Walk on the Great Wall of Catalonia in Girona

Here is a tip if you face an acute what-to-do-with-the kids emergency in Barcelona If you are visiting the Catalan capital with teenage kids in tow who have become ever so slightly rebellious after three days of art nouveau, hallucinogenic architecture and the musty smell of museum corridors, take them to Girona (it’s a little more than 30 minutes away by high-speed train) and straight to the Great Wall of Catalonia.

Walk on the Great Wall of Catalonia in Girona

Experience the Drama and the Heart of the Coastline in Barcelona

Barcelona City Walks Now that we have established that the local food alone is worth a trip to Barcelona (by eating a lot of it, intrepid adventurers that we are), only one question remains: how do we get all those calories off our waistlines? Well, by walking, of course. I am sure you had already figured that out all by yourself. The website is called Easy Hiker, after all, not Heavy Eater.

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Experience the Drama and the Heart of the Coastline in Barcelona

The Pleasant Unexpected in Thirty Minutes in Kingsbridge

Just a reminder that it is the “kindness of strangers” which makes it all worth while When does the hiking season begin? That depends very much on local specifics, on things like altitude and latitude: the weather, quite simply, but the season ends pretty much everywhere on the same date, and that’s when the clocks go back.

From one day to another, you will find that the available daylight hours have dramatically shrunk

The Pleasant Unexpected in Thirty Minutes in Kingsbridge

How Easy it is to Cross the Border Between Two Old Foes

Half-German-half-Polish Usedom is used to playing second fiddle among Germany’s Baltic coast islands, but has a unique distinction

Usedom is Germany’s sunniest spot. Talk about damning with faint praise, eh?

But before any of you can accuse me of sneery sarcasm, let me point out that Usedom gets an almost Mediterranean 1917 hours of sunshine every year, more than some places in Italy (Bolzano, Milan) and Spain (San Sebastian), never

How Easy it is to Cross the Border Between Two Old Foes

Walking London: Top Borough Enfield

Walks in London A walk through London’s northernmost suburb gives you a chance to reconnect with outer London’s semi-rural past

Enfield was once a key section of the English home county that no longer exists: Middlesex, now only a memory and the name of a cricket club, was gobbled up some time ago by the growth of Greater London, even more so than the neighbouring counties of Essex and Sussex.

Walking London: Top Borough Enfield

Do You Think Mougins is Worth the Climb?

Picasso spent the last 12 years of his life here, but there are many other reasons to visit this hilltop village north of Cannes If the French Riviera is not exclusively famous for being a playground of people with more money than sense – from 19th century Russian aristocrats via eccentric East Coast heiresses during the “Jazz Age” to the oligarchs of today – it owes this to the great modern artists who chose to

Do You Think Mougins is Worth the Climb?

A Great Day Out to Grugapark in Essen

… whether you are interested in the history of landscaping or not

Parks and public gardens reflect the times in which they were created no less than buildings do, because tastes in landscaping vary as much as architectural ones. In theory, it may be possible to adapt a landscaped garden to a newly emerging fashion; this would certainly be much easier and much less costly than doing the same with

A Great Day Out to Grugapark in Essen

What Made Sanremo Famous

The Riviera (T)railway Forbidden fruit: taste it and find out what made Sanremo famous

Coastal walks on the Italian Riviera, ideally, connect two seaside resorts that are well worth a visit in their own right. Whether or not these outings are successful, ultimately depends as much on these two resorts as on the walk itself – the more there is to see on either end, the more interesting the trip, even if the

What Made Sanremo Famous

Between Nice Old Town and the Deep Blue Sea

Easy Hikes in the South of France A French Riviera Walk on Mont Boron For people who live in and around Nice, Mont Boron is the most readily accessible piece of “real nature” just in front of their doorstep. It is convenient to reach on foot and/or on public transport, yet sufficiently forest-like to pass for the real thing.

For visitors, Mont Boron is a big chunk of rock, visible from nearly anywhere

Between Nice Old Town and the Deep Blue Sea

Five London Parks

Themed Walks in London A visit to London Parks No visit to London feels complete without a trip to one of the capital’s great parks. The Central London parks belong to the city’s greatest tourist attractions – in fact, London is nearly as famous for her green spaces as she is for her furry-hatted guardsmen and the receding chin lines of her royals.

Visitors are spoilt for choice: there are

Five London Parks