A centre-based walking or trekking holiday is one where you return each night to the same accommodation. For many hikers this is the ideal way to explore one particular region in depth, with several guided day-walks either starting from the accommodation itself or with a short transfer to the start point or back from the end point.
The great advantage of a centre-based holiday is its flexibility. You can easily opt out of one or two of the walks if you feel like taking it easy or doing your own thing for the day. You will also find these holidays more relaxing, as there’s less travelling involved and no need to pack up and move on from one hotel to the next. If you’re new to walking holidays a centre-based trip could be ideal, as you can sample a few walks and gauge your fitness levels without the worry of holding up the others in the group.
Europe is ideal for centre-based walking and trekking holidays, with so many beautiful regions to explore in depth. Very often these regions have well-established walking trails, sometimes following centuries-old footpaths that link one picturesque village with the next. Amongst the best areas for centre-based walking holidays in Europe are Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast in Italy, the rolling sierras of Andalucia or Aracena in southern Spain, the rugged mountains of North Cyprus and fabulous coastal hikes along southern Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.