Walking Holidays Best Enjoyed in January

Whilst we have holidays available throughout the year, in some places the weather and climate either preclude walking at certain times or at best make it very difficult.

Walking Holiday in Dominica Dominica - Dominica  

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Dominica is such a pristine island there is a very short list of 'typical island' attractions to fill each day.  So it's back to nature and in visiting Dominica you soon become a bit of naturalist - that's the island. With so much to learn discover and explore, the best way to start is on foot.  Walking is undoubtedly what the island is all about and we offer a choice of guided and self guided walks from two beautiful and very comfortable Eco Lodges.  Also we suggest a night or two in Fort Young in Roseau to explore the capital town. For a perfect combination stay high in the island's interior near Roseau and by the ocean on the east coast.  Aside from hiking the ocean offers further opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, diving and whale watching.  Food on the island is pure plentiful and very natural with an abundance of fruits, fish and vegetables which leave you glowing with health when you return home.  Dominica is an island which will truly captivate your senses with every intention to return...and most people do.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - El Hierro - Centred  

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El Hierro is the least known, and most westerly, of the Canary Islands. In fact it was the most westerly point of the ‘old world’. Hitherto it has escaped mass tourism, and is free of giant hotels and apartment complexes. The population is only 10,000, giving a very different feel to the other Canarian islands. The Herrenõs are fiercely proud of their island and although they are generally against mass tourism they are very welcoming towards visitors who come to appreciate the environment, such as walkers, naturalists and divers.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - Gran Canaria - Centred  

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An island of only 600 square miles but a continent in miniature; Gran Canaria offers lush forests, exotic fauna, and flora Sahara-like dunes, mountains, volcanic craters and sometimes snow on the highest peaks. Two things make Gran Canaria distinct from the other Canarian Islands. Firstly, the reservoirs that are abundant in the mountainous region nestling in the valleys giving important water supply to the inhabitants and a refreshing vista for the walker. Secondly, there are the ancient settlements and fascinating troglodyte villages built by the deeply religious Guanche about 4000 years ago, and many are still occupied!

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - La Gomera - Centred  

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La Gomera located in the Canary Islands 35 minutes by fast ferry from Tenerife remains beautifully unspoilt and is a walker’s delight. Measuring the equivalent of just 20 miles by 20 miles yet packed with a variety of walks it is a tiny, friendly island with charming, rural villages and a handful of small coastal towns.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - La Palma - Centred  

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La Palma, a lush, mountainous island in the Western Canaries measuring the equivalent of just 24 miles square offers attractive opportunities for walkers. Its diversity of landscapes constantly change as you gain height or vary direction. There are forests of pine laurel and eucalyptus and meadows strewn with colourful wild flowers.Farming remains the bedrock of the economy with a wealth of almond groves, tobacco fields, banana plantations and vineyards. In contrast the island also features extensive evidence of volcanic activity with much to explore on foot including the enormous crater of the Caldera de Taburiente in the awe-inspiring and scientifically important National Park. The densely forested northern coast features magnificently rugged sea cliffs and spectacular gorges. You can enjoy exploring the picturesque small towns and villages dotted along the coast and inland.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - Lanzarote - Centred  

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Lanzarote is the most easterly of the Canary Islands, located just 79 miles off the coast of Africa. As with the other Canary Islands it was formed through volcanic activity. After the eruptions of the 18th and 19th century, and due to the islands dry climate and lack of erosion, many parts of the island look like they come from another world with the lava flows appearing like they did soon after the eruptions.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - Tenerife - Centred  

