Top European Walking Tour Guidebooks

Pull on your boots and explore Europe the slow way -- on foot!

A woman hiking in mouth of the Anllons river

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If you look out of your Tuscan Hotel window and wonder what it'd be like to walk the countryside among the olive groves and wheat fields, these books will help by providing guidance to the best walks in Europe. And if you're like us, you'll want to get the most out of the kilometers you put on your boots. Remember that whatever is listed here, there are many more trails and paths in Europe to explore.

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Walking the Somme

There's no better reason for taking a walking holiday than going on a quest for knowledge, and to help is the second edition of a guide to visiting the Somme battlefields of 1916. 1,000,000 men were wounded or killed along this iconic and now idyllic river. The battle of the Somme marked the first use of the tank in warfare.

"In total there are 16 walks, including a new one tracing the operations around Mametz Wood, and all the original walks have been fully revised and brought up to date." The book is 240 pages with maps and is available for Kindle.

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Walking in France: Exploring France's Great Towns and Finest Landscapes on Foot

In addition to walks through the regions and territories like the Dordogne, Cevennes, the Pyrenees, and Brittany's coast as well as cities like Paris, Annecy and Avignon, there is practical advice on local transportation, opening hours, and planning your independent walking vacation. There are also hundreds of color maps and photographs showing you where to walk.

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Walking in Italy

Like Walking in France, this book covers the big draws of the Italian peninsula like Rome, Florence, and Venice as well as routes around mid-sized favorites Turin, Bergamo, Verona, Padua, Genoa, Ferrara, Bologna, Ravenna, Lucca, Pisa, Perugia, Naples, Palermo, Siracusa, Taormina, and Cagliari.

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A Pair of Gringos

Not really a walking guide, this book features a couple, the "gringos," walking 500 miles across Spain along the Camino de Santiago. There are over 200 photos to accompany this day-by-day account.

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Walking in Austria: 100 Mountain Walks in Austria (Cicerone Guides)

Austria is one of the best countries to walk in with 40,000km of well-maintained trails, more than a thousand mountain huts, countless attractive villages, hospitable hotels, inns and restaurants, an integrated public transport system, and breathtaking scenery, The book features 100 of the best walks in ten districts that illustrate the rich diversity of the Eastern Alps.

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Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees

The book covers over 170 day walks, multi-day walks, climbing routes, and mountaineering ascents. Covers all valleys and peaks on both sides of the border with France and Spain, with through routes and peaks to bag, as an introduction to one of Europe's finest mountain ranges.

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Walking Dublin

This book describes city literary walks and suburban hill and coastal walks around Dublin. It covers walks that trace the paths of Stone Age remains to Celtic reminders and from Georgian architectural gems to contemporary landmarks.

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Walking in the Bavarian Alps: 85 Mountain Walks and Treks

For lovers of rural Bavaria and the alps, this guide will clue you in on 85 scenic walks in the Bavarian alps. The guide features very detailed maps and, perhaps more importantly, elevation gains. Readers can appreciate the good descriptions of trail heads.

Walking Europe

The guides above are just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds more. Europe is well prepared for walkers.

Use this list as a starting point for where you'd like to explore on foot. Happy trekking!

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