Hiking Europe’s Greatest Trails

For those who lace up their boots and take to the trails, Europe has a lot to offer. Spectacular landscapes on a grand scale, where you can leave the everyday behind for the best walking holidays in Europe for singles and groups.

A walking holiday in Europe is an ideal way to get to the heart of the places you travel. Walking Italy, Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean islands, you can immerse yourself in local history and culture the best way – unmediated, up close and on foot.

Overview of Europe's Paths

Wild clifftop scenery, dramatic canyons and gorges with overnight stays in traditional villages are just part of the experience of walking holidays in Europe. Where our European walking routes visit the islands of the Mediterranean, walkers can expect varying landscapes from mountain treks to dense forest tracks and long stretches along the shoreline.

Europe's hiking trails have traditionally followed more mountainous routes, with far fewer of the kind of low-level public footpaths championed by interest groups, such as the Ramblers association in the UK. Signposting and way-marking has come a long way since then, and there have been great strides towards making some of Europe's most iconic walking trails more accessible - with the added benefit of bringing in revenue to rural areas and sustaining cultural heritage in the less tourist heavy regions.

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Carrapateira-Rota-Vicentina

Rota Vicentina

7 nights from £710

Cinque Terre town of Vernazza

Cinque Terre

7 nights from £790

View over the medieval town of Alquézar

Aragon: Sierra de Guara

7 nights from £695

Faro di Punta Palascia

Puglia

7 nights from £710

Our Walking Locations Outside of the UK

Gulf of Naples
Amalfi Coast

7 Nights | From: £675
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View over the medieval town of Alquézar
Aragon: Sierra de Guara

7 Nights | From: £695
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Cabo de Gata Walking Holidays Spain
Cabo de Gata

7 Nights | From: £640
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Cinque Terre town of Vernazza
Cinque Terre

7 Nights | From: £790
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Irish Sea on the Dingle Way
Dingle Way

4 - 7 Nights | From: £560
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Kerry Way Coast
Kerry Way

4 - 7 Nights | From: £485
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Hiking La Palma Caldera de Taburiente national park
La Palma

7 Nights | From: £950
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Valdemossa
Mallorca

7 Nights | From: £775
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Barolo Piemonte with Alps in Background
Piedmont: Barolo & Langhe Wine Region

7 Nights | From: £665
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Faro di Punta Palascia
Puglia

7 Nights | From: £710
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Carrapateira-Rota-Vicentina
Rota Vicentina

7 Nights | From: £710
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View over Pena Palace, Sintra
Sintra – Cascais

7 Nights | From: £675
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Tenerife Mt Teide
Tenerife

7 Nights | From: £900
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San Gimignano Walking Holidays Via Francigena Toscana
Tuscan Via Francigena

8 Nights | From: £845
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Tuscany Pienza Rural Road Sentiero Toscana
Val d’Orcia

7 Nights | From: £805
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Why book your European holiday with Celtic Trails?

As with all our walking holidays, Celtic Trails strives to provide a superior holiday by ensuring a personalised service with the best accommodation on offer. We treat every walker individually, and look after each walking holiday on a case-by-case basis. This means that we can create a holiday that is perfect for you, helping to address all your needs and taking the stress out of booking a holiday abroad. What also makes us different is our commitment to providing the best accommodation. We know that accommodation standards vary from country to country, but with Celtic Trails you can be sure that you will be staying in the best accommodation of its type in that area.

Amalfi Coast

Hiking Italy’s Romantic Neopolitan Coast Walking the Amalfi Coast is an opportunity to see another side of Italy’s most celebrated, romantic region. From the bold and bright towns that stretch from Sorrento, to the more pastoral and historic features of the Mediterranean landscape, you’ll walk clifftop paths that offer a breath-taking vantage point over the … Continue reading Amalfi Coast »

  • 7 nights
  • 32 mls (view km)
  • Southwestern Italy
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Nov
  • £675

Aragon: Sierra de Guara

Dramatic Gorges and Ancient Heritage in the Heart of Rural Spain Step back in time with a trek through one of Spain’s most untouched and historically rich regions. Located in the north-east of Spain, near the foothills of the Pyrenees, the Sierra de Guara is famed for its dramatic gorges and perfectly blue rivers;undisturbed by … Continue reading Aragon: Sierra de Guara »

  • 7 nights
  • 49 mls (view km)
  • Northeastern Spain
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Jun, Sep to Oct
  • £695

Cabo de Gata

Authentic Spanish Hiking in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park Some of Spain’s most pristine stretches of coast are sheltered in between the dramatic cliffscape of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. Almost all of the Cabo de Gata’s most naturally beautiful beaches and coves can only be reached on foot, making a walking holiday … Continue reading Cabo de Gata »

  • 7 nights
  • 65 mls (view km)
  • Southeastern Spain
  • Moderate to Challenging
  • Jan to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • £640

Cinque Terre

Idyllic & Iconic: Walking the Picturesque Towns of the Cinque Terre The Cinque Terre links Italy’s famous collection of colourful fishing villages along the coast of Liguria, via picturesque clifftop routes that offer a spectacular vantage point over charming pastel villages and the striking Mediterranean coast. The name Cinque Terre also refers to the National … Continue reading Cinque Terre »

  • 7 nights
  • 45 mls (view km)
  • Northwestern Italy
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £790

Dingle Way

Voted the ‘most beautiful place on earth’ by the National Geographic Traveller magazine in 2006, the Dingle Peninsula is a diverse and beautiful Celtic walking trail that runs a distance of 110 miles.

