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Best trails in Spain

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Ready to check out the best trails in Spain? AllTrails has 4,114 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 2,318 moderate trails in Spain ranging from 0.6 to 3312.1 miles and from 0 to 11,020 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - The Cares Gorge Trail
Picos de Europa National Park
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Length: 13.3 mi • Est. 9 h 54 m
The Cares Trail or Ruta del Cares (or locally known as Garganta del Cares) is one of the most popular hikes in the Picos de Europa. You can start the trail from Cain or Poncebos. The trail follows the Cares River through the Cantabrian Mountains, and is considered one of the most beautiful trails in Spain. You will pass through rocky terrain, small caves, bridges and you might meet some mountain goats too. The grey limestone mountains you will see along the trail are spectacular. There are several trails in the area around Cain or Poncebos. If you choose to do this route, you can plan several days of hiking through the Picos de Europa.Show more
#2 - Carros de Foc
Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park
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Length: 46.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Carros de Foc, or Fire Chariots, is considered by some as the most beautiful hike in the Pyreness mountains and maybe all of Europe. It is a classic route and an ambition of many mountain lovers. The trail is a multi day hike and is usually done in about a week. The trail is challenging because it is at high elevation and requires careful planning. A reservation is required to do this route, which can be done here: https://www.carrosdefoc.com/reservas/ You will have to plan an itinerary to do this trail. The trail is typically broken into segments by town with the common stopping places being shelters at; Ventosa, Restanca, Colomers, Saboredo, Amitges, Ernest Mallafre, Josep M. Blanc, and Colomina. There are no special markings along the trail. You will be following red and white marks, wooden posts, and stacks of rocks left by other hikers. Hikers will be rewarded for taking on this difficult hike. The views of the Pyrenees mountains are spectacular. The different landscapes will amaze any person and the variety of colors of the meadows and forests will leave you breathless. The trail has shelters along the way that have become part of the landscape of the park. They help make the crossing easier. Not all of the locations offer the same services. Take note that some may not have hot water and others may not have electricity. Show more
#3 - French Way: A Calzada to Santiago de Compostela
A Calzada, Estremadura, Spain
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Length: 20.1 mi • Est. 9 h 51 m
This route is part of a multi week long walk, along the Camino Frances, also known as the French Way. The Camino Frances is a pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It can be done at a variety of paces and starting points. Legend has it that the remains of the Saint Apostle Santiago are buried there. Every spring and summer, many people follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts and organized tour groups. The full route can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/spain/palencia/camino-de-santiago-frances A list of individual trails can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/camino-de-santiago-frances--3 Following this link, you'll find day hike sections of the trail for easy downloading.Show more
#4 - Way of Saint James Silver Route: Seville to Santiago
Seville, Andalusia, Spain
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Length: 575.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
This route is part of a multi week long walk or ride, along the Way of Saint James Silver Route (Camino Via de la Plata), also known as the Vía de la Plata Ourense or the Camino Meridional. It can be done by foot or bike at a variety of paces and starting points. The Vía de la Plata is an alternative to the Camino Frances if you are looking for a less busy route, or are in search of solitude. From Seville to Santiago, along the Vía de la Plata and the Sanabrés Road, there are ~980 kilometers. This route is popularly made by bicycle, (mountain bike with saddlebags), but it can also be done on foot. It travels the Vía de la Plata from Seville to Astorga, to link with the Camino Frances or the Camino Sanabrés which goes west in Granja de Moreruela. The whole itinerary is quite well marked and, to this day, it has a good number of hostels for pilgrims. This route goes along all types of terrain, but mostly off-road. A list of individual trails can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/camino-de-santiago-via-de-la-plata--2 Following this link, you'll find day hike sections of the trail for easy downloading. Show more
#5 - French Way: Burgos to Hontanas
Burgos, Castile-León, Spain
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Length: 20.1 mi • Est. 9 h 18 m
This route is part of a multi week long walk, along the Camino Frances, also known as the French Way. The Camino Frances is a pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It can be done at a variety of paces and starting points. Legend has it that the remains of the Saint Apostle Santiago are buried there. Every spring and summer, many people follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts and organized tour groups. The full route can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/spain/palencia/camino-de-santiago-frances A list of individual trails can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/camino-de-santiago-frances--3 Following this link, you'll find day hike sections of the trail for easy downloading.Show more
#6 - Hunters Trail
Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 7 h 2 m
