As one of Europe’s largest countries, Spain is full of diverse terrain and natural beauty from the Pyrenees Mountains to its gorgeous coastal cliffs. If you’re coming to Spain and looking for outdoor adventure, there’s no better way to experience this country’s rich nature than to go on a hiking trip. Here’s the best hikes in Spain.
Camino de Santiago
One of world’s most famous hikes is the Camino de Santiago. People have been trekking this path for hundreds of years so much so that it’s become quite the spiritual experience. There are many routes to take along the 500 miles that make up the Camino de Santiago. However, as it spans 15 of Spain’s 17 regions and even parts of southern France, you can tackle various parts of the hike over a week or long weekend.Venture through the rich Pyrenees, picturesque villages, and lush greenforests and enjoy this mindful travel experience.
Camino de Ronda
Experience the beautiful coastline of Costa Brava as you trek the Camino de Ronda in Catalonia, north of Barcelona. This route offers more than 200 km of gorgeous hiking trails and is an excellent choice for any beach lovers. You’ll navigate through quaint sandy beaches, white-washed beach towns, and rocky cliffs offering stunning views of the Mediterranean’s turquoise waters. Check out our favorite Costa Brava beaches.
Caminito del Rey
Once known as one of the world’s most dangerous pathways, Caminito del Rey is a 3 km route where you’ll traverse rocky cliffs and cross footbridges as you take in the glorious scenery around Malaga. It’s actually safe thanks to restoration of the path, but it’s still an excellent hike for any thrill-seekers as you’re literally clinging to the side of a gorge.
Picos de Europa
Dive into the mountain ranges of Picos de Europa as you loop around the Parque Nacional de Los Picos de Europa in Northern Spain, near Santander. This rewarding multi day hike in Spain takes hikers about 4-6 days and you’ll pass through interesting villages and varying terrains of gorges and valleys.
With its home in the Sierra Nevada National Park in the Andalusian region near Granada, Mulhacén is one of the best hikes in Spain and can be completed in a day. This hike takes you to the top of the highest point on the Iberian Peninsula, offering spectacular views of Spain and a rewarding climb.
And those are some of the best hikes in Spain! Looking for more hiking inspiration? Here’s some of the best hikes in and around Malibu!
Christa Adams is a writer, photographer, and sustainable traveler based in Barcelona. She’s been traveling solo since 2014 has a passion for the outdoors, coffee culture, and exploring quaint European towns. Follow her adventures at www.thespiritedexplorer.com