Time to grab your boots! 7 ‘Maravilloso’ Spanish walking holidays

The tremendously varied landscapes of British holiday favourite Spain proves to be a great walking holiday destination year after year.

Blending cultural and historical sights, these excellent walking holidays, travelling to multiple different reaches of both the Spanish mainland and some of its islands, offer the chance to get away and explore stunning landscapes on foot.

Carefully created itineraries including expert-led walks follow stunning coastlines and trails showing off some of Spain’s great unspoiled scenic destinations.

Conveniently placed accommodation in a number of our featured holidays also provides the chance to visit some of the country’s greatest tourist attractions should you want to see where your feet might take you or tick off some quintessential Spanish landmarks.

Click on any of the featured holidays to find out more about these great departures, all flying from a wide selection of UK airports.

1. Menorca

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Travelling to the beautiful island of Menorca from a selection of UK airports, this invaluable walking holiday is a must showing off the best of one of the great Spanish islands.

Only 30 miles long, and stretching 10 miles across, Menorca’s small size makes it easy to navigate.

A carefully crafted holiday programme including three guided walks will showcase Menorca’s contrasting landscapes ranging from vast open green spaces, rocky terrain, and tucked away caves.

The first of three walks takes travellers to the north of the island. Starting at the most northerly point on Menorca, expertly guided, holidaymakers are taken on a route along the coast heading towards Cala Pregonda.

Exploring the south of Menorca, the second walk is a circular tour with highlights including the Son Bute Valley, Ravine of Binigaus, and Coloms Cave.

The final walk explores the east of the island with route including the Cape of Favaritx and the quiet fishing village of Es Garau.

Included walks? 

Three included fully guided walks with expert guide including The North, The South, and the East.

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2. The Sierras of the Orange Blossom Coast

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Exploring some of Spain’s best walking country, the often overlooked Sierras of the Orange Blossom Coast to the north of Valencia is a magical part of the country.

Often referred to as ‘La Huerta’ (the orchard), the region has a long agricultural history.

Rugged and rocky, the landscape here is perfect for exploring on foot.

Bit of Trivia – Challenging in places, the Park rises up to 2000ft!

The first of three included walks, holidaymakers are first taken on a route where you can experience The Desert of the Palms and its Hermitages.

An undoubted highlight, the walk includes spending time within Palms Desert Natural Park.

When visiting, travellers can look out towards the Spanish coast, historical landmarks, and get a chance to admire relatively unspoilt rich greenery including towering Palm Trees that seem to prosper in patches throughout the park.

Included walks?

Three walks including routes around the Sierra de Irta, near Peniscola, the ‘Desert of the Palms’, and a final walk in the mountainous Sierra de Espadan.

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3. Tenerife

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Wondrous Tenerife is an ideal walking holiday destination. The biggest island in the Canaries, Tenerife is a magical island with fascinating features shaped by volcanic activity.

An island of contrasting landscapes, Tenerife is home to the magnificent Mount Teide, Anaga Rural Park, Teno, and the towns and cities of La Laguna and Puerto de la Cruz.

More often than not, Tenerife offers a generous climate ensuring that trips to the island present the key ingredients of a successful holiday – sun, sea, sights, and magnificent culture.

Beyond the natural sights, holidaymakers will also have the chance to experience both historic Puerto de la Cruz, and the UNESCO-listed town of La Laguna.

Found on the north of the island, La Laguna is a popular cruise port of call nestled amongst mountain ranges.

Another city to the north, Puerto de la Cruz is famous for its eye-catching volcanic black sand covered beaches.

Both destinations offer a chance to reconnect with civilisation and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere afforded to guests whilst visiting the island.

Included walks? 

Three included walks including visits to Mount Teide, Anaga, and Teno.

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4. Mallorca

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Beyond the beaches and popular tourist spots, the Mediterranean island of Mallorca’s northern side offers an authentic experience outside the resort areas.

Heading from your base in Cala Ratjada, the first of three included walks serves as a great introduction to Mallorca for first-time visitors, and a reminder of the island’s distinct beauty for holiday veterans.

Cala Agulla is a lovely beach, complete with dunes, that is vastly different from other more popular tourist spots on the island.

The largest beach on the east of the island, Cala Agulla’s clear blue waters and fine sand are simply spectacular.

Lighthouse Capdepera is a local landmark and a great scenic spot on the island.

Just over 160 miles apart, the elevated position here acts an invaluable natural viewing platform for walkers looking to catch a glimpse of neighbouring Menorca.

Moving on, the guided route follows the coast of the island passing through Cala Gat before reaching its conclusion at the port of Cala Ratjada.

Included walks?

