Spain is the perfect country for nature-loving travelers. There are hundreds of incredible hikes within a short distance of each other.
Hiking trails can be a great, inexpensive way to take in the beauty of a country’s natural flora and fauna.
It can be an excellent way to learn history as well, with tons of historic monuments, landmarks, and other phenomena along the hiking path.
Try out some of these exciting hiking trails the next time you travel to Spain.
1. Ruta del Cares or “The Divine Gorge”
This well-known hike is 12 kilometers in length and is also known as the Cares Gorge Trail. It is located between Poncebos and Cain and is considered part of The Picos de Europa National Park.
This national park also houses hundreds of other famous trails.
It is Spain’s oldest park and has exceptional biodiversity for experienced hikers to enjoy. Rocks, bridges, streams, and wildlife populate the relatively level trail.
While a hiker of any skill level could, in theory, complete this hike, it is recommended for those equipped for moderate difficulty.
If you are worried this trail may be too tricky for your experience level, check out other trails in the national park. There are many with varying difficulty levels available to hike on.
2. Hike to the Peak of The Mulhacen
Advanced hikers, this one’s for you.
The Mulhacen is the tallest of any mountain on the entire Iberian Peninsula. This massive mountain is part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Andalucia.
Expert hikers who want an advanced challenge under their belt can opt for the path to the peak on the northern face.
This trail is by far the most difficult and leads hikers up to the 3479-meter high summit of the Mulhacen.
If you’re hiking the Mulhacen, you’ll need to be adequately prepared. It is not advised for beginners to attempt this trek as it is considered to be fairly strenuous.
And that’s to be expected. It’s a mountain trail, after all.
Do some research first if you plan to hike up the Sierra Nevada mountain range so you are well prepared.
3. The Historic Camino de Santiago
If you’re a history-lover, you’ll get a lot out of the experience of hiking Camino de Santiago.
This historic trek is not so much difficult for short periods, as it is mostly flat.
The sheer length of the trail is intimidating and if you walk it during the summer months be prepared for some pretty hot and sunny conditions.
You absolutely need the proper footwear for this trail. Use, for example, this guide to help equip yourself with a good pair of hiking sandals for your journey.
Stretching more than 500 miles, the path originated in the 9th century as a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint James the Great, an apostle.
Many people throughout history have made this trek for spiritual or religious purposes, and nowadays, many enjoy the historical significance of the hike in shorter increments.
The endpoint for the walk is Santiago de Compostela. According to National Geographic, the trail is also home to monasteries, Roman sites, Burgos Cathedral, and more.
4. Via Ferrada de la Cala del Moli
Hiking doesn’t always have to be on flat land, some of Spain’s best hikes are cliffside adventures.
The Via Ferrata de la Cala del Moli is one such hike. Via Ferrata means an iron path in Catalan.
Visitors hook up to safety cables included on the climbing route and can move around exploring the cliffs.
Because this isn’t quite the standard hike, beginners may find it challenging to get the hang of the rock climbing enough to enjoy the walk, but independent and advanced hikers will love the thrill of this cliffside adventure.
While this hike may be a bit more expensive, as you need to bring your equipment or rent from a shop, it is the thrill of a lifetime for expert adventurers.
If you are staying in Barcelona and hoping to get out of the city, Montserrat is the perfect hike.
It is around an hour outside the city and combines history and natural beauty in the historic site. As far as historical significance, the area is home to:
- The Black Madonna statue
- Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, the Benedictine monastery
- Heart chakra center
- St. Michael’s Cross hilltop
Enjoy the combination of nature and Catholic history while you traverse the gorgeous hillside terrain.
Visitors also love the abundant wildlife present on the journey. Goats, wild boar, and more animal and plant life thrive on the temperate hillside.
The Bottom Line
Whether you are a new hiker or an experienced pro, there are tons of hikes in Spain that you’re sure to love.
Hiking can be a great way to stay active during your stay in Spain while taking in natural and historical sites.
Across Spain, there are hundreds of incredible hikes that allow visitors to immerse themselves in the culture, natural environment, and history of Spain, and to enjoy the spectacular views and thrilling adventures.
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