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Few places can match the natural beauty of the Canary Islands where one of the islands Tenerife has become a mecca for enthusiastic walkers. Tenerife is an island of contrasts from the volcanic moonscapes of the Teide National Park to the high cliffs ridges and deep valleys of the coastal mountain ranges. The island boasts the highest mountain in Spain, Teide, at 3718m. Due to its southern latitude its slopes can be walked for most of the year. The coastal ranges of Anaga and Teno rise abruptly from the sea. Teno hosts the giant and dramatic sea cliffs of Los Gigantes (610m). Anaga has steep mountain ridges offering magnificent views across the ever present Atlantic Ocean. Midway between the two is the Orotava Valley with its pine clad slopes. All of this is well away from the crowded tourist resorts for which Tenerife is renowned.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - El Hierro - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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El Hierro is the least known, and most westerly, of the Canary Islands. It has escaped mass tourism and is therefore free of giant hotels and apartment complexes. The population is only 10,000 giving a very different feel to the other Canarian islands. The Herrenõs are fiercely proud of their island and although they are generally against mass tourism they are very welcoming towards visitors who come to appreciate the environment, such as walkers, naturalists and divers.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - Gran Canaria - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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This trek is one of magnificent ever-changing vistas with far-reaching views to the sea as you walk across the central mountains of Gran Canaria. We have researched a north to south route across the island linking family run hotels taking in a wide variety of spectacular scenery which will have you wondering why you have not walked here before. We are particularly proud of this holiday as we are the only walking company to offer such a trek on this island. It was only possible to put it together using extensive local knowledge.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - La Gomera - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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This trek takes you across the island from east to west giving you the opportunity of seeing the best landscapes that La Gomera has to offer. We descend into deep valleys walk through formerly cultivated terraced fields and pass by a unique laurel forest which is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are some long and tough days but the route ensures that you experience all aspects of this beautiful and tranquil island. You will pass through Gomeran villages that in many respects continue traditions going back to pre-Spanish conquest. You will enjoy many stunning vistas taking in the ever present coastline on this small island.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - La Palma - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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La Palma is a wooded, mountainous island in the western Canaries, its landscape ever-changing and enticing. There are forests and meadows as well as farms and plantations, including tobacco fields and banana plantations. In contrast to this lushness, the island also displays extensive evidence of volcanic activity, including the enormous and dramatic crater of the Caldera de Taburiente. The densely forested northern coast features rugged sea cliffs and spectacular gorges. The picturesque small towns and villages dotted along the coast are havens of hospitality, waiting to be explored.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Canary Islands Spain - Canary Islands - Island Hopping  

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The Canary Islands are an African archipelago in the Kingdom of Spain consisting of seven islands of volcanic origin in the Atlantic Ocean. The islands are Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, Fuerteventura and La Graciosa. They are located off the north-western coast of mainland Africa (Morocco and the Western Sahara). The nearest island (Fuerteventura) is 108 km from the northwest mainland African coast. They form an autonomous community of Spain.

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Walking Holiday in St. Lucia St. Lucia - St. Lucia  

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Tiny St. Lucia, shaped like a tear drop, is just 24 miles long and 14 miles wide. It forms part of a volcanic chain of islands and is widely known for its two great spires, Gros Piton and Petit Piton which are among the Caribbean’s most striking landmarks, jutting straight up for over half a mile out of the ocean. Similar in terrain to Dominica, the island has superb rain forests, volcanic ridges, valleys, beautiful beaches and unique flora and fauna – a paradise for bird watchers and walkers. Islanders are anxious to preserve their special island and much is now protected providing the walker with a dream landscape to explore. Discovered by Columbus on St. Lucy’s day in 1502 the island has alternated between British and French rule until being granted independence in 1979. English is the official language, but the French sounding Creole patois is widely spoken.

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Meiringen  

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Meiringen is the most prominent settlement in the Haslital Valley which stretches from the Grimsel Pass to the peaceful waters of Lake Brienz at the eastern end of the Bernese Oberland. The valley is ideal for walking holidays exhibiting a rich variety of landscapes with lush pastures dazzling cascades tight gorges and several tributary valleys equally worthy of exploration. Grade - Self Guided - Easy, Moderate & Challenging

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Walking Holiday in Switzerland Switzerland - Meiringen Winter Walking  

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Meiringen is the most prominent settlement in the Haslital Valley which stretches from the Grimsel Pass to the peaceful waters of Lake Brienz at the eastern end of the Bernese Oberland. The valley is ideal for winter walking holidays with an extensive network of winter walking paths most well away from the skiing areas. Grade Self Guided - Easy & Moderate

