Walking holidays in Spain

Spain is justifiably famous, not least for its steamy-hot summers, mild winters, lovely beaches, inviting gardens, and big-name cities on its mainland and islands. It also offers evocative landscapes for walkers and hikers, mostly found around Catalonia’s Costa Brava and Dorada, the Balearic beauties of Mallorca and Menorca, and the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, and La Palma. 

The lure of the Canary Islands 

The largest island of the archipelago, Tenerife has no shortage of extraordinary wildlife, dramatic volcanic landscapes, pine-scented forests, and wide-open spaces. Most standout is Mount Teide – the smoking hotspot with its summit at 12,198 feet above sea level. You can tackle the peak on foot or ride the cable car to the top station of La Rambleta for knockout island views. Equally scenic is Gran Canaria. Like a miniature continent, it's the go-to destination for climbing cloud-piercing peaks, hiking through volcanic craters, and exploring exotic banana plantations. And then there's La Palma, much-loved for its rugged cliffs, black beaches, dramatic volcanic craters, and lava rivers.  

Balearic bliss in Mallorca 

As one of the most enchanting of the Balearics, Mallorca offers a seamless blend of sandy beaches, rugged coastlines, and unsurpassed rural gastronomy. You’ll get to walk on the peninsula that separates the bays of Pollença and Alcúdia, relax on the small bays of Cala Sant Vicenc, and travel to the Tramuntana mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its Lluc Monastery and hilltop village of Deià. The island’s capital of Palma is also worth a detour for gazing at the colossal sandstone cathedral, visiting Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art, spending time in Joan Miró's studio, and strolling or cycling on the promenade that stretches for miles along the seafront. 

Mellow vibes in rural Menorca 

More low-key than its larger and louder Balearic neighbours, peaceful Menorca triumphs with some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. It’s also spot-on for walking holidays in Spain, too, especially if you’re keen to get up-close with all sorts of wildlife and learn more about the island’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. You’ll get to follow the Cami de Cavalls coastal footpath to Punta Prima, discover tucked-away villages in the rolling hills, and explore the interesting port city of Ciutadella. Also worthy of your attention is Mahón – the small but charming capital lauded for its wonderful markets, historic houses, cobbled streets, pavement cafés galore, and one of the largest natural harbours in the world. 

Classic trails in Catalonia 

For all the walking thrills you can muster in Spain’s north-east corner, Catalonia delivers with big beaches, high mountain scenery, charming fishing villages, and architecture-rich cities. Your guided tour rewards with heaps of sunny Mediterranean coastal views, both along the GR92 long-distance path and on the Cami de Ronda. To top things off, you’ll navigate the volcanic terrain at La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park and follow in the footsteps of Salvador Dali at Cadaqués – the whitewashed town on the Cap de Creus peninsula that was once home to the surrealist master.