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Looking for some sunshine with your walking this winter? Here are some of our recommended Winter Walking Destinations – let us know in the comments if there’s anything we’ve missed. Please note: each book will have detailed information regarding the best time to visit and you should always check the weather report before heading out.
Cheap to get to and plenty to keep you busy. Spain’s highest mountain, El Teide, is located on Tenerife but there are also short and easy walks available. Why not do the GR131 and walk across all the Canary Islands? You’d need the guidebooks to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, La Palma, Gran Canaria and La Gomera and El Hierro for this.
There’s more to Corfu than lounging on a beach. Discover the coastal paths and wooded hills through short and easy walks or more challenging hikes. The 150km Corfu Trail can also be tackled in winter but, due to the season, finding accommodation may be more difficult.
On the Costa del Sol, Nerja is another easily accessible destination. Although there is a possibility of rain and even snow during the winter in Nerja, the weather is certainly manageable. The quiet calm of this coastal town will make for a pleasant day off if the weather does let you down and the multitude of mountains gives many options for walkers from short strolls to strenuous climbs.
The winters here are mild and sunny and in January thousands of almond trees blossom – a sight to be savoured. There is also a variety of scenery to admire from coastal and mountain to glorious inland landscapes.
See a different side to the Costa Blanca and walkers can explore olive groves, ruined castles and rocky gorges. There are challenges here too with knife-edge ridges and serious scrambles for those requiring more adrenaline.
These largely sunny volcanic islands have been a popular holiday destination for a long time but there is a great deal to tempt walkers: dramatic cliffs, dense forests and stone-paved paths through the mountains.