If you’re planning on going on a hiking holiday soon, but still haven’t decided on a destination, then you shouldn’t look any further. Regardless of whether you’re an experienced hiker or have just recently started to enjoy this activity, Spain will be the perfect getaway for you. This country’s landscape is incredibly diverse, so exploring it will surely be quite an adventure. Here are some of the best walking and hiking trails in Spain to traverse on your first trip.
The Cami dels Bons Homes
Also known as the Path of the Good Men, this trail takes around 5 days to complete, and is recommended for experienced hikers. It begins in the south of France and ends in Berga, Catalonia. On the Cami dels Bons Homes, you will encounter enchanting forests, ancient ruins, breathtaking valleys, and alluring views. If you like peace and quiet, then it’s recommended that you embark on this journey either before or after high season. In other words, you should plan your holiday either for May or September if you’d like to have the trail mostly to yourself.
Via de la Plata
The Via de la Plata is a hiking trail that will take you from Seville to Santiago and it is in fact the longest pilgrim route in Spain. By completing this hike, you will be able to obtain a certificate of pilgrimage. Although it may be long, you won’t face a lot of rough terrain on this journey, which means that people new to hiking are welcome to enjoy this trail. Most people go on this route in the summer. However, it’s important to note that it can be extremely hot in Spain during this season. With that being said, you can also plan your journey in spring or autumn. If you’d like to share this adventure with a group of people, you can go on an organized tour.
Cami de Rodes
If you’d prefer a much shorter hike, then the Cami de Rodes is the perfect trail for you. This route will take you to an alluring former Benedictine monastery known as the Sant Pere de Rodes. Although there are many walking paths that will take you to this monastery, you will inevitably have to get through rocky terrain and walk uphill for a half an hour in order to reach it. Nevertheless, once you go up here, you will be greeted by a breathtaking view.
El Camino Natural del Ebro
This walking trail will take you on a journey following a river down from its source to the sea. On this expedition, you will be able to see divine Spanish landscapes, beautiful oak forests, and stunning deep canyons. During most of your hike, you will be walking parallel to the Ebro River. Nevertheless, there are some minor deviations from this route that you’ll face along the way.
Via Ferrada de la Cala del Moli
The Via Ferrada de la Cala del Moli is a hiking trail on the coast of northern Spain that involves a lot of rock climbing. It is a protected climbing route and offers safety cables, which means that even novice climbers can enjoy it. It’s suitable for most people. However, beginners may find it challenging. Keep in mind that you will be able to go through an escape route halfway through the trail if you find it too difficult.
Experienced climbers can complete the whole trail in two hours, and are rewarded with amazing views. The route follows cliffs around the inlets of Cala Alga, Es Fjorn, and Cala Moli. One of the highlights of this trail is the four bridges that you’ll be passing, placed right above the clear water.
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Becca is a traveling translator and night owl, blogging at RoughDraft. While she has been to more than 80 countries so far, she has only properly explored about a dozen, so her travel wishlist only keeps expanding.