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Walking Holiday in Cape Verde Cape Verde - Multi Island Cape Verde  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsHere is a brief description of the main walking holiday Cape Verdean Islands Santiago, the largest island in the Cape Verde islands archipelago, it is host to the capital of the country, Praia. It is extremely mountainous with hardly any flat land on the island. The highest peak is nearly 1400m, which is the focal point of one of many natural parks in the country. The walking is varied with mountainous and historic walks available. Fogo, is one of the most geologically dramatic of not only this group of islands but any worldwide. The island is dominated by a caldera, a partially collapsed giant volcano out of which is the relatively new volcano of Pico (2829m), the highest peak in Cape Verde. São Vicente. This island is the smallest Cape Verde walking island we feature and it has the closest link with the UK. Its beautiful harbour was a major coaling station for British vessels en route to all parts of its empire. When oil replaced steam the British departed but left behind their architecture and some of its culture and language still used today. Here there is a climb to the top of the highest mountain. Santo Antao. This is the most famous Cape Verde walking island being the second largest and we concentrate on the north east. Here is a spectacular landscape of jagged peaks either side of deep valleys (Ribeiras) where people live and farm clinging to the valley sides on perilous terraces. Bananas, cassava and sugar cane are grown as well as other seasonal fruits and vegetables. The coastline is no less dramatic with paths clinging to the side of dramatic cliffs and offering one of the best coastal walking experiences imaginable. Sal is visited in addition to the four Cape Verdean walking islands. You may have to travel via Sal and stay overnight as only this island has both a non stop air link with the UK and good air connections with the other islands. The island is flat and dull for a walker, but it does have some excellent hotels for overnight stays or a relaxing few beach days at the end of the holiday.

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Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsSanto Antão. This is the most famous walking island and is the second largest. We concentrate on the north east. Here is a spectacular landscape where nature went crazy in Her creation!  Jagged peaks, strange rock formations, craters, volcanoes and plunging ravines and valleys filled with lush vegetation are just a few of the characteristics of this amazing island. Deep valleys (Ribeiras) are farmed by the local people and terraces cling to every corner and crevice of the almost sheer valley sides where bananas, cassava and sugar cane are grown along with other seasonal fruits and vegetables. The coastline is no less dramatic with paths clinging to the cliffsides and offering one of the most amazing coastal walks imaginable - anywhere!

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Walking Holiday in China China - Guilin - Rivers and Rice Terraces  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Guìlín means "forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees located in the city. Located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in south China, Guilin has a sub-tropical climate and is a low rise flower covered city. The stunning landscape in which the city is situated has a kind of magic that is all its own. The strangely shaped hills or karsts, with the verdant vegetation ranging from bamboos to conifers together with crystal clear waters of the Li River and thousands of colourful bamboo rafts make the city such an appealing destination. It is also an important cultural city with a history of more than 2,000 years. The city has been the political, economic and cultural centre of Guangxi since the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). This is one of China's most popular tourist destinations. Ask any one in China and they will say the Guilin landscape is the best!

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Walking Holiday in China China - Hong Kong extension  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Hong Kong, a former British colony, is a major tourism destination for travellers from all around the world including from China's mainland population.  It is a major hub in East Asia with connections to many worldwide cities. Hong Kong is special as it has welcomed people and cultures from all around the world.  Whilst officially part of China, Hong Kong has its own constitution which lays out its own government and laws.  It also has its own currency, the Hong Kong Dollar, and is officially bi-lingual (Cantonese and English).  Due to its history, it is very different to mainland China as the people here enjoy a much more Western way of life with freedom that offers a complete contrast to those living on the mainland.  The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) is much more than a city with a harbour.  Many people fall into the trap of thinking Hong Kong is just another sky scraping city.  However, with its mountains and many neighbouring islands, it also offers a very rural like landscape.  Although you are never far away from the millions of people of Hong Kong, it is still possible to find those special unspoilt areas that most walkers are always on the lookout for. 

