You don’t need to be and expert to hike in Europe. Marvelous mountains, picturesque seaside, wild forests, vineyards and olive grove lands, rustic villages and much more can be experienced with easy hikes for beginners.
Spain: El Camino de Santiago
El Camino de Santiago it’s not just a hiking trail but a mind and body experience that brings you back in the medieval time. Indeed, this was a pilgrimage path where hundreds of devoted Christians from all around the world were hiking to visit the remains of St. James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. El Camino Français is the most popular hike. It takes about 1 month to complete and it is about 480 miles. Despite it takes long time this is a quite easy hike to do and perfect for a solo traveler.
If you want to experience the El Camino Français without walking for 1 month, you can do the Buen Camino Lite trail, that is only 62 miles and it allows you to arrive directly to Santiago de Compostela.
Italy: Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre, close to Genoa in Italy, offers a picturesque costal hike where you can explore 5 different villages, vineyard, rocky promontories and stunning sea views. This is an easy 6 miles hike and it takes you about 2 hours to complete.
You can definitely complete the hike in one day, considering that you will do a lot of stops for taking pictures and for indulging in some local food temptations while passing though the villages. The path is well-marked and the main challenge will be few steep stairs, but overall this is a perfect hike for well-fit beginners.
Croatia: Plitvice National Park
Croatia is the perfect destination for nature lovers and Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the highlight of the country. In this park you can admire sixteens stunning turquoise blue lakes, waterfalls and green promontories.
There are about eight different hiking trails in Plitvice Lakes National Park that are really easy to complete. The length of the trails is from 1.8 to 5 miles and it takes a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 8 hours to reach the end on the trails. The terrain is really gentle and not rocky it’s not really challenging and perfect for beginner.