Walking is one of the best forms of exercise that there is and it is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Spending your holiday walking is a great way to get in shape and clear your head of the challenges of day to day life. It is also a great way to really pay attention to your surroundings and appreciate everything that is going on around you. Here are five beautiful destinations for a walking holiday.
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
Los Glaciares National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is home to more than three hundred glaciers. It is a great place for walking and you don’t need a guide. Make sure that you take the time to visit the famous Perito Moreno Glacier that is the only glacier in the world that still continues to grow. Make sure you take a break from walking long enough to take a boat cruise that will allow you to see the glaciers from the water.
Tibet is in the Himalayas and it is a great place for a walking holiday. There are several paths to walk along where you can see stunning sights like Buddhist Monasteries, rare flora and fauna, and stunning views of some of the tallest peaks in the world. Tibet is known for the friendliness of its people so it is a great place to make new friends.
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
The mountains of Morocco are a great place for a walking holiday. The Jebel Toubkal Ascent is the highest peak in Northern Africa. The climb is challenging but it can be managed if you are in good shape. The walk is filled with stunning landscape and the pat will take you past Berber Villages where the villagers’ lifestyles have changed very little during the last several centuries. The view at the top is a panoramic view of the surroundings that will leave you awestruck.
Crete is the largest island in Greece and there are several walks that you can go on. Walk the circular route that takes you around the village of Palea Roumata and is about 5km. The walk takes about 2 hours and criss-crosses several times through the stream bed that is usually dry enough to navigate without getting wet. The Samaria Gorge is a 16km hike that takes you through the gorge where you can see different birds of prey, and view the ruins of several tiny villages and Byzantine chapels.
Blossom Trail in the Cotswolds, England
The Cotswolds are only an hour from London but you will feel like you have entered a different universe. You can rent a holiday cottage in the countryside and use it as a base to explore the network of paths that run through the surrounding areas. The Blossom Trail is a great route to walk and this 80 km trail winds its way through charming villages and has a series of bridges that will take you over the Avon River. The trail is lined with cherry, pear, and apple, trees that have stunning pink and white blossoms.