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Walking Holiday in China China - Xi'an and Terracotta Warriors extension  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Xi’an is a fascinating city to visit and although it has experienced rapid development in the past 10 years it remains a living history book within the original city walls. Called Chang'an (meaning the eternal city) in ancient times, it is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area. As the eastern terminal of the Silk Road bringing the Muslim culture to the city and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, the city has won a reputation all over the world. More than 3,000 years of history including over 1,100 years as the capital city of ancient dynasties, have endowed the city with an amazing historical heritage.

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Walking Holiday in China China - Combination for Relaxed Walking  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsFor those looking for less strenuous walking in China but still encompassing the culture and history of the country we have combined our Guilin Rivers and Rice Terraces trek with a visit to Xi'an for the Terracotta Warriors. This combination enables you to enjoy the delights of the Yangshuo and Li rivers and the famous "Dragon's Backbone" rice terraces with exploring the world reknown Terracotta Warriors.

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Walking Holiday in Malta - Gozo Malta - Gozo - Gozo  

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Gozo is the second largest of the Maltese Archipelago and means Joy in Castilian. Measuring only 14km by 7km its magical atmosphere enraptures thousands of visitors. This beautiful island is steeped in history as Phoenicians, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, French and British have occupied the island all leaving their cultural mark for the future visitor to discover. There pervades a sleepy pace and rustic charm contrasting with its much busier, and larger neighbour, the island of Malta. The Gozitans are all very friendly and especially welcoming to English speaking visitors and English is widely spoken.

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Walking Holiday in Nepal Nepal - Annapurna Foothills Higher Grade Hotels  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe Annapurna region has long been one of the most popular hiking regions in Nepal. This is not surprising as it offers the hiker an opportunity to walk through spectacular scenery amongst majestic mountain peaks.  In addition to experience Nepali mountain life passing through Gurung villages clinging to the mountain sides where farming has continued unchanged in its methods for centuries, but now supported by providing hospitality for trekkers. You will walk through Rhododendron forests which offer an unforgettably colourful  sight, and through giant bamboo stands above fast-flowing mountain rivers filled with melt water as they pass through deep gorges.

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Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe Annapurna region has long been one of the most popular hiking regions in Nepal. This is not surprising as it offers the hiker an opportunity to walk through spectacular scenery amongst majestic mountain peaks. In addition you experience Nepali mountain life passing through Gurung villages clinging to the mountain sides where farming has continued unchanged in its methods for centuries, but now supported by providing hospitality for trekkers. You will walk through Rhododendron forests which offer an unforgettably colourful sight, and through giant bamboo stands  above fast-flowing mountain rivers filled with melt water as they pass through deep gorges.

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Walking Holiday in Nepal Nepal - Annapurna Sanctuary  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe Annapurna Region has long been one of the most popular hiking destinations in Nepal. This is not surprising as it offers the hiker an opportunity to walk through spectacular varied scenery amongst majestic mountain peaks.  In addition, to experience Nepali mountain life passing through Gurung villages clinging to the mountain sides where farming has continued unchanged in its methods for centuries.  This way of life is now supported by providing hospitality for trekkers, both in lodge accommodation and porters to carry luggage for as with Everest Region, there are no roads to speak. During a trek up to Annapurna Sanctuary or trekking in the Foothills, you will walk through Rhododendron forests full of vibrant colours in Springtime, and through giant bamboos standing above fast-flowing mountain rivers filled with melt water as they pass through deep gorges. If you are making the trek to the Sanctuary you will experience all this plus a beautiful Himalayan amphitheatre surrounded by 6000 metre snow-capped mountains.  

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Walking Holiday in Nepal Nepal - Everest Base Camp Higher Grade Hotels  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsA trek to Everest Base Camp with an ascent of Kala Patar to view the highest mountain on earth has to be a truly once in a lifetime experience.  However, anyone with a high level of fitness and good stamina can attempt this challenging trek to fulfil their ambition.  Although the distance of each hiking day may not always be long, the altitude will undoubtedly have an effect on your walking ability, but we take things slowly and with flexibility offering plenty of time to adjust your body to the altitude.

