Everyone has an image of Spain in their heads. However, how many people can say they explored the country on foot or by bike beyond the main holiday resorts?
Many holidaymakers think of popular beach resorts but also the main Spanish Islands or the cities of Barcelona, Valencia, or Madrid, yet the country has so much more to offer its visitors. Spain is truly a mix of contrasts between northern and southern Spain, regional diversity, and a climate that is almost perfect for active pursuits. It is no wonder people flock to the roads of Majorca to cycle around the island or to ride around the white villages of Andalucía in the autumn and spring.
With its amazing weather and wealth of outdoor activities, Spain is the perfect destination for a hiking holiday with trails that make the most of the National Parks and trails. Cycling is of course, always better in the sun!
The Balearic Islands consist of five islands: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Cabrera. Beautiful Mallorca (Majorca) is a place that attracts many holidaymakers worldwide. You will discover the Mediterranean way of life here, whether on an impressive walking tour of the 'Highlights of Majorca', a 'Finca walk with charm' or a cycle tour of the island. The neighbouring island of Menorca is a bit quieter, but that does not detract from its beauty. Menorca is a real active travel paradise. The long-distance hiking trail "Camí de Cavalls" is a delight for the senses with lonely coves, pristine sandy beaches and breathtaking cliffs. Both Majorca and Menorca are the perfect holiday destinations for those looking for an active holiday in sun!
The Canary Islands consist of seven islands and are located in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 100km from the Moroccan coast. There is an almost limitless variety of activities here for outdoor enthusiasts. Away from the mountains, there is a mix of white and fine black sand beaches that reveal the islands’ volcanic geology. The busy resort towns in Tenerife and El Hierro are often flanked by quiet villages that are ideal stop-off points. The hiking trails generally pass through these areas and show a contrasting side to the island’s culture and past.
Mainland Spain is different to the Spanish Islands; there is an impressive range of hiking and cycling opportunities with vastly different landscapes depending on where you are. For example, hikers can experience Catalonia and then enjoy spectacular views of the coast and the nearby Pyrenees. Those looking for a more spiritual challenge can follow the last 100 kilometres of pilgrimage trail called the Camino de Santiago which runs from Sarria to the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. A truly life-changing experience.
Weather: All year-round goodness
The climate in Spain is as diverse as the country itself. But for a hiking trip or cycling holiday, the weather conditions offer beautiful conditions and pleasant temperatures all year round. And did you know that the climate in the Canary Islands, especially Tenerife, enjoys some of the best weather in all months? On our hiking tours inland or on the Balearic Islands or the Canary Islands, you can do something good for both body and mind and hopefully in lovely sunshine. Hiking, active holidays by bike and experiences are best enjoyed in beautiful natural landscapes with great weather.
The daily life of the Spanish perfectly reflects the Mediterranean way of life. Meeting times are kept a bit more flexible. People take the time to chat no matter how busy some people may seem and the start of the day is so pleasant with a friendly smile or nod often glanced in your direction out on a walking trail or in a local cafe. After a hard-working day, the emphasis in the evening is on relaxation and enjoyment, often with the family eating a meal together in a town or village square.
Food and drink
The influence of the sea can be found in many traits of Spanish cuisine. Each region has a unique culinary treasure which is made up of local traditions, culinary talents, and internationally popular dishes. People eat late in Spain so do not be surprised if your nearby restaurant isn’t busy until 2100. Breakfasts are uncomplicated with coffee and pastries on offer. Siestas between 1400 to 1700 are still commonplace and many shops will be closed during this time before re-opening later in the evening. The diverse cuisine includes dishes made from pulses, fresh vegetables, local meats and fish, olive oil, and regional wines.
With a focus on delivering well-organised self-guided cycling holidays, walking holidays, active family holidays and Bike and Boat tours throughout Europe, we can offer a wide range of active holidays to suit all abilities.
All of our active holidays include luggage transfers and local support. You can contact us by telephone by calling our UK-based booking line on 0044(0)1706 618155 and we are available from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:30.
Our website is continually updated and we will be able to answer any questions that you may have about specific tours and general availability.
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