Italy: A day in the Puster Valley

The accomodationIn case you have only one full day in the Puster Valley in Italy, here some tips how to fill our day. One of the most important things in the Italian Alps is to have apartment that is facing the mountains - look here for inspirations. Just waking up with a view to the mountains in a cozy Italy home. Enjoying the great breakfast with fresh bread and a cheese/meat…

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Italy: Hike around Sexten

After our amazing days in Slovenia we soon needed to go back home. But on our way back to Germany we stopped again for a couple of days in the Dolomites. This time we stayed in the Pustertal in Sexten (Italy). As we knew the place from our visit 3 years back. We knew it would be a great ending for this year's Europe trip. In Sexten we stayed in the…

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Slovenia: Day trip to Mangart

One day trip that can be done from Bovec is the 45 minutes drive to the Mangart mountain. The mountain is located at the border to Italy and is part of the Triglav National Park. Up to the view point leads a small winding paved road that is mostly single-lined. At the top three hiking trails are available that lead to the Mangart (Mangrt) - 2679 meters. The trails have different levels…

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Italy: Hikes in the Val Gardena (Dolomites)

This year we decided to do a road trip in Europe, that should lead us to Italy and Slovenia. With spending time first in Val Gardena (Dolomites in Italy), then in Bovec (Soca Valley in Slovenia), Lake Bohinj (Slovenia) and the Puster Valley (Dolomites in Italy). Before we reach the Dolomites we had a ~500 km drive ahead of us, which took us 8 hours because of driving restrictions in Austria…

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Spain: We found paradise (Arinzué)

After our great hiking start in the France part of the Pyrenees we moved on to Spain, due to the changing weather conditions. One hour before we reached the Hotel Restaurante Lamiana, I could have sworn we need to sleep in the car with 4 degrees outside temperature. But with crossing from Fabian (France) - where all campsites were still closed - to the sunny 20 degree Spain, we got an…

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France: Welcome to the Pyrenees (A hiking heaven)

I cannot believe that we made it finally to the Pyrenees. We heard so much about it but it was never that high on our list that we actually made it there. Even that is not completely true, I been in the Andorra part of the Pyrenees when I was a teenager. Back then I did not care too much about the mountains, for that reason there was not too much…

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Germany: Starting Hiking Season (Palatinate)

Vineyard over Wachenheim With a couple of longer day hikes and multi day hikes planned this year we needed to get in shape for these years hiking season. What a better place then doing this in palatinate. The area includes endless options of hiking path 's through the woods crossing lakes, castles and ruins. Basaltsee Sprint Flower The area is also mainly known for its vineyards, local wine and traditional Palatine…

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Madeira: Pain and pleasure – not all flat Levadas

Even that Madeira is mainly known for hiking at the amazing levadas, it is not as flat as you might think. As Madeira is a volcanic island it provides a lot of steep hikes that are in the technical section. Bringing hiking sticks is a good idea in order to hike the following hikes.Boca Do Risco Boca Do Risco – Coastal Hike Rabaçal - Levada do Risco and Levada das 25…

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Madeira: What a scenery (Vereda Da Ladeira)

For our last hike we choose the Vereda Da Ladeira near Porto Moniz. It is a short, 5 km hike, with 450 meter descent and climb. Even that this tour is really short, the amazing scenery and views make up for that.   During the whole descent you can see the ocean in the background. As the hike is really steep, it should any be hiked during try weather. Also bring hiking…

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Madeira: I was not expecting this (Bica Da Cana)

After our longer hikes in Rabaçal and Paul da Serra we wanted to do today a smaller tour on the Bica Da Cana. At least this was the plan. The hike start at a small street, in an areal that is much liked by cows. Even that we did not see cows at the Levada, the probability is there to share the Levada path with an animal. The hike itself starts…

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