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An Autumn Walk in Extremadura – from Monesterio to the monastery

22 Nov , 2017  

Gisela takes her walking group to visit the monastery that sits on the highest point of Badajoz Province, walk 30 from her guidebook to Extremadura.

About an area, Europe, International Treks, International Walks

How tough is the walking and trekking in the Sierra Nevada?

15 Nov , 2017  

Walking and trekking in the Sierra Nevada

Richard Hartley explains the grading system for the walks, treks and scrambles in his guide to the Sierra Nevada, home to some of Europe’s highest peaks.

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Siân gets very Cumbrian weather for her Slovenia walking holiday

1 Nov , 2017   Gallery

Bled’s famous island church

According to my boss, ‘Slovenia’s a very pointy country’. Having booked my first group walking holiday after a lot of worrying about fitness, getting left behind or getting stuck half way up a mountain, this information was less than helpful.

Europe, International Walks, Tell Us Your Story

Hiking in the Volcanic Beauty of the Auvergne

9 Sep , 2017   Gallery

Walking in the Auvergne - Lake Guery and Roche Tuiliére from Puy Gros

Guest blogger Mick Borroff recounts a trip walking in the Auvergne – fantastic views, butterflies and cheese made Mick really enjoy his time in this part of France.

International Walks

Aconcagua Revisited – what’s changed in the last 17 years?

26 Jul , 2017  

Aconcagua Revisited - what's changed in the last 17 years?

Jim Ryan has been climbing Aconcagua and the high Andes for 17 years. Here he relates some of the changes, from conditions to costs, regulations and routes.

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How tough should I be for walking in the Alps?

5 Jul , 2017  

Early Snow

Kev Reynolds, author, speaker and expert on all thing mountainous, answers the often asked question: “How tough should I be for walking in the Alps?”.

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Eating your way along the Amalfi Coast

28 Jun , 2017  

Water safety, Walking the Amalfi Coast with a Cicerone guidebook

There’s a lot of good food along the Amalfi Coast. Gillian Price is no fool – her guides are always for places with food as outstanding as the scenery.

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Lanzarote – there’s something for everyone here

24 Jun , 2017  

Lanzarote really does have something for everyone – there are amazing walks, from easy strolls suitable for children to long-distance treks. Incredible volcanic vistas and, of course, a fair few beautiful beaches. Here are a few suggestions.

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Wildlife spotting in the Haute Savoie

14 Jun , 2017  

As well as enjoying the immense beauty of the walker’s paradise that is the Haute Savoie, you have an excellent chance of spotting wildlife.

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How to avoid the city on a city break

10 Jun , 2017  

The Oslofjord by boat

Cicerone’s Sian Jenkins books a city break and then meticulously avoids the city. She’s a real country girl now! Here she shares some tips of how to find green spaces within a city.

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Bad knees? Maybe you should use walking poles

3 Jun , 2017  

Jonathan and Lesley posing with their walking poles on the Alpine Pass Route

Using walking poles, or even a single pole, will reduce knee pain and increase hill climbing power and endurance. Joe even uses them for ultrarunning – here’s the lowdown.

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Trekking in Mallorca: The GR221 or the Drystone Route

6 May , 2017  

Go Trekking in Mallorca with Cicerone guidebooks

Paddy Dillon has been walking and trekking in Mallorca, all in the name of ‘work’. Here he shares a few highlights of his trip so far.

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Where is the Drakensberg? The World Heritage Site you’ve never heard of

26 Apr , 2017  

Go walking in the Drakensberg with a Cicerone guidebook

Somewhere is a land of spectacular natural beauty; a mountain range of huge peaks and crystal-clear streams. But almost nobody has heard of the Drakensberg.

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Spring Sunshine Walking in Nerja and Southern Spain

19 Apr , 2017  

Walking in Nerja - Mick Borroff

Guest blogger Mick Borroff has been exploring Southern Spain, in particular Nerja and the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama – here are some of his highlights.

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Gillian Price has a heartwarming tale from Umbria, Italy

4 Apr , 2017  

Gillian Price, author of several Cicerone Press guidebooks, had to let us know about a wonderful initiative in Cascia – a town in Umbria that was badly damaged in the 2016 earthquakes.

