Take the Spanish footpath

Take your pick! Spain has such a wealth of history and diverse landscapes to discover it's difficult to know where to start. Let HF Holidays give you a helping hand; we've a great choice of classic routes for anyone who wants to uncover more from their time in Spain. Join us on a Guided Trail with an experienced local guide who will share their knowledge to make your holiday a truly remarkable one.

NEW for 2016 we are hiking a 50 mile (80km) trail in the Picos de Europa, the rugged mountain range in northern Spain with deep gorges, rushing rivers and towering ridges, feasting on cheese and chorizo on the way. We follow much of the historic Ruta de la Reconquista long distance footpath. The Reconquista was the long process of reconquest against the Moorish troops with the first legendary victory in 821 near Covadonga. The Picos are considered the birthplace of Spain and the first Christian Kingdom of Spain.

We will also take an excursion to the foot of the famous summit Picu Urriellu. The rocky peaks and tiny villages perched on the hillsides are as breathtaking as any you will find in Europe. You'll end your journey in Bilbao with a typical tapas meal to celebrate.

A truly famous trail in the north of Spain is the Camino de Santiago. We complete the final section of the thousand-year-old epic “Way of St James” from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. This 70 mile (112km) trail meanders through medieval villages and towns, passing Romanesque churches, tiny hermitages, castles and fortresses. We are able to imagine the 10th century pilgrims braving bandits and wolves in their quest to revere the bones of St James in the silver casket in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

In stark contrast we also offer the beauty of the Alpujarras Trail on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada in Andalucia. This trail covers part of the GR7 long distance trail and passes picturesque white-washed Moorish villages including Trevelez, famous for Serrano ham. This was the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain and the charm of the Arabic legacy remains here with the Berber-style villages, place names and farming techniques. You'll find abundant olive orchards, orange and lemon groves and almonds, figs and grapes.

Dramatic views to the Mediterranean and the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada lead us to Granada where we end the holiday with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Alhambra Palace and Fortress.

If island life and magnificent coastal, as well as mountain, scenery inspires you, then Mallorca is the place to go, following the magnificent Tramuntana Trail from Valldemossa to Pollenca. The dramatic and spectacular views along the Serra de Tramuntana with the pretty mountain villages and the famous Lluc monastery will immerse you in the history of the island. Secluded bays and plunging cliffs are a feature of the views on the coast.

Our final Spanish connection is the Cathar Crossing which takes us 57 miles (91km) across the Pyrenees from France to Spain on the path of the Bon Hommes, the last of the Cathar apostles who fled from the “Holy Inquisition,” to find refuge in Catalonia. Along the trail we discover Pyrenean culture, hospitable villages and the fabulous mountains and scenery of the Pyrenees.

So take a trail with the experts in 2016