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European autumn and spring walking

Escape the cold and the darkness of Britain and northern Europe.

Lift your spirits, and take a short hop to somewhere warme. The prices are usually affordable, and it's so good for the body and the soul!

 

These books are great for walking in southern Europe even in mid-winter, between November and February.

(look further down this page for destinations where the best walking is between March and May, and between September and November)

Walking in Sicily

Walking in Sicily

A walking guidebook with 46 graded routes in Sicily, including the Madonie and Nebrodi mountains, the Egadi and Aeolian islands and Mount Etna. Most walks take 3-4 hours, plus some short easy strolls as well as long mountain traverses. Interesting varied terrain, including river valleys, coastal walks, ancient ruins, volcanoes and mountain peaks. Read and see more…

The Mountains of Nerja

The Mountains of Nerja

Guidebook to the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara Y Alhama mountains in the Spanish region of Axarquía. The 24 day walks are accessible from the holiday towns of Nerja and Vélez-Málaga on the Costa del Sol. Routes range from easy strolls to strenuous climbs. The mountains are largely limestone, with some summits reaching over 2000m. Read and see more…

 

Walking on La Palma

Walking on La Palma

A handy guidebook for exploring La Palma in the Canary Isles that describes 45 routes consisting of both day walks and long distance trails including the GR130 and GR131. The routes vary in terrain ranging from trails in Caldera de Taburiente national park to mule tracks and pilgrim trails in Santa Cruz. Includes routes that suit all abilities. Read and see more…

 
Walking on Tenerife

Walking on Tenerife

Guidebook covering the best walks to be found on the island of Tenerife. The 45 routes range from simple day walks, to long distance trails along the GR131, and hiking routes on El Teide. Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, boasts walking routes of many types, set in stunning natural scenery. Read and see more…

Walking on Gran Canaria

Walking on Gran Canaria

Walking on Gran Canaria describes 45 day walks in eight areas of the island. A long-distance coast-to-coast route on the GR 131 is included, and shorter walks can be linked to form longer itineraries. Gran Canaria, one of the larger Canary Islands is a hugely popular spot for tourists, but offers many peaceful, rural areas perfect for walking. Read and see more…

Walking on La Gomera and El Hierro

Walking on La Gomera and El Hierro

The perfect guidebook for exploring La Gomera and El Hierro that consists of 45 day walks and treks for all abilities from rugged mountain treks to coastal walks. This wide selection of walks cover long distance trails such as Camino de la Virgen, GR 131 in La Gomera and some of GR132 across the Canary Islands. Plenty of variety for all to enjoy. Read and see more…

Walking on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura

Walking on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura

One of Paddy Dillon's five-volume series to the Canaries, this book offers 45 walks on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, including 14 walks on the long-distance GR 131 trail, which crosses both islands. Lanzarote has a fascinating volcanic national park; Fuerteventura has famous golden beaches. Both islands are crossed by new trails. Read and see more…

 

 

 
Mountain Walking in Southern Catalunya

Mountain Walking in Southern Catalunya

This handy guidebook describes 30 idyllic routes for mountain walkers of all abilities in Southern Catalunya, Spain. The routes offer varying terrain from limestone crags over fruit groves to coastal and river walks. It describes walks in three mountain areas around the River Ebre: the els Ports massif, Serra de Cardo and the Serra de Montsia. Read and see more…

 
Walking in Madeira

Walking in Madeira

A walking guide to Madeira and Porto Santo, volcanic islands which bask in sunny solitude in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The 60 day routes explore the dramatic cliff coastline, wander along level levada paths, penetrate dense laurisilva forests and traverse stone-paved paths from peak to peak in the high mountains. Read and see more…

Walking in Mallorca

Walking in Mallorca

The 80 varied walking routes in this guidebook cover 4 areas around the island of Mallorca - Pollenca and the north, The Central Mountains, Andratx and the south, and the Serra de Llevant. Explore Mallorca's diverse terrain - from rugged mountains to remote valleys and breathtaking cliff coastlines. Read and see more…

 

These destinations are great for spring flowers and warm weather walking, between late March and May, and for autumn walks between late September and November:

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