The GR20 in Corsica
All serious hikers have this one on their list. The GR20 runs along the craggy spine of Corsica from Calenzana in the north to Concha in the south. The terrain is rugged and should not be taken lightly but it is considered one of the best walks in Europe and it is well marked, with good refuges where you can sleep and eat a hearty meal each night. Trekking the 180 kilometres of the GR20 takes around 12 days.
A traverse of the Pyrenees
There are a few options for a traverse of the Pyrenees mountains from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea along the border of France and Spain. There is the GR10 on the French side (the Sentier des Pyrénées), the slightly easier GR11 on the Spanish side (the Senda Pirenaica), and the Haute Route Pyrenees (HRP) runs between them over 800 kilometres and requires a greater level of experience. The whole traverse takes at least 50 days with stunning scenery and wildlife-spotting opportunities throughout this European long distance trail.
The Via Dinarica in the Balkans
The Balkans is a less-explored part of Europe that offers significant rewards for hikers, and the Via Dinareca is an epic 2,000-kilometre adventure from Slovenia to North Macedonia, passing through Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and Albania on the way. With superb hiking over a variety of unspoilt terrain, trekkers are realising that this is now one of the best places to hike in Europe. It‘s an opportunity to find out more about this fascinating region as you pass through on your own two feet.