Spain from a Different Angle

November 29, 2013

If you love Spain but you don’t want to spend your holiday lying on a beach, what better way to see the country than guided walking holidays in Spain? Not only will you have a relaxing holiday but you will remain active and, best of all, you will see places that the majority of tourists could only dream about.

A walking holiday doesn’t have to involve staying in a tent or roughing it. In fact, many guided holidays offer the best hotels in the area because they are run by people who have really got to know the place and the locals.

Whether you like the idea of seeing mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands or the Canaries, walking can be a great way to get around. Don’t worry if you’re not a big walker. There are easy trails available as well as more challenging ones for people with a taste for adventure. Take Tenerife for example. So many people escape to Tenerife’s beaches or hotel pools for a week in the sunshine, but how many of them really explore the island?

Tenerife’s coastlines have so much to offer with guided walks allowing you to see much more of the coast than you would on a regular holiday. You could take a trip to an unspoilt part of the island such as the Anaga Peninsula or have a proper look around the volcanic landscape surrounding Mount Teide. Of course, the island is so well equipped for tourism that the hotels are second-to-none, with excellent accommodation at a reasonable price.

Another great idea is to start in one of Spain’s popular cities such as Valencia and head out on a guided walk off the beaten track. You will see some amazing unspoilt areas and villages that are far more reminiscent of traditional Spain than the sprawling cities that most people visit. You could walk in the hills and explore ancient castles and caves, taking in the tranquil atmosphere and the pure countryside air.

Even places that are widely thought of as 18-30 holiday destinations such as Mallorca have hidden gems to offer. The north of Mallorca is home to some of the most stunningly beautiful mountain ranges and coastlines in Europe. It is a particularly great place to explore if you are looking for a more challenging walk that takes in both idyllic rural landscapes and places of great historical interest.