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10 of the Best Walking & Hiking Tours in Spain

Explore Spain on an affordable walking holiday

Spain is famous for its sun drenched scenery, coastal views, laidback lifestyle and fascinating regional culture. Discovering Spain on a walking holiday is the best way to really understand this intriguing country.

There are many beautiful places to take an unforgettable walking tour in Spain. You can hike the Picos de Europa, walk across the Pyrenees, follow in the footsteps of Dali, experience the warm weather of the Canary Islands, and explore the unique culture and history of Granada and Andalucia on an eye opening walking trip. Plus the world famous Camino pilgrimage trails are simply begging to be walked. 

Whether you prefer to go on a self guided walk or enjoy the camaraderie of a small group of like minded travellers, UTracks have a comprehensive range of affordable walking tours in Spain for you.

Here are 10 of the Best Walking Tours in Spain.

 

  1. Camino de Santiago: Camino Frances

  2. Pilgrims hiking through rural villages along the Camino Frances in Spain |  <i>Gesine Cheung</i>

     

    The iconic Camino de Santiago is definitely the most walked of all Spain's trails. Pilgrims have been walking the Camino for centuries and enjoying the history, spirituality, local hospitality and sense of achievement that the Camino provides.

    There are many highlights of walking the Camino, as those who have already walked it will attest. The Camino Frances is the most popular route, especially the last 100km stretch from the town of Sarria to Santiago. This is because this route is the minimum distance required for pilgrims to obtain their Compostela certificate.

    UTracks offers a comprehensive range of Camino experiences. There are affordable self guided walks, small group guided tours, slow paced rambler tour options, food lover's tours, luxury hotel tours, and more. We've been helping pilgrims collect their Compostela certification since 2006. You can also watch our inspiring Camino video collection.

  3. Walking in the Picos de Europa

  4. Picos de Europa National Park in autumn |  <i>S-Cape Travels Spain</i>

    Explore the striking Picos de Europa mountain range on this immersive self guided walking tour. This 8 day hike takes you around the stunning limestone peaks of the Picos de Europa, including the impressive Naranjo de Bulnes, and rewards hikers with magnificent views.

    Highlights include spotting the native animals, such as chamois, hedgehogs and wild boards. Plus there is an abundance of wildflowers in the Picos de Europa National Park and the opportunity to sample the famous blue cheese, Queso de Cabrales.

  5. Granada and the Alpujarras

  6. Walk through whitewashed villages in the Alpujarras |  <i>Erin Williams</i>

     

    Explore the historical lands of Andalucia on the Granada and the Alpujarras walking tour. On this trip, you'll encounter Moorish villages that cling to the mountainside, enjoy sweeping views of the far-reaching plains, and discover Mediterranean vegetation framing the beautiful backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges.

    Highlights of this moderately graded, self guided walking tour include visiting the magnificent grounds of the Alhambra, embracing the warm hospitality of the locals, and having the opportunity to witness flamenco shows in the captivating streets of Granada.

  7. Majorca: Sierras and Monasteries

  8. Trekkers walking to Cala Codolar and El Murteret, also known as Morro de Sa Vaca |  <i>John Millen</i>

    The Spanish island of Majorca sits on the Mediterranean, just off the coast of Spain. Its warm temperature lures travellers outdoors and into the sunshine, where a walking tour is the perfect activity for discovering this island. 

    On the Sierras and Monasteries self guided hike of Majorca, you'll encounter the rugged limestone mountain range of the Sierra de Tramontana. Although the mountain tops are bare, they reward hikers with views of valleys filled with ancient terraces of olive, orange and almond groves. You'll also spot plenty of bird life, including the rare European Black Vulture that lives in a protected bird sanctuary.

    Walking highlights include reaching the peak of El Teix, exploring the 'Archduke's Trail' above Valldemossa, and enjoying the view from Massanella peak near Lluc monastery.

  9. Walking the Island of La Gomera

  10. Amongst the terraces, El Cercado

    La Gomera is the second smallest of Spain's Canary Islands. Given its petite size, a walking tour around the island is possible and this will ensure you completely immerse yourself in island life. 

