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Destinations – six great towns to conclude your walkBack to News
Monday 07th March | Posted by On Foot Staff
One of the most important considerations when we’re designing new walking holidays for you is the final destination. It has to be a place that will give you a sense of fulfillment after your hike – somewhere to celebrate and maybe stay for a few more days to rest and bask in your achievement.
On most of our routes the final destination is the biggest town you’ll encounter all week – a bit of a shock to the system after the peace and quiet of rural footpaths – but always full of character and history, not to mention restaurants and cafes to relax in. Here’s a selection of our favourites, each of them special in their own way.
In the cathedral and central square of Santiago, share the euphoria of many pilgrims who have completed one of the camino trails to the city. Our route, Camino Primitivo, is reputedly the oldest, and winds through pretty northern Spain from Oviedo.
This seaport on the Adriatic coast is just inside Italy, but is the final point of our walk through the hills and vineyards of Slovenia. Its architecture shows the influences of surrounding lands, not least its Grand Canal, with echoes of Venice. And the sunsets are epic.
The little town of Hay-on-Wye is world famous for its literary festival and many second-hand bookshops. It stands on the England/Wales border, and you should allow plenty of time for browsing the shelves after walking Offa’s Dyke Path through the green hills of the borders.
Monastery and castle cling to the rockface at Rocamadour in the Dordogne region of France. It’s a place of pilgrimage and legend, and you won’t be the only people visiting, so round off the walk with a circuit to Belcastel for a fabulous lunch before your final night here.
There can hardly be a grander entrance to a town than walking into Ronda (Andalucia). You have a magnificent view of the monumental Puente Nuevo bridge over the gorge before ascending to your hotel in the old town. Two nights here give you plenty of time to explore.
The hilltop town of Montepulciano in Southern Tuscany packs a punch. Climb from the Temple of San Biagio in the valley below, through a triumphant archway, and explore the grand palaces and cathedral on the central piazza. Plenty of wine-tasting opportunities too!
Photo credits: Margaret Soraya, StephenD, Des Blenkinsopp, Jennifer24, Sarah Milne, Jeremy Goad