Europe

Walking, cycling and other mountain adventures in the mountains and countryside of Europe


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GR5 Vosges and Jura – walking the borderlands of France

The Vosges and Jura section of the GR5 winds down through the villages and vineyards of Alsace, crossing the hilltops of the Vosges, before threading along the Doubs gorge and climbing onto the plateau of the Jura. Cicerone guidebook authors Les and Elizabeth Smith tell us more about the area.

Minerve In The Cathar Region

Cycling the Canal du Midi – history, route planning and more

Declan Lyons, author of Cicerone's guide to cycling the Canal du Midi, shares his personal relationship with the route, as well as discussing the history of the canal, what it's like to cycle, route planning tips and the local culture.

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Cycling in the Pyrenees – Col des Tentes and Cirque de Troumouse

Seen the Tour de France? Cycled the Col du Tourmalet? Want to do something else? Why not try these two huge and stunning lesser-known climbs in the heart of the Pyrenees?

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Photogallery – Switzerland's Alpine Pass Route/Via Alpina 1

In the summer of 2016, Robert Loudon and Jean Blackwood trekked across Switzerland on the Alpine Pass Route (also known as Via Alpina 1). Here, Robert shares his fantastic photos of the hike.

The Tramuntana In Mallorca

Trekking in Mallorca – GR221 The Drystone Route – Sample route

Paddy Dillon's new edition of the Trekking in Mallorca guidebook is available now. The route description has been fully updated and includes new and improved mapping. Here we give you section from the introduction and a sample stage from the hike to give you an idea of what's inside the new book.

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Ice in Tuscany

Cicerone author Gillian Price discovers a fascinating history of ice making in Tuscany. She shares some of the wonderful walking in the area and tells us more about the region's ice making traditions.

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Cycling the River Loire Route

For the past two summers, Mike Wells has been cycling up and down the Loire Valley in central France researching his new guide to the Loire cycle route. Here he recaps some of the challenges he had to overcome and the surprising things he encountered.

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Switzerland's Alpine Pass Route

The Alpine Pass Route (APR) – Swiss Via Alpina 1 (VA1) crosses 16 high mountain passes as it makes its way over 350km across Switzerland, making it one of the great Alpine trekking routes. Here, Lesley Williams shares some inside knowledge on what is in store on each of the big climbs on the route.

Try To Avoid Feeling Exhausted By The Time You Top Out Remember You Have A Massive Descent Too

Top Tips for Mountain Biking in the Slovenian Alps

Rob Houghton takes some time out over the winter to reminisce on his mountain biking research trips to Slovenia. Using his own hard-won experience, he provides some advice for those considering a biking trip to this most beautiful of alpine countries.

The Spectacular Town Of Ronda

Birthday celebrations on the Andalucían Coast to Coast route

In the spring of 2016, Cicerone’s Lesley Williams travelled to southern Spain to trek along a section of the Andalucían Coast to Coast route, a long distance trail that crosses the province from its Mediterranean to Atlantic coastlines. Here, she tells the story of winding ancient tracks, friendly locals, beautiful villages and olive groves.