Are you thinking about taking a walking holiday? Reconnect to nature, explore beautiful national parks, hike with a group of fellow outdoor enthusiasts and experience a new country by foot.

Whether you are an experienced walker or prefer to take things at a leisurely pace, there are many many trails to choose from across Europe. Here are some suggestions for the best hiking destinations within a short flight of home.

Combining stunning nature and scenic islands, Croatia is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Hike the magnificent National Park on the island of Mljet, which is believed to have inspired some of Homer's Odyssey. Wander through the woods, get off the beaten track and enjoy views of Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian coastline.

Mljet National Park  RTÉ Guide
Mljet National Park

Sometimes you don’t need to venture far away, as the most incredible hiking trails and scenery can be found on your doorstep. Explore Killarney National Park in Kerry, Slieve League in Donegal, Glendalough in Wicklow or the Green Roads of The Burren. All will give you an appreciation of how special the Irish landscape can be.


Explore the rugged terrain of southern Spain with a hiking trip through the Sierra Nevada mountains or discover the most famous pilgrim route in the world, the Camino de Santiago. There are many Camino routes across Europe to choose from, the most famous of which is the French Way.


The Danube Bend, a region of peaks and river towns, is where the hills on both banks force Europe’s longest river to turn sharply and flow southward. It is arguably the most picturesque stretch of the Danube. The Balaton Uplands offer ancient historical sites, medieval churches, traditional Hungarian architecture and stunning mountain views.

Danube River Bend

Explore the Romanian countryside on a guided walking holiday to Transylvania. Along with invigorating treks in the Bucegi Mountains, Fagaras Mountains and the Carpathians, Transylvania has picturesque medieval towns and is home to the famous Dracula’s castle.


Has this inspired you to trek the great outdoors? Travel Department active holidays have a range of walking holidays in Europe’s most stunning destinations, catering for all levels of walkers.