Spring is just barely starting to sprout. The holidays have passed and February treks on. This makes it the perfect season for hiking tours as the snow begins to melt. Before the Summer rush, prospective travel lovers should start thinking of which places to trek beforehand. Europe is home to beautiful countrysides and mountain ranges, making it one of the most popular hiking destinations. Here are some specific places to land on with your hiking boots tied tight!
Austria has the privilege of having a beautiful countryside dotted with plenty of small towns which benefit from a great train system. Named after the Alps surrounding it, Zillertal is just one of these towns you must travel to, situated about 40 kms east of Innsbruck.
Several cable cars head straight to the mountainside from the town below. Along the way, travel lovers can pop into huts and try out the local delicacies. There are differing trails with three general altitudes spread across 1400 kms, so hikers of all skill levels can enjoy these scenic rivers and hillsides.
Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
Tourists often overlook Solvenia in their planning, but they are missing out on travel to the country’s gorgeous mountains. The view of the titular Lake Bohinj rivals that of Lake Bled, the country’s other best known lake.
However, many people take a tour from Bled straight to Bohinj. Both areas have plenty of surrounding accommodations due to their popularity. Lake Bohinj sits in the middle of Triglav National park, the perfect location to show off the alps and the crystal clear waters. It’s possible to even hire a gondola to get a closer look at the fairytale-like waters.
Mont-Rebei Gorge, Catalonia, Spain
This is one of those hiking tours not for the faint of heart. The trek to this place alone can be a little tricky, but vehicles can get in through the Pont de Montanyana. This 4km long hike cuts right into the rocky Mont-Rebei gorge. Thus, hikers get an exhilarating view of the water far down below. If they’re up for it, hikers can even take a dive themselves. You’ll have to cross rickety bridges and traverse rail-less trails, so be ready for adventure and bring your swimming trunks.
The Laugavegur, Iceland
The Laugavegur does not have a lot of green in it compared to the others on this list. However, it’s just as breath-taking as the rest. Iceland is a well-known travel destination for its beautiful landscapes, and the Laugavegur is one you definitely won’t want to miss.
Snow covers these volcanic valleys. Wildlife and fauna make themselves scarce. It’s a peaceful experience where the white land mixes with the clouds. The trek can be made either from North to South or vice versa, with buses traveling to both points regularly. There’s also the opportunity to make it a multiple day hike with rented huts or your own camping savvy.
Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany
The famous opening to The Sound of Music was filmed in this alpine National Park. Located in Southeast Germany, travel lovers will get a glorious view of the Alps and some of Germany’s bordering neighbors. You can view much of the Alps’ fine flora and fauna, like the rare golden eagle.
Because of the Park’s national status, there will also be plenty of transportation and educational material at the marked centers for anyone that would love to learn more when they travel here. For any history buffs, the ominous Eagle’s Nest sits atop the peak for anyone wanting to make the trip.
Retezat Mountains, Romania
The Retezat Mountains are one of the highest massifs in the country, and one of its best natural beauties. The mountains are located in the country’s Southern Carpathians. The valleys here make for many roads that will take you up to the mountain proper.
This hike is categorized into two groups, the Limestone and Central Retezat. The Limestone Retezat is lower to the ground and features many dens and caves to explore. Meanwhile, the Central Retezat is higher and contains valleys and glacier lakes, and of course a beautiful view, to be expected of the highest point in the country.
West Highland Way, Scotland
Scotland’s first long-distance hike has remained its most popular through the years. This trail is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish Highlands as it starts just out of Glasgow and heads up to Fort William. Glasgow itself has many rails and buses that will take you to Milngavie and Fort William, both ends of the trail.
The hike is so long that it is split up into stages for anyone that may want to take this hike days at a time. As a reward, hikers will get a beautiful view of Loch Lomond, Ben Nevis and the Trossachs National Park. The length of the hiking tours also gives travel junkies the privilege of seeing the Highlands diversity, from its pastoral plains to its rocky mountains.
Pyrenees Traverse, France
Also known as the GR 10 trail, this hike is a classic as it takes you through the French Pyrenees, the mountains on the border of Spain and France. Buses throughout the country will take you to the many access points, including the popular Banyuls and Hendaye. It’s one of the dream Europe hiking tours you’ll never forget.
The 900km-long trail has everything from grassy hills to snowcapped mountains. With all the biodiversity, travelers can pick out which sections they’d like to travel to and see as much variety as they wish. The best time to visit is around mid-June when the snow has mostly melted. Perhaps the most beautiful section is from the Cauterets to Luz-St-Sauveur. Hikers are right off the bat treated to a 3km-long waterfall up to the Pont d’Espagne and then shown the Gaube Lake, the defining point of the Pyrenees.
So here are your spring hiking tours sorted!