Going out for a stroll in the heart of nature is still a very popular pastime for us Brits, so much so, that we even build holidays around the idea. These trips rarely involve leaving merry old blighty though and are often to the same old places if we're perfectly honest. So, here is a small collection of some of Europe's finer walks (and ones which not even all the natives themselves will know!) that you should consider adding to your next holiday.
El Torcal de Antequera National Park, Spain
Situated around 20 miles north of Malaga, the El Torcal de Antequera National Park is a spectacular site home to some frankly stunning geological formations, formed when the park was underwater 100 million or so years ago. With a selection of trails, each with it's own difficulty level and requirements, offering fantastic views that will encourage you to venture at a more leisurely pace than usual. Scaling the most difficult route to a scale of over 1,000m will not only leave you with a satisfying feeling of accomplishment, but also with lasting memories of the panoramic views you'll witness from such a height.
The Alsace Wine Route, France
Combine two of France's finest features, the countryside and wine, as you wander through the sloping valleys of Strasbourg. On the way you'll bask in the beauty of old country lanes flanked by bountiful flowers and pass through a number of quaint villages. The trail carries history along it, with buildings and houses from both the medieval and Renaissance eras featuring along the way. The walk links up a selection of vineyards on easy-going, yet somewhat lengthy walks of up to 17km, be prepared to set aside the best part of a week to mix wine with your walks.
La Roche, Belgium
Take in some of the extensive greenery that surrounds Belgium's Ardennes region in the south-west and you wont be left disappointed by what you see. Walking excursions round this area are among the most picturesque in the whole of Europe and make for a great alternative city break. As you encircle the region in it's forestry, return to the peaceful inland to sample some fantastic Belgian culture including an impressive variety of beer and some impressive architecture. The walks don't stop here though, they spill over into Germany and France too!
Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
At over 100 square miles in size, it's no surprise that the Drumitor National Park has at least some good trails in it, but it's much more than that in complete honesty. To explore the park in it's entirety would take days, but could certainly serve as a serene getaway from modern life and into the unspoilt nature of Montenegro. You'll come to appreciate the mountaineous terrain coupled with the Balkan greenery, especially with appeasing views of the gorgeous Tara River seldom far from sight. Mountain overnights are available for those desiring more of a rough and ready adventure.
A fabulous choice for a holiday packed with walking excursions in the springtime. Crete, and it's surrounding region, will blossom into a lush, rich flowery scene packed full of life and colour and if that doesn't inspire you to journey through Greek nature, we're not sure what will. You can literally take the path less travelled with a wander from Loutro up to Anopolis, via the mountain separating the two of course. The journey back can go via the stunning Aradena Gorge when more gorgeous scenery awaits. A real treat.