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Walking Holidays in Spain: 3 Places Where Breath-taking Natural Scenery Meets History!

Take a second and imagine. Where can your feet take you? If you happen to be on holidays in Spain, the answer is some of the most amazing places that you could ever hike to!

Montserrat Natural Park, Barcelona

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If you happen to be around the wonderful and artsy Barcelona and want to take a break from the busy rambla, then this place is definitely for you! Situated an hour’s drive or train ride away from the city, this wonderful natural park is home to some of the most spectacular trails that Spain can offer.

Take a break from the noise and touristy spots around town to visit and discover the amazing backdrops provided by Spanish nature. You can climb or hike or if you don’t feel like sweating more under the warm Spanish sun the cable car provides rides to the top of the park near the Abbey of Santa Maria de Monserrat.

The areas around the park are high and provide an astonishing overview of the city and the abbey itself is a monument and a world renowned pilgrimage site with over 1000 years of history! The magnificent views, history and proximity to Barcelona definitely make it one of the main destinations for walking holidays in Spain.

Huelva, Andalucía

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One of the less traveled and spoiled destinations that you can visit for some of the best walking holidays in Spain is the magnificent and naturally preserved Huelva. Home to a huge stretch of sandy unspoiled coasts and one of the most biodiverse natural parks, the hiking routes on offer are numerous as are your choices of what to explore.

Want to hike to a beach that you keep for yourself during the day? Then explore the 14 miles of virgin golden sand between Mazagón and Matalascañas. Want to follow the footsteps of the famous explorer Christopher Columbus? Then follow the Ruta Colombina to the small city of Moguer where it all began!

Are you a fan of wildlife? Then explore the endless salt marshes of Doñana and watch the flamingos, wild ducks and numerous other endangered species of wildlife in their natural habitat.

Fancy a change of place? Well you can always take a boat to Portugal for a day trip from Ayamonte for a holiday to remember!

Caminito del Rey, Málaga

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There are loads of reasons to want to visit Málaga and if you happen to be an avid hiker or plain daredevil the Caminito del Rey is the ultimate destination for your holidays in Spain! This pathway located in the mountains close to the village of El Chorro is considered as one of the scariest hikes the world over and Europe especially!

Closed due to public safety concerns, this route was reopened in 2015 after necessary safety improvements as the dazzling heights and astonishing views it provides are hardly matched by anything. Now considered absolutely safe, the wooden boardwalk takes you on the 105m high path carved by hydroelectric plant workers during the beginning of the 20th century!

Start form the town of Ardales (it’s a 50 minute drive if you book a taxi for a Malaga airport transfer) and go over the shiny waters of Guadalhorce river before the path turns and takes you into a narrow ravine carved by the knife of nature. This route is something breathtaking and you can’t help but wonder how lucky you may be to cross it safely and have the time to take in the views. Simply amazing!

Amazing Walks in Spain

In all those are just three of the most amazing routes that you can walk in Spain.

Being a country blessed with a rich history and natural surroundings, it can hardly be topped on our to do list and if you decide to take your hiking boots with you rest assured that you will certainly have lots to discover once you set foot in the stunningly beautiful nature of the Iberian peninsula and its islands!

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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  1. Malaga is AMAZING for hiking! I love to go on walks near where I live in Alicante, yet Malaga is the best!

    • So glad you agree! I haven’t done any of the hikes around Alicante yet, but will add it to our list for the next Spain trip :) Thanks for the tip!

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