Architectural marvels, rolling agricultural hills, and food that’s always worth travelling the extra mile
Mixing Moorish magic with Spanish splendour, stunning interior landscapes with old-world majesty, trips to Spain can be so much more than burnt Brits abroad and package holidays. It’s rugged and outdoorsy, infused with passion and a sense of adventure.
This is a land of much diversity. From the charming bays of the Mediterranean to the wild Atlantic northwest, the drama of The Pyrenees and Picos de Europa to the Sierra Nevada, each region is wildly different and marked by unique cuisine and dialect. Our Spanish tours open up a landscape full of secluded valleys, stunning sierras and scorching coastline, offering scenic walking and challenging cycling all year round.
Exodus’ Spain trips will open your eyes to a whole range of stunning sights and sounds. Whether it’s the authenticity of Andalucia you’re after, the colourful fishing harbours of our Catalan coastal walks or perhaps the famous Camino de Santiago trek – the nation’s most celebrated pilgrimage route – our trips to Spain offer the chance for you to enjoy the journey of a lifetime.
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What are the must-see highlights of our Spain trips?
1. Andalucia: Incredible scenery, sublime architecture, fabulous cities and wild undiscovered countryside – Andalucia has it all. The Sierra Nevada boasts rugged mountains, fertile valleys and forests of chestnut and oak. Ronda oozes old school charm and the cities of Granada and Seville parade exquisite Moorish art.
2. Picos de Europa: This is the setting for some spectacular limestone mountains and home to an astonishing diversity of flora and fauna. A comparatively small area on the Iberian Peninsula, the Picos de Europa is home to a large number of vultures – eagles and kites – as well as the odd wolf and bear – perfect if you’re looking to take in some local wildlife as part of your trip to Spain. Its wild scenery is the big draw for many visitors who come not just for the walking, but also for activity holidays full of caving, canoeing, canyoning and climbing.
3. Mediterranean Coast: In the upland areas behind the seaside development of Benidorm lie the untouched hills of the Sierra de Aitana and the Valls de la Marina. These limestone ranges offer superb walking in a sunny but mild climate – making our Spain trips a perfect escape in the winter months.
4. Camino de Santiago: Following the Way of St James in northern Spain, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela is one of the world’s most renowned and oldest pilgrimage routes. For over 1,000 years pilgrims have made this spiritual journey which is made up of an extensive network of routes that run for around 750kms. Nowadays, people from all around the world walk along a section of the Camino de Santiago to enjoy the beautiful scenery and receive a certificate of accomplishment once they have arrived at the Church of St James.
5. Catalan Coast: Made up of sheltered coves, unspoilt beaches and charming fishing villages, the Catalan Coasts sweeps along Spain’s Costa Brava. Because it is one of the country’s well-kept secrets, it makes a fabulous location for cycling or a walking trip to Spain. Along the trails you can explore pine forests, see local wildlife and enjoy delicious Catalan cuisine.
How long are your Spanish tours?
Our Spain trips range between five days and two weeks in length, encompassing short walking and cycling breaks in Catalunya to a fortnight’s self guided walk on the St James’ Way. So, whether you’re looking for a brief break or an extended excursion, our range of scintillating trips to Spain have got you covered.
Are your Spain trips guided
Around half of our Spanish tours are guided and our expert leaders will do so much more than just show you the way. They’ll point out all the local highlights, offer invaluable insights into the area’s history and give you that truly unique experience. However, if you’d rather go it alone then our vast range of self-guided Spain tours provide the perfect solution.
FAQs on Spain tours
Where’s the best place for walking on Spain tours?
Owing to its diverse and dramatic landscapes, Spain is a fabulous destination for walking trips. Whether you prefer to head into the mountains and explore the Picos de Europa and the Sierra de Aitana or immerse yourself in the romantic whitewashed villages of Andalucia, you’re greeted with natural beauty around every twist and turn. The Camino de Santiago is a fabulous long-distance pilgrimage trail that takes you on a fascinating journey into the culture and history of northern Spain or you can discover the vibrant cities of Seville and Granada in the south.
Is hiking in the Picos de Europa difficult?
This beautiful mountain range and nature reserve offers a wide range of hiking trails which vary in difficulty, although many can be completed in a day. The landscapes are extremely diverse but the higher up you climb, the more stunning the scenery and views become. There are three massifs where you can walk along valleys and gorges, following a range of shepherd’s paths, Roman roads and old mining tracks. There are some steep drops and rugged terrain, and you’ll need a good level of fitness, especially if you want to tackle the higher peaks.
Where’s the best place for cycling in Spain?
Cycling is a great way to explore the country and we offer several Spain tours that steer you through some of the most scenic regions on two wheels, from the stunning Catalan coast to the hills of Andalucia. One of the most famous and interesting routes follows the Way of St James along the Camino de Santiago. As well as enjoying the picturesque landscapes, you’ll pass Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals along the way. Alternatively, ride to the medieval town of Girona and discover its Jewish and old quarters and dine on the iconic main street, La Rambla de la Llibertat.
When is the best time to for cycling trips to Spain?
Spain boasts a wonderful Mediterranean climate, but the temperatures can vary from region to region. Catalonia tends to have milder temperatures, but it can become extremely hot in July and August. April and October are good months for cycling with temperatures ranging from 5C- 25C, however, they can be prone to rain and wind. May, June and September are generally the best months for cycling as they are pleasantly warm with less wind and rainfall, and the scenery is just as beautiful.
What are the best things to see in La Palma?
Made up of volcanic landscapes, La Palma is filled with drama and diverse scenery that can be explored on our immersive Spain trips. Well-defined trails lead you through many of the island’s natural highlights to incredible viewpoints where you can enjoy 360-degree panoramas of the coast. Walk along the Ruta de los Volcanes, one of the island’s most famous trails; explore the prehistoric forest en route to Laguna de Barlovento; and hike along the caldera rim of Roque de Los Muchachos. Santa Cruz, a pretty port town and the capital of La Palma, is also worth visiting, especially the black sand beach and the old town where cobbled streets are lined with Flemish architecture.
Is Mallorca a good place to go on a trip to Spain?
The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is a great place to visit in Spain. The island is home to emerald waters, vibrant fishing ports, hilltop monasteries and the imposing Serra de Tramuntana range. Off the beaten track, you’ll find beautiful villages, such as Deia, S’Atalaia and Valldemossa, which look out over some of the most stunning scenery in Spain. As well as exploring its sun-bleached beaches, you can experience diverse culture, delicious cuisine and a whole host of bird species such as falcons, vulture and osprey.
What are the 5 most popular foods in Spain?
Inspired by the warm Mediterranean climate and sun-ripened produce, the food in Spain is all about making the most of the vibrant flavours. On Spain trips there are so many tasty dishes to enjoy but there are some that are synonymous with the country. Tapas are particularly popular with dishes like patatas bravas, calamari and gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) often on the menu. Of course, paella is one of Spain’s most famous and traditional dishes which combines saffron rice, vegetables, chicken and seafood all cooked together in one large pan. Tortilla Espanola (Spanish omelette) is another favourite meal made with eggs, potatoes, onions and meats such as chorizo or ham.
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