Europe on Foot – 5 Top Walking Holiday Destinations

camino de santiago - portuguese coastal way

A guided walking holiday is the best way to experience a country’s stunning natural beauty.

Accompanied by an expert local guide, you’ll venture off the beaten track on carefully selected routes, taking you to unforgettable locations – and awe-inspiring views!

Looking at destinations in Europe, here are 5 of our favourite walking holidays for 2022.

1. Slovenia

slovenia walking holiday

Located in central Europe, Slovenia is known for being a playground of outdoor adventures.

With the Julian Alps and sparkling lakes and rivers, there are an endless number of outdoor activities to enjoy.

This holiday includes 5 days of walking, with the option to choose moderate or challenging routes.

You’ll revel in some of Slovenia’s most incredible natural wonders on your hikes, such as Triglav Lakes Valley, Vintgar Gorge and Lake Bled, depending on the route you pick.

Is this holiday for me?
Moderate routes – average daily walking distance of 10-13km
Challenging routes – average daily walking distance of 11-20km

Related Holiday – Slovenia Walking Holiday

2. Transylvania

transylvania walking holiday

Trek through Romania’s charming countryside and spectacular mountain ranges on a Transylvanian walking holiday.

You’ll spend five days exploring the Carpathians, a 1,500km mountain range that stretches from Central to Eastern Europe.

A highlight for many walkers is the full day tour of the Piatra Craiului Mountains.

The range is part of the Piatra Craiului National Park and home to an array of plants and animals, including 15 species of bats, wolves and brown bears!

This walk finishes with a visit to the famous Dracula’s Castle in Bran.

Is this holiday for me?
Leisurely routes (available on all walks) – average daily walking distance of 4-13km
Moderate routes (available on 3 walks) – average daily walking distance of 6-13km

Related Holiday – Transylvania Walking Holiday

3. Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrim routes from across Europe that all lead to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.

Tradition says that the body of the apostle, Saint James, was buried here in the cathedral.

There are many different routes to take of varying distance and difficulty, so keen walkers who complete one section often return to experience another!

On the Footsteps of the Camino de Santiago holiday, you’ll start in Bilbao and head west to Santiago de Compostela.

The Portuguese Coastal Way holiday also takes you to the same destination, but you’ll begin your journey in the seaside town of Baiona and follow the Atlantic Coast for part of your trek.

The Last 100km holiday starts in Sarria and covers the final section of the Camino Francés route.

Which holiday is for me?
Footsteps of the Camino de Santiago tour – Moderate – average daily walking distance of 10km
The Portuguese Coastal Way – Challenging – average daily walking distance of 14-25km
The Last 100km – Challenging – average daily walking distance of 18-28km per day

Related HolidaysFootsteps of the Camino de Santiago, the Portuguese Coastal Way and the Last 100km

4. Croatia

croatia walking holiday

Croatia is a gem to explore on foot.

It boasts a breath-taking coastline with many islands to discover, as well as historic highlights like the walled city of Dubrovnik.

This Croatia walking holiday includes three nights in the island of Mljet, one of the most beautiful Adriatic islands.

Here you’ll explore the island and embark on a 16km hike around the Mljet National Park and spend a full day touring the Mljet Salt Lakes.

Is this holiday for me?
Moderate routes – average daily walking distance of 4.5km – 16km

Related Holiday – Croatia Walking Holiday

5. Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada

Southern Spain is an ideal walking holiday destination, with rugged mountains and unspoiled landscapes to enjoy.

Hike the northern face of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and you’ll be rewarded with some spectacular views and scenery.

You’ll also get the opportunity to visit the quirky villages of the Poqueira Valley on a full day’s walk.

This holiday also includes a trip to Granada, located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, for a day of sightseeing.

Is this holiday for me?
Moderate routes – average daily walking distance of 6-13km
Challenging routes – average daily walking distance of 12-18km

Related Holiday – Sierra Nevada Walking Holiday

Explore 2022 Walking Holidays

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