You can feel it in the air, spring is just around the corner! The trees are getting ready to bud, the birds are singing earlier in the morning – and it could be the best time of year to get out walking.
Walking is of course a great exercise to keep fit, but beyond that, it’s also a really good way to take in the sights and sounds of a country at your own pace. This can really help you have the kind of holiday that lives long in the memory – it’s no surprise therefore that walking holidays have been getting more and more popular in recent years.
So if you’re looking for a great holiday to chase away those winter blues, take a look at this list – our pick of some of the best walking holidays to enjoy in the spring.
1. The Amalfi Coast, Italy
Undoubtedly one of the most stunning stretches of coastline in Europe, the Amalfi coast has long been a popular holiday destination.
Sandy beaches lapped by the clear, warm waters of the Mediterranean combined with beautiful hill-top towns and amazing food. Walkers are spoilt for choice with a number of excellent coastal routes – but they can be extremity busy in the high season of June to August.
In March however, as spring rolls across the area, the walking routes come alive with fields of orchids that must be seen to be believed. It’s less busy and the heat is far less oppressive than the summer highs, making it a great time for a waking holiday.
2. Annapurna Range, Nepal
If stunning backdrops are what you look for in your walking holidays, then the Annapurna range in Nepal could be right up your street.
High level walking against a backdrop of snow tipped peaks make for the holiday of lifetime, but to add something truly special to what is already an amazing destination, consider coming in Spring.
It’s this time of year that the Rhododendrons – the national flower – are in bloom, and as it welcomes spring to this beautiful country, so it seems to come alive in color and celebration as every village welcomes the end of a hard winter.
3. Camino de Santiago, Various
If you notice the country that is listed after this title, you’ll notice it says various, making the Camino de Santiago unique both on this list and amongst walking holidays in general.
The other holidays on this list follow routes through one country, often only one region. The Camino is different.
It is actually a collection of ancient pilgrimage routes all across Western Europe, all leading to the northern Spanish town of Santiago de Compostela. The route map includes France, Portugal, Spain, the UK and even as far as Austria and Germany.
No, you won’t be able to walk them all – at least not in one go, but many people return year after year to try a different route. In this manner it offers a true variety of routes and scenery unparalleled with any other walking holiday. If you want to see what spring looks like all over Europe, this could be the walking holiday for you. Book your trip through Follow the Camino, and they will help you choose a route that will cater to all your senses.
4. Cevennes, France
Rolling hills and meadows covered deep in carpets of spring blossoms are the stand-out features of a walking holiday in this beautiful region of southern France.
In addition to the natural delights, the area is strewn with history making a wonderful juxtaposition between the ancient and natural worlds. The food, as you would expect, is fantastic and the various routes are far less choked with visitors in the springtime than in the peak summer season.