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Walking Holiday in Nepal Nepal - Everest Foothills Higher Graded Hotels  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsWalking in the Himalaya in Nepal is seen by most walkers as the ultimate trekking destination and few will leave Nepal having undertaken one of the treks we offer without agreeing with this statement. Walking in the lower regions of Everest you will have the opportunity to walk along good paths through Sherpa villages rich in their Buddhist culture and with much Tibetan influence.  Trails go alongside glacier-sourced mountain streams with the highest mountains in the world as a constant backdrop. You will see outstanding physical features in the landscape, visit ancient monasteries, experience life without mechanisation as well as having the opportunity to interact with the local cultures of the people that have been farming this beautiful land for centuries. 

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Walking Holiday in Nepal Nepal - Everest Base Camp Standard Grade Hotels  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsA trek to Everest Base Camp with an ascent of Kala Patar to view the highest mountain on earth has to be a truly once in a lifetime experience. However, anyone with a high level of fitness and good stamina can attempt this challenging trek to fulfil their ambition. Although the distance of each hiking day may not always be long, the altitude will undoubtedly have an effect on your walking ability, but we take things slowly and with flexibility offering plenty of time to adjust your body to the altitude.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Madeira Portugal - Madeira - Centred - Funchal  

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We offer a choice of walking holidays in Madeira an island of fascinating natural beauty and enticing climate. It rises steeply from the Atlantic Ocean standing with its small island neighbours in splendid isolation off the coast of Europe and Africa. An island of volcanic origin it is a haven for those seeking a relaxing holiday in close proximity to nature. A network of levadas, built to carry water from the springs in the north to irrigate the cultivated areas of the south, contour along the mountain sides, their banks planted with wild hydrangeas lilies and agapanthus. Its mountains are rugged and inspiring, often with splendid sea views. Gardens and parks are everywhere planted with all manner of exotic trees shrubs and blooms. Madeira has had close links with the U.K. since the birth of its wine trade in the 17th Century. Madeirans are friendly and welcoming people and English is widely spoken.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Madeira Portugal - Madeira - Eastern Highlights - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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Why not take the opportunity to stay in the countryside in small hotels and experience Madeira to the full?We have put together an itinerary for a walking holiday in Madeira which takes in levadas, coastal walks and high mountain trails. At the hotels you are assured of a fine welcome and the quality local food will be something to look forward to at the end of a day’s walking. Your luggage is transferred for you between the hotels and sometimes you will be transferred by car to the finest paths that Madeira has to offer. You have a free day in Funchal at the end of the holiday so you can experience the island’s capital, its old town, shops and restaurants.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Stage 3 - Burgos to Leon  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details The Meseta, so often condemned as the most boring and uninteresting stage of the Camino, can actually be one of the most atmospheric and soulful stages.  The endless flat plains, providing the bread basket of Spain, merges with vast skies filled with soaring vultures and eagles and a hint of distant mountains to be traversed before reaching Santiago. It is a hot, harsh route to follow during the heat of summer whilst in winter strong winds sting the face of Pilgrims bracing the cold. However, the emptiness and peace during softer months can lift the spirits on high as miles are quickly covered underfoot.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Marina Alta  

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Our holidays are based in the delightful village of Orba in the region of south east Spain known as Marina Alta located midway between Valencia and Alicante 25km inland from the Costa Blanca. You can discover the splendour of a popular walking area the mountains and valleys of which afford a multitude of ever changing panoramic views. Agriculture flourishes here in this fertile region renowned for producing olives, almonds, oranges, lemons and grapes. Grapes are produced for both wine and raisins and many crops are cultivated in much the same way as they have been for four or five centuries. You will marvel at the thousands of terraces built to gain maximum production from this mountainous region.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Alicante - Las Marinas Trek  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThis trek takes you through some of the most stunning scenery to be found in this part of Spain. It is a journey of discovery through beautiful Mediterranean countryside with overnight stays whitewashed Moorish villages. As you walk through terraces of oranges lemons and olives first cultivated by the Moors over 1000 years ago you will enjoy the sights and scents of a multitude of fragrant flowers and herbs. Your ascents are rewarded by viewpoints with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. We use accommodation that will blend in with the journey and heighten the experience.

