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Walking holidays to be enjoyed not endured

Group of walkers at the Menorca coast, following a track past an empty beach

Join John and Carolyn on a journey on the beautiful island of Menorca, and find out how they started their walking holiday business from nothing and developed it over the past 15 years

How do you start a successful walking holiday company when you’ve never been on an organised walk or even been a member of a walking club? The answer? Well you approach the project with no preconceptions and with everything on the table.

I’m John Devine of Balearic Outdoor Holidays and 16 years ago, along with my wife Carolyn and kids, I left The UK to come and live on the beautiful and unspoiled Balearic Island of Menorca. I wish that I could say that we came here with a view to launching a walking holiday company, but we didn’t… Continue reading

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Springtime in Arcadia

wildflowers growing jubilantly

Springtime in Arcadia is a spectacular celebration of all that nature has to offer in this beautiful part of Greece

Arcadia is my home and also the vision of a pastoral paradise if you look in your dictionary. In a world full of uncertainties it is wonderful to be able to tell you that Arcadia is just that, always was and still is.

Once springtime arrives here, March to June, we have the most wonderful experience of walking the old ways that are clothed in the biggest range of wild flowers you will ever have seen. The variety and colour is unimaginable and our walkers always say our photos do not do the experience justice. Continue reading

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Walking in Umbria, a unique experience

A field of red poppies in front of an undulating landscape in Umbria

A typical landscape in Italy’s Umbria – rolling hills and wide views… perfect for walking and hiking.

People call Umbria the green heart of Italy. And I first fell in love with the beauty of this small region in the early nineties.

Then, in the year 2000, I decided to start a small business focusing on walking & cycling tours, the best way to discover the beauties of Umbria. 18 years later, it is still this passion and love for Umbria with its spectacular landscape, kind people, delicious food & excellent wines that inspire us as a small company. Continue reading

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Discover the warm and authentic side of the Algarve

The Guadiana River flowing through a lush green landscape

At the Guadiana River in the Portugese Eastern Algarve you can walk in beautiful wild landscapes

When people think of the Algarve they generally think of the western side, where most of the large resorts, busy towns and hotel chains are situated.

But it’s the eastern side beyond Tavira that is truly natural and authentic. Here, the old Portuguese way of life is still preserved, and visitors to the area love to slow down and enjoy life as the friendly locals do! Continue reading

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6 Top tips for going on a walking holiday with friends

Group of 3 friends hiking over a grassy meadow in high mountains

Going on a walking holiday with friends can be the experience of a lifetime… if you do it right

Being outside in the fresh air, exploring new places on foot, seeing things that are so often missed by other people – walking holidays are amazing. However, like everything else in life, they are even better with friends. If you’re planning your first ever walking holiday with friends, here are six top tips. Continue reading

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Discover Lubrin – a Peaceful Walking Retreat in Almeria Spain

Two happy people on a walking holiday in Lubrin- Almeria - Spain

Happy walking under blue skies around Lubrin, Almeria in Spain

By John Vincent, owner of Cortijo Fuente Arriba

Twenty years ago my wife and I visited Almeria, the easternmost province of Andalucia for the first time and discovered the authentic Spanish mountain village of Lubrin. Continue reading

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Books to Bring on Your Walking Holiday

Book and a pair of glasses laying on a mossy stone

Books and nature

Holidays are the best times to indulge in books. There are no pressing deadlines, household errands or – depending on where you go – Wi-Fi signal to distract you from the wonders of the printed word. This is especially true for walking holidays, which are a time to feel the earth under your feet in fascinating and idyllic destinations. Continue reading

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Walking where nature and history meet at every corner

Beautiful mountains in Arcadia, small nested village in the valley

The village of Sitena nested in its green plane tree filled valley

Our home area is the largest National Park on land in Greece. And because Greece has some of the greatest biodiversity in Europe, we walk here surrounded by fabulous nature and unique flora. Continue reading

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Unique guided safari in Norway

Rider on a trail in the Fulufjellet National Park

Fulufjellet National Park in Norway: unspoilt natural beauty

When most people think of Norway they think of the Fjords. But this beautiful country has far more to offer. One of these places is Trysil. Continue reading

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Luxury walking on Menorca to be enjoyed not endured

Group of happy walkers on a Menorca walking holiday

Menorca will always bring smiles to the walker’s face

Menorca is an unspoiled walking paradise. If you enjoy walking through pine and oak forests, leading down to deserted beaches and coves, this holiday is just for you! Continue reading

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