This article looks at the popularity of walking holidays in Europe – their benefits and attractions, particularly for those who like to stay active. As the range of such holiday grows, is now the time to experience a walking holiday yourself?
Why walking holidays?
Many well travelled people tend to be looking for a more authentic way to engage with their destination and prefer to keep off the regular tourist track. Walking holidays are a great way to combine a range of interests – from seeing a destination first-hand and at a comfortable pace, to enjoying an active and healthy holiday, whilst meeting new friends and seeing cultural landmarks up close.
Guided walking holidays in Spain are taken care of by expert travel providers. The route will have been well tested and researched, so you won’t need to worry about what you’ll experience along the way. All the practical arrangements will also be in hand, which mitigates your worry about remaining organised and allows you to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the countryside around you.
Walking holidays are also particularly good for seeing sights and landmarks which are slightly off the beaten track and generally not as accessible by transport. Particularly in Spain, walking allows you to take in the full diversity and culture of the country, whether you choose to explore the rich history and delicious cuisine or Andalucía, or relax in the paradise of the Canary Islands. Each holiday on offer will have a different feel and experience.
What does a walking holiday involve?
With a walking holiday, you can decide whether you prefer to guide your trip independently, or join a mixed walking group. With the former, you have total flexibility around your movements and stop-offs and your travel provider will give you maps and in-depth walking notes. You may also find that a baggage collection service is available, so that your baggage is waiting when you arrive at your hotel and you don’t have to struggle along with a heavy back-pack! This can be very useful when you’re travelling as a family.
Alternatively, with a guided holiday, your guide will introduce you to various hidden spots along the way, allowing you to find out more than you would alone and providing plenty of interesting facts and local knowledge. You will be introduced to some of the best restaurants and watering holes along the way too and your group will be there to motivate you along the walk and make sure no one gets left behind! This option is very popular with those looking to meet new people, or for those who are travelling on their own. Trip durations vary, but are usually around a week on average, with departures from various UK airports available and flexible transfers.
So if you’re looking for a fresh way to experience Spain – whether Valencia, Catalan, Andalucía, La Gomera, Tenerife, Majorca or one of the many other destinations available, a guided walking trip could be the way to go!
Adriana Frederick writes regularly on a variety of guided walking holidays and family holiday topics for travel websites and blogs. A keen fan of the outdoors, Adriana has long been a fan of guided walking holidays in Spain and has experienced much of the country by foot.