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Off-season walking: where to seek the sun

Winter may have arrived in Northern Europe, but we’ve got a great selection of off-season trips where you can enjoy sunny skies and warm weather as you walk, without having to fly long haul.
 
Sunshine and volcanic landscapes in the Canaries
Thanks to year round sun and comfortable temperatures, the Canaries are a perennially popular destination for walking holidays – so much so, we have four different guided group walks around the island chain. But which island to choose? Explore the volcanoes and cloud forest of unexplored La Palma; discover the lunar landscapes and beachside towns of Lanzarote; enjoy a twin-centre break to peaceful La Gomera and laid-back Tenerife, two contrasting islands; or get to know the Gran Isla on a walking tour of volcanic Gran Canaria, which offers far more than the beaches it’s best famous for.
 
Empty routes and coastal walks in Portugal
Portugal’s unspoilt coastlines, steep cliffs and rolling, verdant hills are the perfect setting for active breaks. In the south of the country, the Rota Vincentina includes more than 400km of walking trails, lined with beautiful wildflowers, striated cliffs and windswept sandy beaches; the ideal setting for a walking holiday. We have a choice of three group walking trips in Portugal: base yourself in the historic town of Tavira and explore the scenic coast on our Walking in the Eastern Algarve trip; follow coastal trails and the Rota Vincentina to the most southwesterly point of Europe on our Remote Coastal Trails of Portugal trip; or head to the autonomous island of Madeira to walk the levada and ancient footpaths around the beautiful volcanic landscapes on our Levada Trails of Madeira holiday.


 
Whitewashed villages and national parks in Spain
In southern Spain the heady days of sunshine hang around well into autumn, and even in the winter months you’ll find bright blue skies and temperatures into the late teens – the perfect conditions for walking. One of the highlights of southern Spain is of course Andalucía, with its whitewashed villages, vineyards, olive groves and mountains. Explore the Caminito del Rey and the network of trails linking ancient Moorish villages on our Moorish Trails trip; alternatively, choose our Walking in the Sierra Aracena trip to explore the unspoilt UNESCO World Heritage Reserve of Sierra de Aracena, staying in a converted traditional village house.
 
Myths, moussaka and mountains in North Cyprus
Set in the southern Mediterranean and blessed with 326 days of sunshine a year, Cyprus is very much the island in the sun. Temperatures rarely dip below the low twenties on the coast, but inland you’ll discover varied scenery and mountains often capped with a head of snow – there is even a (somewhat limited) ski resort in the Troodos. Choose On Foot in Northern Cyprus to stroll along the unspoilt footpaths of the Besparmak Mountains.


 
Desert dunes and Crusader castles in Jordan
If you have even a passing interest in history then Jordan is the perfect place for a walking holiday through some of the world’s most magnificent historic sites – just take a look at our Spice Trails of Petra trip. Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Nabateans as you navigate the old ‘spice trails’ which connect the city of Petra and the Mediterranean Coast. You’ll get to view the impressive desert scenery and rock formations of Wadi Rum on guided walks, spend two days hiking and camping at Petra, walk along part of the ancient Kings Highway and refresh (somewhat!) after a hard day of walking in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea.
 

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