Top walking holidays in Spain



The only region to boast both Atlantic and Mediterranean shorelines, Andalucia occupies the majority of southern Spain and showcases some spectacular scenes from rugged limestone ridges and steep mountain slopes. Terraced olives groves and forest covered valleys form the backdrop to low altitude walking routes inland with the Sierra Morena and Sierra Nevada offering wild peaks and dramatic gorges closer to the unforgiving Andalucian sun. Ancient mule tracks framed by wildflowers wind over stone bridges and past precariously placed whitewashed villages and ruined Moorish castles to reveal one of Spain’s most enchanting destinations for walking holiday makers, Andalucia.


If you think the Costa Brava has been overdeveloped and therefore best avoided then think again as the majority of Spain's northeast coastline is completely Catalan. A walking holiday in Catalonia lets you examine the region's cultural fingerprint against a stunning scenic vista strewn with rocky trails to sleepy fishing villages or ancient hillside monasteries. A recommended coastal trail is to one of Dali’s favourite seaside towns, Cadaqués, where you'll discover a labyrinth of narrow alleyways leading to traditional tapas bars and small family-run seafood restaurants. Finally, as you get closer to the Pyrenees, walking trails in Catalonia take an upward turn with the Albera and Verdera mountains boasting breathtaking views.
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Camino de Santiago

Tackling Spain’s UNESCO-listed pilgrimage route will have you following scallop shell symbols amongst glorious mountain scenery and pastoral farmland en-route to historic towns and rustic villages for a taste of rural Spain. This is a fascinating walking holiday idea and taking on a picturesque section of the 800km trail gives you every opportunity to meet other hikers along the way in order to practise your Spanish or simply share companionship as you walk. Hostels, homestays and hotels provide overnight accommodation at regular intervals with an organised tour whipping your luggage from one point to the next so you can concentrate on walking rather than lugging heavy kit. Buen camino!

Picos de Europa

Escape to northern Spain and discover Picos de Europa, an unspoiled mountain region that’s just as renowned for its walking trails as it is for its slightly stinky blue cheese. Centuries of glacial erosion have created fascinating formations within the limestone rock face and walkers are reminded to take care amongst the caves, blow holes and rock strewn meadows that form the backbone to a wild and wonderful walking holiday. Local language schools give travellers the chance to combine two activities in one and if you’re looking to learn as you walk this is your chance to do so amongst fields of sheep and secret coastal coves.
Photo credits: [Andalucia: M.V.Photography] [Catalonia: Pierr-Selim] [Camino de Santiago: Miriam Mezzera] [Picos de Europa: Rick McCharles]

Written by: Chris Owen
Picos inn to inn walking holiday in Spain

Picos inn to inn walking holiday in Spain

Hike through beautiful mountains staying in rural inns

From £1185 8 Days ex flights
Catalonia self guided walking holidays

Catalonia self guided walking holidays

Self-guided walking holidays in Catalonia

From €715 8 Days ex flights
Las Alpujarras walking holiday, Spain

Las Alpujarras walking holiday, Spain

Guided walking holiday, Andalucia, with writer Chris Stewart

From €1295 8 Days ex flights
Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain

Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain

Walk and talk on this small group language holiday in Picos de Europa National Park.

From €672 7 Days ex flights
Gran Canaria walking tours, Canary Islands

Gran Canaria walking tours, Canary Islands

This unique volcanic island reveals unexpected variety

From £1049 8 Days inc UK flights
Alicante self guided walking holiday

Alicante self guided walking holiday

Trekking through beautiful mountainous countryside

From €740 8 Days ex flights
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