Hello, 2016! Best Walking, Cycling and Camino Destinations
Does your holiday destination bucket list grow by the month, or even the week? Are you forever spotting new places to visit and discovering other locations that friends or family have been to and you simply must head to yourself?
If so, you might not thank us for adding another 10 truly amazing places to holiday. Then again, you might put some of these highlight destinations to the very top of your lifetime bucket list.
Is this Europe’s best alpine walk? If not, we would like to know which one you would choose! The Tour du Mont Blanc
circles the spectacular Mont Blanc Massif, visits France, Italy and Switzerland and covers a distance of some 170km, with 10,000m of ascent and descent.
The France that dreams are made of is found in the south-eastern region
of this wonderful country. Imagine Van Gogh's landscapes, Peter Mayle's Luberon and sun-drenched tastes of food and wine. Oh, and the huge scent of lavender. What are you waiting for?
Walk the famous pilgrimage route of Japan's Kumano Kodo
. The 11th
century trail traces a fabulous route through rural Japan and visits the three shrines of Kumano.
Top of the trails
The 96-mile West Highland Way
is always popular and not just a bucket list must-do for Scottish walkers but fabulous long-distance walk for people from around the world. When will you go?
The best way
This is a pilgrimage route that is hard to beat, which is why so many people want to walk “the Camino
" route. If you don’t have time for the full 800km European trail, walk sections of a week or two weeks at a time.
Perhaps you saw this route in Julia Bradbury’s BBC series, German Wanderlust. King Ludwig's Way
is one of Germany’s best-known footpaths through the beautiful Upper Bavaria to King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle.
If you like flat, mostly traffic-free cycling in spectacular countryside, the Danube Cycle Path
will tick every box – and more. The path follows most of the length of the 1800-mile River Danube through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Pick shorter sections for shorter holidays.
Icing on the cake
In Iceland you quickly run out of superlatives. Its landscape is breath-takingly amazingly wonderful. Just book and see for yourself. Iceland
should be on every traveller’s bucket list.
The highest high
Towering snow-capped peaks, prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, yak bells mingling with the chants of Buddhist monks in the morning air and the warmest of welcomes at every village. Trekking in Nepal
is the stuff of lifelong memories.
A wheel must
Keen cyclists are always looking for the next bike ride, the next best climb and the best of holidays on two wheels. Treat yourself to day-after-day of tick box cycling with our Road Cycling Catalonia: Coast, Cols & Pyrenees