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Walking Holidays in Spain

Spain is a walkers’ paradise offering endless possibilities for the walking enthusiast and independent holidaymaker. Whether you’re a serious hiker or someone looking for a relaxing ramble, Spain offers stunning walks just a short distance inland from many tourist centres. It has an enormous variety of landscapes; ranging from the snow capped Pico’s de Europa to the oak and chestnut forests of the Serrania de Ronda.

How to use this website to help you choose your walking holiday.

There are two approaches you can take:

1. Select the Spanish airport(s) you can easily fly to.
2. Look at our map of Spain (Map View) and explore the regions within easy travelling distance.
3. Decide how much independence you want.
4. Search the walking company offerings & select the best one.
5. Call the company & book your holiday.

1. Select the Spanish region you wish to explore from our map.
2. Discover the walking opportunities its offers and which is the closest Spanish airport.
3. Decide how much independence you want.
4. Search the walking company offerings & select the best one.
5. Call the company & book your holiday.

Walking Holidays in Spain saves you hours of research by listing over fifty companies offering walking holidays in every region of Spain. It lists each company’s walking opportunities, the accommodation on offer, pricing and other services on offer, such as airport pick-up.

Before you start looking, there are some questions that you should ask yourself...

How easy is it to get there?
n important consideration is the proximity of an airport or ferryport that is convenient for you to get to. If you go to the Map View page on this website you can see all of the major airports and ferryports - simply place your cursor over the airport an click to see a regional description which will tell you about the countryside, the type of walking available, local history and companies working in that region.

How much independence do you want?
There are companies offering everything from a fully comprehensive holiday (including airport transfers, accommodation, all meals and a full programme of guided walks) to those that offer only accommodation and local knowledge (usually in the form of suggested walks in their area). If you choose the first type of holiday then you will be guaranteed a 'worry free' experience but this might not suit you if you value sponteneity or like to explore places at your own pace. If you choose second type then you will need to hire a car and be happy to navigate on Spanish roads as well as making your own arrangements regarding where to eat and which walks to do. Obviously, there are many options between these two extremes and you should take the time to consider what type of holiday would give you the independence that you want.

Do you want to be part of a group?
Most companies that offer a fully comprehensive holiday will expect you to join in with a group as they need a minimum number of people to make the logistics viable. This is obviously not an issue if the company is not offering a guided walking service.

Do you want to walk everyday?
Most companies that offer a fully comprehensive holiday do have a 'day off' in the middle of the week to give you the opportunity to rest but if you want to spend time sightseeing as well as walking then one day off may not be enough.

Do you have any specific region in mind?
You may already have ideas about things that you want to see. If you are interested in history, culture and nature then you should check that the region you visit will meet your expectations in these areas.

