There is a kind of magical power around islands, which inspires hikers. Maybe it’s because the size of the terrain is limited and therefore manageable, or because you can walk around the entire coastline. Anyway: as hiking enthusiasts, we love islands. Therefore, here is a selection of the most beautiful islands for a European walking holiday.
Rocky mountains, exciting forest trails and valleys full of vineyards: this island in the east of the Mediterranean Sea combines beautiful nature with a fascinating multicultural history. After centuries of territorial conflict, the island is now divided into a Greek and a Turkish part. So it is not only one of the most beautiful islands in Europe in terms of natural area, but also in terms of cultural heritage. The Mediterranean climate makes this destination suitable for a walking holiday all year round.
The appeal of the Faroe Islands – an archipelago between Scotland, Iceland and Norway – lies in its unforgettable landscapes. These northern pearls are among the most beautiful islands in the world. While visiting this hiking destination may take a bit more planning than the other places on this list, it is well worth the effort.
When people think of the Canary Islands, people often think of sun, sea, beach and parties. Although Tenerife has all of this, the island offers a lot more. Dramatic volcanic landscapes with a wealth of hiking trails, for example. The 3,718 meter high volcano Teide is the iconic center of Tenerife, and can be seen from many places on the horizon. Climb one of the many mountain peaks on the island or take an atmospheric coastal walk.
The whole island of Ireland is a beautiful hiking destination with many beautiful walking trails along the Wild Atlantic Way. However, for a short-break, the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland have the perfect terrain for a walking holiday. Flat landscapes that are accessible to every kind of walker, but also a number of higher points for those who want to enjoy the beautiful views. And beautiful views there are many on the Aran Islands. The impressive cliffs at Dun Aengus, a prehistoric fortress on Inishmore Island, overlook the raging waves of the Atlantic. After walking, it is a must to visit a local pub and have a drink with the friendly inhabitants of the islands. A visit to the Aran Islands can also be easily combined with a hiking trip to Connemara.
This charming island off Italy’s south coast has something for everyone. Breathtaking natural areas, idyllic villages, historical heritage, fantastic wines and beautiful beaches. The island’s dozens of hiking trails come in all levels of difficulty, from short trips to challenging multi-day treks. Most of the trails follow the coastline, which is also the most beautiful area of the island.
This Danish island in the Baltic Sea is also known as the ‘Sunshine Island’. Summers are generally long and warm compared to the rest of Denmark. Perfect for those who want to explore the surroundings of forests and beaches on foot! Stroll past local attractions such as traditional windmills, circular churches and castle ruins.