Walking Holidays in Spain
Our Spain walking holidays offer some truly breathtaking scenery and off-the-beaten-track hiking opportunities. We have developed itineraries of different length and difficulty along the most attractive Caminos, so that you can easily find the right Camino experience for you. Our self guided walking holidays in Spain also include hiking in the Catalan Pyrenees, the Basque Pyrenees, Galicia (Ribeira Sacra), Sierra de Guadarrama and along the beautiful Catalan coast (Costa Brava).
Island Walks (Balearic and Canary Islands)
Put on your hiking shoes and let us take you to a walker’s paradise: Gran Canaria. The round island provides unforgettable walks taking in fishing villages, high plateaus, volcano craters, deep gorges, stunning ridges, green hills and laurel forests. Walk from the lush north to the arid south, taking in the impressive ridges in the centre of the island.
The beautiful island of La Palma (known as La Isla Bonita – the Pretty Island), one of Spain’s Canary Islands, is a land of stunning calderas, deep gorges, laurel forests, dramatic cliffs and rugged coastline, all waiting to be discovered on foot using a first-class network of walking trails.
La Gomera, the greenest of the Canary Islands is a real hiker’s paradise. Steep cliffs along the coastline give way to volcanic peaks, deep gorges and lush green valleys. From Garajonay Peak through the tropical rainforest of National Park Garajonay to the rugged coast, you will be rewarded with spectacular views.
North-West Mallorca offers the island’s best walking – it is where the rugged mountains of the Tramuntana Sierra plunge into the sea. This spectacular walk follows winding trails that link the most picturesque towns and villages – Sóller, Pollença and Valldemossa – where you stay at charming hotels and enjoy time for long dinners of tapas and wine.
Explore the tranquil heart of Mallorca – the wild Serra de Tramuntana. Walk along high mountain trails and pilgrim paths across olive groves and past picturesque villages, taking in the best sections of the famed GR221 Dry Stone Route. Stay at charming hand-picked hotels and enjoy time for long dinners of tapas and wine.
Walk along the unspoiled longest section of protected coastline in Andalusia. Cabo de Gata Natural Park’s arid climate makes for excellent winter and off-season walking among volcanic landscapes, exotic plants and palm trees, from the fishing village of Agua Amarga, then inland to Rodalquilar, and ending at the lively beach town of San José.
Bathed in warm Mediterranean sunshine, and with the peaks of the Pyrenees providing a dramatic backdrop, the Spanish and French Catalan coast invites exploration on foot. By walking from Cadaqués to Collioure along the coast, you will discover for yourself the lure and enchantment of this beautiful region.
The Basque coast is green, wild and steep, with old forests, stunning cliffs, beautiful beaches and estuaries. Enjoy this self guided walking holiday along the Basque coast from the rural tranquillity of the fishermen’s villages to the lively city of Bilbao. Take in the nature, culture and gastronomy of the Basque Country.
Sierra de Guadarrama mountains are an unexpected hiker’s paradise; it is a real surprise to most walkers to find such a beautiful alpine scenery so close to a big city like Madrid. This walking holiday in Spain will take you to high peaks offering amazing views, to historical and cultural sites like the Monastery of Escorial and the Royal Palace of La Granja, finishing in beautiful Segovia.
Ribeira Sacra is one of the hidden gems of Spain. The gorges of Sil and Miño provide dramatic scenery, with high cliffs comparable to the Norwegian fjords, but enjoying the privileged Spanish climate. Add to this the welcoming Galician people and their picturesque villages, the chestnut forests and the terraced vineyards, and you have a walking holiday that you will not forget.
Walk the last 100 km of the classic French Way (Camino Frances) of the Camino from Saria to Santiago (the minimum required to earn your Compostela). Traverse the undulating landscapes of Galicia and reward your efforts in Santiago de Compostela, the heart and hub of all pilgrimages on the Way of St James.
Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims, walking the full Camino Frances from St Jean Pied de Port in the French Pyrenees to the stunning cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. More than just a pilgrimage, the Camino is a unique social and cultural experience and a truly memorable adventure.
The Camino Finisterre is a great way to finish your Camino de Santiago. Finisterre translates as “the end of the world” and for many pilgrims the journey is complete when they can walk no more, reaching Cape Finisterre, located in the westernmost part of Galicia and looking out onto the rough waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore Spain’s wild Galician Coast, the Costa da Morte, on this off-the-beaten-track walk along the Camino dos Faros from Malpica to Finisterre, taking in the numerous historic lighthouses. You will be staying in a mix of welcoming casas rurales and comfortable hotels in the small fishing villages of Galicia.
