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Six top Europe Walking Holidays for Autumn

Looking for an autumn walking trip, but not sure where to start? The cooler temperatures and quieter trails of this time of year make Europe ideal for a holiday on foot. 

Here’s our pick of the top European walking getaways this autumn.

Walk the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Autumn is the perfect time to head on a walking holiday in Italy. Both the heat of summer and its attendant sunseekers start to disappear, so it’s a fantastic time to get out on the network of trails that weave up and over the hills and cliffs beyond the beaches.

On our Amalfi Coast Walking trip, enjoy being welcomed into a traditional Agriturismo and have a taste of the ‘dolce vita’ while getting ready to traverse one of the world’s greatest coastal walks – the ‘Walk of the Gods’. Explore Amalfi and Positano, climb Mount Vesuvius, learn to make pizza and try some home-produced wine on a peaceful family-run farm.

Walking the Coastal Trails of Portugal

Portugal offers fantastic walking, especially in the autumn as the heat of the summer begins to reduce and its coastal paths and beaches are quieter.  

Discover the lesser-known scenic beauty of the Remote Coastal Trails of Portugal. Discover the historic town of Sagres before exploring winding coastal paths revealing towering cliffs, hidden sandy beaches and even a lighthouse on the most south-westerly point of Europe. Make the most of Portugal's famous cuisine and wine en-route as you get the opportunity to see more of this beautiful destination on foot.

Hiking in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are home to some of the best walking routes in southern Europe, and the volcanic island of Gran Canaria encompasses many of the highlights of these islands. Walking the Gran Isla takes you on the quiet trails in Gran Canaria exploring Aguimes and La Aldea de San Nicolas to discover panoramic landscapes, dramatic ravines and Spanish hillside villages.

Autumn is the ideal time to visit the Canaries, with fewer crowds and the glorious weather still holding on. 

On Foot in Northern Cyprus

This walking trip takes you through a variety of landscapes and introduces fascinating history and culture. From visiting the ancient city of Famagusta, to exploring traditional villages and incredible landscapes, travelling on foot allows you to embrace both ancient and modern cultures at a gentle pace.

Temperatures in Cyprus remain in the high 20s in the autumn, with slightly cooler evenings, making it the perfect time to enjoy long walks. Enjoy the rainbow of autumn hues of the Besparmark mountains as summer fades.

Autumn walking in Albania

Autumn is one of the best times to go Albania, as you avoid the summer heat and can enjoy the warmth before the winter cold sets in.

Discover the beauty of Albania’s northern national parks on our Walking in Albania trip. With eight days of walking on footpaths, dirt tracks and mountain trails, you can take in the Albanian Alps, explore rural village life and see glistening lakes all while the leaves around you change into beautiful autumn colours.

Walking Madeira in Autumn

Famous for its mild year-round climate, the mid-Atlantic island of Madeira is a great place for autumn walking. 

Formerly volcanic, Madeira's mountains, fertile valleys and jagged coastline offer enjoyable hiking and incredible scenic views. Many of the walking trails follow the old network of irrigation channels known as levadas, which contour the slopes of the island, making the sometimes steep mountainous terrain more easily accessible. On our ‘Levada Trails of Madeira’ tour, we travel around the island taking in some of its best walks, and staying in four different coastal locations including Funchal, Madeira’s capital.

Extend your summer with a walking holiday in Europe or Africa - take a look at our full selection of autumn walking trips here.  

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