Europe

Walking Holidays in Spain: Andalucia

In the hill country beyond the coastal resorts close to Malaga lies the small town of Competa, some 700 metres above sea level. This was the base for 51 ramblers to explore the valleys, hills and ‘white villages’ of the Sierra Almijara.

Walking Holidays in Spain: Andalucia

Castles, Cobbles, and Crosses

If you choose to take this excellent holiday, be prepared for your friends to ask: “Are you going on a cruise?” Then try to explain that you are going with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays to three countries, with three languages and three currencies, all in two weeks! 

Castles, Cobbles, and Crosses

On the Wing through Spain

Despite the recent drought and then rain while we were there, we had some amazing sightings and I would definitely visit the region again. On our first day, in the Valle del Jerte, we walked beside extraordinary rock formations carved out by the rushing stream.

On the Wing through Spain

Music in the Mountains

Two weeks and two walking grades – just what I needed to try out this new holiday in the Julian Alps where the soaring peaks rise to Triglav at 2,864 m and are interspersed by deep valleys, rivers of crystal-clear water, blankets of thick forest and meadows filled with wild flowers.

Music in the Mountains

Walking in Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a mix of Toyland and Bedrock City so we were never sure whether to expect Noddy or Fred Flintstone; though there was always something new around the next corner. The “fairy chimneys” were everywhere, assuming a host of different shapes such as seals and camels as well as more evocative ones in the aptly named Love Valley.

Walking in Cappadocia
Ellen PortessSpain, Europe

Our Spanish Feathered Friends

Walking, wildlife and some history; the recipe for a perfect holiday for us, and we weren’t disappointed. We drove past snowy mountaintops, through the rural heart of Spain, to Plasencia and the extraordinary sight of white storks nesting in many of the chimneys.

Ellen PortessSpain, Europe
Our Spanish Feathered Friends

Discovering Tuscany

This holiday is definitely one for those who are passionate about art – it oozes wonderful paintings, frescos, sculptures and architecture. Montecatini is a busy but delightful town and the Hotel Arnolfo provided a friendly atmosphere – a family run concern, where all the staff worked unbelievably hard, attending to our every need, and always had time for a smile.

Discovering Tuscany

Springtime Splendour of Crete

After an early start from Gatwick Airport we met up with our ever-helpful leader Kath and travelled comfortably to Kastelli. We were last there 23 years ago with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, but that was in July when the weather was hot and the grass was brown.

Springtime Splendour of Crete

A Taste of Andalucia

Held in central London during another June downpour, attendees at our ‘Taste of Andalucía’ event last night were mentally whisked to the more pleasant temperatures and climate of southern Spain. With 10 different walking holidays to choose from in Andalucía, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays showcased a photo collection of the area, with lynxes, wolves and a medley of wild flowers taking centre stage.

A Taste of Andalucia

In Search of Wild Orchids

The Gargano Peninsular has its own unique mix of plants and is especially famous for the possibility of seeing different wild orchids in April and May.This was a new tour for me so everything was going to be as exciting and interesting for me as I hoped it would be for the group.

In Search of Wild Orchids
Shelia WalkerBaltic, Europe, 81000

The Beauty of the Baltic

So which city did we like best? Opinions in our group varied – some supporting beautiful Tallinn with its delightful atmosphere and medieval feel, some going for Vilnius with its wonderful churches and quirky humour (trees with knitted jackets!) and others, myself included, picking Riga as top scorer.

Shelia WalkerBaltic, Europe, 81000
The Beauty of the Baltic