  • 4 to 7 nights
  • 37 to 80 mls (view km)
  • Southwest Ireland
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £560

Kerry Way

Running 135 miles, Kerry Way is one of Ireland’s longest waymarked walking trails. It is also one of the most popular. Meander through Ireland’s largest peninsula which will take you through river valleys, coastal paths and amazing mountain passes.

  • 4 to 7 nights
  • 38 to 75 mls (view km)
  • Southwest Ireland
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £485

La Palma

Untouched Beauty on the Island of La Palma Fondly known as La Isla Bonita (the pretty island), La Palma may be one of the lesser known Canary Islands, but with its dramatic and untouched volcanic landscape, it may be the perfect walking destination for those with a sense of adventure. Why this walk? Dominated by … Continue reading La Palma »

  • 7 nights
  • 68 mls (view km)
  • Canary Islands
  • Moderate
  • Jan to Dec
  • £950

Mallorca

Rugged Mountains and Dramatic Sea-views in the Heart of the Mediterranean Leave the crowds far behind and discover one of the Europe’s most scenic walking destinations on Mallorca’s mountainous north-west coast. Why Walk in Mallorca? Blending Mallorca’s infamous sapphire seas and white sandy beaches with the impressive peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range … Continue reading Mallorca »

  • 7 nights
  • 46 mls (view km)
  • Mediterranean
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Dec
  • £775

Piedmont: Barolo & Langhe Wine Region

Dramatic Alps Scenery in the Barolo Wine Region Trek hills and valleys, sheltering the quaint rural villages of the Piedmont region, set against a backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the neighbouring Alps. The Barolo and Langhe region is renowned for its local produce (home of the famous white truffle and Barolo wine), and on … Continue reading Piedmont: Barolo & Langhe Wine Region »

  • 7 nights
  • 55 mls (view km)
  • Northwestern Italy
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Apr to Nov
  • £665

Puglia

Puglia Walking Holidays in Authentic Italy Explore a truly wild and unspoilt slice of Italy’s unabashedly beautiful coastline, a region that figures in Italian culture as one of the last bastions of a lifestyle and natural landscape lost to modernity. Ancient Greek, Roman and Turkish masterpieces of architecture are found alongside the rugged coastal paths … Continue reading Puglia »

  • 7 nights
  • 45 mls (view km)
  • Southeastern Italy
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Nov
  • £710

Rota Vicentina

Explore Pristine Coastline and Portugal’s Best Kept Secret Discover a wonderful new side to Portugal’s Algarve coast with a weeks walking in the beautiful and unspoilt National Park – ‘Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina’. Located on the South West coast of Portugal, this hidden gem is one of Europe’s best preserved coastlines, offering … Continue reading Rota Vicentina »

  • 7 nights
  • 67 mls (view km)
  • South West Portugal
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Jan to Jun, Aug to Dec
  • £710

Sintra – Cascais

Discover Sintra’s Extravagant Culture & Dramatic Atlantic Coast Located just a short distance from Lisbon, Sintra was a popular summer residence for Portugese rulers and nobility between the 15th and 19th centuries. They have left a cultural landscape of extravagant palaces, manor houses and gardens which form a fascinating UNESCO world heritage site. This walking … Continue reading Sintra – Cascais »

  • 7 nights
  • 44 mls (view km)
  • Southern Portugal
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Jan to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • £675

Tenerife

Walking on sunshine in Tenerife Year-round warm weather, varied volcanic landscape and exotic vegetation combine to make Tenerife the perfect destination for walkers looking for something a little different.

  • 7 nights
  • 45 mls (view km)
  • Moderate
  • Jan to Dec
  • £900

Tuscan Via Francigena

A Medieval Pilgrimage Through Classic Tuscan Scenery Follow in the footsteps of Europe’s pilgrims with a historical route through a region where local culture is at the root of everything. Out among the picturesque Tuscan countryside, staying in the medieval towns (now UNESCO sites) that were stopping points on the pilgrimage, you’ll be retracing the … Continue reading Tuscan Via Francigena »

  • 8 nights
  • 81 mls (view km)
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Apr to Oct
  • £845

Val d’Orcia

Walking Italy’s Rural Heartland Italy’s rural heartland is best discovered on foot, where after a day spent trekking through the natural beauty of the regions hilltop towns and forests. This is a region celebrated for the uncompromising quality of its wine and local cuisine, where you can take time to explore the area’s historic towns … Continue reading Val d’Orcia »

  • 7 nights
  • 49 mls (view km)
  • Central Italy
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Apr to Oct
  • £805

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