Spain

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A land of marvellous nature and astounding contrasts, Spain has made remarkable progress over the past decades in developing hiking trails and facilities. All thanks to the efforts of the Federación Española de Alpinismo (Spanish Mountain Federation) and its many regional branches.

The Spanish Pyrenees are probably the best known hiking area, with the GR11 running all the way across from west to east, parallel to the French GR10. The most beautiful parts of the Pyrenees are protected, like Aigüestortes and Ordesa, and these can get very busy in summer. Another popular hiking area are the Picos de Europa, a limestone massif west of the Pyrenees. The rest of the Cantabrian mountain range, which runs al the way to the northwestern tip of Spain, is much less known. It is a relatively green area and a popular holiday destination for the Spanish themselves. Other mountain ranges, such as the Sierra Nevada, are hiking areas of old. Recent hiking tourism has resulted in the opening up of extraordinary landscapes, like the Extremadura on the border with Portugal which is well-known for its vultures and birds of prey, and of course Andalucia in the south.

Who hasn't heard of Camino de Santiago, the pilgrims' trail to Santiago de Compostela, which exerts an inexplicable attraction on hordes of people?! But there is much more and better too. Nowadays there are more than one hundred long distance trails in Spain. Like in France, these are called GR (Sendero de Gran Recorrido) and marked in red and white. Not surprisingly the "Topoguias" look the same as those of their northern neighbours.

Shorter hiking trails are marked in green and white (Sendero Local) or yellow and white (Sendero de Pequeño Recorrido).

Lastly there are several islands that deserve attention: the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands offer fantastic hiking opportunities. Some long distance footpaths have been established here.

Opinions

Rate 8.5 | 2 votes | No 4. in Europe
  • pc22
  • Rate 9
  • Positive I have walked across Spain twice now and also walked in the Picos mountains, the Cannary islands and across the mountains of Mallorca. The weather seems to be mostly amazing, great diversity of wildlife....in the main the people are friendly and usually relaxed....The Picos mountains in particular were sublime
  • Tanja Laitila
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Good weather all year round, small rural roads and tracks all over to choose and build your own hike with a bit of imagination and liking to adventure.
  • Negative Angry dogs loose around rural areas.
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Map

Hiking Trails Map Spain North-West Hiking Trails Map Spain North-East
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Trails

