Top walks in Europe this Summer

Top walks in Europe this Summer


Summer’s finally here, and if you’re looking for a last-minute hillwalking and hiking adventure, you should get to planning.

We love the UK and its gorgeous landscapes, but there’s so much diversity across the world that we thought we’d turn our attention abroad to some of the amazing walks in Europe.

So if you’re looking to combine your passion for the outdoors with your desire for a European vacation, here’s some of the best walks for you to venture on this Summer.

The Grossglockner Trail, Austria

The Grossglockner is the highest mountain in Austria, and offers an exciting adventure for both the determined mountain climber and the avid hillwalker.

That’s because the trail which circles the towering mountain is just as gorgeous and spectacular as the view from the summit itself.

It’s a gauntlet of valleys and alpines which can take around 7 days to fully complete. In fact, if you plan to complete the entire trail, you’ll have to plan your hike specifically for the Summer as that’s when the huts and inns dotted throughout the circuit are open.

It might not be boiling hot for the whole walk, with ascents up to 3000 metres high caked in old snow, but you’ll experience some incredible views and a challenging adventure.

Rennsteig Trail, Germany

Hiking is popular in Germany, and the Rennsteig Trail is one of the most popular spots in the country.

However, whilst it’s well-known by locals, it still often goes under the radar by visiting outdoor enthusiasts. There’s a lot of variety here; depending on the difficulty of the path you choose, you could be hiking through peaceful woods or climbing up rough terrain for a beautiful Summer view. The highest point is nearly 1000 metres, so there’s a rewarding challenge if you’re an experienced walker.

Visiting in Summer is recommended due to the clear skies and warm weather, letting you venture through the trail and make the most out of the spectacular scenery.

The Calanque D’en Vau, France

This creek located near Marseille is merely the destination of a scenic journey. The only two ways to reach Calanque D’en Vau are by boat or by foot - and, if you’re reading this, we assume you’re more interested in the latter.

There’s numerous routes to the creek itself, with some prioritising ease of access and others providing you with an intermediate route up hills and across rocky landscapes. It’s not too tough or long a walk, but the views are gorgeous.

Plus, at the end of your journey, you’re rewarded with the incredible Calanque D’en Vau cove itself which is a popular swimming and snorkelling spot due to its clear waters and diverse species of fish.

High Tatras, Slovakia

High Tatras is found in the North of Slovakia, and they’re the only alpine mountains in the entire Carpathian Mountain range. That makes it one of a kind.

And because it’s one of Slovakia’s most incredible wonders, there’s always plenty to do there and lots to see. In between your hikes and climbs, there’s events and festivals held during the Summer months for you to take in the culture and better appreciate the history of the area.

Across the range you can find waterfalls, beautifully clear lakes, rare plants and wildlife, and amazing views. Late Summer is the perfect time to visit, as most of the snow has melted, the skies are clear, and the weather is warm.

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Portugal’s only national park is a great spot for those interested in both hillwalking, and local culture and history. There are still ancient structures and Roman remains scattered across the landscape, as well as small villages.

Peneda-Gerês is a picture of winding paths, vegetated valleys, hypnotising waters, and stunning views.

This is one of those unique places where you’re rewarded by both the walk itself, and the destinations. There’s villages still practising ancient traditions, activities such as canoeing, and structures from the past such as monasteries and castles which will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time.

Before you set off on your European hillwalking and hiking adventure, you’re going to need the right equipment.

Sprayway has a diverse range of products purpose-built for the warmer weather. From shorts to breathable polyester t-shirts, take a look for your new kit.

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