After hiking for quite some time now, I realized how amazing it felt. There’s something about feeling the burn and sweating your butt off as you climb the rocky terrain. It isn’t just about the beautiful scenery once you get to the top, but admiring the journey, meeting the locals, and feeling like you earned that massive plate of food right after!
With the many mountains interestingly carved and built for our legs to explore, it can get overwhelming choosing the best for your day hike! When I visited Europe, there wasn’t only a smorgasbord of wonderful attractions to visit, but mountains to hike as well!
1.LAUTERBRUNNEN IN SWITZERLAND
What makes Lauterbrunnen one of the perfect spots for family fun is its excellent location. It’s found in the heart of the Swiss Alps, with scenic hikes you can enjoy any time of the year.
The hike alone feels like you’re on the way to heaven. You’ll be surrounded by green, pristine peaks, snow-capped peaks, and turquoise lakes. With the crisp mountain air, the perfect breeze, and breathtaking scenery, you’ll feel like you’re in a whole other world.
While I recommend you hike to Schilthorn Peak, it’s quite challenging for beginners. If you’re not able to handle the altitude and long distance, you can ride a gondola to head back.
2. FLYSCH ROUTE IN SPAIN
This is an excellent hike for geological fanatics, located in the Basque region of Spain. The Flysch route showcases a host of unique and natural rock formations that were created from the wonders of climate change and mother nature. Another fun fact about this climb is that this is where Games of Thrones filmed many of their episodes. With its picturesque landscape down to its thrilling cliffs, this is one day hike you’ll never forget. Make sure to visit during low tide to appreciate its full view.
3. FAIRY POOLS IN THE ISLE OF SKYE
The Fairy Pools deserves its name for its fantasy-like views and clear waterfalls. The waterfalls would cascade over its dark grey rocks, with the impressive backdrops of the Cuillin mountains. There’s just something about its clear blue waters that make the experience magical.I also love how easy the hike is, only taking three hours. And once you reach the Fairy Pools, you can choose to appreciate the views or even take a dip. Known as one of the most amazing sights and places in Scotland to visit, you’ll be under a spell from the Fairy Pools’ captivating waters alone!
4. LADDER OF KOTOR IN MONTENEGRO
The Ladder of Kotor is a historic cross-country route connecting to the town of Kotor. While it isn’t exactly a ladder, it’s a steep and zigzagging path, where you’ll feel like you’re going through an infinite series of U-turns.
But once you’re out in the open, you’ll find the village ruins of Spiljari and the captivating (however, dilapidated) St. George’s Church. When you reach the top, you’ll find the fantastic views of Kotor Bay.
Just remember that while it’s an easy trek, it can be tough on your knees. I recommend using hiking sticks to keep balance and avoid straining your knees too much.