Andalusia's varied countryside and beautiful beaches provide the independent and guided walker with a rich variety of scenery and walking levels throughout its eight regions. There are several possibilities for the more experienced walker to undertake more challenging walks in the more mountainous provinces of Andalusia. Inland there is lush forests of sweet chestnuts and Spanish oaks along rolling hillside and in its national parks rugged mountains.
Nature Parks in Andalucia
There are about 75 nature parks in Andalucia ranging from huge National parks like Doñana which covers 1,300 square kilometers to small nature reserves of a few hectares.
Aragon is in the north east corner of Spain bordering the Pyrenees mountains and has some of the most beautiful sub-Pyrenean countryside offering wonderful walks for all. The southern part of the province turns into rolling hills and  dry plains. Zaragoza is the capital city with over half of the regions population living here. September is the month of the traditional bull fights, which the people of Aragon are very proud. In many villages you will see bulls running through the streets at this time of year.
Nature Parks in Aragon
There are five nature parks in Aragon, three of which are in the Pyrenees.
Walking in Asturias
On the Northern coast of Spain, is Asturias, one of its less well known regions, but perfect for walking.  It lies between the chalk-stone peaks of the Cantabrian Mountains and the Atlantic coast. The Celtic traditions of this area can also be seen in a landscape more familiar with Ireland than Spain, with its rolling green hills and fertile valleys, down to its sandy beaches with their natural caves.
Nature Parks in Asturias
There are five nature parks in Asturias including the spectacular Picos De Europa National Park which covers over 64,000ha.
Walking in Cantabria
One of the smallest regions in Spain, Cantabria is situated on the Atlantic coast between the Bay of Biscay and the Cantabrian mountain range towards the Basque region. It is popular destination for many of the Spanish escaping the intense heat of central Spain. The region has many diverse landscapes which make the rich tapestry of its natural beauty, valleys created by strong flowing rivers and supporting a wide variety of fauna. Its outstanding beaches and marshes are a haven for wildlife and the natural park, Oyambre, preserves some of the most diverse ecosystems living side by side.
Nature Parks in Cantabria
There are five nature parks in Cantabria including: Las Dunas de Liencres National Park, Oyambre Nature Park, Peñacabarga Nature Reserve, Santoña, Victoria and Jovel Marshes Natural Park and the Saja-Besaya Nature reserve.
Walking in Castillia La Mancha
At the very heart of Spain, is Castilla de Mancha one of the largest provinces, bordering seven of its seventeen regions. Its natural parks offer walkers and ramblers several opportunities to appreciate the beauty of this area. This province is the homeland of Don Quixote written by Miguel De Cervantes. It is the city of Cuidad Real, in the southern area of the province, where Don Quixote tilted at a windmill.
Nature Parks in Castillia La Mancha
There are seven nature parks in Castillia La Mancha including: Alto Tajo Nature Reserve, Barranco del Río Dulce Nature Reserve, Cabañeros National Park, Hayedo Tejera Negra Nature Reserve, Hoces del Cabriel, Lagunas de Ruidera Nature Reserve, Los Calares del Rio Mundo y de la Sima Nature Reserve and Tablas de Damiel National Park.
Walking in Castillia y Leon
Bordering northern Portugal, the Cantabrian mountain range and the Basque Country the province of Castilla y Leon is one of the largest regions in Spain and the birth place of Castilian Spanish. It was in this region that the legendary El Cid lead the expulsion of the Moors from Spain during the Reconquista in 15th century and became known as the land of the castles.
Nature Parks in Castillia y Leon
There are over 20 nature parks in Castillia y Leon offering a wide range of habitats in this little visited region of Spain.
Walking in Catalonia
This north east province of Spain is tremendously mountainous, bordering France, Andorra and the Pyrenees to the north and the Terres de Lleida (Lerida) to the west . In the former high peaks there are lakeland areas of outstanding natural beauty and much of this area is a natural park preserving the  unique landscape and ecosystem. The peaks of Lerida form the valleys carved by the rivers of Catalunya. The province of Catalunya is a haven for skiers, adventure sports and walkers providing such varied countryside that all interests are met.
Nature Parks in Catalonia
There are seven nature parks in Catalonia including: Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, Cap de Creus National Park, Montseny National Park, Parc Natural de la Zona Volcanica de la Garrotxa, Parc Natural del Delta del Ebre and the Parc Natural del Aiguamolls de l'Emporda.
Walking in Extremadura
The region of Extremadura shares its borders with Portugal, the southern region of Andalucia, and the inland regions of Castilla la Mancha and Castilla y Leon. The national parks of Monfrague (north of Trujillo) and Cornalvo play a vital role in preserving this Mediterranean areas wildlife and flora and are easy for you to walk in and explore. The area is also rich in culture traditions and the old Roman road, Via de la Plata, is the north-south divide of the region and travels through many of the provinces key cities, Plasencia, historic Caceres and Merida.
Nature Parks in Extremadura
There are three nature parks in Extremadura including: Garganta de los Infiernos Nature Reserve, Natural Park of Cornalvo and Monfrague National Park.
Walking in Navarra
Like many of the northern regions of Iberian Peninsula Foral de Nava (Foral de Navarre) has an extremely varied terrain. With mountainous countryside in the north, whilst in the south the plains formed by the valley of Ebro. This area offers those seeking more challenging walking a plethora of possibilities.