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Walking Holiday in China China - Mount Emei  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsMount Emei is a UNESCO world heritage site rising abruptly from the surrounding plains to a height of over 3000 metres as you approach from Chengdu. Although not technically part of the Himalayas, it is high mountains from here all the way to Everest. This mountain has intensive religious significance to the Buddhists of China as this is where Buddhism was first established on Chinese territory. The first Buddhist temple was built on the summit of Mount Emei during the 1st century and is now accompanied by 30 further temples scattered over the mountain. In addition many monasteries and Ming tombs enhance the atmosphere of this sacred, atmospheric mountain.

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Walking Holiday in China China - Szechuan  

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The province of Szechuan is one of the largest in China. The west of the province has some of the highest mountains in China as it borders the Himalayas and Szechuan is home to many fascinating ethnic minorities. One group is the people of Tibetan origin living on a high grass plateau. In majestic surroundings, they continue to maintain a culture and language akin to Tibetans living within Tibet. As practicing Buddhists their temples, monasteries and village hillsides are festooned with prayer flags - all creating a truly wondrous sight. Visitors to this part of China have a feeling of being in the Wild West with horses and ‘cowboy’ hats being a major feature. Many continue to practice their ancient nomadic life style, and their canvas tents and yak herds scattered far and wide over the grasslands will be witnessed in your travels.

This amazing region of China remains in a time warp and will appeal especially to visitors with an adventurous spirit!  To access it requires travel over a high mountain range with surrounding snow-capped peaks rising to over 5000m.  Beyond the mountains are extensive grass plateau and into the folds of the mountain lie deep verdant valleys. This is the majestic setting for our trekking and camping experience (optional non camping itinerary).

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Walking Holiday in China China - Tiger Leaping Gorge and Beyond  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsIn this spectacular part of China with dramatic and diverse natural beauty, extends the Tiger Leaping Gorge - the setting for a world famous trek in an area considered to be the best trekking landscape China has to offer. The Gorge was formed by the Upper Yangtze River cutting a path between two mountains rising over 5500 metres on either side from the river bed at 1800m making it the world’s deepest river canyon. The Grand Canyon in the USA by contrast, is only 1600 metres deep. The trail runs high on the northern side of the gorge passing through quiet villages, shady forests, and verdant terraced farmland with the odd cliff to negotiate! It is said that a tiger escaping from a hunter jumped across the river at the narrowest point still 25m wide, hence the name. The local people are the Naxi and offer warm hospitality to passing trekkers.

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Walking Holiday in China China - Combination for Adventure  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsFor those looking for adventurous walking in China these 2 treks offer a chance to go to remote areas of the country which very few Westerners visit. Combine the remoteness of the high plateau in Szechuan with walking through the mighty Tiger Leaping Gorge and on to ancient towns and cities.

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Walking Holiday in China China - Combination for Ethnic Peoples  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsFor those looking for the ethnic peoples of China we have put together this itinerary. These 3 treks offer the chance to experience the everyday life of a number of different Chinese peoples and to gain a greater understanding of their way of life, where some things haven't changed for hundreds of years. Combine the rivers and rice terraces worked by Zhaung and Yao villagers with the Tibetans in Szechuan and the Naxi, Yi, Yao and Mosuo peoples in the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek.

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Walking Holiday in Cyprus Cyprus - Cyprus Trek  

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Cyprus offers great variety in its walking. You can experience the mountains of the Troodos range where you have wide ranging views over the island from coast to coast. There are valleys to explore with burbling streams running alongside you, the chirping of birds and perhaps the sighting of a mouflon. Medieval Venetian watermills and bridges add a historical context to the area along with deserted Turkish Cypriot villages. Forests range across the island which offer shade and a different kind of scenery to explore. Finally you get down to the coast with its stunning blue seas.All over the island there are small rural villages, some of which look as if time has forgotten them as they appear the same as they did 100 years ago. Walking through and staying in these villages offer a vastly different experience to staying in the tourist-centric resort towns and cities by the coast. You are able to enjoy the friendly, local lifestyles of these villages at the end of each scenic walk.

