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Not only are walking holidays great exercise and heaps of fun, they also take you off the beaten track and introduce you to hidden gems you wouldn’t usually see. Read on to find out the 10 best walking holidays for single travellers you won’t want to miss…

What is a walking holiday?

The clue is in the name really; a walking holiday is a holiday whereby you explore the area around you on foot.

This doesn’t mean, however, that there’s no time for chilling by the pool. The ideal walking holiday will incorporate at least two days at leisure, giving you enough time to explore freely – or to simply rest your muscles at the beach!

Walking holidays are perfect for group single travel and are a popular choice for first-time solo travellers. Why? Mainly because many people find it easier to bond with one another when they’re active (hence why a lot of friendships are made through exercise) and the shared experience will give you plenty to talk about.

Best walking holidays for single travellers

To help you choose the perfect walking holiday, we’ve put together a list of our 10 favourite walking trips for single travellers, alongside all the reasons why we – and our customers – love them.

1) Fuerteventura Walking


Easily one of our most popular walking holidays, our 7-night discovery of the oldest Canary Island is packed full of otherworldly scenery and dramatic photo opportunities.

Trek mountains and visit remote villages, including the historic village of Betancuria which was once home to the first European settlement in the Atlantic.

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Beautiful white-sand beach in Fuerteventura

2) Islands and Mountains of Croatia


From Dubrovnik to the crashing waterfalls of Krka National Park, our week-long Croatian walking holiday introduces you to some of the best cities and sights Croatia has to offer.

Start your journey in the historic city of Dubrovnik before trekking shelving mountains, reaching the highest point on Brac island and discovering unusual karst forms and caves. This trip is perfect for walkers looking for a bit of everything: beaches, cities, mountains, waterfalls and caves.

Walking holiday in the mountains of Croatia

3) Kefalonia and Ithaca


The Greek Islands might not immediately spring to mind when you think of walking holidays, but the unspoilt islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca should definitely be on your radar.

High mountains, secluded coves, forests of cypress trees, vineyards and colourful fishing ports: Kefalonia hides some spectacular sights. Neighbouring Ithaca is also a hiker’s paradise not yet taken over by mass tourism, where the bleats of mountain goats are the only sounds to interrupt the silence!

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Walking holiday on the Greek islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca

4) La Gomera Walking


One of the most untouched Canary Islands, La Gomera’s steep, rugged landscape was made for hiking.

Our medium-graded walking holiday introduces you to the best this tiny island has to offer. Marvel at steep cliffs, rainforests, canyons and black sand beaches, and take a walk through the beautiful UNESCO-listed Garajonay National Park.

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Walking holiday on the small Canary Island of La Gomera

5) Lake Garda


Measuring a staggering 370 square km, Lake Garda is the largest of Italy’s lakes, spanning three of the country’s most beautiful regions: Lombardy, Trentino and Veneto.

You can enjoy three half-day walks around the stunning lakeside on our 7-night walking holiday. Take in stunning castles, woodland walks, ancient monasteries and picturesque villages before enjoying some free time to explore the area independently.

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Walking in Lake Garda

6) Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains


For a true adventure, put your walking boots on in Morocco and join us on our week-long winter exploration of Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains.

Awaken your senses as you visit traditional villages and ancient towns, trek through olive groves and feel the force of the tumbling Ouzoud waterfalls. With five guided walks included, you’ll be introduced to the many different sides of southern Morocco.

Walking holiday in Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains

7) North Cyprus Walking


North Cyprus’ rich flora and fauna, rugged coastline and spectacular views make it perfect for exploring on foot. The 143-mile-long Kyrenia Mountain Trail presents a challenge to any keen hiker, but there’s plenty of easier walks towards the north-west side of the island too.

Our 7-night ramble takes you through rural villages, reservoirs, archaeological sites and forests teeming with wildlife, passing centuries-old olive trees, churches and walled towns as you go.

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Walking holiday in North Cyprus

8) Sicilian Walking Adventure


Guaranteed to bring out the adventurer in all of us, our autumn walking holiday to Sicily will bring you face to face with Europe’s tallest active volcano: Mount Etna.

Four guided walks will take you to the summit, where breathtaking views await, and onwards to the islands of Lipari, Vulcano and Stromboli – which are home to two more impressive, steaming volcanoes.

Walking holiday in Sicily around Mount Etna

9) Trails and Truffles


Back again by popular demand, our Trails and Truffles trip to the medieval town of Trevi in central Italy is one for the foodies out there.

Combining gastronomy and walking, this walking holiday introduces you to Umbria, a region renowned for its medieval hilltop towns, dense forests and prized truffles and wine. Look forward to a range of foodie-themed activities and four included walks – one of which will take you truffle hunting!

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Walking holiday in the mountain town of Trevi in Umbria in Italy

10) Walking the Maderian Levadas


Situated just north of the Canary Islands, the Portuguese island of Madeira is famous for its steep levadas: manmade water courses originally built to carry water to inaccessible farmland.

Naturally, these make great walking territory, which is why much of our walking tour’s four guided treks takes you across these levadas. From São Lourenço Point, the easternmost peninsula of Madeira island, to the stunning valley of Rabaçal, prepare to be blown away by Madeira’s natural beauty and diversity.

Walking the Maderian Levadas

What to take on a walking holiday?

The most important item to pack for your walking holiday is comfortable shoes. If you’re bringing new footwear, make sure they’re well broken in before you arrive and, for maximum comfort, wear two pairs of woollen socks.

The weather can be unpredictable, wherever you go, and especially when you’re high up in the mountains. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

Longing for a walking holiday? Browse our full selection of walking holidays for single travellers here.

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“I’m sure you will enjoy it, I have been on three solos holidays to date and the people I’ve met have been great.”

“I’ve been travelling with Solos for nearly 20 years, on and off. The reason is for exactly what you want – you meet like minded people… and have loads of fun!”

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“The feeling you have once you go away on your own is worth all the nerves before! I was so very anxious the first time but now having done it 4 times, I love it!”


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