Nature Parks in Navarra
There are two nature parks in Navarra: Foz de Arbayún Nature Reserve and Lake of Pitillas Nature Reserve.
Walking in Galicia
Galicia is at the most north westerly tip of Spain and to the south borders Portugal. It offers a wide variety of walking opportunities for the independent walker and enthusiast alike. The scenery will remind you more of Ireland and Cornwall than Spain with its green and wooded valleys, sandy beaches and small coves. The beaches are fantastic with white or golden sand nestling in tranquil cool lagoons or beaten by crashing waves from the Atlantic.
Nature Parks in Galicia
There are seven nature parks in Galicia including: A Serra da Enciña da Lastra Nature Reserve, Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés Nature Park, Fragas do Eume Nature Reserve, Monte Aloia Nature Park, Parque Nacional de las Islas Atlánticas, Parque Natural de O Invernadeiro and Parque Natural del Complejo Dunar de Corrubedo.
Walking in Madrid
In the centre of the peninsula is Madrid, the region and capital city of Spain. It is the home of the Spanish parliament and the Royal Family of Spain. Madrid is a governmental and commercial centre, playing a key role in banking and industrial market sectors as well as the artistic and cultural hub of modern Spain.
Walking in Mallorca
Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands (Islas Baleares) located in the Mediterranean. It has long been a popular destination for holiday makers and has many beautiful beaches The northern mountain range of Tramuntanas in the surrounding area of Cape Formentor is a favourite for both the amateur and experienced walkers, to enjoy. One of Mallorca's most well known walks is to Castell D'Alaro where you'll be able to explore the ruined castle, taking in the amazing views out to sea and visit the hilltop chapel. See Nature Parks of the Balearics.
Walking in Menorca
The Balearic island of Minorca is north east of its larger neighbour Majorca. Its name reflects its size and was given to the island by the Romans. Many civilisations have occupied Menorca as the numerous settlements and burial grounds illustrate. Among the forty or so historical sites you will be able to see evidence of the Greeks, Turks and Arabs, as well as the Romans. The walking on the island is generally more gentle than the mountains of northern Spain, but Monto Toro, the islands highest peak, does offer a more challenging experience for the more serious walker. See Nature Parks of the Balearics.
Walking in Murcia
The region of Murcia is sandwiched between the regions of Andalucia, to the south west, Valenciana to the east and Castilla la Mancha to the north and has over 200km of beautiful coastline.  Murica is a fertile plain largely consisting of two valleys, (fed by rivers of the same names), the Segura and the Guadalentin. It forms part of the Costa Blanca on the Mediterranean Sea. Close to the border of Valenciana there is a small outcrop of land called the La Manga, which protects the Menor Sea.
Nature Parks in Murcia
There are four nature parke in Murcia including: Calblanque Regional Park, Salinas y Arenales Regional Park, Sierra de la Pila Regional Park and Sierra Espuna National Park
Walking in Basque Country
The Basque Country (Euskadi, in the native tongue) is located in the north east corner of Spain and its Atlantic coast meets up with southern France. Pias Vasco, the Spanish name for the region has played a key role in Spanish history and its political past. The many castles in the area  give you an idea of its importance in the Middles ages and the many conflicts of that this region experienced at that time. The Basques language and culture dates back to ancient times and they are very proud of this heritage.
Nature Parks in the Basque Country
There are seven nature parks in the Basque Country including: Aiako Harria Natural Park, Aralar Natural Park, Gorbeia Natural Park, Izki Natural Park, Pagoeta Natural Park, Urkiola Natural Park and Valderejo Natural Park
Walking in Rioja
As the smallest region of Spain this tiny province has much to offer the visitor and is one of the most well known because of its wine. It is completely land locked by four of Spain's northerly regions -and has two main rivers running through it Rio Oja (from which it gets its name) and Rio Ebro. These rivers have forged their way through the Rioja landscape and created some stunning scenery, which has often be compared to that of Italy's Tuscany.
Nature Parks in Rioja
The Parque Natural de la Sierra de Cebollera is located approximately 50 km south of Logroño, in region of Cameros. This beautiful lush green park is home to many fine examples of wild pine and beech forests and Pyrenean Oak groves, along with many other different species of flora and fauna.
Walking in Valencia
The region of  Valencia largely reflects the historic Kingdom of Valencia and has nearly 600 kilometres of marvellous coastline. There are several fine examples of castles and towers along its shores which illustrate the turbulent nature of its past. The small town of Oropesa, just north of Castello de La Plana, has a wonderful pirate defence with its 16th century Tower of the King which gave the town early warning of approaching pirates,  Its mountain ranges, Marina Alta, Bencantil Mariola and Turia offer some fantastic opportunities for all levels of walkers to enjoy their wonderful scenery. You can expect to have much colder weather in the ranges during the winter some may even see snow.
Nature Parks in Valencia
There are four nature parks in Valencia including: El Parque Natural de l'Albufera, El Prat de Cabanes Natural Park, Parque Natural de El Montgó and Parque Natural de la Sierra de Irta.
Copyright - Paul Newton and Helen Newton 2014