20 great lake and mountain holidays in Europe

Summer holidays don’t have to mean sea and sand. We pick breaks amid mountains and by tranquil lakes to suit lovers of long hikes, high-energy activity – or just dreamy upland vistas

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Suits Hardened runners
It sounds easy: “Cruising over rocky passes and through lush meadows.” But runners on this holiday in the Dolomites will have to concentrate hard on their footwork: the scenery of this limestone wonderland is so beautiful it would be easy to take a tumble. Dolomite Mountains’ range of hut-to-hut itineraries may be challenging, but the overnights at rifugi with scrumptiously rich food, comfy beds and drinks in the cutesy bars are just reward. The five-day Alta Via 1 covers 77km, starting in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
From €640pp for five days unguided (guides available), dolomitemountains.com

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