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Walking Holiday in Morocco Morocco - High Atlas Mountains - Multi Centred  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsMorocco is on the continent of Africa but its culture and religion is Middle Eastern and its future is seen as European, so a great country to visit, and relish in this diversity. Home to 36 million Moroccans in a country almost the size of France there is plenty of space, however a large percentage is uninhabitable desert or high mountains. The cities including Marrakech are busy bustling places steeped in history with souks (markets), mosques, palaces and museums to explore. The countryside by contrast feels like it is standing still, with mules slowly walking along country roads or mountain tracks, with their burden of farmers’ crops or products for a distant market, as they have been doing for centuries.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Azores  Portugal - Azores - Central Islands  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe Central Islands are comprised of São Jorge, Faial and Pico. We have put together a 7 night itinerary featuring the best walks on these 3 islands.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Azores  Portugal - Azores - Eastern & Central Islands  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe Eastern & Central Islands are comprised of São Miguel, Santa Maria, São Jorge, Faial and Pico. We have put together a 14 night itinerary featuring the best walks on these 5 islands.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Azores  Portugal - Azores - Eastern Islands  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe Eastern Islands are comprised of São Miguel and Santa Maria. We have put together a 7 night itinerary featuring the best walks on these 2 islands.

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Azores  Portugal - Azores - São Miguel  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details We have put together a 7 night itinerary featuring the best walks on this contrasting island. 

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Walking Holiday in Portugal - Azores  Portugal - Azores - Western & Central Islands  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThe Western & Central Islands are comprised of Flores, Corvo, Faial, Pico and São Jorge. We have put together a 14 night itinerary featuring the best walks on these 5 islands.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Last 100km - Sarria to Santiago de Compostela  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Do you wish to complete a lifelong ambition in walking part of the St James’ Way (el Camino) but have concerns about your ability to do so? This special version of the final week of the Camino walking into Santiago could be the trek for you! Here we offer a 7 night holiday during which you complete the final 100km of the St James’ Way - all you need to walk to become an official Pilgrim in Santiago and qualifying for a Pilgrim Certificate.  The days are shorter than the full version of this trek leaving you plenty of time to complete each day at your own pace and still have time to explore your destination before dinner.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Last 100km Country Hotels - Sarria to Santiago de Compostela  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Here we offer a 7 night holiday during which you complete the final 100km of the St James’ Way - all you need to walk to become an official Pilgrim in Santiago and to qualify for a Pilgrim Certificate.  For this Country House itinerary we have chosen unique and stylish accommodations just a short distance away from the Camino route in tranquil locations. These hotels are mainly located in a farming area and offer a more relaxing environment to the busier towns where most pilgrim accommodation is located.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - To the End of the World - Camino Finisterre - Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsMost pilgrims end their journey in Santiago, with few continuing onwards to the actual ending of the Camino bracing the sea air and experiencing true Galicia as the last steps are taken walking to the End of the World.  In terms of ancient pilgrimage, this final and atmospheric section of the Camino led Celts, Romans and other ancient settlers to worship the sun from a point where the earth finished and they could go no further.  Nearby, and an additional deviation, is Muxia closely associated with James the Apostle’s arrival in Spain.  It is surprising therefore, that this is the quietest section of all the Camino.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The French Way - Stage 2 - Pamplona to Burgos  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Wandering through the world famous wine lands of Rioja sets the scene for the stage of the Camino between the walled city of Pamplona, famous for its bull running Fiesta de San Fermin, and the bustling city of Burgos with its majestic Gothic Cathedral. Most of the route between these two cities follows rural paths which link hill top villages set amongst the vineyards and is a much favored section by many Pilgrims.  This may because of the promise of the Fuente de Irache where delicious Rioja wine flows freely and constantly enabling Pilgrims to drink to their hearts content! Logrono, is the wine capital of Rioja where eating, drinking and merrymaking can continue in one of the many Bodegas lining the narrow streets. 

