Epic European Hiking Adventures for Active Women
With diverse terrain, breathtaking landscapes, and a huge number of trails of different lengths and difficulty, Europe welcomes passionate hikers who are ready to set off on an epic hiking adventure.
Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned pro, continue reading and find out more about the European hiking trails that must be on any hiker’s bucket list.
1. The Tour De Mont Blanc
Thousands of hikers explore the magnificent landscape along the French and Italian borders every year. The Tour welcomes hikers with a 170km trail of natural beauty, inspiring waterfalls, rivers, valleys, and mountain peaks along the Alps, from France to Italy and Switzerland.
You need around eleven days to complete the hike and no expert technical skills are required since the route is extremely accessible and well marked.
2. El Camino de Santiago
Known in English as The Way of St James, El Camino de Santiago takes you to Santiago de Compostela, the alleged burial place of St James, and it is one of the most famous pilgrims’ routes in Europe and the world.
The Camino has several routes, the most famous being the Camino Frances from St. Jean Pied de Port in France. It has 772km and to complete it you need around 25 days, a good fitness level, and comfortable hiking shoes.
3. Hardangervidda National Park, Norway
Norway is famous for its spectacular natural beauty, and the Hardangervidda National Park is a wild place to add to your hiking trails bucket list. Located in one of the most geologically diverse regions of Norway, the area is famous for its impressive arctic flora and fauna, as well as dramatic glacial landscape.
Whether you plan a short hike or a multi-day adventure, this is the best way to explore this fascinating region.
4. Dolomites, Italy
With some of the most dramatic mountain ranges in the world, the Central Dolomites trail promises five days of breathtaking landscapes, while traversing the central areas of the Dolomites.
There are comfortable huts along the way, and the lush, flowery meadows, gorgeous cliffs, rocky peaks, and clear lakes promise to amaze your eyes with every step you take.
To have an enjoyable and memorable experience, make sure your fitness level is up for this challenge and that you have high-quality gear with you.
5. Goethe’s Path, Germany
The most hiked trail in the Harz National Park in Northern Germany must be on your bucket list if you are a passionate hiker. And, if you also like literature and history, it will be thrilling to hike the same trail that Johann Wolfgang von Goethe allegedly trekked when he climbed from Torfhaus to the Brocken in 1777.
Expect 19km of historical gems like cemeteries and mines that date back to the 18th century, as well as sensational German scenery.
6. Meteora, Greece
Though not the easiest thing to do, hiking Meteora must be on your bucket list. There is no best way to reach and admire the strange sandstone spires that made the area famous than by hiking.
Start your hike at the foothills of Doupiani Rock before making your way to Ypapanti, St. Dimitrius, and the Great Meteoron. Then, take your time and admire the several monasteries and their unlikely location, as well as the inspiring views.
7. Fagaras Mountains Ridge Route, Romania
Though it is one of Europe’s lesser-known hiking destinations, Romania has many spectacular trails. This hike takes you along the ridge of the Fagaras Mountains, in the Carpathian Mountain range, towards Mount Moldoveanu, the highest peak in Romania.
The trail is wild, adventurous, and filled with natural wonders. Its wilderness also brings fewer facilities, so a hiking companion and a good tent are great additions to ensure your comfort.
8. Tatra Mountains
Like Romania, Poland and Slovakia are not famous for their hiking adventures, but they should be. Standing at the north of the Carpathian mountains and covering a relatively compact area that’s only 80km long, the Tatra Mountains promise outdoor lovers dramatic scenery and memorable hiking experiences.
Expect almost 100 summits, some reaching more than 2,000 meters. If you want to go completely off-grid, don’t forget to bring essential provisions, your map, and an easy-to-carry tent.
9. Cinque Terre Coastal Trail, Italy
Cinque Terre is not only a romantic destination for couples who want to experience Il dolce far niente in an idyllic location. Home to a National Park with trails linking each seaside town together, Cinque Terre welcomes nature lovers as much as it does hopeless romantics.
If you want to indulge in the beauty of the Italian coast while hiking from one gorgeous town to the other and experiencing diverse terrain, from paved brick staircases to rocky switchbacks, Cinque Terre must have a special place on your bucket list.
I’m Rebecca, a translator and avid traveler, a book worm and horror flick enthusiast. My job has given me the amazing opportunity to travel to dozens of countries around the world, and writing on Rough Draft gives me a chance to try to showcase some of them.