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The best tips for the start of the season

 The best tips for the start of the season

The most spectacular stretch of coast in France stretches between Marseille and Cassis: the fjord-like, up to 300 meter high limestone cliffs of the Calanques. The total traverse (32 km, 1600 m ascent) takes eleven hours of walking, a shorter alternative, which also requires sure-footedness and a head for heights, is the path (4 hours, 13 km, 600 m ascent) from Luminy to the Cap, which juts far into the deep blue sea de Morgiou.


Azores


In the middle of the Atlantic, the Azores beckon with dramatic cliffs, subtropical plants, glowing crater lakes and black volcanic rocks. Each of the nine main islands has its own charm. The circumnavigators Ioannis and Rita fell for the beauty of Santa Maria and, together with friends, set up the longest long-distance hike in the archipelago: the Grande Rota (80 km, 5 stages), which leads from Vila de Port around the sunny island.


Costa Brava

Spain's Costa Brava, the "wild coast", lies between Portbou on the French border and the Tordera River in the south. Hikers can find out that it lives up to its name on a tour (4 hours, 340 m ascent) to the bays Portaló, Galladera, s’Arena and Prona on the bizarre Cap de Creus. If you want to visit some of the favorite places of the Catalan writer Josep Pla, you can do a lap (3.5 hours, 340 m ascent) between Llafranc and Tamariu. Hiking guide: Costa Brava, Rother, 14.90 euros


Baltic Sea Coastal Path

White sandy beaches, bitter lagoon landscapes and wind-ruffled coastal forests, dreamy fishing villages and imperial seaside resorts in between - these are the impressions that await on the approximately 400 kilometer long Baltic Sea coast hiking trail between Travemünde and Ahlbeck. The one-way route has almost no meters of ascent, and those who want to increase the enjoyment can treat themselves to a tour with luggage transport. There are four five- to seven-day packages including overnight stays, e.g. at Reise-karhu.de from 693 euros.


Here you hike where spring is more urgent than anywhere else:

Madeira


Madeira's summit world is quite barren. In the lower elevations, however, the island unfolds astonishing blossoms, which has earned it the nickname "floating garden in the Atlantic". If you want to experience the change in vegetation, you can climb to the summit king Pico Ruivo (1862 m) (5.5 hours, 12 km, 720 m ascent). One of the most impressive routes through Madeira's famous subtropical laurel forest is the tour from Ribeiro Frio to Portela (3.5 hours, 11 km). Book: Madeira, Rother, 14.90 euros


Gargano National Park

Believe it or not, 92 orchid varieties bloom in the Gargano National Park on Italy's east coast from April to mid-May - the highest density of wild specimens in Europe. Around 60 of them grow on Monte Sacro (872 m), over which a hike (2.25 hours, 230 m ascent) leads. More botanical eye-catchers await on a tour (3 hours, 190 m ascent) through the Foresta Umbra in the heart of the protected area: centuries-old beeches entwined with arm-thick ivy. Book: Apulia - Basilicata, Rother, 14.90 euros


Monte Baldo


Monte Baldo rises up on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. Almost 2000 plant species thrive on the 40 kilometer long and up to 2218 meter high mountain range - a huge variety. The parade tour over the flower-speckled viewing balcony leads in three days from Nago in the north to Castelletto di Brenzone in the south, with around 2750 meters of ascent. If that's too much for you: The route can be defused with several variants. Book: Gardaseeberge, Rother, 14.90 euros

 

Prättigau

Seewis in Prättigau is known as the narcissus village of Graubünden. To experience how thousands and thousands of flowers cover the mountain meadows above the village like a carpet of white stars from mid-May to early June, hikers should follow the daffodil path, a signposted circular hike (5 hours, 14 km, 700 m ascent). Other botanical highlights of the region can be admired, for example, on the Bluamäwäg (2 hours, 4.6 km, 220 m ascent) in the Fideriser Heuberge

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