Lying by the pool isn’t everybody’s cup of tea when looking to book their cheap holidays, so for those of you looking for something a bit more action-packed then take a look at five of the best hiking destinations in Europe. Each of these inspiring landscapes has something to impress the most discerning walker.
THE SAKLIKENT CANYON, TURKEY
The Muğla province is where you’ll find some of the best trails in this country. The Saklikent Canyon is one of the deepest of its kind in the world, running 18 km across and 300 m deep. Although you’ll only be able to walk 4 km of it, you can reach some dizzying heights.
Plenty of tourist operators provided guided tours or equipment rental. Hard hats are advised, especially after long rains when falling rocks can be a hazard. Don’t let this put you off, it’s a beautifully scenic route with stunning rock formations and white water rapids.
THE TIMANFAYA NATIONAL PARK, LANZAROTE
With a rugged terrain and endless coastline, the Timanfaya National Park is home to the Fire Mountains and offers something for walkers of all abilities.
Declared as a place of outstanding natural beauty, this volcanic landscape makes for a challenging but rewarding walk. With year round sunshine, this remains a trusted destination for fans of the outdoors. If in the unlikely event it does rain, head to Cueva de Los Verdes – one of the largest volcanic galleries in the world. This 2 km underground trek is safe for the whole family and makes for a spectacular walk.
THE WHITE MOUNTAINS, CRETE
This Greek Island offers some of the finest gorge hiking in the world. The Southwest coast is home to the White Mountains, that reach heights of 2000 meters.
Samaria gorge is one of the most impressive walks. It’s a remote location, requiring a bus journey and ferry trip. But this national park is certainly worth travelling for. You’ll descend down steep steps from high altitudes to the pine forests at the bottom.
MATKA CANYON, MACEDONIA
Take a forty-minute bus journey from the capital city Skopje and you’ll reach this nature lover’s paradise. Matka Canyon welcomes tourists and locals alike with beautiful restaurants and accommodation to suit all budgets.
Starting at Lake Matka you can begin a trek deep into the gorge, passing historic monasteries and caves on the way. It can get a little frightening when the handrail disappears, but it’s generally a very relaxing journey. There’s also an array of activities for the more adventurous such as canoeing, caving and bird watching.
THE CORFU TRAIL, CORFU
With a glorious climate, you can expect perfect conditions throughout the whole year.
Walking through olive forests provides that all important shade on those sunny days. Serious hikers should consider taking the famed Corfu Trail which starts at the seaside village, Kavos and finishes at the highest point on the island, Pantokratoras. Taking approximately ten days, you’ll pass sleepy villages and crystal clear lagoons.
With so many cheap holidays to Europe, there has never been a better time to book a hiking adventure.
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