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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Trails

Regions

States

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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2013
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2013
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2015
  • Walking in the Sierra Nevada
  • This handy guidebook contains route descriptions for 45 day walks and multi-day treks in the Sierra Nevada range in southern Spain. The area provides great scope for the adventurous mountain traveller covering the Alta Montana, the Baja Montana, the Alpajurras valley and the Marquesado Forest. The routes vary in length from 3km to several days. Read more
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United Kingdom
2015
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Netherlands
2015
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2006
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Sierra Nevada | Cicerone |
  • Uitstekende wandelgids van dit geweldige gebied. goed beschreven met veel praktische informatie om de route te kunnen lopen, inclusief redelijke kaarten. These 45 walking routes (3km–56km) in the Sierra Nevada, Spain’s highest mountain range, provide tremendous scope for the adventurous mountain traveller. Covers the Alta Montana (3000m+), the... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2003
  • Walking in the Cordillera Cantabrica
  • A guide to walking in the Cordillera Cantabrica mountain range in northern Spain. This guidebook describes 60 routes spread throughout the area from selected valley bases with easy access. All the routes are circular and can be done in a day. In difficulty they vary from straightforward, half-day outings to strenuous, full-day ascents. Read more
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2003
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Netherlands
2003
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Cordillera Cantabrica - Noord Spanje | Cicerone |
  • Uitstekende wandelgids van dit geweldige gebied. goed beschreven met veel praktische informatie om de route te kunnen lopen, inclusief redelijke kaarten. Walking in the Cordillera Cantabrica is a mountaineering guide to one of Spain’s premier ranges, and includes detailed descriptions for 60 routes spread around the whole of this magnificent... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2015
  • Spain's Sendero Histórico: The GR1
  • Guidebook to the 1250km of Spain's Sendero Historico (GR1), traversing northern Spain from Puerto de Tarna in the province of Leon in the west to the Mediterranean near L'Escala in Catalonia, through fascinating, varied landscapes and the foothills of the Pyrenees. Described in 53 stages, about 25km each in length, with detailed mapping. Read more
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United Kingdom
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  • 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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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
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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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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Walking Barcelona
  • See the best of Barcelona with this streamlined walking guide, complete with 15 step-by-step itineraries and maps, to help you explore the city like a pro and navigate like a local. Created in a handy, take-along format, this guide is written by a seasoned travel writer to help conjure the spirit of the place in elegant text enhanced by... Read more
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Netherlands
2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids walking Barcelona | National Geographic | National Geographic
  • See the best of Barcelona with this streamlined walking guide, complete with 13 step-by-step itineraries and maps, to help you explore the city like a pro and navigate like a local. Created in a handy, take-along format, this guide is written by a seasoned travel writer to help conjure the spirit of the place in elegant text enhanced by... Read more
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United Kingdom
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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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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
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bachimala - Valles de Chistau & Bielsa
  • Bachimala area of the High Pyrenees in Spain on a contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from Editorial Alpina, with a booklet including English language descriptions of recommended walks, extensive accommodation list, etc. With the peak of Gran Bachimala towards the north-eastern corner of the map, coverage extends west to Bielsa and... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart Valles de Chistau y Bielsa-Bachimala | Editorial 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. Wandelgids -en kaart, GPS compatible. De gids bevat veel nuttige informatie over MTB, rotsklimmen, wandelroute.. ISBN: 9788480904018 Taal :... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Vall Fosca - Montsent de Pallars
  • Vall Fosca - Montsent de Pallars area of the Catalan Pyrenees in Spain, just south of Bielsa, on a contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from Editorial Alpina, with a booklet including English language descriptions of recommended walks.The map has contours at 10m intervals enhanced by relief shading, plus colouring to show different... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart Vall Fosca - Montsent de Pallars | Editorial Alpina |
  • Zeer gedetailleerde wandelkaart van deel van de Spaanse Pyreneeen. Met ingetekende wandelroutes en andere informatie. Spaans en deel in het engels, maar uitstekende kaart. Met symbolen voor campings, hutten. A topographic tourist map and hiking guide with details of tourist attractions, hiking & sporting activities as well as transport... Read more
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  • Guitiriz
  • Topographic coverage of mainland Spain at 1:50,000 in the MTN50 (Mapa Topogr Read more
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  • Guitiriz