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Walking Holiday in Spain - El Camino Spain - El Camino - The Portuguese Way - Tui to Santiago de Compostela  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsThere are many pilgrim paths meandering through Europe and they all lead to the entrancing and inspiring city of Santiago de Compostela. The most well-trodden route is the Camino Frances from St Jean in France to Santiago, but this route gets busier each year. However, there exists a far quieter but intensely spiritual route, which still has close connections to the life and work of St James as he travelled from Padron to his final resting place in Santiago.  Journeying through these landscapes that border the Atlantic Ocean today can still return the pilgrim to ancient times, and indeed you will encounter sections of the original pilgrim route with shrines, ancient stone crosses and chapels along the way.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Andalucia - Las Alpujarras  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full DetailsWith easy access and a superb climate, the Alpujarras traverse the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada which rise to over 3300m and offer excellent and varied walking opportunities. Often with snow capped peaks until late June, the Sierra Nevada provides a stunning backdrop to the lower slopes of the Alpujarra range. Here, narrow roads wind their way around the folds in the mountains connecting whitewashed villages clinging to the hillside or perched over a ravine. Few cars, however, pass this way.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Alicante - Mountains to the Sea trek  

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This is a seven night self-guided hotel-to-hotel trek exploring the valleys of the Marina Alta – a little known range of mountains lying a substantial distance inland from the well know Costa Blanca on Spain’s Mediterranean sea.

This trek takes you through diverse countryside following ancient footpaths and tracks created by Moorish and Balearic settlers to interlink whitewashed mountain villages that date from the Moorish occupation of Spain. This area is little visited so you will be exploring mostly "uncharted" terrain and are unlikely to meet many other walkers.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Andalucia - Hotel to Hotel Trek  

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The Alpujarra is one of the most wild and undiscovered mountain ranges of Spain, stretching from the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the Mediterranean below. Life has changed little since the Moors first cultivated the terraces many centuries ago. You may observe farmers tending the land with their mules, or perhaps local women washing clothes in the village springs or shelling almonds by hand.

The tiny whitewashed villages, which cling precariously to the mountainsides, are linked by the ancient Camino Real (or GR7). On this track, you will walk through shady olive and almond groves and cross tiny mountain springs with snow-capped mountains above and the distant Mediterranean in view. Whatever the season, there is plenty to relish: the spectacular almond blossom of February and March, the pretty wild flowers of late spring and early summer, or the vibrant colours and fruits of autumn (when you will be able to pick almonds, wild figs, mulberries and grapes along the way). Apart from an occasional shepherd tending his herds, your walk will be undisturbed and blissfully peaceful.

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Catalonian Coast and Mountains  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details This hotel to hotel trek has been specifically deigned to reveal many aspects of this beautiful part of Catalonia; you will walk along the "wild coast" with its miles of coastal cliffs solitary beaches and coves with crystal clear water. You will walk inland through the Aiguamolls Nature Reserve where innumerable seabirds and songbirds have settled. You will walk up mountain trails offering spectacular views sweeping far into the Pyrenees.From the coast to the mountains from sea to crag, from sandy beach to shady Mediterranean forest – the diverse and changing natural landscapes exert a powerful attraction to walkers. To walk here is a revelation. .

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Walking Holiday in Spain - Mainland Spain - Mainland - Costa da Morte  

Walking holidays  - Click Here For Full Details Along Galicia’s northern coast between Malpica and Cape Finisterre extends a wonderful, unknown coastal path.  This is the Coast of Death whose grim name refers to the many ships wrecked along the rocky shoreline over the centuries.  The wild and rugged beauty, soaring cliffs and seabirds are the essence of this coastal trek.

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Walking Holiday in Wales Wales - Anglesey - Wales Coastal Path  

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