Discover the best hiking trails in Spain
One of the advantages that our country has is its geographical diversity. The large number of mountains in Spain are joined by valleys, rivers and other spaces where you can find thousands of hiking trails. Best of all, this variety allows you to have a mountain or hiking route available to any user.
If you take a look at any map, you will be able to see the varied orography of our country. The wealth of valleys, rivers and mountains in Spain generates a country rich in landscapes, vegetation and environments. Something that makes it a paradise for lovers of hiking, who can find paths of all kinds and suitable for any profile and difficulty. Precisely as proof of this diversity, we have collected some of the best hiking trails in Spain, chosen by SkyScanner users.
Alto Tajo Natural Park, Guadalajara, Castilla-La Mancha
The Alto Tajo Natural Park, the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula, is another of those perfect places to get lost with a backpack on your back. This area is located in the province of Guadalajara and consists of a wide network of paths of great beauty, where it is easy to understand what hiking is and why it has so many fans. Among the most outstanding routes are the Caminos del Agua, where canyons, ravines and springs are traversed to end up in a beautiful lagoon.
Greenway of the Senda del Oso, Asturias
Among the most outstanding routes through the north of Spain we have the Senda del Oso greenway. A route in the shape of an inverted Greek Y with two different routes and with a very careful design. It runs along some old mining trails, duly converted for walkers, with low difficulty and an extension of up to 60 kilometers. So you will not need an ax to make your way through them, although it will be good for you to take your trekking poles, to enjoy the route more. The best thing is that if you don’t know how to do the Senda del Oso on foot, all you have to do is consult the Turismo Asturias website, where you will have all the information you need.
Route of the Laguna Grande de Peñalara, Madrid
For residents of the capital of Spain, we also have an option. We are talking about the Laguna Grande de Peñalara route, highlighted among the best hiking routes in Madrid and where the roof of the community is located. On this route, you will find the Peñalara circus, a glacier that is divided into two sectors separated by a moraine, in an environment where we will find several lagoons and an amazing landscape just an hour’s drive from the capital.
Almadenes Canyon Route, Murcia
Although this region may seem to lack these charms, the truth is that there are also hiking trails in Murcia worth mentioning. Among them, we have the Almadenes Canyon, in Cieza. A unique route lasting 4 hours, with a circular design that, despite the construction of the Mulata dam, which cuts off part of the route, is still a very interesting option to get lost in nature.
Route of the Lavaderos de la Reina, Granada, Andalusia
Although it is not located on the highest mountain in Spain, which we all know is Mount Teide, the truth is that the route of Los Lavaderos de la Reina allows us to look out over the highest mountains of the Iberian Peninsula, in a unique and spectacular. This route is accessible from Güéjar Sierra and reaches heights of almost 2,700 meters. Precisely for this reason, it is not one of the most accessible routes that we have mentioned. If you dare to set out, find out well before leaving and take all the necessary security measures.
Arribes del Duero, Salamanca–Zamora, Castilla y León
If we look for hiking trails in Castilla y León, we find the Arribes del Duero. An area full of hiking trails of all kinds and difficulties, although the best of them, according to those who know the most, is the Cola del Caballo, in Masueco. A route that ends in a beautiful waterfall located next to the mouth of the Uces River, in the Duero. By the way, although there is no best time to visit the Arribes del Duero, it is recommended to avoid the summer months, due to the high sun exposure and the lack of vegetation in the area.
Route along the coast of Isla, Cantabria
If we ask those who know about the most beautiful hiking trail in Cantabria, many will recommend this one. We are talking about a route that is barely 10 kilometers long, but that has spectacular views between the cliffs of Isla and the marshes of Joyel. A place reminiscent of the coasts of Ireland or Scotland, but without leaving Spain.
Gorbea Natural Park, Basque Country
In a region as particular as the Basque Country, there is no shortage of places to get lost, while you enjoy the surroundings. For this reason, the offer of hiking trails in the Basque Country is considerable. We have chosen, from those highlighted by SkyScanner, the Gorbea Natural Park. This region is ideal for getting lost, with an interesting circular design route that goes from Ubide to Gorbea and back. Again, it is a complex and demanding area, with a drop of about 900 metres. However, the area has more manageable and accessible alternatives.
Within the hiking trails in Catalonia, the so-called GR92 stands out. This path connects the towns of Portbou with Ulldecona, parallel to the coast and on a route that crosses various landscapes of the Ebro valley. The route also runs through natural parks such as Cap de Creus, overlooking the best coves of the Costa Brava and includes historical places, such as the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. Of course, the route has about 500 kilometers in total, so it is convenient to focus on the part that interests you the most.
Arbas Valley Route, Leon
This option is among the best-known hiking trails in León and is as simple or as complex as you want to do it. The same part of the town of Casares de Arbas borders the reservoir of the same name, running through the valley that forms the southern face of the surroundings of the Valverde Pajares ski resort. The basic route consists of 12 kilometres, although you can complicate the route by climbing the Tres Marías, 2,000 meters high, Peña Esquina or La Barragana, depending on your preference.