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Fabulous walking holidays between the mountains and the sea

Discover the most beautiful trails where heaven and earth meet
Wonderful view over a bay

We believe there's an enchanting allure in walking amidst breathtaking mountain vistas and charming coastal scenes. Diverse hiking paths wind through nature's heart, past cultural landmarks, quaint villages, and tantalizing local cuisines. The spectrum of experiences, from mountain peaks to ocean shores, is virtually boundless, providing the perfect active retreat for every level of hiking.

Now, we unveil the walking holidays that bring you up close to this marvelous adventure, showcasing the most exquisite tours from Italy to France. Discover insider tips for indulging in plentiful culinary delights and immersing yourself in captivating cultural highlights along the way.

Wonderful view over a bay

By Foot in Friuli: Hiking from the Alps to the Adriatic

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is perhaps one of the most stunning destinations for active travelers. You won't have to search far for regional delicacies and captivating cultural highlights. You can experience all of this firsthand along the diverse route from Tarvisio in the Carnic Alps to the seaside city of Trieste. The picturesque mountain town of Tarvisio greets you right at the beginning of the journey. Whether you're taking a leisurely stroll through the Mercato di Tarvisio, savoring an Italian cappuccino, or indulging in a Tarvisio snack (mortadella and sgombri), you'll immediately feel the Italian charm here. In the stage town of Udine, you can also immerse yourself in Italy's "dolce far niente." Numerous café bars around Piazza Giacomo Matteotti beckon you to enjoy a typical aperitivo before exploring cultural sites such as Piazza della Libertà or the Castello di Udine. As you reach the final stage destination, the cultural and culinary hub of Trieste awaits you, nestled directly by the sea. Countless culinary delights await you here, and here are our tips:

The Miramare Castle near Trieste

Our cultural and culinary tips for Trieste

  • Cultural attractions not to be missed in Trieste include Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, Castello di Miramare, and Trieste Cathedral. On rainy days, you can also explore the maritime museum conveniently located at the harbor.
  • Indulge in a typical Italian coffee experience: Be sure to take some time for coffee in the official "coffee city" of Trieste. With numerous café bars scattered throughout the city center, it's the perfect spot to unwind and savor the moment.
  • Treat yourself to fresh fish specialties at Osteria Salvagente, located at the southern end of the port in Trieste. The daily specials are presented on handwritten sheets, offering a selection of cold fish appetizers and delicious main courses like Spaghetti Vongole. It doesn't get more authentically Italian than this.
View of the canal and cathedral in the background, blue sky, sunshine, few clouds

Mountains, sea & pleasure: the highlights of Majorca

The route between the mountains and the sea takes us further south to the sunny Balearic Island of Majorca. The Tramuntana mountain range offers endless opportunities for spectacular hikes, while the idyllic beaches and coastal stretches provide the necessary relaxation and tranquility after an active day in the fresh air. There are plenty of opportunities for culturally appealing breaks and enjoyable respites with regional delicacies. We've compactly summarized a few tips for you and are eager to see which of these recommendations you'll personally experience.

Hikers view over peninsula alcudia

Our cultural and culinary tips for Majorca

  • Naturally, no walking tour in Majorca would be complete without indulging in typical baked goods and sweet specialties. You can savor these delightful treats at Fornet de la Soca in the island's capital, Palma. This traditional bakery offers an array of specialties, including delicious ensaimadas, savory empanadas with various fillings, the renowned sweet lard snails, and delightful almond cake.
  • Tapas and wine—the essence of enjoyment on the Mediterranean island. The perfect way to conclude your day is at "La Rosa Vermutería" in Palma. As the final destination on our hiking tour Majorca's Highlights, the island's capital awaits you.

  • The almond blossom isn't the only spectacular sight in spring on the island. The specialties crafted from almonds are also integral to the cultural identity of the Majorcans. Whether it's ice cream, cakes, milk beverages, liqueur, roasted, or salted almond delicacies come in many forms here. Be sure to try some delicious almond ice cream at Fet a Sóller in Port de Soller, one of the stops on our hiking holiday Majorca – Trans Tramuntana.
  • Onboard the "Red Lightning": A unique cultural highlight is the nostalgic train journey from Sóller to the island's capital, Palma. You can experience this on our hiking holiday Majorca‘s West Coast with Charm.
  • Especially impressive is the historic Lluc Monastery, nestled picturesquely in the heart of the Tramuntana mountains. It serves as both a stage and an overnight stop on our hiking tour Majorca - Along the GR221.

Turquoise-blue hiking pleasure between mountains and sea: time out on the Côte d'Azur

The south of France is renowned as one of Europe's most beautiful destinations, offering blissful hours in the fresh sea air that swiftly whisk away the stresses of everyday life. It's no surprise, given the myriad colors of nature, the delightful aromas of herbs, the mouthwatering authentic Mediterranean delicacies, and the diverse trails weaving between mountains and sea – everything that active travelers yearn for. Our hiking tour along the Côte d'Azur encapsulates all the unique features of this region, guiding you from Grasse to Pont de Loup, Vence, Saint Jeannet, Sainte-Agnès, and finally to the seaside town of Menton. We've curated a selection of cultural and culinary recommendations that you simply cannot miss while hiking in the south of France.

Mountain villages and great views of the sea while hiking on the Côte d'Azur

Our cultural and culinary tips for the south of France

  • Embark on a fragrant discovery tour in Grasse: At the beginning of your journey, immerse yourself in the renowned perfume capital of Grasse. Here, you can delve into fascinating insights and details about perfume production and even take home your own personalized fragrance. We highly recommend a visit to the perfume manufacturer Fragonard.
  • The scent of Provence herbs: This popular herb blend originates here in southern France. Experience for yourself the delightful aroma of this mix, which includes rosemary, thyme, oregano, and marjoram. An ideal souvenir for your home kitchen.
  • The final stage and destination of your tour is the coastal town of Menton. Here you have the opportunity to sample the region's specialties at your leisure. The mild climate and the many hours of sunshine are ideal for agriculture and ensure the particularly intense flavor of products such as lemons, olives, vegetables, fruit and herbs. Be sure to try the delicious olive cream, which is made into a paste with capers and anchovies and served as a spread or dip.
Coastal walking at the Côte d'Azur
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