Spain Guide


Guided Walking Holidays Spain

There's been an explosion in the number of companies offering guided walking holidays in Spain in recent years as a result of an increasing number of foreigners who want to see more of this fascinating country than its over developed coastline.

Many of the more experienced and independent hikers prefer to strike out alone, relishing the excitement of discovering their own unspoilt beauty spots and roughing it with a bed roll and back pack. But there's a lot to be said for a guided walking tour, especially if you enjoy your creature comforts and don't place yourself in the "hardened hiker" category.

Specialist tour operators offer a huge range of hiking holidays to suit all tastes, ages and abilities. There are gruelling adventure holidays to challenge the most daring of have a go hikers the sort who want to combine hard hill walking with white water rafting, canyoning, kayaking and any other exhausting activity that springs to mind. At the other end of the scale there are walking tours designed specifically for those who prefer to stay well within their comfort zone. Some companies put together package deals which offer a combination of sightseeing tours and cultural events with a few gentle walks thrown in if you feel like it (sometimes nothing more strenuous than a stroll round a vineyard finished off with a spot of wine tasting).


For those who want to retain a degree of independence whilst leaving all the donkey work involved in planning a walking holiday to someone else, there are companies which let you walk alone while the support team makes sure your luggage is delivered to a different pre booked hotel each night. Many of these holiday firms recommend routes and accommodation and provide you with maps and guide books but let you make your own way from one destination to another.

Depending on your particular requirements (and of course your budget) you can find private guides who'll take you on a one to one basis to the most isolated mountain spots imaginable along with companies which will ensure that a piping hot bath and a cordon bleu meal is waiting for you at the end of a relaxing ramble. Either way, make sure your guide is someone who speaks the local language (not forgetting that there are several different languages and many dialects in Spain) and has lived in the area for some years. That way, you'll get to enjoy the best walking routes and scenery while enjoying the many pleasures of "going native" which so many foreigners miss out on.

In many parts of Spain, particularly Andalucia in the south, walking holidays are combined with other activities such as yoga, painting and Spanish culture (flamenco, Spanish cooking and language lessons might be provided along with daily guided walks). This can be a good way of keeping non walking partners, relatives and friends entertained and is particularly popular among single travellers hoping to meet like minded individuals.