Three included walks including a Cala Ratjada introductory walk, the mountains of S’heretat and Sa Cove Negre hill, and an 11-mile exploration of the Es Munt Gros dunes, Cala Molto and Cala Agulla.

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5. The Guadiana River & Western Andalucia

Combining the sights on either side of the Portugal – Spain border, this European walking getaway includes accommodation on Isla Canela, famous for its long sandy beaches.

The first walk explores Alcoutim & the Guadiana River that sees holidaymakers taken across the border to Portugal.

A circular walk starting on the banks of the river, holidaymakers are led for a period on an epic trail known as ‘Via Algarviana’.

Completing their loop, the journey ends back in Alcoutim where travellers are then rewarded with a boat cruise down the river to Ayamonte.

The second excellent included walk takes travellers to the marshes of El Rompido.

A bird haven, rare wildflowers also grow here. In the company of experts, walkers will learn about this eye-catching and naturally important landscape as they venture on to the fishing village of El Rompido.

There is also the chance to go on an optional excursion to the Rio Tinto Mines.

The almost terraced landscape here plunges down several metres like some spiral maze.

Mining in the area can be traced back thousands of years. On-site, a museum charts the mining history of the region and highlights the British influence on this corner of Andalucia.

There is a great recreation of a Roman mine inside the museum where visitors will be able to gain an insight into the Roman approach to mining.

Included walks? 

Three varied walking excursions including Alcoutim & the Guadiana River, the Rio Piedras and Flecha del Rompido Nature Reserve, and finally, Donana & El Rocio.

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6. Catalonia – Trails & Rails

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Based on the Catalan Coast, ‘Catalonia – Trails & Rails’ combines fascinating walks with journeys on two of the area’s railway lines.

Holidaymakers are first taken westwards towards the wine regions of Montserrat and Priorat before heading north with the foot of the Prades Mountains in their sights.

Beyond the included walks, we recommend taking advantage of the railway network here to make the best of your free time should you opt to tick off some other memorable holiday experiences.

Leaving in the morning, the first included walks sees holidaymakers board a train to the village of Marça-False.

Over an hour-long, the railway journey is a memorable one, particularly when the train passes through the long Argentera tunnel.

Arriving at the village, the walking route reaches vineyards and olive groves before stopping for a well-deserved break in the wine village of Capçanes.

Rest over, the walk tackles a drastically different, wooded area before arriving back in the village of Marça.

The second featured walk sees holidaymakers following the guide through the village of l’Espluga de Francoli, before reaching St John’s Hermitage and the town of Montblanc.

The walled town of Montblanc can be entered via an old defensive gate entrance.

Some of the buildings in the town date back to the 13th century. This historic highlight is relatively unspoilt and is home to great local landmarks including the church Santa Maria de Montblanc.

A final included walk follows a carefully planned route following the coastline from Altafulla to Roman Tarragona.

During the walk, a number of beaches can be observed before arriving in the former Roman port city of Tarragona.

Well-preserved, the city is home to a number of reminders of its Roman past including a large Amphitheatre.

Included walks? 

Three included walks – The Montsant Wine Area, Medieval Montblanc and the Hermitages, and the Mediterranean Coastal Path from Altafulla to Roman Tarragona.

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7. The Valleys Of The Roussillon, South Western France

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Including stays in both France and Spain, this enjoyable walking holiday includes a venture into the heart of French Catalonia, an area found to the south of the country including the scenic hills of Roussillon.

A fantastic opportunity to experience the renowned culture and climate of the area, this 8-day walking holiday includes walks through some of Europe’s most picturesque landscapes.

Featured walks vary in length covering distances of up to 6 miles.

Carefully planned routes incorporate wonderfully memorable experiences like the impressive sight of Mount Canigou, the medieval village of Palada, and Port Vendres.

Once home to famous Scot Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Port Vendres’ landmarks include the hilltop Fort Saint-Elme, Chateau Royal de Collioure, and a lovely beach looking out towards the stylish city of Marseille and further out into the Balearic Sea.

Holidaymakers looking for a hidden highlight, we recommend taking advantage of the optional excursion to the former Roman city of Tarragona, complete with port, beach, and a medieval heart with some wonderfully preserved historic landmarks including Tarragona Cathedral.

A stop at the Catalan capital Barcelona is also included. One of the greatest cities in the world, Barcelona’s famous sights will live long in the memory.

The great and ever-evolving Sagrada Familia, Park Guell of Gaudi fame, and the cultural heart of the city La Rambla are all must-visits in the Catalan capital.

La Rambla is a perfect stop for holidaymakers looking to find a bargain or perfect souvenir on the last full day of their holiday. Happy shopping!

Included walks? 

Three included walks including a walk along the banks of the River Tech, the High Vallespir, and the Vermilion Coast.

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