European hiking trip in July - where to go?
March 21, 2011 8:20 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to plan a 5-7 days of easy, scenic hiking in Europe, mid July. Accommodations provided. Where's the best place to go? Qualifying statements inside...
posted by evadery to Travel & Transportation (2 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
tl,dr - looking for pretty, less touristy, good weather, ok for heights, needs accomodations, fairly easy. Hoping for specific routes.
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My wife and I are flying in and out of Turkey at the beginning and end of July, respectively. We're hoping do some interesting city and country travel, and sandwich some hiking/trekking in the middle. However, we have a few qualifications:
1. Weather is important to us, as is beautiful scenery and smaller crowds. For example, we've heard that the Alps are gorgeous and the weather is beautiful, but it is packed, whereas some more southern European countries are not as pretty, but much quieter. We're looking for a good balance on the above 3 issues, with natural beauty winning out over the other two.
2. I have a bit of a fear of heights - so, I could trek most places pretty easily, including big uphills and downhills. However, I'm not a big fan of sheer drops around 10-15 feet from where I am standing. For the record, I've done the Atlas (Morocco), high up in Petra (Jordan) and Patagonia (Argentina) with no problem.
3. We need a place with accomodations. We are thinking some hut-to-hut travels, but are very much open to suggestion. If there was a way to minimize carrying of bags, that would be a plus as well.
4. It'll be my wife's first major hiking trip, so I'm looking for something a bit more on the easy side.
We're considering anything from the Alps to the Pyrenees, Corsica or Sardinia, but anything a bit more out of the norm would also be appreciated. If you had one particular route that fits the bill, that would be great as well.
As well, if you have any good trekking resources (in English), we'd love to hear about them. Thanks!