Staying fit and healthy is important for all age groups, but as you pass that half century milestone, maintaining an active lifestyle takes on a particularly vital role in keeping your body strong and supple. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to start hitting the gym or pounding laps of the neighbourhood, but walking whenever you can is an excellent place to start.
Of course, for the intrepid traveller, walking for the sake of walking is much more enticing if you’re doing so in a far-flung destination. Preferably one with beautiful scenery and tantalising views. Why not combine a bit of exercise with your next trip abroad and choose from our list of the best walking holidays for the over 50s, guaranteed to engage your mind and body. After all, it’s never too late for an adventure…
1. Everest Base Camp
If you’re looking for a walking holiday with the wow factor, you could do no better than the trek to Everest Base Camp. The mesmerising landscape of Nepal is the stuff a serious hiker’s dreams are made of: the craggy peaks of the Himalayas silhouetted against the endless sky. Tour companies like Skyline Treksspecialise in adventure holidays in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan and offer specific treks for the over 50s crowd. As well as tackling the world’s most famous trek, you can tie in a stay in Kathmandu to learn about the Nepalese culture.
2. The Balearics
You might associate the beautiful Balearic Islands with the hedonistic summer party crowds, but Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca have plenty to offer for those looking to stay active on holiday. Family run businesses such as Balearic Outdoor Holidays offer a range of walking excursions with groups, couples and singles catered for. If you’re looking to explore the unspoiled countryside of Menorca, the peaceful eastern side of Ibiza, or the majestic hill treks of Mallorca, a walking holiday in the Balearics will have you covered.
3. The Way of St James
History buffs will relish the opportunity to walk the ‘Way of St James’, one of the most important Christian pilgrimage routes of medieval times. Along the ‘Camino de Santiago’ you will encounter the ancient towns, cities and villages, made rich from the pilgrims which walked the route. The general route begins at Saint Jean Pied de Port, France, and wends its way 500 miles through four of Spain’s 15 regions, ending at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. You may want to make sure you have some time on your hands, or choose a specific part of the trail to explore.
4. The Amalfi Coast
If feasting your eyes on sumptuous countryside and filling your belly with delicious Italian food sounds like the holiday you’re much in need of, book yourself a ticket to the Amalfi Coast. As well as coastal paths offering panoramic views of a sparkling sea, fringed by spectacular plunging cliffs, you can turn inland and uncover the rustic side of the region, trekking through charming lemon groves and exploring quaint hillside villages. And don’t worry about working up an appetite – this is the land of pasta, pizza and wine after all.
5. The volcanoes of Sicily
The enchanting island of Sicily offers the full package to holidaymakers: picturesque beaches, delicious cuisine, fascinating archaeological parks and a dramatic, volcanic landscape that lends itself well to trekking. Mount Etna is the most famous Sicilian volcano. Choose a guided climb to the point where you can stare down at the four craters of its summit and gaze out at the cerulean sea, or head to the Aeolian Islands which boast breathtaking natural beauty and volcanic thermal springs to remedy those sore muscles after an arduous afternoon of hiking.
The world is a big place and there’s plenty to discover, just don’t forget to book travel insurance as part of your holiday prep. Medical Travel Compared can help you find the right medical travel insurance policy for your trip – some of our insurers even provide that hard-to-find cover for those with pre-existing medical conditions. So, you can tick that task off your list and get back to focusing on the fun stuff.
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