    Highlights include seeing the island's volcanic origins, making La Gomera's terrain unlike any other in Europe, plus you'll be mesmerised by the lush plantations of tropical and citrus fruit and succumb to the laid back lifestyles of the locals.

    With UTracks, there are two self guided circular tour options, an 8 day and an 11 day walk. Both of these start and finish in the island capital of San Sebastian, with the 11 day tour allowing for some more exploration around Hermigua. There's also the Southern Trails of La Gomera hike that leads you around the beaches of Santiago and la Guancha.

  11. Camino de Santiago: Camino del Norte

  12. Pilgrims on the Camino del Norte, Spain |  <i>Andreas Holland</i>

    Another of the famous Camino de Santiago routes is the Camino del Norte. In English, this is called the Northern Way and traces the northern coast of Spain, through glorious cities of San Sebastian, Santander and Bilbao, to reach Santiago de Compostela. 

    The Camino del Norte is a less walked pilgrimage trail, although no less rewarding. Pilgrims get a cooler climate to walk in and continuous coastal views follow you on your journey.

    UTracks have broken the Camino del Norte into sections, from San Sebastian to Bilbao, and from Bilbao to Santander (otherwise you can walk the entire 41 day full Camino Norte!).

  13. Footsteps of Dali

  14. Hiking high above the Mediterranean coastline on our Footsteps of Dali tour

    Follow in the footsteps of the quirky Spanish artist, Salvador Dali, on this walking tour that also takes in some of the best spots of Spain. Cross the low foothills of the Alberes, the last section of the Pyrenees before they give way to the Mediterranean sea. Stay in the charming towns of Port de la Selva, Cerbere, and the Catalan town of Llanca and feast on excellent local cuisine.

    This 7 day self guided hike provides great flexibility for walkers, because on each walking day there are options to explore the coast or the mountains as you amble along the Vermillion coast.

  15. Alto Aragon: the Spanish Pyrenees

  16. Castillo Mayor from Nerin

    Go off the beaten track in Spain and explore little walked areas of the Pyrenees on the Alto Aragon walking tour. Trek across the Aniscolo Gorge, discover the medieval town of Ainsa, and hike in Ordesa and the Monte Perdido National Park. While the natural landscape is acutely mesmerising, the food is also wonderful, as A. Brooks-Daw explains in this review:

     

    "Good service and a great trip. Logistics went very smoothly. The food at Casa Rubén in Tella where we stayed for two nights was absolutely exceptional. We had three vegetarians in our party of five and Ruben cooked us all two incredible meals - the food here was the best of the trip."

     

  17. Camino de Santiago: Camino Primitivo

  18. Hiking along the Camino Primitivo, Spain |  <i>Andreas Holland</i>

    While the Camino Frances is the most famous of Camino de Santiago routes, the Camino Primitivo is actually thought to be the first pilgrimage route, hence its name, the Original Way.

    This route was first established in the 9th Century and offers a quieter Camino experience as you walk from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela. On this trail you get to stay in authentic villages with intimate testimonies of true Camino devotion. Perhaps it is the most genuine of pilgrim experiences these days?

    There are two options with UTracks. The Full Camino Primitivo takes 17 days, or you can take in the best parts on a Highlights of the Camino Primitivo journey.

  19. Camino de Santiago: Camino Ingles

  20. Arriving in the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela after completing the Camino Trail |  <i>Edwina Parsons</i>

    Befittingly, the last of our top 10 walks in Spain is the last travelled of all the Camino trails, with about 4% of pilgrims choosing this route. The Camino Ingles, or English Way, was established in the 12th century to allow for pilgrims from England to make their way overland to Santiago de Compostela. They'd land in A Coruna, and from there make their way over the classic seaside terrain.

    Highlights include the quiet solitude which is integral to a proper Camino experience and also the immersion of Galician culture, as this route primarily runs through the distinct region of Galicia in northern Spain. It's an 8 day self guided walk that is truly unforgettable.

 

>> Browse our full range of walking tours in Spain.  

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