Hiking sounds like the perfect match for Autumn, chilly weather, friends, family and chimney with an olive snack at the end of a trekking day. After a long week of work in the city, everybody embraces a relaxing weekend in the mountains.
Spain gives us a full range of possibilities for hiking, suitable for everybody.
Here below more than a couple of ideas for all the audiences. Hiking, trekking, climbing, caving, canyoning, biking, horse-riding and quad-biking routes, kayaking, mountaineering, fishing, orienteering, Do you dare to a new adventure in an environmentally friendly way?
Picos de Europa.
Everything is stunning in this northern Spanish landscape: the rocky peaks, the gorges, the valleys, the vast glacial lakes, the leafy forests…and the best way to see them is on foot.
The protected surroundings of the Picos de Europa mountains lie across three provinces in northern Spain: Cantabria, Asturias and León. This was the first National Park to be declared in Spain and there is no doubt that its natural diversity and outstanding scenery make it a truly unique place. Hiking is the ideal way to explore all its beauties, just do it !
Region of Valencia.
The city of the world-known Paella and Mediterranean sandy beaches can be much more than that. The Valencian region has more than 20 nature reserves, various internationally important wetland areas, more than 280 official walking trails covering 4,000 kilometres, and a wealth of endemic flora that brings some seven million visitors to its mountains every year. Surprising right?
You can enjoy as you stroll amidst aromatic plants such as rosemary, thyme and lavender. You will also love the sound of birdsong, this region is chosen by a huge variety of migratory birds in search of warmer climes. But first, make a stop in the path an enjoy some olive snack.
La Rioja, in northern Spain, is a land of vineyards and wine, art and culture, and of course, countryside. You will love the variety of its landscapes. Here you will find Mediterranean forests along with high mountain landscapes that rapidly give way to semi-arid areas with an almost lunar look.
Mountain boots and clothing, water bottle, hat, rucksack, a jar of olives from Spain to enjoy along the ride and, above all, a desire to experience the countryside. In La Rioja, you will find many easy routes with good access. Trails running through the Obarenes Mountains, dominated by vineyards; or those to be found alongside pine woods, lakes with icy water, and waterfalls in the Picos de Urbión Mountains. Nature, breath in, breath out.
Alcudia, Castilla y León
The Alcudia Valley, the area that Miguel de Cervantes immortalised in his novel Don Quixote. In this huge Mediterranean forest, there are archaeological sites, a host of animal species to be seen, cave paintings, thermal springs, lakes, rivers, tracks and trails.
Don’t miss: the Retamar Lake Paleolithic remains, in Almodóvar del Campo; the Iberian-Roman ruins of La Bienvenida, one of the province’s most important archaeological sites; the prehistoric cave paintings at Peña Escrita and Bataner. A lot to see, and a long way to walk, a small and tasty olive snack will help to restore your flagging energy, remember they are the favourites of the sportive tribe.
The Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park.
In the Ordesa National Park you’ll find routes suitable for everybody, so you can explore, at your own pace, the valleys, pastures and rivers which lie at the foot of Monte Perdido, the highest peak (3,355 metres) in this part of Spain. A series of easily accessible trails will lead you to natural wonders such as the waterfall known as the “Cola de Caballo”. Amazing, you will come back to your routine with another spirit, promised.
As we have already said olives are the chosen snack for the sportsperson, olives are nutritious and healthy. They stimulate the cardiovascular system, they are antioxidants and they have dietary fibre, minerals and all the essential amino acids, a good food for athletes and a basic Mediterranean appetizer. What else?