7 Hiking Trails in Spain

Hiking in Spain is a great way to enjoy beautiful country.  It has a range of landscapes, mountain ranges, coastal routes and most of the trails are well marked.  You will find both easy walks and difficult hikes and you won’t need to spend everything you won playing real money online pokies, as walking is a budget friendly way of sightseeing.

1. Ruta del Cares

A route that has become very popular is the Ruat del Cares that runs through the Picos de Europa National Park.  The hike goes from Poncebos and is about 12 km long and is also known as the “Divine Gorge” and is considered one of the most beautiful hikes as it goes across bridges and streams.

2. Peñalara

Close to the capital city, Madrid, Peñalara is located near Guadalajara.  The hike may take you about 3 ½ hours there and back.  This route goes through the Parque Natural de Peñalara, which is a popular area for various kinds of reptiles.

3. Camino de Santiago

A very popular walking route, also known as The Way of St James, this walk follows ancient pilgrim routes, and you can pick up the trail at various points on the route.  The end of the hike is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.  The oldest route begins at Oviedo and the most popular one begins at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, close to France.  Another popular trail to take is the Cami Catala and the starting point is Montserrat Monastery, and will join up with Camino de Santiago and finishes at the same point.

4. Cumbre Vieja

Situated on an island, La Palma, the Cumbre Vieja is a volcanic ridge.  This ridge is active, but dormant.  This hike runs for 150 km from north to south and will probably take you about eight to ten days to complete.  There are two shorter options, the Ruta de la Cresterie that goes around a volcano, Caldeira de Taburiente or the Route of the Volcanoes, which winds its way around volcanic landscapes and ancient craters.

5. Caminito del Rey

Located in Malaga, this hike is a dangerous one and should not be attempted if you are not ready for it.  Parts of the pathway are missing and there are sharp cliffside drops.  Due to safety issues this trail was closed for a while, but has been renovated with additions such as handrails, bridges and stairs.  The trail is around 7.7 km and will take you about four hours.

6. Vias Verdes

This is not one hike, but a series of trails that run for over 7 000 km across the country.  Translated as “Green Ways” these trails used to be railway lines.  There are about 77 different trails for both hikers and cyclists.  You will find restaurants, hotels, museums and places to rent bikes along the trails as well as information offices in case you require a bit of help while on your adventure.

7. The Mulhacén

This is the highest mountain range and is located close to Granada.  The best time to hike up here is during summer.  There is a range of trails to pick from, with different degrees of difficulty. This is more of a climb, and should not be attempted if you are not experienced.

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