Best hiking trails in Spain

Routes that teach us to enjoy and know the so different landscapes that exist in the country. Spain has countless places to enjoy hiking. It consists of the realization of routes on foot by marked paths and / or approved, so you can say that is a symbiosis between sport, culture and environment

ROUTE OF THE BOROSA RIVER (CAZORLA)

The climb following the course of the Borosa river until its source is one of the most famous and popular hiking routes in the Sierra de Cazorla Natural Park. It is one of the areas with the most beautiful spots in southern Spain. We must highlight the rapids within the Borosa river, the rocks and caves in which the riverbed fits in, and the lush vegetation of the riverbank. In the final part you have to enter an old mine to reach the placid birth. The descent is through the same place. Although it is a constant climb until reaching the source, it is a route suitable for almost all audiences. As tips, we recommend you do it in the rain.

Summary of the Route 

  • How to get there: Access from Cazorla and get to the Torre del Vinagre visitor center.
  • Distance: 22 km. (round trip). 
  • Time: 7 hours (round trip).
  • Technical difficulty: Moderate. 
  • Circular: Yes

THE IRATI JUNGLE (NAVARRE)

The Irati Forest is the second largest and best preserved beech-fir forest in Europe, after the Black Forest of Germany. An immense green spot of about 17,000 hectares that remains almost virgin. It is located in the eastern Navarrese Pyrenees, in a basin surrounded by mountains. From the Hermitage of Las Nieves the path leading down to the waterfall of the Cubo waterfall, a river with crystal clear waters, is lost and disappears into the mountains until crossing the border that separates us from France. 

Summary of the Route 

  • How to get there: Access from the Aezkoa Valley and the Salazar Valley.
  • Distance: 20 km (round trip). 
  • Time: 2 hours (round trip).
  • Technical difficulty: Easy. 
  • Circular: Yes.

SENDERO DEL DEZA (PONTEVEDRA)

This small hiking route gathers such diversity of views and places of passage that it has been chosen as outstanding in Galicia. The route begins by enjoying the Toxa Waterfall, 25 meters high, to continue the route immersed in the forest, where we can visit the Gothic hermitage of San Pedro de Ansemil and take a short break on the river beach of A Carixa. Continuing the route along the medieval road whose Ponte do Demo (Devil’s Bridge, where legend has it that it was the place of robberies, fights and murders) brings us closer to San Lourenzo de Carboeiro.

Summary of the Route 

  • How to get there: Access from Villa de A Bandeira, which links Ourense with Santiago de Compostela.
  • Distance: 12 km (round trip). 
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (round trip). – Technical difficulty: Easy. 
  • Circular: Yes.

ROUTE OF THE LABYRINTH (MADRID)

The route of the Labyrinth is not so well known, but it is one of the most fun and surprising in La Pedriza: climbs, steps under the rock, moments of panic, loss of the GPS signal due to being surrounded from so much stone … and the vultures hovering over our heads at hand. Along the route you walk among large granite cliffs where we can see quite a few vultures. To cross the gorge from which we have views of the Maliciosa and the Ball of the World and, already on the descent, to be able to see curious rocks of La Pedriza.

Summary of the Route 

  • How to get there: Access from La Pedriza, until you reach the Canto Cochino car park. 
  • Distance: 18 km (round trip). 
  • Time: 6 hours (round trip).
  • Technical difficulty: Difficult. 
  • Circular: Yes.

THE RIO VERO CANYON (HUESCA)

The route begins in one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, Alquézar, it takes us through the crystal clear waters of the Vero river canyon. Along the way there are footbridges on the rock, waterfalls, a cave, pools for diving and a beautiful medieval bridge. But the most fun is that there is a small section that runs within the course of the river. After leaving the Vero canyon and leaving the footbridges behind, the trail connects with the Somontano de Barbastro Nature Trail that comes from Alquézar and with it shares the route to the town of Asque.

Summary of the Route 

  • How to get there: Access from Lecina, direction Colungo, until you reach the parking lot.
  • Distance: 10 km (round trip). 
  • Time: 2 hours (round trip). – Technical difficulty: Easy. 
  • Circular: Yes.

GOLGADO VALLEY ROUTE (CATALONIA)

Very pleasant route and without any difficulty where we visit the Gerber lakes. During the route of the valley a well-defined high mountain path is traveled, discovering the different lakes of glacial origin that exist. The Gerber valley is located in Pallars Sobirá (Lérida), within the peripheral area of the Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park and limits to the W with the Arán Valley. It is located in a place in Alto Pallars ideal for a pleasant walk.

Summary of the Route 

  • How to get there: Access from Esterri d’Àneu (Pallars Sobirá) or from Salardú (Valle de Arán). 
  • Distance: 8 km (round trip).
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (round trip).
  • Technical difficulty: Easy.
  • Circular: No.

LAKES OF SALIENCIA (ASTURIAS)

The lakes of Saliencia are located in the heart of the Somiedo Natural Park, in the south of Asturias and almost bordering Castilla y León. These four lakes of glacial origin (Cueva, Calabazosa, Cerveriz and Almagrera) were declared a Natural Monument and are part of the Somiedo Biosphere Reserve. After leaving the edge of the lake behind, a zigzag climb of about a kilometer and a half begins, giving away the first panoramic images. The views of the Cueva lake from the road are sublime.

Summary of the Route 

  • How to get there: Access from the Saliencia Valley to the Alto de la Farrapona car park.
  • Distance: 8 km (round trip).
  • Time: 3 hours (round trip).
  • Technical difficulty: Easy. 
  • Circular: Yes.