Some of the most exhilarating walking experiences in Europe are to be found in its mountain ranges. From the lofty Dachstein massif and Aosta valley in the Alps to the jagged peaks of the Dolomites or the snow-capped Sierra Nevada, the views are rarely less than awe-inspiring. For hikers looking for a new destination as an alternative to the Alps or Dolomites, Bulgaria’s Rila and Pirin mountains offer excellent hiking trails among towering peaks and shimmering glacial lakes

Volcano enthusiasts can explore the surreal landscape around the base of Spain’s highest peak on the island of Tenerife, or combine volcano walking with island-hopping on Sicily’s Aeolian islands.

For lower-level mountain walking, Ireland offers stunning circuits around the base of Kerry’s Macgillycuddy’s Reeks or through the serene glacial valleys of the Wicklow Mountains.

Austria’s Lungau region and Spain’s Picos de Europa offer easy mountain trails that are ideal for family vacations.

 

Alps: Valle D’Aosta

Walk among Europe's highest peaks in the Aosta Valley
9 days
Moderate to Challenging

Alps: Valle Maira

Discover a beautiful forgotten area of the Western Italian Alps
8 days
Moderate to Challenging

Corsica: Mare a Mare North

Classic walking trail from the mountains of Corte to the Gulf of Porto
7 days
Moderate

Corsica: Mountains & Coast

A varied week of walking that takes in the contrasts of Corsica
7 days
Moderate

Dolomites: Val Badia

The quintessential walking tour in the heart of the Dolomite mountains
8 days
Moderate to Challenging

Hiking in Mallorca

Rugged mountains and rural tranquility in the Serra de Tramuntana
6 days, 8 days
Moderate

In the footsteps of Orpheus

Self-guided hiking in Bulgaria’s mystical Rhodope mountains
8 days
Moderate to Challenging

Julian Alps Peak Walk

A walking holiday in the heart of Slovenia’s Julian Alps and along its mountain ridges
8 days
Moderate to Challenging

Mountains to Sea

Discover the mountainous back country of the French Riviera
5 days
Moderate

Mt. Olympus & Pieria

Explore the mystical home of the Ancient Gods among Greece’s highest summits
8 days
Challenging