Hiking on foot has a certain charm to it. Just for a while, you can forget about everyday stress and connect with nature. You’ll have plenty of time to admire the beauty of this world and you’ll also get a bit of exercise! Today we’d like to share with you some of the best tourist routes in Europe.
Camino de Santiago
Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) is a pilgrimage route leading across Spain to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. There are several routes you can take to get to Galicia. The longest is 1000 km long and leads all the way to Seville. The northern route is probably the most popular. It starts on the border with France and is 830 km long. However, pilgrims can start their journey anywhere. There’s also a route from Portugal.
West Highland Way
Did you ever think about visiting Scotland? How about a 154 km hike through the West Highlands? It’s one of the most well-known tourist routes in the world and it will lead you from Milngavie near Glasgow all the way to the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Britain. The route ends in Fort William. During the hike, you’ll have a chance to see many wonderful sights and much of Scottish nature, as well as Loch Lomond. The hike will take you around 6 to 10 days.
Tour du Mont Blanc
This 170 km trek will take you across Italy, Switzerland, and France, as well as around the highest peak in Europe. The route is usually walked counter-clockwise and it takes around 11 days to finish.
Alta Via 1
The Alta Via 1 is a 150 km trek across the eastern Dolomites. It will take you approximately 10 days, depending on your physical condition. The route offers an amazing view of famous mountains, such as Tofana, Lagazuoi, Pelmo, and Civetta.
Slovenska Planinska Pot
The Slovenska Planinska Pot (Slovenian Mountain Hiking Trail) is one of the oldest hiking trails in Slovenia, which will lead you through the beautiful nature of the Slovenian Alps. It’s approximately 500 km long and it will take an experienced hiker around 30 days to complete. The trail will lead you through the majestic Julian Alps, Kamnik–Savinja Alps, and the Karawanks. The cherry on top is the beautiful view from Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia.
The GR 20
The GR 20 hiking trail is considered to be one of the hardest hiking trails in Europe. It’s around 180 km long and crosses the island of Corsica from north to south. Getting from one end to the other takes around 15 days. You don’t need any special climbing skills, but you’ll definitely need to be in great shape!
This Iceland hiking route is around 55 km long and leads around many geysers, volcanoes, and lakes. The view is truly spectacular. The hike will take around 2 to 5 days, depending on your skills and how much time you spend taking in the sights. If the hike isn’t enough for you, you can continue down the Fimmvörðuháls route.
You can find many hiking routes of various lengths and difficulties in the High Tatras in Slovakia. The Tatranska Magistrala trail is the longest one. It’s around 46 km long and it will lead you around the most beautiful mountains and lakes in the High Tatras.
Do you have any hiking trail you’d love to visit? Let us know in the comments.