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9 top walking trips in Europe for 2021

Dust off your hiking boots in 2021 to explore Europe on foot. Stay close to home with walks along the picturesque Pembrokeshire Coast in Wales or head into the clouds on a mountain top hike in Madeira. Here are our top seven European walking trips for 2021.
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Pembrokeshire Coast, Wales

Towering cliffs, unspoilt golden beaches and secluded coves are waiting to be discovered on a Pembrokeshire walking trip in Wales, United Kingdom. Get up close to nature with an abundance of bird life, the chance to spot Atlantic grey seals and wildflower-lined footpaths especially in spring and summer. See the natural beauty of the coast from a different perspective on an optional half-day kayaking.
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Amalfi Coast Walking, Italy

Renowned as one of the most magnificent coastal walks in Europe, the ‘Walk of the Gods’ along the Amalfi Coast in Italy lives up to its name in every way. Feel as though you are walking in the heavens as you head west along the sky-high coastal path. Far-reaching views of glistening topaz seas dissipate into the horizon, and grand sailing yachts look like toy boats in the Bay of Salerno below. Terraces of lush green crops cascade down the steep slopes down towards the ocean, and colourful flower gardens lead us into the chic fishing village of Positano.
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Camino de Santiago, Spain

Sitting on a wooden pew, an enormous incense burner swings like a huge pendulum down the length of Santiago Cathedral, supported by the vast vaulted ceiling high above. This spectacular Botafumeiro ceremony marks the end of an unforgettable 155km pilgrimage across undulating countryside, past rural farmland and through medieval villages along the sacred Camino-Frances trail. This ancient Christian pilgrimage is a unique journey of holy significance, and it will be particularly symbolic during 2021 as it is the Holy Year of Santiago de Compostela - a rare occasion not to be missed.
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Levada Trails of Madeira, Portugal

Head to Portugal’s island of Madeira to explore its scenic levadas and ancient footpaths by foot. Pass through dark tunnels, edge your way along narrow paths with sheer drops either side and uncover towering waterfalls as you climb higher and higher to the pinnacle of the island, Pico Ruivo. Nearing the top, you break through the clouds, and mist swirls in the valleys below. The jagged volcanic rocks are cloaked in lush green flora and purple wildflowers sway in the breeze in this mountain top paradise.
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Self-Guided Andros Trail, Greece

Enjoy a self-guided walking holiday on the lesser-known Greek island of Andros. The historic trails have recently been restored as part of the Andros Routes Initiative, a project we at Explore have supported and that you can also help with on your visit should you wish to, by maintaining the trails as you walk them. Walk from one picturesque village to the next, across mountain ridges, past orchards and beaches and through valleys. There's plenty of time to swim in the crystal waters and enjoy Greek food in traditional tavernas. 
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Walk The Lake District, England

Hike the stunning ridgeway path of Catbells in the Lake District, United Kingdom. Panoramic views of forested hillsides and grassy meadows surround us, and the mirror-calm waters of Derwentwater shimmer in the bright sunlight. Then, as if out of no-where, the peaceful silence is broken by the roar of two fighter jets. Twisting and turning around the valleys below, the RAF pilots show off their remarkable flying skills before disappearing over the craggy hilltops and beyond the horizon.
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Hike the Lycian Way, Turkey

Turkey is a popular choice for walking trips in Europe, and no-where more so than the Lycian Way. Glistening turquoise waters lap golden sand beaches in secluded bays below as you make your way along the clifftop coastal path towards Faralya. Set upon a small plateau this tranquil village teeters on the edge of the sheer limestone cliffs of Butterfly Valley. Endemic Jersey Tiger butterfly flutter about the lush canyon walls and feed off of the sweet-smelling lavender-flower chaste trees in this magnificent fjord-like cove.
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Self-Guided Coastal Trails of Portugal

On this self-guided trip you'll follow the Rota Vicentina, a trail along cliff tops and past rolling dunes. We've allowed for plenty of opportunities to stop in charming cafes for coffee and delicious pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tarts), and included comfortable accommodation in quaint villages. Finish your walking trip at Cape Sao Vicente, the far southwest point of Portugal where you're rewarded with sweeping views of the ocean. 
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Walking in Albania

Hike beyond the usual tourist trails with a walking trip in Albania. A mostly undiscovered European walking destination, Albania boasts towering alpine mountain valleys, emerald green lakes and rustic highland villages. Escape everyday life in this pure and untouched natural world with treks in the shadow of the snow-capped mountains of Valbona Valley and overnight stays in the heart of the wild Accursed Mountains.
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