This is a very interesting and beautiful route thanks to its impressive views of the entire Ordesa valley and its immense waterfalls such as El Cotaruelo. This route is not very difficult to do although it is dangerous if it is raining or covered with snow. Hikers can choose to drive to the trailhead or take a bus from Torla. After arriving at the parking lot, cross the Arazas River and take the road to the right. You will begin on a not too difficult ascend. After climbing for a while, you will reach Calcilarruego's viewpoint, where you have beautiful views of the Ordesa Valley. Follow the route (GR-11) until 3 Sorores (Cilindro, Monte Perdido and Soum de Ramond). You will slowly descend to the valley, reaching a crossroad. Go straight, the deviation to the right will take you to the Góriz Refuge. You will eventually see beautiful waterfalls on the Arazas river. Turn left at the Cascades del Estrecho and la Cueva, then return along the north side of the river.Show more
#7 - Teide Peak
Teide National Park
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 7 h 5 m
Mount Teide is a volcano in the Canary Islands the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic and also the highest summit in Spain. The volcano and its surroundings comprise Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Spain's most visited natural wonders. Teide is an active volcano and its last eruption was in 1909. There are many ways to get up to the peak, but first hikers will need to reserve a free permit to hike this trek through Teide National Park. Hikers will need to print out the permit and show it to park staff at the beginning of the trail, along with an ID or passport. There are limits of daily permits. Permits may be requested here: https://www.reservasparquesnacionales.es/real/ParquesNac/index.aspx Visitors may reach the summit in a variety of ways. Hikers may climb on foot from the trail that begins in Montaña Blanca or take a cable car that takes you to La Rambleta (11,633 feet). From La Rambleta you can take the Telesforo Bravo path to the top. If you choose to hike it up, take note that the path is rocky and difficult and is not recommended for children or people with health complications. It is steep in some sections and the air gets thinner the higher you go. But if you make it to the top, the view makes everything worth it in the end. Show more
#8 - The King's Little Path
Ardales, Andalusia, Spain
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Please note: You have to reserve tickets in order to hike this trail and get past the check in station. You can reserve your ticket here: https://reservas.caminitodelrey.info/?lang=en The entrance is 10 euros per person. El Caminito del Rey route is linear, not circular. It stretches in one direction, from north to south, so visitors need to organize the way back to the starting point. They can choose one of the following options: walk back, or take a shuttle bus that goes from the northern access point in Ardales to the southern one at El Chorro in Álora, or the opposite. The Caminito del Rey was once known as Spain’s most dangerous trail. It was a trail that was only shared in the rock climbing community. These days, the trail has been greatly restored and is now one of the most popular and beautiful trails in Spain. The trail follows the Gaitanes Gorge in El Chorro. It is a dramatic walk on wood suspended on the side of cliffs. It is most suited for the more adventurous hiker. With the recent renovations it is much safer, however, you will still need to wear a helmet for your hike. Kids younger than 8 are not allowed on the trail. The trail features beautiful forest, the crystal clear water of the river, and the thrill of being suspended in the air. Be sure to book well in advance as the tickets do sell out. Show more
#9 - Geneva Way: Estella to Logroño
Estella-Lizarra, Navarre, Spain
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Length: 30.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
This route is part of a multi week long hike or ride, along the Geneva Camino, (Geneva Way) also known as via Gebennensis or Jacobweg in German. It is one of the many options to get to Camino de Santiago across Europe, from Geneva to Le Puy, then from there, it will join the traditional Camino Francés or French Way route. This route runs through many historic towns and picturesque French villages, offers the option of enjoying many cultural attractions, vineyards and admiring breathtaking mountain views and the Alps in the distance. It can be done by foot or bike (mountain bike with saddlebags) at a variety of paces and starting points. It goes along all types of terrain, mostly off-road, rugged and rocky in some areas. The views are breathtaking. The Geneva Camino full route can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/switzerland/geneva/the-geneva-camino-full-route A list of individual trails can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/the-geneva-camino Following this link, you'll find day hike sections of the trail for easy downloading.Show more
#10 - The Northern Way
Irun, Basque Country, Spain
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Length: 541.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Camino del Norte, also known as the Northern Way are the designations of the pilgrimage routes starting in Irun and finishing at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. This route takes pilgrims along the wonderful Northern coast of ‘Green Spain’ from the Basque Country, across Cantabria, Asturias and on to Santiago de Compostela in the center of Galicia. You will be able to enjoy an amazing scenery of dramatic cliffs, beautiful sea, sandy beaches, historical cities and towns, pasture fields and forest. Pilgrims also have the option to take an alternative route from the city of Oviedo, where the Camino del Norte connects with the Camino Primitivo and then continues on to Santiago de Compostela. Legend has it that the remains of the Saint Apostle Santiago are buried there. Every spring and summer, many people follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts and organized tour groups. A list of individual trails can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/camino-del-norte--2 Following this link, you'll find day hike sections of the trail for easy downloading.Show more
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