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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Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Merian Live De mooiste wandelingen in Barcelona | Deltas |
  • 10 volledig uitgestippelde wandelingen door het heden en verleden van de Catalaanse hoofdstad 10 wandelingen langs historische plaatsen en moderne bezienswaardigheden Gedetailleerde beschrijvingen van de wandelroutes Tips voor restaurants, tapasbars en cafés om onderweg even op adem te komen Praktische informatie om wegwijs te raken in de... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Wandelvakantie in Cómpeta - Andalusie | Joost Schepel |
  • De Sierras de Almijara y de Tejeda zijn bergketens met indrukwekkende toppen tot tegen de 2000 meter. Het ligt ten noordoosten van Malaga. In 1998 heeft Andalusië hier een gebied zo groot als de halve provincie Utrecht tot beschermd natuurgebied verklaard. Je kunt hier dagen wandelen zonder iemand tegen te komen. Het witte bergdorp Cómpeta,... Read more
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
  • 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
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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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De Zwerver
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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  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelgids Footsteps Through the City of Malaga | Footsteps guides |
  • Stadswandelgidsje met veel leuke wetenswaardigheden, historische anecdotes en illustraties. Part One provides simple directions to guide you along a circular walking route, linking key city features: making the ‘journey between’ as important a part of your visit as the key-note attractions. And alongside the fool-proof route directions, in... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2003
  • OPRUIMING Wandelgids Guía del reino de los Mallos | Editorial Pireneo |
  • van 15.00 voor 5 euro Spaantalige wandelgids van een bepaald bekend wandelgebied net ten zuiden van de SPaanse pyreneeen. Voor de liefhebber en goede lezer een uitstekende informatieve gids. Es, pues, esta guía, un encuentro con el paisaje y el arte, con senderos que unieron pueblos y establecieron lazos a través de ellos. Con ella... Read more
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Netherlands
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Maps

De Zwerver
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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  • Torremolinos
  • Topographic coverage of mainland Spain at 1:25,000 published by the Instituto Geogr Read more
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  • Tabuenca
  • Topographic coverage of mainland Spain at 1:50,000 in the MTN50 (Mapa Topogr Read more
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  • Tabuenca
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  • Madridejos
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  • Orihuela
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  • Foz
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  • Guardo
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Walking holidays

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
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Stage 4 - Leon to O'Cebreiro Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Stage 4 of the Camino de Santiago takes you from the wonderful city of Leon to the quaint village of O'Cebriero. The Camino de Santiago de Compostela is a journey for the spirit and soul that millions of pilgrims have completed over thousands of years. Meeting fellow pilgrims, sharing stories and like all those who choose to walk the Camino de... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
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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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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Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Stage 3 - Burgos to Leon Self Guided Walking Tour
  • This section runs from Burgos to the wonderful city of Leon. The Camino de Santiago de Compostela is a journey for the spirit and soul that millions of pilgrims have completed over thousands of years. Meeting fellow pilgrims, sharing stories and like all those who choose to walk the Camino de Santiago you gain a very special spiritual... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Stage 1 - St Jean-Pied-de-Port to Logrono Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Walk the first stage of the Camino de Santiago from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Logrono. The Camino de Santiago de Compostela is a journey for the spirit and soul that millions of pilgrims have completed over thousands of years. Meeting fellow pilgrims, sharing stories and like all those who choose to walk the Camino de Santiago you gain a very... 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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