Stunning walks and hikes around the world

A bracing hike or a gentle stroll – sometimes it’s all you need to make your holiday complete. Urban hikes can throw up unexpected surprises and a ramble through the countryside will fill your mind’s eye with endless snapshots.

Côte d’Azur – Ramble through Roman history

Nestled in the hills between Nice and Menton, the historic town of La Turbie is dominated by the Trophée  d’Auguste, a 35m high Roman monument. Numerous trails snake through the area’s 742 hectares, offering both easy and more advanced hiking. There are dazzling views, stretching from Italy to the Esterel Massif.

La Turbie
en.nicetourisme.com

Paris – Royal rambles

Formerly a hunting ground for the Kings of France, the 850-hectare park offers 28km of paths in the western part of the city. There are also playgrounds for children, cycle hire and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat.

Bois de Boulogne
paris.fr/english

Mallorca – Take a Lluk

Known as a hiker’s paradise, Lluc has something to offer walkers of all abilities, with numerous trails that take in everything from deep forest to dry stone. The monastery is well worth visiting.

Lluc
lluc.net

Prague – Czech it out

Just a few minutes from the bustling city center, the Prokop Valley nature reserve’s Cliff Trail takes you through forest and past steep cliffs to an amazing rock balcony, where you’ll find the best possible views of the city.

The Cliff Trail
czechtourism.com

Algarve – Dizzy heights

Varandas Sobre o Mar is one of many trails in the area. It starts at Barranco das Canas Beach and ends at the João de Arêns promontory, taking in fields, forest, and some slightly scary cliffs. Bikers also love this trail, so keep an eye out behind you.

Portimao
algarve-gids.com

Santorini – Sea views and quaint villages

Not exactly a secret, but still worth the time. While walking this trail from Fira to Oia, you’ll be torn between gazing at the sea or the volcano. You’ll also pass through four extremely charming villages, giving you the chance for some refreshment.

Fira to Oia
visitgreece.gr

San Francisco – Journey to the Golden Gate Bridge

A moderate trail that you can easily extended along the Coastal Trail to the Golden Gate Bridge. There are great views of the bluffs near the Presidio, and a side trip down to Marshall Beach will leave you refreshed.

Batteries to Bluffs Trail
sanfrancisco.travel

Bristol – View Brunel’s masterpiece

This national nature reserve has both hard and soft paths spread over more than 160 hectares, as well as eye-popping views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It’s nearly impossible to get lost in here, and even if you do, you might be lucky enough to stumble upon the Rock Slide, a stone slope polished to a glassy finish by generations of sliding bottoms.

Leigh Woods
nationaltrust.org.uk/leigh-woods

Pisa – Walk in Puccini’s footsteps

Once home to Puccini, this remarkably unspoiled coastal reserve is twinned with Long Island’s Pine Barrens. They share similarly diverse ecosystems, including wet woods, coastal dunes and prairies.

Parco naturale di Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli
parcosanrossore.org

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