One of the best ways to explore a new part of the world is on foot - it gives you the chance to wander off the beaten path and explore at your own pace. From meandering through cobbled streets to hiking up a mountainside for a better view of a town, it’s the perfect opportunity to take in a new place while stretching your legs. 

Whether you’re a regular hiker or just like the idea of trying something new, we’ve compiled some of the most picturesque walks in Europe. So why not take a stroll in Slovenia, a ramble in Italy or a trek in Tenerife this year?

Cinque Terre National Park, Italy

Hiking in Cinque Terre is a great way to burn off all that pizza and pasta and to catch a glimpse of the most beautiful fishing villages in the world. The national park is home to a number of trails of varying difficulties so it’s important to check you’re kitted out before you head off. We’d recommend avoiding visiting during peak season and taking a trip in the spring when you’ll escape the crowds and walking in the heat.

Lake Bled, Slovenia

The walk around the lake itself is as easy as it is picturesque. Taking on average just over two hours, it can be undertaken by people of all fitness levels. Hikers will get spectacular views of the lake, castle and surrounding mountains, while heading up the hill will give you a great overview of the whole area.

Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany

Starting at Samerbrücke Bridge, take the short, peaceful walk through Weissbach Gorge and on to the village of Weissbach a. d. Alpenstrasse. This journey will take you along a stream to the magnificent Weissbachfälle waterfalls. The park contains trails of differing difficulty levels which allow you to explore a variety of terrains.

La Masca, Tenerife

A route for more experienced hikers, owing to some steep, narrow areas and loose rocks, La Masca is made up of some interesting rock formations. If you follow the path all the way around you’ll end up at a small black sand beach where you can take a dip and relax after your walk.

Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland

The two-day journey from Portstewart to Ballycastle passes through the Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route covers high clifftops, secluded beaches and a number of historic landmarks, including The Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle and Carrick-a-rede. Plus, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan you may recognise some of the coastal scenery as the backdrop of the show.

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