Explore Spain’s wild Galician Coast, the Costa da Morte, on this off-the-beaten-track walk along the Camino dos Faros from Malpica to Camarinas near Muxia, taking in the numerous historic lighthouses. You will be staying in a mix of welcoming casas rurales and comfortable hotels in the small fishing villages of Galicia.
Walk the last 100 km of the Camino Portugués from Tui to Santiago de Compostela – the minimum required to earn your Compostela. This final section of the walk takes you through the region of Galicia in Northern Spain to Santiago for a unique experience you’ll treasure forever.
The Coastal Way (Caminho da Costa) is a quieter but equally impressive alternative route to the traditional central way of the Portuguese Camino. Starting from beautiful Porto, you will follow the rugged Atlantic coastline and the sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Galicia, taste delicious seafood and wine, and stay in tiny fishing villages.
Starting in Porto, you will follow the ancient pilgrim trails to Santiago de Compostela for a unique experience you’ll treasure forever. The Camino Portugués central route is relatively flat and easy to navigate and it is a great alternative to the French Camino. Spend unforgettable two weeks walking through stunning countryside.
The Camino Primitivo is the link between the Northern Way, which starts in San Sebastian and ends in Oviedo, and the French Way, which merges with the Camino Primitivo in Melide, after Lugo. So if you want to walk completely off the beaten track and experience only the parts of the Camino Primitivo which do not coincide with the traditional Camino Frances, this is the itinerary for you.
The Camino Primitivo, or Original Way, is considered to be the very first of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago. The full Camino Primitivo is a route which is both quieter and more demanding compared to the French Way or the Portuguese Way as it crosses the rugged and diverse landscapes of the Asturias in Northern Spain.
Where Do our Walking Holidays in Spain Take Place?
We have developed itineraries of different length and difficulty along the most attractive Caminos, so that you can easily find the right Camino experience for you.
The Spanish Catalan Pyrenees are a hiker’s paradise, offering dramatic and unspoiled landscapes, dotted with quaint stone villages clustered around old churches. This is a great walking region, enjoying the warmest climate of all the Pyrenean range, and our route is designed to combine some superb mountain walking with welcoming accommodations, where you will discover the delicious Catalan cuisine with its tasty sausages and cured meats, fresh trout from the rivers, and robust wines from the coastal plains.
Basque Pyrenees and Coast
The Basque Mountains are a mountain range situated in the northern Iberian Peninsula. Geographically it is considered as the eastern section of the larger Cantabrian Range. The range runs through the Basque Autonomous Community and western Navarre. Our walking holidays in the Basque Pyrenees include walks across hills, peaks, meadows and forests to reach two of the most beautiful places in Spain: Fuenterrabia and San Sebastian. The itineraries run along the valleys close to the French border, partially following the GR-11 long-distance trail. You will walk on paths offering spectacular views, finishing with a magnificent coastal walk into San Sebastian, one of the most beautiful towns in Europe.
Bathed in warm Mediterranean sunshine, and with the peaks of the Pyrenees providing a dramatic backdrop, the Spanish and French Catalan coast invites exploration on foot. Our Costa Brava walking routes take you into one of the loveliest coastal areas of the Catalan Pyrenees on both sides of the French/Spanish border, an area largely unknown to outsiders.
Located in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, Galicia comprises the provinces of A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra. Ribeira Sacra in Galicia is one of the hidden gems of Spain. This is a land of ancient monasteries, scenic villages and impressive gorges, and there are many terraced vineyards hidden in the steep gorges, producing great wines. The gorges of Sil and Miño provide dramatic scenery, with high cliffs comparable to the Norwegian fjords, but enjoying the privileged Spanish climate.
Sierra de Guadarrama
The mountains around Madrid and Segovia are an unexpected hiker’s paradise. It is a real surprise to most walkers to find such a beautiful alpine scenery so close to a big city like Madrid. The range runs southwest-northeast, extending from the province of Ávila in the southwest, through the Community of Madrid, to the province of Segovia in the northeast. The range measures approximately 80 kilometres in length. Its highest peak is Peñalara, 2,428 metres in elevation.
The Canary Islands; Spanish: Islas Canarias, is a Spanish archipelago and the southernmost autonomous community of Spain located in the Atlantic Ocean, 100 kilometres west of Morocco at the closest point. The seven main islands are (from largest to smallest in area) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. Our walking holidays in the Canaries include some great walks in La Palma and La Gomera.
Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands, which are also part of Spain and located in the Mediterranean. Our walking holidays in Mallorca takes in all the great trails of Mallorca, where the rugged mountains of the Tramuntana Sierra plunge into the sea. This spectacular walk follows winding trails that link the most picturesque towns and villages – Sóller, Pollença and Valldemossa.