Guest Author - Rachel L Webb
Spain offers some wonderfully diverse walking country from Green Spain in the north to the barren desserts of Andalucia in the South. Stunning and beautiful, Spain has something to offer everyone, gentle trails, tortuous mountain hikes and lush green valleys to hard-baked wanders through the olive groves.
In this walking country the views go on forever, combined with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year what better choice of destination for walking holidays could there be?
Walking holidays are now big business and you can of course go and walk practically wherever you like, but it’s always good idea to go somewhere you can follow a pre-planned route.
Independent walking holidays
These are walking holidays that are planned for you from the accommodation to luggage transportation between hotels and they provide easy to follow route maps for different grades of walks.
The Spanish walk the Drovers’ Roads of Andalucía is featured in a new book by Steve Watkins and Clare Jones which is called Unforgettable walks to take before you die. The book is filled with fantastic photos by Steve and Clare taken during the nine months trip they took to research the book.
The north of Spain near the Pyrenees’ and around the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea is another great destination for walking holidays, but whatever location you choose in Spain, stunning scenery is a definite, and although good weather can never be certain it's worth betting on sunshine here!
The best time for walking holidays is April, May, Sept and October for northern Spain and January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December for Andalucia.
Some companies that offer walking routes in Spain of differing levels all across Spain are On Foot Holidays and Colletts Mountain Holidays. Both guided and unguided routes are available.
With so much land mass, wherever you choose to stay walking country will be on our doorstep, so step and enjoy.
This is a great guide for those intending to walk the GR7.