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Mountains

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • The Mountains of Nerja
  • Guidebook to the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara Y Alhama mountains in the Spanish region of Axarquía. The 24 day walks are accessible from the holiday towns of Nerja and Vélez-Málaga on the Costa del Sol. Routes range from easy strolls to strenuous climbs. The mountains are largely limestone, with some summits reaching over 2000m. Read more
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United Kingdom
2014
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • The Mountains of Nerja: Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara Y Alhama
  • Guide to walking in the compact but action-packed mountain ranges just north of the seaside town of Nerja on the Costa del Sol, in southern Spain, less than an hour's drive from Malaga airport. The ranges that make up the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama National Park contain 50 summits of Munros status, as well as lots of wilderness areas... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids The Mountains of Nerja | Cicerone | Jim Ryan
  • Uitstekende wandelgids van een gerenommeerde Engelse uitgever. De tochten zijn met zorg beschreven en voorzien van allerhande nuttige informatie. A guidebook to 24 graded day walks in the mountains of the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama in the region of Axarquia. All routes are accessible from the holiday towns of Nerja and Velez-Malaga on... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2013
  • The Way of St James - Spain
  • Guidebook to walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, or Way of St James. A 778km trek through northern Spain from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela and onto Finisterre on the Galician coast. The camino typically takes between 4 and 5 weeks to hike. Guide to the Frances route, with maps and accommodation details. Read more
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United Kingdom
2013
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Netherlands
2013
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United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2013
  • Alpujarras Tour & Trail Map
  • The southern slopes of the Alpujarras range of the Sierra Nevada on a contoured, GPS compatible map from Discovery Walking Guides, printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper, with descriptions of 34 recommended trails.The map covers the southern approaches to the peaks, with Mulhac Read more
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Netherlands
2013
  • Wandelkaart Alpujarras Tour and Trail Map | Discovery Walking Guides Ltd |
  • Geplastificeerde wandelkaart van de Alpujarras met hoogtelijnen en graden. The third edition of the popular Alpujarras Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map is new for 2013. The definitive map for this exciting region now includes 20 metre and 100 metre contours to give a true feel to the landscape. The new GR240 & GR7 (Gran Recorido long distance... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park Map/Guide
  • Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park at 1:25,000 on a contoured and GPS compatible map from IGN/CNIG with cartography from their topographic survey of Spain. The map is accompanied by a 72-page Spanish language guide with descriptions of walks, contact details of refuges and other accommodation, etc. The map has contours at 10m intervals... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Wild Spain: a Traveller's Guide
  • With a compelling sureness of touch, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Frederic V. Grunfeld offers the reader an intimate knowledge of Spain gained over twenty-five years. He takes the intending traveller south from the Pyrenees, across the central meseta of Castilla and Aragon and down to Andalucia. He finds wild mountain walks above the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park (40K)
  • Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park at 1:40,000 on a GPS compatible recreational map in an extensive and very popular series from Editorial Alpina, including a booklet with English language descriptions of several walks, climbs, etc.Contours are at 20m intervals, with relief shading and altitude colouring. An overprint highlights waymarked... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart Ordesa y Monte Perdido | Editorial Alpina |
  • Goede wandelkaart, met schaal 1:40.000 van dit gebied met alle noodzakelijke informatie als berghutten, campings. Kleurgebruik vrij fel, waardoor hoogtes goed uitkomen. Wandelroutes zijn ingetekend en de GR paden (doorgaande wandelpaden) zijn weergegeven met een teken of nummer. Deze kaart is inclusief een Engelstalig boekje met extra... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Axarquia Tour and Trail
  • Axarquia Tour and Trail hiking map at 1:40,000 from the Discovery Walking Guides covering a popular part of the Costa del Sol, centred on Nerja and extending west to Torre del Mar, east to Almu Read more
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  • Wandelkaart Axarquia tour and trail | Discovery Walking Guides |
  • Goede wandelkaart van de omgeving Nerja - Competa in het binnenland. Large 40,000 scale double sided topographical map specifically designed for car drivers and walkers exploring the Costa del Sol's premiere mountain landscapes. Size 840mm by 720mm flat folded to 240mm high by 120mm wide, includes generous overlap between sides to reduce... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Aneto - Maladeta: Valles de Benasque & Barraves
  • The highest part of the Spanish Pyrenees, the Maladeta massif with Pico de Aneto including the surrounding valleys of Benasque and Barraves, at 1:25,000 on a contoured and GPS compatible map from Editorial Alpina, accompanied by a booklet with English language descriptions of recommended walks and climbs, accommodation details, etc.Vivid... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Aneto - Maladeta | Alpina |
  • Zeer gedetailleerde wandelkaart van een klein deel van de Spaanse Pyreneeen. Met ingetekende wandelroutes en andere informatie. Spaanstalig, maar uitstekende kaart. Met symbolen voor campings, hutten. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Alta Garrotxa
  • Alta Garrotxa area in the eastern part of the Spanish Pyrenees on a contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from Editorial Alpina, highlighting local and long-distance hiking trails, accommodation facilities, etc.The map has contour lines at 10m intervals enhanced by relief shading, plus colouring to indicate different types of terrain or... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Alta Garrotxa | Alpina |
  • Zeer gedetailleerde wandelkaart van een klein deel van de Spaanse Pyreneeen. Met ingetekende wandelroutes en andere informatie. Spaanstalig / Engelstalig, maar uitstekende kaart. Met symbolen voor campings, hutten. gebied: Comanegra - Bassegoda - el Mont Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Camino de Santiago, The Way of Saint James Pilgimage Route Guide
  • The first one-volume walking guide in English to the most popular long-distance route in Europe walked by British tourists. With the advent of low-cost airlines it is as cheap for the British tourist to go to mainland Europe as to the extremities of the UK - which is why in recent years continental long-distance routes have become increasingly... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2012
  • Walk! The Alpujarras
  • Walk! Alpujarras guide from Discovery Walking Guides providing descriptions of 34 hiking trails on the southern slopes of the Alpujarras range of the Sierra Nevada, with extracts from the publishers Read more
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Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Walk! The Alpujarras | Discovery Walking Guides Ltd |
  • This is a comprehensive walking guide to the Alpujarras region of Andalucia. Fully detailed walk descriptions include route summary, frequent timings, colour 40K maps and GPS waypoints. Accommodation and regional background are information included. It is written in Charles Davis' informative and inspirational style. Walk! The... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Trail Guide Camino de Santiago de Compostela
  • The first one-volume walking guide in English to the most popular long-distance route in Europe walked by British tourists. With the advent of low-cost airlines it is as cheap for the British tourist to go to mainland Europe as to the extremities of the UK - which is why in recent years continental long-distance routes have become increasingly... Read more
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Maps

