Activity vacations in Spain

Activity vacations in Spain aren’t all about jet skis, inflatables and fighting for space on the sand. Tear yourself away from the costas and head inland, and you’ll have the chance to get the adrenalin racing in some peaceful patches of Spanish scenery. You could head to the Altiplano de Granada for mountain biking and horse riding, walk your socks off in the wild expanses of Picos de Europa National Park and countryside and coastline of Catalonia, or go for a gentle cycle through the vineyards of La Rioja. There are farm visits, wild swimming, stargazing and gourmet food trails wherever you might find yourself.
Read our guide to find out more about activity vacations in Spain.

What do activity vacations in Spain entail?

Some activity vacations offer the chance to do something new every day or two, while others will be based around one main activity, such as hiking or mountain biking in the Pyrenees. If you’re more of a water baby, some multi activity breaks focus on the open water of the Catalan or Andalucìan coasts. Kayaking is a popular choice, although sailing and white water rafting also put in an appearance.

In fact, the sky’s the limit. You could scramble and slide your way through gorges and caves with a bit of canyoning, jump in the saddle to explore the countryside on horseback, get spiritual on a yoga and walking retreat, or spend a week preparing for a triathlon. You don’t have to go full speed ahead the entire time, either. Many vacations mix physical activity with cultural pursuits, so you could be hiking one minute and learning how to cook paella or sitting down for Spanish language lessons the next. Travelers with disabilities needn’t miss out either, as we also offer accessible activity vacations in Spain.
The majority of activity breaks in Spain are small group vacations. There’s usually a maximum of 16 people per group and they are a popular choice with solo travelers. As well as the camaraderie of sharing the adrenalin highs (plus the aches and pains) with your fellow travelers, joining a tour removes the pressure of organising everything. Expert guides know all the secret swimming spots and are pros at smoothing out any unexpected kinks in the itinerary.
You could also opt for a tailor made tour. The range of activities can be tweaked to suit you and any other members of your group – which is especially handy for families. You can choose where you’re going, where you want to stay and the activities you would like to do, and then hand the booking over to the tour operator. Some of our tailor made activity vacations are self guided. You’ll be provided with copious notes, maps and sample itineraries and then left to explore at your own pace.

Can I take the family on an activity vacation?

You certainly can. Many operators offer multi activity vacations aimed at families, and the guides are usually used to working with kids of different ages. Most family-focused vacations also include non-strenuous activities such as cooking classes and language lessons as a breather.

Small group tours are best suited to older children and teenagers, who will enjoy having kids of a similar age to hang out with. If you’re traveling with younger children, then a tailor made vacation including walking and some gentle cycling or kayaking, while excluding some of the more adventurous activities, is probably your best bet.

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Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain

Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain

Family Multi-activity cultural vacation in rural Andalucia

From 370 to480 8 days ex flights
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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Where will I stay?

Most of our Spanish activity vacations are center-based – meaning you return to the same hotel or guesthouse every night. This allows plenty of time for outdoorsy adventuring, without the hassle of packing and unpacking every day or two. You’ll have your own room and access to facilities such as a restaurant and swimming pool, making this an excellent option for families.
Alternatively, you could choose a trip that takes you from place to place. You’ll stay in a variety of accommodation and your bags will be transferred ahead of you, as you make your way to your next stop on foot, bike or by hire car. If you opt for a sailing vacation, you’ll spend most of your nights bedding down in a cabin on a yacht.

Practicalities

The vast majority of activity vacations in Spain include all accommodation and activities listed in the itineraries. They also include transfers, expert instruction and all necessary equipment – though you’ll probably need to bring your own basic gear, such as hiking boots. On some trips there are optional extras, such as yoga, for which you may have to pay an additional fee. Food varies from vacation to vacation; some include all meals, whereas others are operated on a bed and breakfast basis.

Activity vacations run pretty much all year round in Spain. The south is dry and mild for winter cycling or hiking, and beautiful in the spring. But it’s also roasting in the peak months of July and August (up to 40°C or more), when it’s best to head for the cool, fresh mountains and coastline of northern Spain.
Written by Nana Luckham
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