TOP 10 WALKS IN SPAIN


HIKE BEYOND THE TYPICAL TOURIST TRAIL

There are sides to Spain that casual tourists rarely see, but walking reveals them. Trails wind through Spain’s lesser known regions and, for those travelers who come here, there is ample gorgeous scenery to go round. From the milder climate of Picos de Europa National Park to the high peaks of Andalucia’s Sierra de Grazalema, our top 10 walks in Spain will expand your mind and stretch your calf muscles, while also benefitting areas that are way off the tourist trail.

1. Catalonia


Tied to northeast Spain like a hiker's neckerchief, Catalonia stretches from the Med to Andorra and the Pyrenees to provide a variety of walking trails across rocky mountain crags, bird filled wetlands, beautiful beaches and rugged coastline, including Cap de Creus and the Bay of Roses.

When to go: April to June and September to October
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2. WALKING & WILDLIFE WATCHING IN THE SPANISH PYRENEES


Spot wildlife as you walk in the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park, one of Spain’s oldest parks, accompanied by a local Pyrenean naturalist guide. Look out for chamois, marmots and the magnificent lammergeier (bearded vulture), plus a host of other birdlife. Follow trails that thread along valley floors and through ancient beech forests, to high alpine meadows and paths carved into cliffs.

When to go: June
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3. Picos de Europa National Park


Walkers might well be surprised at just how wild and woolly northern Spain can be. This region boasts a variety of contrasting landscapes and a milder climate, and nowhere typifies this better than the forest filled valleys and rugged, high mountain passes of Picos de Europa National Park.

When to go: April to June and September to October
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4. Andalucia


The countryside surrounding Andalucia's cultural capitals – Seville, Cordoba and Granada – is an absolute walkers' paradise with trails through rolling swathes of sunflowers and olive groves linking to rustic farms and villages, as well as the limestone cliffs and gorges of the Sierra de Grazalema.

When to go: March to May and late September to October
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5. Alicante


Cast aside preconceptions of Spain's Costa Blanca as you walk inland from Alicante. Here, you’ll encounter citrus and almond groves and precariously placed Moorish castles overlooking the valleys of Guadalest, Seta and Tárbena, within the shadows of the Sierra de Serrella and Aitana mountains.

When to go: Mid September to mid June
Our top selling trip: Alicante self guided walking vacation
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6. Camino de Santiago


This traditional pilgrimage trail, leading across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela in the northwest, provides a serious walking challenge for some; for others, walking it is a chance to appreciate the beautiful rural landscapes of Galicia and Castilla y León en route from one hostel or comfy hotel to the next.

When to go: May to June and September
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7. Majorca


Discover the real Majorca as you step into its interior, walking through the UNESCO protected realm of the Serra de Tramuntana. From pine forest trails, indented by bays such as Cala de Tuent, to lakes surrounded by steep valley slopes, there's more to walking vacations in Majorca than may at first meet the eye.

When to go: March to May and September to October
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8. Walk & learn Spanish in the Picos de Europa


There's nowhere better to immerse yourself in the language and landscapes of Spain than the lesser walked trails and limestone peaks of Picos de Europa National Park. Take language lessons in the morning and chat to local people and Spanish speaking walking guides during the afternoon – pan comido!

When to go: April to June and September to October
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9. Cooking & walking in the Spanish Pyrenees


Tuck into the good life as you walk within the wine regions and national parks of the Spanish Pyrénées, making the most of locally produced cheese, honey, olive oil and sloe infused Patxaran liquors. Picnics, tapas bars and cooking workshops help to reveal the true taste of northern Spain.

When to go: March to May and September to October
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10. Yoga & walking in Spain


The combination of daily yoga and guided hiking, against a canvas of untouched Spanish countryside and coastline, is all you need to extend physical and mental muscles, far from the madding crowd. Yoga and walking vacations in Spain let you unwind within one of the world's healthiest climates.

When to go: March, April and October
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Photo credits: [Intro: nh53] [Picos de Europa: Dave Evans] [Camino de Santiago: José Antonio Gil Martínez] [Cooking and walking in the Spanish Pyreneese: Rebecca Siegel]
Written by Chris Owen
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