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  • Aviles
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  • Vinaros
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  • Huelva
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  • Huelva
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  • Huelva
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  • Cercedilla
  • Topographic coverage of mainland Spain at 1:50,000 in the MTN50 (Mapa Topogr Read more
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  • Ayamonye
  • Topographic coverage of mainland Spain at 1:25,000 published by the Instituto Geogr Read more
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  • Bellvis
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Moorish Andalucia
  • Drive and hike self-guided walking tour discovering the best of Moorish Andalucia. Drive and hike the very best of southern Spain’s classic Andalucia, with its picturesque white villages and enchanting Moorish legacy. Visit the exquisite palace of the Alhambra, with its colourful mosaics and tranquil gardens, as well as lively and musical... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Stage 4: Porto to Tui Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • This stage crosses the border from Portugal to Spain across the Minho river. On this trip you cross the border from Portugal into Spain when crossing the international bridge over the Minho river. During the course of the trip you will pass through a wide variety of landscapes, from the urban sprawl of Porto to rolling green hills and stretches... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Last 100km - Sarria to Santiago - 8 Days
  • Walk the last 100km of the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela over 6 walking days. Walk the classic final stage of the Camino de Santiago, covering the last 100km of the Camino de Santiago over six walking days. This breaks up the longest day (usually 28km) between Palas de Rei and Arzua. By adding an extra night you will have more... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Stage 2 - Logrono to Burgos Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Stage 2 Camino - Logrono to Burgos 7 day and 6 night self guided walking holiday. 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
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Andalucia: The Sierra de Grazalema Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Inn to inn self guided walking holiday in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, Andalucia. Walk the quiet trails of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park between the white villages of Andalucía. Marvel at this “undiscovered” oasis of green, a mountainous area sprinkled with picturesque white-washed villages such as Grazalema, Montejaque and the... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Gran Canaria: Island of Contrasts
  • Explore the contrasts of Gran Canaria on this wonderful self guided walking holiday. Often referred to as a continent in miniature, the Canary Island of Gran Canaria offers a unique walking experience, from the rugged coastline broken up with sandy beaches and whitewashed villages, to lush forests, tropical plantations and arid volcanic... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino del Norte Stage 2 Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Walk the second stage of the Camino del Norte, from Bilbao to Santander. The Camino del Norte takes you from San Sebastián along the north coast of Spain, to Santiago de Compostela. This is a dramatic and sometimes challenging route to Santiago and one which more accurately reflects the true pilgrim experience. Stage 2 begins with a walk... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino del Norte Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Walk the full Camino del Norte. The Camino del Norte takes you from San Sebastián along the north coast of Spain, to Santiago de Compostela. This is a dramatic and sometimes challenging route to Santiago and one which more accurately reflects the true pilgrim experience. The Camino del Norte is a tougher route than its sister walk, the... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Walking in La Gomera Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Discover the botanical paradise of La Gomera on foot. Discover the botanical paradise of La Gomera on foot. La Gomera, the greenest of the Canary Islands, lies just 30 kilometres off the coast of Tenerife, but is a world away in terms of atmosphere and landscape. Steep cliffs along the rocky coastline give way to volcanic peaks inland and deep... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Menorca: The Cami de Cavalls Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Self guided walking holiday following the Cami de Cavalls around the coast of Menorca. Discover the authentic countryside and stunning coastline of Menorca as you walk the ancient the Cami de Cavalls, the Path of the Horses, around the coast of Menorca. Dating from the 16th century, the Cami de Cavalls is an ancient pathway which was originally... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino del Norte Stage 1&2 Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Walk the first two stages of the Camino del Norte from San Sebastián to Santander. 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
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Final Stage - Tui to Santiago Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • The final 110km of the Camino Portugués from Tui to Santiago. This section covers the last 100km of the route which is the minimum required to get your Compostela certificate in Santiago. It takes you through the friendly region of Galicia in Northern Spain until you reach your final destination, Santiago de Compostela. Following quiet country... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Walking in Tenerife Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Explore the contrasts of Tenerife on this wonderful self guided walking holiday. Tenerife, the largest, most varied and popular of the Canary Islands and is a perfect year-round walking destination. Walk through moonscapes of intense volcanic colour, lush forests filled with exotic vegetation and dramatic coastal landscapes. Woods of aromatic... 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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