11 Spectacular Walking Tracks in Europe. Perfect for People Who Are Not into Beach Holidays!

    11 Spectacular Walking Tracks in Europe. Perfect for People Who Are Not into Beach Holidays!
    Greg

    3:32 AM EDT, June 10, 2024

    Europe is a paradise for fans for keen trekkers. And you don’t have to be experienced to go there – if your fitness is at least around the average, you can give it a try. It's not about climbing high mountain tops – it's about walking from one lake to another or just strolling down mountain valleys. A perfect holiday idea for people who are not into sunbathing at the sea and instead prefer at least a bit of physical exercise.

    #1 Valbona to Theth (Albania)

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    The track is the Albanian Alps which are also called the Cursed Mountains. It takes you from Valbona (there is a mountain stream flowing through the town) into the valley of Theth. The track is not particularly demanding – it's about ten miles long. All along the track you can admire the mountainous landscape and some abandoned Albanian villages.

    #2 The Seven Lakes of Rila (Bulgaria)

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    These are beautiful postglacial lakes on the altitude of 2,100 – 2,500 meters above the sea level (two hour’s drive from Sofia). Each lake has got its name: Tear, Eye, Kidney, Twin, Botanic, Fish and Lower. You can get there with a chair lift. Between the lakes there are paths enabling you to get around the area and admire the views.

    #3 The Rugova Canyon (Kosovo)

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    It's about 15 miles long. You can get in there in the town of Peć. The whole track winds and turns along the Pećka Bistrica river. On the way you go through tunnels, caves, waterfalls and along rock shelves, too.

    #4 The Path of Gods (Italy)

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    Sentiero Degli Dei is a track along the Amalfi Coast. It connects the towns of Bomerano and Positano. It's about 4 miles long, which is enough to admire spectacular cliffs, rocky formations and the plant life of Italy. On the way there are 1,700 steps to climb and it is up to you where you want to go up the steps (it's the route from Positano to Bomerano) or down the steps (the opposite direction).

    #5 Jurassic Coast (Great Britain)

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    A picturesque 90-miles long track stretching from Exmouth (Devon county) to Studland (Dorset county). It goes along the cliff coast shapes 180 million years ago. While you walk you can’t help but admire bays, beaches, rock arches and the abandoned town of Tyneham – its citizens had to move out as the village was taken over by the army during World War II.

    #6 Caminito del Rey (Spain)

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    It's a 5-mile long track near Malaga. In fact it is almost stuck to the walls of a 700 meter-deep gorge. In fact, you walk on wooden foot bridges with a river winding right underneath. The Path of The King was constructed at the beginning of 20th century. It was supposed to enable to construction workers carry the materials necessary to build a dam. Not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights.

    #7 Levada das 25 Fontes (Madera)

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    Levadas are irrigation canals common on Madera. They were built to carry the rainwater from the north of the island to the south. Most of the track is in the forest, famous for its bent trees and beautiful waterfalls. You need to remember that the path, originally used to get around by local farmers, is very narrow.

    #8 The Masca Gorge (Tenerife)

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    The whole adventure starts in the village of Masca (located on 600 meters above the sea level), Getting there is an experience itself. It’s a series of twists and turns with magnificent views all along the way. The walk through the gorge takes about 4 hours and you end up on the beach the foot of the Los Gigantes cliffs.

    #9 Segla Mountain (Norway)

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    This exceptional summit is on the island of Senja, right beyond the Arctic circle. The mountain is only 639 high, but remember that you start the ascend on the sea level! It takes about 3 hours to reach the top and all the time you are surrounded by spectacular scenery.

    #10 The Glymur Waterfall (Iceland)

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    This is the second largest waterfall in Iceland (198 meters). There are a few tracks that could take you there. The most spectacular one goes along the east bank of the Botnsa river. On the way the trekkers will walk through caves and over path bridges, of course admiring the breathtaking view of the canyon.

    #11 Ring of Kerry (Ireland)

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    This track goes around the Iveragh peninsula and is about 140 miles long. Of course if you want to cover the entire distance, you need to spend at least a couple of days there. Thanks to the tiny fishing villages, mountainous landscape, the Torc waterfall and the picturesque deserted areas of the Atlantic coast, it is definitely worthwhile.

    Have you got your favorite walking tracks?
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