Top 10 Hiking Trails in Europe

Top 10 Hiking Trails in Europe

Trails Around the World presents

Top 10 European Hiking Trails

Tre Cimes By chriscom (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrigu/2635272103/) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Tre Cime Circuit

The Tre Cimes are the most famous mountains in the Dolomites with Cima Grande being the highest peak at almost 3000m.  Hiking around this epic sharp peaks offers fantastic views at every step.  Trails around the Tre Cime come in both easy and challenging.

WHERE: Italy
DISTANCE: approximately 7 – 11km / 4.5 – 7m
INTERESTING INFO: Tre Cime means 3 peaks

The Camino

Hiking the Camino has been on my dream list for over 10 years now, after reading Shirley MacLaine’s book.  The Camino, also called The Way of Saint James, is a pilgrimage that has been walked by pilgrimages since the 9th century.  Though many still walk it for religious reasons there is now an influx of those who walk it for their own spirituality, personal reasons, or merely the challenge and experience.

WHERE: Varying routes across Europe through Spain, to the tomb of St. James de Compostela
DISTANCE: Depends on which route you choose and where you start
INTERESTING INFO: The symbol of The Camino is the scallop shell – used as markers along the trails, on pilgrim hostels and often sewn on a pilgrim’s gear or clothing

GR20 trail

Known as the toughest long distance trail in Europe the GR20 trail crosses Corsica from north to south and has variations in height of about 10,000m.  With paths marked with red and white rectangles in rocks the GR20’s highlights include glacier lakes and stunning cliffs.

WHERE: Corsica
DISTANCE: 180km / 112m
INTERESTING INFO: The trail’s name in Corsica is “Fra li monti” meaning ‘across the mountains’

Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre region is located on Italy’s north-western coast and known as the Italian Riviera.  This stretch of rugged coastline connects the five main villages and hiking between its villages offers postcard worthy views.

WHERE: Italy
DISTANCE: 13km / 8m
INTERESTING INFO: The main route, Sentierro Azzurro (Blue path) connects all 5 villages

Laugavegurinn trail

Described by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful hikes in the world, Laugavegurinn is located in south-west Iceland.  The trail takes you from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork and by a variety of stunning landscapes from mountains to glaciers and hot springs to lava fields.

WHERE: Iceland
DISTANCE: 53km / 33m
INTERESTING INFO: Laugavegurinn translates to ‘hot spring route’

Lyican Way

Lycian Way By Htkava (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Lycian Way

I was inspired to hike the Lycian Way after reading about a fellow travel blogger’s piece on her amazing journey.  The Lycian Way is a fairly recent hiking trail that takes you along Turkey’s southern coast, with the trail between the coast and mountains for a scenic hike.  The trails also lead you through and past many ancient ruins.

WHERE: Turkey – from Fethiye to Antalya
DISTANCE: 540km / 335m
INTERESTING INFO: The trail follows many old Roman roads

Eagle’s Walk

The Eagle’s Walk trail runs through Austria’s Tirol and runs the whole length of the country from east to west.  From the Kaiser Mountain Range to Arlberg the Eagle’s Walk trail is composed of 24 segments and passes through the heart of the Alps.

WHERE: Austria
DISTANCE: 320km / 200m
INTERESTING INFO: Eagle’s Walk symbolizes the spread of an eagle’s wing over the country

Pulpit Rock

Pulpit Rock by: Sergey Ashmarin

Pulpit Rock

The two hour hike to Norway’s Pulpit Rock will end in a breathtaking view over the gorgeous green valleys of the Ryfylke region.  Set over 600m high, Pulpit Rock juts out and is not only one of the most popular tourist attractions in Norway but is a must hike in Europe.

WHERE: Norway
DISTANCE: 2.6m both ways
INTERESTING INFO: Pulpit Rock is 82 x 82′

Slovenian Mountain trail

Hiking the Slovenian Mountain trail will take you into a fairy tale book and lead you by beautiful lakes, Mediterranean vineyards and the mysterious Pohorje primeval forest before ending in the coastal village of Ankaran.  Much like the Camino there is a passport-like stamp book for the Slovenian Mountain trail, which is a great reminder of an awesome journey.

WHERE: Slovenia
DISTANCE: 500km / 310m
INTERESTING INFO: The Slovenian Mountain trail is the oldest hiking track in Europe

Tour du Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc is the highest mountain, at over 15,000′, in the European Union and home to one of the most popular hikes in Europe.  The Tour du Mont Blanc hike circles Mont Blanc and passes through France, Italy and Switzerland.  The trail takes you through picturesque meadows with mountain views and forest to story book alpine villages.

WHERE: France
DISTANCE: 170km / 105m
INTERESTING INFO: There is an Ultra-marathon every year along the Tour du Mont Blanc with winning times around 20 hours.

What’s your favourite hiking trail in Europe?

Stephanie

I'm a Canadian gal with a passion for wildlife, the great outdoors and travel and hope to inspire others to feel the same way! Travelling mostly solo I love to explore Ontario Gems in my own backyard as well as exotic cities around the world.

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8 Responses

  1. did the Lycian Way in Turkey in March for 8 days only 😀 but amaaaazing 😀 also being it my first experinece with longer trekking, jesus it was soo hard but so rewarding!

  2. For sure, many hikers and climbers are dying to reach these tops. Some of the great hiking trails that I know are on this list. They must be part of your bucket list.

  3. Joanna says:

    Useful post, it’s nice you mentioned Slovenia 🙂 Have you also considered hiking in Eastern Europe (Slovakia, Romania, Poland etc.)?

    • Stephanie says:

      I’ve heard Slovenia is full of natural beauty. As for the rest of Europe I’d love to hike in every country! Have you hiked in any of those countries?

      • Joanna says:

        Julian Alps in Slovenia are amazing, like all other Alps 🙂 I’m really happy we’ve got such beautiful mountains in Europe 🙂

        I’m from Poland and go hiking at least once in a month 🙂 Since Slovakia’s so close and there are also great mountains I hike there regularly, few times per year. Romania is on my bucket list – beautiful mounts and very affordable prices.

        I encourage everyone to visit Polish and Slovakian mountains because I feel they’re a bit underrated among hikers…

      • Stephanie says:

        All three are on my bucket list!! Thanks so much for your tips Joanna! If you ever would like to write a piece on one of your hikes for my Trails Around the World Series please let me know!

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