Best Places to Hike in Spain
Andalucia - Andalucia on the southern coast is hot, both metaphorically and physically. During the summer it gets unbearably hot here and definitely not the place you want to go walking in these months. however, the rest of the year reveals a hiking paradise with trails winding through the Sierra Nevada hills, along dramatic, untouched coastline and visiting Cordoba, Grenada and Seville, three of Spain's great cities.
Catalonia - Barcelona is the heart of this autonomous region of Spain, but by no means is it the only reason for visiting. There are superb walking trails in Catalonia. The rocky coast winds its way down the Mediterranean revealing tranquil hidden coves, whitewashed villages and some outstanding seafood. Then there are the mountains, a relatively undiscovered location filled with stunning views, rustic food and friendly welcomes. Just as an aside, Cava and Priorat are created here, just in case you fancy a glass or two at the end of the day.
Basque Country – Sticking with the north we have Spanish Basque Country. While each region has its own food specialities, Basque Country is where to come for a serious gastronomic feast. San Sebastian is worth a holiday on its own, but the Camino del Norte links it with Bilbao, passing through many little fishing villages, which is a spiritual trip, with a heavy focus on food. Amazing scenery, the friendliest people, Basque Country is heavenly.
Canary Isles – So far away from Spain, but very identifiably Spanish, the Canaries sit off the coast of Africa, isolated in the Atlantic ocean. Each island has its own charms, the botanic wonderland of La Gomera, the stark volcanic beauty of Tenerife, and each hold a wide variety of enchanting walking routes. Perfect for some winter walking as the temperature in winter is around what we would expect in the UK in summer.
Balaeric Isles – The party island of Ibiza and holiday resort of Mallorca are not traditionally seen as active holiday destinations, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Ibiza has many secret walking trails to discover a whole other side of the White Isle. Mallorca has the famous GR221 Tramuntana Trail taking you through otherworldly mountains, or you can stay in hidden retreats and walk on coastal beauty far from the tourist crowds.