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  • Monesterio
  • Topographic coverage of mainland Spain at 1:50,000 in the MTN50 (Mapa Topogr Read more
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  • Rabito
  • Topographic coverage of mainland Spain at 1:50,000 from the Centro Geogr Read more
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  • Rabito
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  • Orcera
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  • Adra
  • Topographic coverage of mainland Spain at 1:25,000 published by the Instituto Geogr Read more
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  • Adra
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  • Utrillas
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  • Posadas
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  • Posadas
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  • Selaya
  • Topographic coverage of mainland Spain at 1:50,000 in the MTN50 (Mapa Topogr Read more
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  • Saldana
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  • Benahavis
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United Kingdom
  • Alhambra
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  • Alhambra
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Walking in Las Alpujarras
  • A self-guided inn-to-inn circuit from/to Granada through the villages of Las Alpujarras. The mountains of Las Alpujarras beg to be explored on foot; walk between picturesque white-washed villages set against the impressive backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada. Your Andalucian adventure starts and ends in lovely Granada, home to the... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Frankrijk - Tour de France, Ariège
  • Op bijna 900m hoogte in de Haute Vallée du Salat ligt het bergdorpje Salau. Alle wegen houden hier op, alleen te voet kunt u verder, bijvoorbeeld naar de 2087m hoge pas Port de Salau, de grens met Spanje. Er zijn ook minder zware wandelingen te maken in de schaduw van de beuken die in het lagere deel van het dal groeien. Het kleine berghotel... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Frankrijk & Spanje - Côte Vermeille
  • Een kleurrijke, Catalaanse wandeltocht langs de  prachtige 'Vermeille' kust. Van het antieke, Franse vestingstadje Collioure naar het spierwitte, Spaanse Cadaqués, één van Dali's favoriete plekken. Over oude smokkelpaden onderlangs de Pyreneeën, met altijd zicht op zee. Langs slaperige kustdorpjes en ruige zeekliffen. Een heerlijke mediterrane... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Frankrijk & Spanje - Côte Vermeille
  • Ontspannende wandelreis langs de ruige Catalaanse Vermillioenkust; van het Franse stadje Collioure naar het mooie witte stadje Cadaques, waar Dali ook verbleef. Prima hotels, vaak aan het strand gelegen.  's Zomers zijn de stranden en haventjes overladen; ons rest rust en een aangenaam winterzonnetje. Read more
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Sawadee
Netherlands
  • Secret Trails of Medieval Spain
  • The undiscovered lands of Old Castile, one of the historic mediaeval kingdoms of Spain, encompass an incredibly varied landscape where high plains and fertile valleys alternate with rugged hills, dramatic windy ridges and deep wooded gorges. Here, in the heart of the nation's gone but remembered glory and power, we venture on a fantastic... Read more
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  • david mazzei 2015-04-28 00:34:52
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  • Hi, I will be visiting Spain/Portugal in Oct from Vancouver. I am looking to do my first European Walk and thinking Southern Spain or Portugal . Being first time and going solo I'm looking for a moderate hike for a week or two. I want to be able to enjoy nature as well as the local culture. I would appreciate any suggestions.
    Thank you Dave
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