Amazing Hikes in Europe That Don’t Last Longer Than One Week (Part 2)

In the previous post we’ve covered a handful of great one-week hikes all over Europe. That post included hikes in England, Switzerland, Iceland, Scotland and Italy.

In part two, we will talk about five other best walks in Europe that don’t last longer than one week; five hikes in five other countries.

Let’s jump right in!

5 Best Walks in Europe Shorter than One Week (2)

Bangor Trail, Ireland (2 days)

This beautiful two-day 29-kilometer (18-mile) hike runs from Erris to Newport in County Mayo, western Ireland. The trail leads straight through the remote Nephin Beg mountains, through bogs and marshes. Although it only takes two days, this great hike will make you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. It’s extremely isolated and quiet.

Best Walks in Europe: Ballycroy National Park
Nephin Beg Mountains, Ireland: Photo Anthony Hickey / CC 2.0

Alsace Mountains and Wineries, France (5 days)

The Alsace region in northeastern France just begs to be explored on foot. While there are several hiking trails, including many that can be done in just one day, you can also link several trails together for a wonderful week of outdoor fun. This is a region of picturesque villages, cobbled streets, mountain peaks and numerous vineyards. It’s possibly one of the most photogenic corners of France.

Best Walks in Europe: Vineyard around Riquewihr in Alsace, France
Vineyard around Riquewihr in Alsace, France: Photo Pug Girl / CC 2.0

Austrian Lakes, Austria (7 days)

This is a self-guided hike that will take you around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Salzkammergut region in Austria. The loop hike takes in towns like Attersee, Bad Ischl and gorgeous Hallstatt. On the way, you can stay in pensions, chalets or small hotels. This is not a way-marked trail, though, so you will be responsible for figuring out your route. There are many separate trails that can easily be linked together. Just make sure that you have a proper map!

Best Walks in Europe: Hallstatt, Austria
Hallstatt, Austria: Photo Jiuguang Wang / CC 2.0

Julian Alps, Slovenia (7 days)

Even though Slovenia’s Julian Alps are much less known than the Alps in Switzerland and Austria, they’re just as beautiful. There are countless hiking trails crisscrossing the mountain ranges, but you shouldn’t limit yourself to just day hikes. The Julian Alps Peak Hike takes in Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, the highest mountain in Slovenia, and many other natural attractions. This hike takes about a week; accommodation is present in the form of mountain huts.

Best Walks in Europe: A mountain hut at Triglav, Slovenia
Mountain Hut in Triglav, Slovenia: Photo by 29cm / CC 2.0

Mountains of Crete, Greece (6-7 days)

Greece’s largest island is covered with tall white mountains, home to bright sandy beaches and dotted with ancient villages. There are plenty of scenic walks on the island, too many to count, really. They can be combined in whatever way you want, giving you absolute freedom to explore the southwestern corner of the island, hike across the White Mountains, climb Mount Gingilos, walk through Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe, and see traces of one of the earliest civilizations in Europe.

Best Walks in Europe: Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece: Photo by Loonatic / CC 2.0

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About Bram


Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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