For the passionate traveller, choosing your next holiday destination is never going to be simple. So, when there are countless areas of astounding natural beauty to discover around the world, why on earth would you pick just one to visit each year when you could explore so much more?
You can cycle through breathtaking regions of France, absorbing the country’s history (and wine) as you make your way from one must visit location to another, or alternatively stroll along the Dalamation coast, taking in the serene and undisturbed delights of Croatia.
When deciding where to take your next walking or cycling holiday, Headwater has put together a map to help you choose the trip to take this year. It highlights the six most popular walking and cycling destinations of 2014 and six forecasted hotspots for 2015.
So whether you want to head for the exotic and faraway land of Cuba and be charmed by this time capsule of vibrant Caribbean beauty, or you want to retrace the steps of Van Gogh in Provence, explore our map to find out what each location has to offer you this year.
You can explore the hotspots of 2014 and 2015 by bike or by foot no matter your level of fitness, on an activity holiday that will truly fulfil your wanderlust. Speak to the Headwater team on 01606 827148 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the top trips to take this year.
Bordering Switzerland and France, this north-western mountainous region of Italy is ideal for those who love to explore the world by foot, taking in breathtaking sights of traditional Italy and sumptuous food along the way.
This tranquil region has countless wine villages and vineyards just waiting to be discovered. Make your way through the region’s Alta Langa hills, meander down the Tanaro River and conclude your exploration of the region in Barolo.close
Discover the dazzling delights of the Dalmatian coast, taking in the eye-watering blue of its waters as you make your way through Croatia and explore the countless areas of overwhelming natural beauty that this country and its fascinating history has to offer.
The charm of the Croatian cuisine lies in its diversity. You can expect to delve into local wine, pasta and sea foods as you make your way through the country’s mediaeval cities and onto the coast.close
The Dolomites, Italy
Travelling through the valleys of the Dolomites is a unique experience, and one that is scattered with ancient traditions that have been interwoven with modern life. Taste the history of the region in the local recipes that have been handed down the generations while surrounded by the seemingly endless landscapes of incredible natural beauty and exploring over 1000kms of trails.close
Invigorate all five senses on your journey through the unspoilt region of Puglia. Travelling along the coast provides plenty of opportunity to sample the white sand beaches and fresh fish before heading inland to discover the magnificent, rustic heritage that the towns and villages of the region have to offer.close
Follow quiet country lanes and river banks through the Loire Valley, taking your time to enjoy the landscape that is awash with wine villages, mediaeval towns and the stunning chateaux for which the area is famous. The chateaux epitomise fairytale majesty and drama with their magnificent turrets, pinnacles, lanterns and moats that dominate this bewitching French region.close
The Dordogne, France
The Dordogne is the perfect escape for food and wine connoisseurs who love nothing more than to sample exquisite gastronomic delights. Despite its southerly location, this enrapturing region’s climate is ideal if you enjoy cycling along river banks, with the Dordogne and Vezere rivers providing plenty of vast, plush woodlands and enchanting, traditional villages to be explored.close
Cinque Terre, Italy
“The Five Lands” of Italy consists of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore on the Italian Riviera. Make your way along this historic trail, exploring each village and its unique offerings along the way.
Lovers of white wine and zesty Mediterranean lemons will be enchanted by the popular tourist destination of Monterosso al Mare, while Corniglia is an enjoyable spot inland. The destination is set atop a promontory roughly 100 metres high, surrounded by vineyards and terraces on three sides while its fourth leads steeply into the sea.close
Follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps to the southerly reaches of France, and walk a path less followed to become enraptured by the cypress trees, expansive fields and wonderfully unique views of Provence. The region has an abundance of short, gentle hikes dotted throughout the Rhone Valley, that enable walkers of all levels of fitness to wander at the spectacular Roman roots in the city of Arles, set on the banks of the River Rhone before heading towards Avignon, Nimes and Orange.close
This quiet Spanish region combines rural beauty and breezy hill top paths, that are perfect for exploring throughout the spring and summer months. Catalunya’s famous two winds ensure that the skies are beautifully clear and keep the air crisp and cool to provide the perfect cycling conditions.
Experienced cyclists and beginners alike can explore the sun-soaked mediaeval villages, traditional fishing ports and vast sandy beaches set off the quiet country roads of this Mediterranean wonder.close
Brittany is the ideal location to obtain your first stripes as a destination cyclist while lovers of French cuisine can sample an array of low cost gastronomical delights. Make 2015 the year you pedal through the plush green landscape of the region, discovering the endless lanes and villages that make up rural France until you reach the coast, a not-to-be-missed element that skirts this beautiful location.
The stunning beaches of Brittany hug the countryside, each creating a dramatic spectacle of its own with huge cliffs, white sandy beaches and small off-the-coast islands ready to be explored when you’re ready for a break from cycling.close
Cycling holidays provide a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in all a region has to offer. Experience historic Italy in Umbria, taking in the sights, sounds and flavours as you and your bicycle make your way through the area’s impressive hillside and the various routes available to keen peddlers of all abilities.
Take a leisurely route through the hills between Lake Trasimeno and Tuscany. Or for a slice of culture and a taste of the region make your way to Torgiano and Deruta for an area that is as renowned for its handcrafted ceramics as it is for its fine wine.close
Cuba’s rich heritage makes it a place of intrigue for many keen travellers who head to the Caribbean island and become enraptured by the intensity of colours in this tropical destination; from the turquoise blue of the Caribbean Sea to the lush green of the forests and the contagious vibrancy of the people.
Walking in Cuba is a unique experience and one that is certainly best enjoyed at a leisurely pace to ensure that every ounce of this wonderfully relaxed yet lively culture is thoroughly absorbed. Take in the limestone landscapes, tobacco fields and a little Cuban hospitality on a coast to coast walk from Havana to Trinidad.close