Do you absolutely love to go and get lost in new villages, towns and nature? Spain is home to many impressive landscapes which will leave you speechless and there best way to see them is to get out there and walk around them! We’ve prepared 5 different hiking routes around Spain which will take your breath away. They are suitable for all levels however some may have different parts which are easier or harder. Which hiking route in Spain is best for you?
The best hiking routes around Spain
Whether you prefer to walk or travel around on two wheels, here are 5 different routes you can travel around Spain and see some amazing sights.
The Camino de Santiago
The Camino de Santiago is one of the most famous walks in Spain and the rest of the world. Every year thousands of people walk this way by foot, on bike or even on horse. In 2016, 278041 pilgrims arrived to the cathedral in Santiago after completing the route. Although historically the reason for doing this walk was for religious reasons, it’s now a way for people to challenge themselves, meet new people and see some of Spain’s best countryside.
The Camino de Santiago has many different routes which end in Santiago de Compostella, Camino Frances, Camino del norte and Camino Portuges.
This is the most popular route but can also mean there are problems when finding accommodation if you’re travelling during summer. You can begin in Saint Jean Pied de Port (France), or Somport (Aragon), although the preferred starting point is usually Roncesvalles (Navarra) in Spain.
The whole route is 584 miles, divided into 37 stages. Being the most busy route, there are also more services on offer for walkers.
Camino del Norte
This route hugs tight to the northern Spanish coast and is a beautiful route if you love the seaside. During the summer this route is also more popular as most places you can stop at are very close to the beach. It begins in San Sebastian and runs along for 511 miles. There are not usually any issues finding accommodation on this route.
For this walk, you can either begin in Porto or Tui or even Lisbon if you want a challenge. This route passing through more towns and cities than the other two routes.
The King’s Walk
The King’s walk (el caminito del rey) is a scary hiking route in Malaga, Andalusia which only officially opened its doors in 2015 after being closed for 15 years and spending over a year of work. It is actually inside the Gaitanes Gorge, a canyon created by an ancient river.
It’s ideal for those who love heights but not for those who suffer from vertigo. The walk takes place on wooden walkways placed 100m above the gorge and it’s a really stunning setting.
The Cares Gorge Trail
The Cares gorge trail is located in the Picos National park, between Asturias and Leon. It’s 7 miles long and follows the river offering beautiful views of the Spanish countryside.
Just remember, it’s not recommended to try this trail in winter and the stones are usually frozen and it can be dangerous.
Ronda Road (Camí de Ronda) borders the Costa Brava and it’s best to do this one by foot. Thanks to the warm climate in Catalonia you can do this walk all year round. in summer you can jump into the sea after a warm day of walking and in winter the weather is pleasant enough to enjoy the sea air.
You can either do the straight route which is 26 miles or the circular route which is 86 miles long.
The Cami de Cavalls
This is a circular route around the island of Menorca and is 114 miles in total. Its name, which means Horse Route, comes from the soldiers who were defending the island from the British during the 17th century.
Since 2010 the trail has been properly kept and signposted. Along the way you can explore some secret coves, beautiful scenery and forests.
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