1. Sentiero degli Dei – Italy
Experience the beauty of the Amalfi Coast on foot and walk the ‘Path of Gods’ from Bomerano to Positano. This 5 mile stretch will take less than a day to explore (allowing plenty of time to make a few stops, grab lunch and then wind down with a glass of Prosecco at your final destination). Not only is this hike short enough for younger / elderly walkers but it’s relatively easy in terms of terrain too and it follows old mule trails with incredible views over the Med cliffs. From Positano, there are regular buses to Sorrento where you can enjoy a bustling town with bars, cafes and restaurants.
2. Tour du Mont Blanc – France, Switzerland, Italy
Mont Blanc may offer mind-blowing views all the way at the top but there’s no need to climb it to experience it; one of the best ways of seeing Mont Blanc and its vistas is to walk in its shadows. The Tour du Mont Blanc is over 100 miles long and will take you somewhere between 9 and 12 days in total, passing through France, Switzerland and Italy. Though mostly moderate-tough in difficulty, there are several villages for you to stop and rest.
3. Almeria Coast – Spain
If you?re looking for a moderate level hike with stunning coastal views, head to the Almeria Coast in Spain. The walk takes you through Cabo de Gata National Park and will include some great highlights such as secluded beach spots and various small coves dotted along your route, rugged coastline pathways with amazing vantage points overlooking the Mediterannean sea, quaint fishing villages for a true taste of rural Spanish life, as well as a unique opportunity to explore some famous Hollywood film locations along the way (including a filming location for Game of Thrones).
4. GR20 Trail – Corsica
The GR20 Trail is not made for beginners; with rugged mountain paths, it’s a tough challenge even for seasoned hikers and is considered to be the toughest of the Grandes Randon. But if you’re up for the mental and physical test of strength, you will be rewarded with some of the most staggering views. The route takes you from North of the island to the South, from Calenzana to Conca. Over 110 miles long, the GR20 will take most people around 15 days but there are multiple entry points on route should you only want to walk some of it.
5. Dachstein Alpine Circuit – Austria
The Dachstein Alpine Trek in Austria is a 12 day trek and is suitable as a self-guided adventure (for 2 or more people travelling together). This circuit, based on somewhere between 3 and 8 hours of walking per day, is moderate-challenging in terms of difficulty and covers around 70 miles in total. Some stand-out features from your journey will include the striking mountain views of the Dachstein, the breath-taking glaciers, Gosau Lake and the village of Hallstatt.