Europe’s 8 best day hikes, from coastal walks to mountain magic

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1. Cinque Terre National Park, Italy

This ten-kilometre coastal walk links five ancient, pastel-coloured fishing villages, each overlooking the Ligurian Sea. The land here has been tilled since medieval times, and much of the walk will take you through the ingeniously terraced gardens that cling precariously to the cliffs.

It is one of the world’s most photogenic coastal hikes, with the added bonus of a restorative espresso or plate of pasta waiting every couple of kilometres.

A train line at the back of the cliffs links each town too, meaning you can dip in and out of the trail, should you choose. Linger over lunch in the pretty harbourside towns of Vernazza or Corniglia, or return to your favourite stretch and do it all over again.

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