With golden coastlines, pristine waters, and a tropical climate all year round, Spain is the perfect
vacation destination. One thing that may not come to mind when thinking of Spain is hiking, even
though the country is home to some of the most spectacular walking trails in Europe.
Ditching the busy cities has never been so enticing given the variety of routes to traverse, including
mountainous terrain that overlooks France, historic routes taken by pilgrims, and adrenaline-
So, without further ado, here are some of the top walking destinations in Spain that keen walkers
must attempt in 2023.
The Camino de Santiago
You’ll have likely heard of this trail already since it’s one of the most well-known routes in the whole
of the world. If not, where have you been?! Whilst the walk itself is fairly easy, the distance is what
makes the trail particularly challenging – 500 miles to be exact.
For more than 1,000 years, the route has been used by many travelers, including Christian pilgrims.
Traditionally, the route begins at the Spain-France border and ends at the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela in Galicia
The best way to experience the historic nature of the trail is to organize a walking tour with a guided
group. This will enable you to properly explore all of the historic marvels along the way and collect
stamps for your pilgrim’s passport.
The Lakes of Covadonga
The tiny paradise of Asturias is beautiful in the summer, offering stunning views of two gleaming
lakes. Its circular route, the Covadonga Lakes trail, is nothing short of stunning, with the Picos de
Europe extending into the sky like towers and the grasslands sloping into crystal-clear waters.
Expect a countryside atmosphere here, with cattle, sheep, and rustic shelters scattered along the
5km walk. It’s possible to reach the trail via bus from the Sanctuary of Covadonga to Lake Ercina, or
you can drive outside peak season if you prefer. This will take you directly to the car park, where
there is a restaurant selling refreshments.
Caminito del Rey
Once considered among the most dangerous hiking trails across the globe, the Caminito del Rey is
certainly a route for those who seek adventure. In recent years, the trail has seen safety measures
added, meaning it is much more secure.
The trail is relatively short and entirely consists of a walkway through a gorge. Parts of the walkway
are attached to the wall of the gorge while the rest is suspended 100 meters above the valley.
Originally constructed for workers on a hydroelectric power plant, those who visit the trail are met
with astonishing views of rushing streams and rocky mountains.
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper.
Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.