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Top 3 Coastal Treks in Europe

[ 0 ] September 28, 2013 |

There are some fantastic coastal treks in Europe, especially around the Mediterranean where you can look forward to excellent weather as well as outstanding walking routes. The problem is that there are so many brilliant places for hiking it can be tough to know where to head to.

So, we’ve come up with our top three suggestions for coastal walking adventures in Europe – all of these tours (and many more) are available through Explore Worldwide.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy. Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amalfi_Coast

Italy’s Amalfi Coast is a real gem for walking holidays, with a host of amazing routes that hug the spectacular coastline. The Amalfi region is characterised by sheer cliffs, narrow, winding roads, small villages perched on steep hills and little beaches that are lapped by the azure-blue waters of the Med.

During a week of hiking here you’ll get to follow the stunning Walk of the Gods trail, which is so-named thanks to the Roman temples that used to line the route, as well as trek the Ancient Republic’s path. This runs from Agerola to Amalfi and boasts spectacular sea views.

Another highlight of walking on the Amalfi Coast is the chance to explore the Ferriere National Park, a beautiful reserve with its own microclimate that has resulted in rare plants (such as the ancient Woodwardia radicans fern) thriving here. This is the perfect way to break up your coastal walking with something a little different and in addition to the unusual plant life, you’ll pass waterfalls and pretty streams.

Corfu, Greece

Corfu is a destination that’s well suited to hiking holidays, partially because it is home to the 220 km-long Corfu Trail. Taking on the entire trek is a little ambitious if you’ve only got a week, so it’s best to focus on certain sections of the route during your holiday.

For spectacular coastal scenery, the south of the island is one of the best options for a trekking break – you’ll find an itinerary for walking in Corfu available through Explore Worldwide from £455 without flights.

Looking now at the hiking you can do in this part of the island, it’s an excellent mix of coastal paths, trails through olive groves and charming villages, and sections along high cliffs and ridges that are wonderful vantage points from where to enjoy spectacular views. The section between Santa Barbara and Paramonas, for instance, leads you through dunes covered in cedar trees to the beautiful Lake Korisson. Meanwhile, the hike to Komianta will begin on a high coastal ridge before heading inland through the Messongi River Valley and surrounding heathland to lead you to the village.

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Our final suggestion for one of Europe’s top coastal walking destinations is Croatia, where much of its coastline has retained its rugged, undeveloped charm. There are some outstanding cities to explore as you hike, too, such as Split and Trogir, both of which have a rich history dating back hundreds of years.

For the most spectacular coastal landscapes, make sure you choose an itinerary that includes hiking in the Starigrad Peninsula, where karst landscapes, sheer cliffs, towering mountains and deep gorges provide a backdrop to the stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. You’ll come across many deserted pebble beaches where you can take a breather before continuing with your walk.

Another highlight of trekking on the Dalmatian coast is the chance to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park, where a series of picturesque lakes, waterfalls and caves will captivate your imagination.

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About onurwaytravel: Colin has been travelling the world with his young family for the past 2 and half years. He runs a couple of websites all revolve around travel, family travel and digital nomadism. His websites include http://ourtravellifestyle.com, http://vagabondfamily.org, http://nunomad.com and now http://on-our-way-travel.com. View author profile.

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