During the pandemic, much of the UK decided to embrace the blissfulness of walking and being out in nature. Statistics from 2021 show that walking was seen as more of a leisure activity in the UK than it was a method of travel. With this in mind, it’s clear that the prospect of a walking holiday might be more appealing to people than expected. And solo walking holidays offer something truly magical, allowing you to spend valuable time with yourself in beautiful destinations around the globe.
But where do you go? With so many spectacular settings to explore around the world, we’re practically spoilt for choice. Here are some of the top picks you may want to consider.
Choquequirao to Machu Picchu
One of the world’s most famous hiking destinations – and for good reason, too – Machu Picchu is a brilliant location for your solo walking holiday bucket list. As you work your way towards Peru’s icon of Inca civilisation, you can spot llamas, check out the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and gaze down the Apurimac canyon. For the all-important bird’s eye view of Machu Picchu, head to Huayana Picchu, which is located behind the city.
Walk the Bonita island of La Palma
Spain is perhaps best known for its spectacular beach destinations and culture-packed cities. But have you ever considered its mountainous terrain? The Bonita Island of La Palma promises amazing sights. A walking holiday here means you can soak up evidence of past volcanic activity, such as the National Park and Calderas, the latter of which is a huge depression formed by a volcano erupting and collapsing. You can also trek through the rainforest, seeking out waterfalls as you go. And you won’t have to worry about being overwhelmed with tourists either. It’s ideal for a solo walking holiday if you want to truly escape the crowds.
Cape Verde islands
Just off the coast of West Africa, Cape Verde is an archipelago with plenty to offer, in the form of vast volcanic landscapes littered with mountains, plus beautiful beaches that offer a similarly wonderful escape from the buzz of everyday life. This combination makes it a truly remarkable solo walking destination. The islands pride themselves on Creole Portuguese-African culture, so you can expect lots of delicious stews and seafood to keep you full. It’s a walking destination that’s slipped somewhat under the radar, so if you want to escape the crowds, it’s a great option.
Walk the mountains, valleys, and coast of Minho
If you’re looking for swathes of vineyards ad valleys to cast your eyes over, the Minho region in Portugal is sublime. This wine region is made up of fertile countryside, which means it has a rich heritage due to civilisations basing themselves in this region. It’s also characterised by high hedges, winding country roads and thatched cottages, giving it an old-worldy feel. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you go, as its an area rich with biodiversity.