“I have learned that the swiftest traveller is he that goes a-foot”
Henry David Thoreau
January is the month of reports and good intentions, but we prefer rankings and above all new ideas for traveling! To start this 2022 on the right foot, we have thought about the best way to really discover a city, to immerse yourself in its atmosphere: walking. Only by wandering through the streets and alleys is it possible to feel like a local; dive into lesser-known neighborhood; experience the most authentic soul of the city.
But which cities are best suited to the traveler on foot? Waterfront promenades, human-sized historic centers and bridges that invite you to walk make some European destinations truly unmissable. And if we add some green tips and green B&Bs to sleep, then we can offer you the perfect holiday!
Walking among the alleys of Genoa
Genoa has the largest historical center in Europe. The only way to fully experience the beauty of its medieval alleys (caruggi) is walking; letting yourself be guided by the scent of the sea and slowly savoring its architectural treasures. Do not miss the promenade. Walking along Corso Italia until reaching Boccadasse is an unparalleled experience. What to add to tastings of focaccia and fresh pesto and sunsets over the port? Definitely a stay in an eco-sustainable accommodation designed for those traveling on foot, such as the Hotel Cairoli and the B&B Essiale.
Ups and downs in the colors of Lisbon
Yes, there are trams, funiculars and even the tuc tuc to visit this city which is built on 7 hills. But walking through its streets and tackling its climbs on foot means being able to discover all the poetry and colors of Lisbon. The ideal starting point for a walking holiday in Lisbon is the Impact House Belém hostel, not far from the center and easily accessible by public transport.
Walking in Barcelona
Could we not include the Ramblas of Barcelona in our ranking? Despite its size and liveliness, the Catalan city is perfect for walking. In fact, it offers unforgettable walks full of surprises. From the Barri Gòtic, with its small streets and famous squares, to the port of Barceloneta, the city invites you in a mix of perfumes, art and history. To sleep in a eco-friendly way you can choose the Eco Youth Hostel or this comfortable apartment.
In the streets of Edinburgh
Between witch stories, Gothic buildings and cobbled streets, Edinburgh is a truly enchanting destination. Walking in the Scottish capital will take you to discover Royal Mile, in the old town, the picturesque district of Leith and the castle. A Scotch tasting is a must!
Walking along the canals of Amsterdam
Also called Venice of the North, Amsterdam is best known for its many bicycles. But you can skirt its canals also on foot: this is the only way to discover every corner of the city and savor its atmosphere of freedom. Starting from the Hotel La Bohème you can go into the center of Amsterdam, visit the Van Gogh Museum and admire Dam Square and the baroque Royal Palace.