From hiking the Camino de Santiago to paragliding in Andalusia, these are 8 amazing adventures in Spain for your next holiday!
It’s time to get ready for the ultimate outdoor adventures in Spain!
You may think of Spain as being slow and sedate, a county all about the afternoon siestas and late-night fiestas, but you can have some incredible adventure holidays there.
One of the things I love about Spain is the weather. With a lot of places in the south of the country getting around 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s one of the best places to be outside. Instead of sunning yourself by the pool though, I really recommend one of these Spanish adventures.
Almost one that needs no introduction is the Camino de Santiago – this is 800 kms of hiking through the most beautiful terrain of northwestern Spain.
However, a few other Spanish adventures involve learning to surf at Santander, climbing to the top of a volcano in Lanzarote and partying at La Rioja Festival (yes, Spain has a festival dedicated to drinking wine – how amazing is that!?)
Also, I recently visited the region of Murcia and I was so surprised at how different this place was to the rest of the country. Very rough and rugged, sometimes Murcia looked more like Mars than anywhere else I’ve been to. It definitely highlights the different landscapes you can get in Spain though.
So, for you next holiday why don’t you try one of these adventure activities in Spain? I promise you won’t regret it!
Head for the hills cycling the Pyrenees
The Pyrenees mountain range covers 430 km and it stretches over both Spain and France.
The French Pyrenees may be famous for the Tour de France and more well known, but the Spanish Pyrenees are just as beautiful with hardly any riders on the road.
Places like Girona have become a bit of a ‘must see’ for cyclists with an avid community being based there, and obviously there’s the great cycling conditions all-year round.
Girona is a great place to start your trip but there are some amazing accents around the area that include the 10km Sant Hilari, the 10km Rocacorba and the 11km Els Angels.
Also, one of the best things about cycling in the Pyrenees is you can nip into France and enjoy some of the iconic Tour de France climbs. This one is a real must for any cycling enthusiast.
Hike the legendary Camino de Santiago
The Camino de Santiago (also known as the Way of Saint James) is a network of trails leading to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galacia in northwestern Spain.
Many walk the Camino as a form of spiritual journey, a way to find yourself again on the road.
Or, for people like me, it’s just the beauty of hiking in somewhere as stunning as Spain with some amazing like-minded people along the way.
A lot of companies offer guided walking and walking holidays, but somewhere like the Camino de Santiago you can do it on your own too. It all comes down to how much time you have. If you’re short on time then it’s a good idea booking a walking holiday package.
Either way, there is a reason the Camino de Santiago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It really is one of the most incredible hikes you’ll ever do.
Also, the best places to stay on the Camino de Santiago include converted castles and monasteries – so cool and very different too!
If you’re looking for some accommodation then make sure you check out my blog post on ‘The Best Places to Stay on the Camino de Santiago‘.
Learn to surf at Santander
No matter where I am around the world I always love surfing.
If you’ve never tried it before, Santander in northern Spain is a great place to learn to surf. You’ve got rugged coastlines and rolling mountains making this one of the best adventures in Spain.
While the Basque Country may be better known for its surfing, Cantabria and the area around Santander offer some great options too. Spots such as Liencres, El Sardinero, and Berria are all amazing and there are a few surf schools too to teach you the ways of the water.
However, there is some big BIG wave surfing at Cantabria so I recommend you steer clear of those until you’re ready! It does make an amazing spot to watch the surfers though!
The surfing season really picks up in June 2019 and then carries all the way through till very late in the summer. And the waters are warmer than you think too.
Party at La Rioja Festival
The title of this festival says it all, really!
If you’re a wine lover (much like I am), don’t miss the chance to visit the Rioja region in northern Spain the summertime. I mean, it’s totally acceptable getting squiffy all in the name of culture.
With a number of different wine tasting events and tapas bars to enjoy, it’s very easy to lose track of time here, but the main event is the “Batalla de Vino”, also known as the wine fight.
The battle begins with a massive street party before everyone gathers the next day to duke it out armed with buckets of wine. Bring your water pistol, dress up in some old clothes and be prepared to get drenched in wine because this is a fiesta like no other.
Climb to the top of a volcano at Lanzarote
If there’s one thing you won’t be short of in Lanzarote its hiking trails.
With a crazy moon-like landscape and a few volcanoes dotted around the island, it is incredibly beautiful here and another amazing adventure holiday in Spain.
Los Volcanes Nature Park together with Timanfaya National Park are the two main places to hike volcanoes in Lanzarote and they can easily be done in a day.
One of the best things about hiking Lanzarote is that you can either go off on your own or hire a guide to show you the best trails – it’s completely up to you!
Get messy at La Tomatina Festival
La Tomatina is a festival everyone knows about.
Held in the Valencian town of Buñol in the east of Spain, La Tomatina is a food fight like no other – thousands of people gather in the streets hurling rotten tomatoes at each other.
What’s the point of La Tomatina? To have as much fun as possible of course!
I know it seems strange having a food fight as one of the top adventures in Spain but it has become one of those bucket-list activities that everyone wants to do (including me!)
Also, there are a bunch of other festivities and live-music around La Tomatina well worth checking out. Just make sure you book a hotel for la Tomatina beforehand as they can sell out pretty quickly.
Try paragliding in Andalusia
Paragliding over the countryside of Andalusia and Sierra Nevada? Sign me up! This is what mountain adventures in Spain is all about!
This has to be one of my top things to do in Spain and it is surprisingly relaxing too. Honestly, it really isn’t as scary as you think and I really recommend this activity to people.
Andalusia has become a bit of a Mecca for Spanish paragliders. Not only can you fly in the hills of Andalusia all-year round but there are over 20 established flying sites. This makes it perfect if you’re learning to paraglide or if you want to try it for the first time.
Also, there are loads of schools in the area where you can book a flight and learn from an expert. Tempted now? You can find out some more information about paragliding in Andalusia here.
Get your zen on doing yoga in Ibiza
Okay, so this isn’t exactly an a Spanish adventure but it is still one of the top things to do in Spain.
While Ibiza is famed for its nightlife, this Mediterranean Island off the coast of Spain has a lot to offer beyond clubbing till 6am.
Once you get away from Pacha and Ushuaia, Ibiza is actually an incredibly sedate island and an amazing place to do yoga. Whether you want to drop into a class or get away to a retreat, there are no lack of options for yogis in Ibiza.
There is something unique about island life. It somehow lends itself to a slower pace, and more room for inner practice.
It’s no wonder the natural beauty of Ibiza has become so popular for the spiritual and physical practice.
If you fancy the slower pace of life, this is the one for you!
This post was in association with the Expedia Hotel Edit promoting some of the most beautiful and unusual hotels around the world. As always, all views and opinions are my own.
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