Walking is an activity that pretty much every healthy human being is engaged in and is probably the safest mode of transportation. Additionally, doctors recommend walking as a low-cost heart-healthy recreational activity. Daily walking can reduce elevated cholesterol levels and blood pressure and improve digestion, while for others walking can be a social activity and a chance to meet friends with similar interests and spend an enjoyable time while exercising.
On this list you will find 25 Amazingly unique walks around the world and you should make sure not to blink while reading it because you never know what you might miss.
The Berlin Wall, Germany
This memorial is an excellent opportunity to see the section of the Berlin Wall that is still standing and to wander around the death strip, the grassy no-man’s-land that separated the inner wall on the east side from the larger outer wall on the west. It’s a fascinating trip through modern European history, with all the memorials for those who died trying to climb over the wall, reminding tourists of the dark history of the place and how politics can divide a nation, and even a family.
Rob Roy Walk, Scotland
This walk follows the steps of legendary Scottish hero Rob Roy MacGregor, and you will definitely come to know the history of Scotland as you walk through glens, along rivers, and past mountains and lochs. This is undoubtedly one of the most majestic parts of the UK countryside.
The Loire Valley, France
The Loire is considered Europe’s last untamed river and so for this reason in 2000 UNESCO gave official recognition to the Loire Valley for its architectural heritage and its breathtaking, untouched natural environment.
Aphrodite and Adonis Walk, Cyprus
The gorgeous Akamas peninsula, on the northwest tip of Cyprus has a unique beauty. The peninsula owes its exceptional character not only to its attractive, rich natural landscapes but also to the vast wealth of Hellenic history and mythology dating back three thousand years.
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
This ancient pilgrimage route, dating from the tenth century, is a very popular path and tourist attraction today, both for religious and secular reasons. Traditionally crossing through some of the most charming, bucolic parts of France and Spain, the end goal is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in northwest Spain.
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Margaret Island, Hungary
Margaret Island offers a restful, pleasant hideaway from hectic downtown Budapest with large green areas, flowery gardens, old trees, and lots of entertainment. The island will offers many stunning attractions including medieval ruins, a small zoo, a musical fountain, a water tower, swimming pools, a water park, an open-air theater and cinema, and some great clubs. It is a great place to escape after a long tiring day in the big city.
Pays Dogon, Mali
“The land of the Dogon people,” as it is also known, has the reputation of being one of Africa’s finest regions. According to the local tour guides, a proper trek there can last anywhere from two to ten days, and takes in the soaring cliffs of the Bandiagara escarpment inlaid with old abandoned cliff dwellings. Dogon villages dot the cliffs and are the astonishing highlight of the journey.
Bryce Canyon, USA
The locals claim that there’s no place in the world like Bryce Canyon and despite this sounding like an overstatement it might not be that far from the truth. They also say that words or even photographs fail to describe the uniqueness of Bryce Canyon and only by visiting it can you sense its rare magnitude. So what are you waiting for?
Meteora was originally settled by Greek Orthodox monks who lived in caves during the eleventh century. It is considered a remarkable achievement of human creativity and by taking a walk there you will find yourself admiring the striking dichotomy of imposing and intimidating cliffs; and the triumphant construction of human architecture.
Mount Sinai, Egypt
Mount Sinai is an extremely significant and sacred place and, according to Judeo-Christian tradition, it is the place where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. Even if you’re not the religious type Mount Sinai offers an amazingly distinctive walks where you will see one of the bluest skies ever in your life and the sand-colored mountains make an incredible background for some fantastic photos.
Hadrian’s Wall, England
Hadrian’s Wall was a defensive fortification in Roman Britain, begun in AD 122 during the rule of Emperor Hadrian, and today it’s the most popular tourist attraction in northern England. Unlike many other historic locations and attractions, Hadrian’s Wall has something to offer to almost everyone: elite archaeology, striking landscapes, one-of-a-kind wildlife, undisturbed solitude, lively cities, fantastic pubs, and a population of warm, friendly people who will help you enjoy your stay.
Bagan Walk, Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar has become a hot tourist spot in recent years due to its location. The country is situated around the amazing Bagan plain, peppered with over three thousand religious buildings, which makes the area one of the most sacred destinations in the world.
However, the dangerously high temperatures can make the walk an unpleasant, dusty experience, even though just witnessing the ornate stupas, pagodas, and temples close up will make it worth it in the end.
