Spain Guide

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Walking in Spain

A walking holiday in Spain is the ideal way to get beneath the skin of a truly fascinating country which is blessed with an awesome but largely undiscovered array of natural splendours and breath takingly beautiful landscapes.

Spain is best known as a seaside holiday destination, with crowded Costas, Brit bars and cheap high rise hotels attracting millions of foreign sun seekers each year. And it's true that much of the Iberian Peninsula's coastline has been ravaged by over development since the advent of cheap charter flights in the 1970s.

But this is the second largest country in Europe, after France, and the second most mountainous after Switzerland. And the fact is that the vast majority of it remains untouched by tourism and ripe for exploration by more discerning visitors, keen to immerse themselves in the rich culture and character of a country steeped in history and oozing passion, magic and romance from every pore.

Sadly, most package holidaymakers never catch a glimpse of the "real Spain" but you only have to step a short way back from the cluttered coastal resorts to find a walking wonderland of endless mountain ranges, lush green valleys and traditional pueblos frozen in time. In many of Spain's best walking venues, you can hike for days on end without ever coming across another living soul. And the choice of landscapes is endless from the soaring peaks of the Pyrenees in the north and the Alpujarras in the south, to the achingly beautiful rolling hills of inland Andalucia.

Spain has become increasingly popular as an international climbing venue in recent years and within the pages of this site you'll also find plenty of information about where to find the best rock climbing and mountaineering destinations.

And no web site about walking in Spain would be complete without an introduction to one of the world's most famous walks the Camino de Santiago (Santiago Way) which has been trodden by kings, vagabonds and Hollywood movie stars.

Consider the site "On Foot in Spain" for details on the following organised walks: Galicia, Picos de Europa, Campo de Santiago, Compostela, Basque Country and Pyrenees.

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