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A quick guide to Slovenian, for mountain bikers

18 Mar , 2017  

Slovenia is great for mountain biking, walking and trekking

If you’re heading off walking, trekking or biking in Slovenia, why not learn a few phrases – even just please and thank you – to endear you to the locals?

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Paddy is exploring the Azores: a walkers’ paradise

11 Mar , 2017  

The azores are perfect for walking

Paddy Dillon is exploring the Azores which, it turns out, are a walkers’ paradise. Paddy has even managed to find enough wifi to send this blog post in!

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The Azure Window is lost and gone forever

9 Mar , 2017  

The world-famous rock arch of the Azure Window, on the island of Gozo, has collapsed. It finally succumbed to a storm on Wednesday 8th March 2017.

The world-famous rock arch of the Azure Window, on the island of Gozo, has collapsed. It finally succumbed to a storm on Wednesday 8th March 2017.

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Where are the High Tatras – the ideal location for a mountain holiday?

8 Mar , 2017  

Walking in the High Tatras - a Cicerone guidebook

The area of the High Tatras is described as “an ideal location for a mountain holiday, and especially for the adventurous walker”. But where are they?

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Paddy Dillon’s Cicerone guides popular in libraries

31 Jan , 2017  

Paddy Dillon is one of Cicerone’s most prolific authors but we didn’t realise how popular Paddy’s books were with library users!

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Visiting the Dolomites? Advice on travel and health insurance

25 Jan , 2017  

Image from Ski Touring and Snowshoeing in the Dolomites by James Rushforth

It’s important to make sure you have the correct travel and health insurance before any holiday, particularly an adventurous one, so James Rushforth, author of Ski Touring and Snowshoeing in the Dolomites, shares this advice.

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The impact of the earthquakes in Italy

7 Nov , 2016  

Gillian Price, author of the Cicerone guidebooks to walking in Umbria and Sibillini has sent in this news about the impact of the earthquakes in Italy.

Europe, International Walks, Mountain Adventures

7 Reasons to visit the Costa Blanca

27 Nov , 2015  

Walking on the Costa Blanca - Cicerone Guidebook

Think Costa Blanca and, as likely as not, you’ll think Benidorm and lager louts. Well get ready to think again.

Europe, International Walks

Top Winter Walking Destinations

13 Nov , 2015  

Cicerone Press

Looking for the best places to go winter walking? Here are some of our recommended destinations – let us know in the comments if there’s any we’ve missed.

Europe, International Walks

Walking in Provence – Provence est très belle

12 Nov , 2014  

C’est vrai, Provence is very beautiful. From short strolls to longer more challenging walks there is something for everyone to enjoy in this area of France. In this excerpt of Janette Norton’s two-part guide to Walking in Provence find out what plants and flowers can be seen whilst walking through the rolling hills and wild crags of Provence.

Europe, International Walks

Cicerone author Mountain Walking in Southern Catalunya – Roca Xapada

7 Feb , 2012  

Mountain Walking in Southern Catalunya

‘You know that walk of yours that goes up to the Roca Xapada and then returns the same route? Well it can be done as a circuit. We’ve found a really good route up Xapada using a gully to get up the steep bits – only one mildly tricky manoeuvre and then a good path and you can come down the usual way’.

Europe, International Walks

Cicerone authors talk Winter sunshine walking in Southern Catalunya

19 Dec , 2011  

Mountain Walking in Southern Catalunya

Looking to escape the dark gloomy weather? How about heading off to check out some winter sunshine? The province of Catalunya is in north eastern Spain, bordered by the Pyrenees to the north and the Mediterranean to the east.

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A hard day at the Cicerone office…

17 Mar , 2011  

The view down from Puig Campana on the Costa Blanca over Benidorm must be one of the weirdest from any mountain in the world. It stands there looking surreally like Cape Town or Hong Kong, but you know it’s neither. Long gone is the small fishing village, replaced by a holiday megopolis of high rise apartments and hotels.