Copper Canyon, Mexico
Copper Canyon comprises six different canyons in Chihuahua state, Mexico, proudly showing off a green hue to their walls, hence the name. Hiking through the yawning chasms and ravines, slathered in trees, is a pretty cool experience. And if you pick up a few blisters along the way, hop on the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway, which runs right through.
Table Mountain, South Africa
Looming large and welcoming you to Cape Town, whether you are arriving by plane, train, boat, or car is the iconic Table Mountain, which is considered one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature. Even though it’s quite a challenging climb, for those who are fit enough to attempt such a “mission,” it will be worth it with. Your reward will be the incredible views of the blue sea and Cape Town.
Fitz Roy Massif, Patagonia (Argentina)
If you decide to visit Patagonia’s icy, cold Fitz Roy Massif you will definitely have to bring your warmest clothes because in these awfully beautiful but frozen lakes and snow-covered mountains you can get pneumonia or suffer from hypothermia before you know it. Also, this is an ideal place for very experienced climbers who are adrenaline junkies.
The Great Wall of China
One of the world’s greatest feats of engineering, the Great Wall of China was constructed to protect the Chinese empire. Nowadays, it is considered one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the world and millions of visitors walk along its impressive path every year, experiencing a unique combination of natural beauty and man’s genius.
Milford Track, New Zealand
The Milford Track is known worldwide for its incredibly deep valleys, glacial lakes, and sheer canyons, from Glade Wharf to Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park. Don’t let the awesome beauty of this place mislead you though; to walk through this natural treasure you will need to be in great shape, and according to the tour guides, a proper tour usually takes 4–5 days, depending on your fitness level.
Petra is beautifully situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea and has been inhabited since prehistoric times. It is half-built, half-carved into the rock and it is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture.
The Grand Canyon, USA
The Grand Canyon is one of the most powerfully inspiring landscapes in the world and whoever has visited it and walked there will agree that it had a strong emotional effect on their senses through its immense size. Additionally, the combination of colors and eroded formations that adorn the canyon gives you the illusion that you’re having an unearthly experience even though you’re in the very real heart of America.
The Golden Temple of Amritsar, India
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, is an important religious location for Sikhs and a symbol of brotherhood and equality. Everybody is welcome there, regardless of race and nationality, as long as he or she is seeking spiritual solace and religious fulfillment without distraction, or just wants to admire the marvelous Sikh architecture.
Great Ocean Walk, Australia
The Great Ocean Walk, which stretches 64.6 miles (104 km) from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead along Victoria’s coast in southern Australia, has so many beautiful places to see and the best way to explore it is to naturally walk the whole thing. However, if you don’t have the time or you aren’t in the mood to walk all those miles then you shouldn’t miss the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, which is the absolute highlight of the area.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru
Peru’s leading tourist attraction, Machu Picchu, is a ramshackle collection of ancient Inca buildings “wrapped” in a mountain ridge north of Cusco. The most adventurous and fit tourists will hike the Inca Trail up to the site, which usually takes a few days and will help you lose a few pounds. Unfortunately, for safety reasons there’s a strict limit to the number of visitors each day and you can only take the trek with an agency or tour operator.
Cinque Terre, Italy
The adorable Italian villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso, also known as the “Five Lands,” are linked by a gentle coastal path that everyone who goes there has to walk along and take loads of photos of. Apart from Corniglia, which peers over a cliff, the other villages tumble down beautifully toward the blue sea, which offers serenity and relaxation even to the most stressed minds.
The Carpathian Mountains, Romania
Romania’s diverse natural landscapes offer numerous choices for exciting outdoor experiences and the Carpathian Mountains are the best proof of this. There’s no doubt that hardcore adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts who can’t resist the call of the wild will love the experience in the dark, mysterious but gorgeous lands of Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula.
Plaka is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods around the world, combining incredible history, architecture, and culture. Also known as the “Neighborhood of the Gods,” Plaka lies right under the cradle of Western civilization, the Acropolis. It was developed mostly around the ruins of the Athenian agora, in an area that has been continuously inhabited since antiquity.
Some of the historical figures who have walked the narrow pavements of this gorgeous area include Alexander the Great, the Apostle Paul, Pericles, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle among others.