Spain -- Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage
The Camino de Santiago (or, for Anglophones, the St. James Way) is easily among the world's most famous hiking trails. It also happens to take you past some of Europe's best vineyards, where in certain areas the wine literally flows on tap.
Following the pilgrimage trail to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain, the route can carry you as far as 500 miles, crossing Portugal, France, and Germany.
"This was without a doubt the most incredible experience of my life. Walking every morning at 6am through the Pyrenees and into the vineyards of sunny Spain," says Olivia Carr-Archer, a student based in Berlin, who visited the region a few years back. "The days walking often finished at around 2pm so there was ample time once you had kicked off your walking boots and tended to the blisters, to go to the local eatery and sample the local wine." Among the stops: the free-flowing wine fountain at the ancient Monastery of Irache in Ayegui. The wine fountain was built for the legitimate pilgrims but is available to all those on the walk. If you fill up extra bottles expect to pay, she says, for a wine that itself wasn't fantastic. "But the more I drank," Carr-Archer says, "the more palatable it became."