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Top holidays in Spain

Top holidays in Spain

Felicidades to all our Spanish friends, from hoteliers to wine makers, Gomerans to Galicians, for making Spain one of our most popular destinations for natural adventures every year. It’s a big country though, and so sometimes it’s hard to know where to start looking for a cycling or walking holiday, but there’s a reason why the following trips are our most popular. Our Camino de Santiago tours continue to be worshipped by many, and the five star reviews just keep coming. Catalonia and the Costa Brava just keep giving gorgeousness, and Andalucía’s cultural and natural jewels never stop glistening. 

Here are the five top holidays in Spain based on our most booked Spanish tours. 

Camino Frances – Last 100km 

Choose your pace between 12, seven or eight days to walk this final 100km section, self-guided, of the Camino Frances, otherwise known as the French Way, because it starts in France. However this section is solely in Spain’s Galicia, between Sarria and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. This is the minimum distance that you need to do to get your sought after Compostela Certificate. You can also walk it with the services of one of our fine local guides in seven days

A pilgrimage of pure pleasure on the Camino Frances.

Camino Portugues

The Camino Portugues, or Portuguese Way’s pilgrims have carved out two separate caminos en route to Santiago over the years, an inland one called the Central Way versus the Coastal Way, both taking you into the green gorgeousness of Galicia. They take two weeks, staying in two or three star hotels and small locally owned accommodation, or you can just opt for walking the last 100km between Baiona and Santiago so that you still get your Compostela Certificate. Another wonderful and one of the most popular ways to do it is by bike, cycling between Porto and Santiago

The Camino Portugues Coastal Way is perfect for sea worshippers.

Camino del Norte

There are five stages to the Camino del Norte, otherwise known as The Northern Way, which clings to the Basque Country, Cantabrian, Asturian and Galician coasts, then heads inland to Santiago. Compared with the Camino Frances, this route is quieter but a good bit more challenging. In 2022, it’s the first stage, between San Sebastián and Bilbao, that proved most popular possibly because, post-pandemic, people are just warming up for the ‘camino completo’. 

The first stage of the Camino Norte has a stylish finish in the beautiful Basque town of Bilbao.

Walking the coast and mountains of Costa Brava

Our top Catalonian holiday, walking the coast and mountains of Costa Brava, is a tapas of adventurous treats. Spend a week mixing and matching Catalonia’s coast, castles and cuisine, with just enough challenges to push those muscles, such as on a glorious circuit of Cap de Creus Natural Park, the easternmost peninsula on mainland Spain. Coming in second on the Catalonian leaderboard is our cycling holiday between Baix Empordá and Costa Brava, with your flight of fancy coming to a finale alongside the flamingos in Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park. 

The Costa Brava – a tapas of adventurous treats.

Cycling in Mallorca 

Mellowing in Mallorca was the Balearic winner this year, with our eight day cycling holiday taking you, slowly but in style, along inland and coastal paths from one pretty playa to the next. Staying in four star hotels along the way, and your bags transferred for you, you cycle through olive and almond groves, away from the tourist droves, on a glorious circuit that also takes you inland through the Pla de Mallorca region, which lies between the island’s two mountain regions of Tramuntana and the Llevant. 

Cycle from one pretty playa to the next in Mallorca.

We leave you with the words of Laurie Lee, author of the iconic book, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning. Few people capture the regional wonders of Spain like Laurie Lee, even if his journey by foot from north to south took place in the 1930s. Although judging from our traveller reviews, many of you had similar sentiments to his about Spain: “I felt it was for this I had come: to wake at dawn on a hillside and look out on a world for which I had no words.” Explore more Spain tours here, or check out our blogs on Best time to go to Spain, Top national parks in Spain and Best time to walk the Camino de Santiago.