The Top 10 Hiking and Trekking Holiday Destinations in Spain
If you are trying to find a top place for a hiking and trekking holiday, you cannot do better than visiting Spain. It has beautiful landscapes, mountain ranges, coastal routes, and well-marked trails. Here are the top ten:
Ruta del Cares, Picos de Europa
This is located in the Picos de Europa National Park, the Ruta del Cares is a simply stunning route and runs for approximately 12 kilometres, from Poncebos in Asturias to Caín in León. The trail is actually carved out of the side of the rocks, bridges and streams.
Situated near to the capital of Madrid, this superb hiking trail lies in the Sierra de Guadarrama, a short distance to the province of Guadalajara. The hike will take you approximately 3 1/2 hours to complete the full roundtrip.
Camino de Santiago
This is the most popular Spanish walking route and is also known as The Way of St. James. It is actually a series of ancient pilgrim routes and starts in few different locations throughout the length of the French border and finishes at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.
Cumbre Vieja, La Palma
This is a volcanic ridge situated on the island of La Palma which is part of the Canary Islands. It runs from north to south and is about 150 kilometres and would probably take approximately eight to ten days to complete depending of course on your stamina!
Caminito del Rey, Malaga
This was said to be one of the most treacherous hikes in the world, due to missing sections of pathway and sheer cliff side drops. The route closed for numerous years. However after considerable renovations it reopened again in 2015. Handrails, bridges and stairs have now been added, creating a stunning and safe experience.
Pico Sobarcal, Pyrenees
Located in northern Aragon, near to the French border, the Pico Sobarcal stands at 2,259 meters. Hiking all the way up can be a tiring experience (best for advanced hikers) but once at the peak, you will be glad you made the effort as the views of the Pyrenees are awe-inspiring! The total hike takes about seven hours.
GR92, Costa Brava
The trail runs along the Catalan coast and starts at Portbou, on the Spanish side of the French border and travels all the way to Uldecona, which is approximately 200 kilometres south of Barcelona. It is split into 20 divisions and, you decide which areas of the path to walk, from hikes lasting just a few hours to those lasting a couple of days.
This is a combination of trails running more than 7,000 kilometres throughout the country. The Vías Verdes is also known as ‘Green Ways.’ The hiking paths and cycling routes that have been transformed from old disused railway lines and there are about 77 different routes running from north to south, all throughout Spain.
Las Cañadas del Teide National Park is located on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands and is a spectacular hiking trail through volcanic landscapes. The famous being Mount Teide, which is the highest mountain in Spain (3,718 meters) and can also be hiked. However, you have to be accompanied by a guide near the peak.
The Mulhacén, Sierra Nevada
The Mulhacén is situated in the Sierra Nevada mountain range close to the city of Granada and is 3,479 metres high. It is best experienced in the summer months and can be achieved in a day. There are various trails to reach the peak ranging in handicap levels. The trouble-free and most well-liked route is the southern face, which will take you about two hours.