The Best Hiking in Europe: 5 Amazing Places to Visit

If you are an avid adventure hiker, then you may have heard of these hikes in Europe. What’s more, they are probably already on your bucket list!

If you’re looking to add some incredible hiking in Europe to your list, these are some of the best and most noteworthy hikes that you can do.

We start our best hiking in Europe list in the beautiful country of Spain!

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO – SPAIN

A Spanish walking trail along ancient pilgrim routes that is full of history and Spanish culture. The trail is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was once believed to have led to the end of the world!   

The full route takes 30 days to complete and is a whopping 800kms long! You do not need to have much hiking experience although training beforehand is a good idea to deal with walking about 25kms per day. 

The first section of the trail takes you through the incredible Pyrenees mountains. One of the most challenging stages but probably the most breath-taking!

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You’ll pass through small towns and local villages where accommodation can be found in hostels, guest houses or camping. Shops or markets provide some awesome Spanish cuisine and produce to keep you stocked up for your journey.

WEST HIGHLAND WAY – SCOTLAND

On to Scotland yard! One of the best hikes in the UK and definitely another for the list, this trail takes you through some of the most magnificent highland landscapes in the world.

You’ll start your journey in Glasgow, hike for 154kms over about 8 days, and end in the town of Fort William. While it can be challenging on some parts, if you have an average level of fitness then you will be able to complete the trail.

The trail takes you to some amazing sites like Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain. You’ll also be walking along the largest freshwater loch in Great Britain. 

You can do a self-guided walk and most tour operators offer to fully plan your itinerary, which is great, so you have peace of mind knowing accommodation and bag transfers are taken care of.

TOUR DU MONT BLANC – FRANCE

Another one for the list. The Tour du Mont Blanc gives hikers the opportunity to trek in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps!

A 170 km hike that takes you about 11 days to complete. You’ll visit the villages of Chamonix and Courmayeur, experience exceptional views and you’ll even get to spend the night in some of Europe’s most iconic mountain huts!

The trek is challenging with a few strenuous sections along the way. You’ll be hiking high mountain passes, the highest of which is above 2,500m. But don’t be stressed, there is plenty of acclimatization time.

Possibly one of the most beautiful hikes in Europe, it’s easy to see why it is also one of the most popular.

DINGLE WAY – IRELAND

Ireland has some of the most incredible scenery in the world. Lush green landscapes and picturesque countrysides are in abundance!

The Dingle Way trail takes you on a round trip from Kerry, and back to Kerry. It’s 179 km long and will take around 2 weeks to complete. | photo by Lesya Li

It’s not a very difficult trail but you will need to have a good level of fitness. You’ll pass through small towns and villages which offer accommodation in hostels, B&B’s or if you prefer, you can camp. 

But while you’re in town try some real Irish pub grub for an authentic food experience. You’ll also find it best to hike this trail during their summer months when there is less rainfall. 

ALTA VIA 1, DOLOMITES – ITALY

Last but certainly not least, this one should be on every hiking bucket list!

The Dolomite mountain range is breath-taking and has suitably been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While there is an abundance of trails to choose from, the Alta Via 1 hiking trail is one of the best in the Dolomites!

A 120 km trek from the ski resort of Cortina to the town of Belluno. It’s about 10 days of hiking and takes you as high as 9,029ft! One of 8 Alta Via hikes, AV1 is definitely the most popular of the trails.

Accommodation during the beginning and end of the hike is in hostels or campsites, and even luxury hotels. During the hike, you’ll be staying in mountain huts (rifugios) where you’ll be treated to meals, Wi-Fi and comfy beds.

Make sure you book early, you don’t want to miss out on this one!

Despite the fact that Europe is incredibly populated, there are still many landscapes and mountain ranges to explore and find peace and quiet. They range from cultural to historical and even religious, while others are simply for the enjoyment of nature and all it has to offer. 

photo source | pexels + Lesya Li

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