries - Greece is an entire world waiting to be explored (on foot, of course). Just make sure you have
quality sun protection.
The Camino de Santiago
|The vast distances of Camino de Santiago offer plenty
of walking trails,
from France though to Span and Portugal. (Image by Freeimages.com)
The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, is a network of ancient pilgrim
trails stretching from the heart of Europe to the Iberian Peninsula. There are several major Camino routes,
starting in France, Portugal or Spain, all leading to the same point – the Santiago de
Compostella Cathedral in Galicia, Spain. It was there that, according to the legend, St. James was
Over the years, the Camino de Santiago has evolved from being a religious
endeavour once upon a time, to one of the world's most frequented walking holiday destination.
Among the different trails that you can choose from, the most popular is
the Camino Frances – the French Way. As the name suggests, it starts in France and takes you over the Pyrenees into
some of Spain's most beautiful landscapes, with calm forests, vineyards and olive groves. The entire French
Way is around 800 kilometers long, but you can also arrange a shorter version by using another starting
point. Sarria is probably the most popular starting point of the entire Camino, only 100 km away from
Santiago. On the Camino Frances, you will find excellent-quality hiking trails and roads, as well as great
accommodation options and facilities.
The Far North
|If anything's going to provide "food" for your body,
mind and soul, it's the majestic
scenery of Norway fjords, which will amaze you. (Image by Pexels)
Northern Europe is a world of its own. The Scandinavian landscape is very varied - depending on your chosen country and trails, you
will get to enjoy green grasslands, Norway's well-renowned fjords, northern pine forests, or charming old northern villages.
Volcanic Iceland is like a different planet, with black sand
beaches, hot springs, and of course the lively capital Reykjavik. And if you're brave enough to venture into the
polar circle, you'll be able to experience days that never end. Since it's always cold in the North, even in the
summer, you will have to gear up for this sort of expedition.
Hopefully, you feel inspired to try something different this holiday season. On a
walking holiday, you will not only soak in the natural and architectural marvels and rejuvenate yourself, but you
may also re-define and re-discover what it means to be an active, walking human being.