Hiking in winter? Why not? This season not only adds an extra element of adventure due to the low temperatures, but also has the plus of the snow beauty.
It can also be argued that in cold weather we do not have to suffer so much from insect bites, from the sun’s rays (beware, from which we still have to protect ourselves in winter), that the extreme heat does not cause us to lose energy or electrolytes for perspiration …
The Pyrenees, a mountain mass that runs through the territories of Andorra, France and Spain, has historically been a challenge for hikers. This natural border between Spain and France covers a range of 425 km in length and 80 km in width, where there are plenty of spectacular places for hiking, due to its combination of mountains, high peaks, volcanoes, rivers and glaciers.
Hiking is an activity that has been extended worldwide and proposes an incredible mix of sport, cultural recreation and nature. This amazing activity creates quicklinks between humans and the environment, respecting cultural identity and National Heritage.
Spain has lovely environments of over 60,000 km from route; so many that you will lack the time to visit them all. If you are in love of this activity, from Walkaholic we propose 10 walking trails to do this fall and enjoy in the coming months.
Runs through the magical Spain autumn
Fall, with its explosion of colors worth to admire and pleasant temperatures, is the ideal time to walk. The routes we present you next have been selected among the most popular for this season, all of them documented in our hiking app.
1. By the roads of Navarre: the Irati jungle
Located in Navarre excels the Irati jungle, the second largest European forest after the German Black Forest. You can access this place almost pristine from Ochagavia or Orbaitzeta. This Forest of beech and spruce has nature reserves as Lizardoia, proclaimed World Heritage Site. You can also enjoy the route to the crystalline waters of the Cubo´s river waterfall.
Hiking Sierras de Cazorla can be perfect for a weekend, or for an exigent multiday trek. In the inner province of Jaén, in Andalusia, we found one of the most well renowned natural parks of Spain. The Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park. And in the heart of this natural paradise, there is the long GR-247, or “Bosques del Sur” track, which is divided in 21 main stages.
Fauna and flora spotted while Hiking Sierras de Cazorla
Here you can enjoy of the very beginning of the Guadalquivir river. A varied range of wild animals like:
Last April, I went with a very good friend of mine to do a trek near my hometown. I grew up in the province of Alicante, in Southeast Spain. In a very tiny town named Xirles, 15km off the coast. My friend and I wanted to sleep at the mountain, in order to do a longer trek, and enjoy the evening. So we hiked two of the most relevant mountains in the area. Puig Campana and Mount Ponoig (Sleepy Lion in English, or “León Dormido” in Spanish).
Puig Campana is a mountain with an elevation of 1,406 m (4,613 ft). And Mount Ponoig is 1,181 m (3,874 ft). These mountains are very close to each other. From top to top, the shortest walkable distance is only 4,11km.
Legends of Puig Campana
Among the locals, there are a few stories that talk about the mountain of Puig Campana. I’ve even checked in the Wikipedia, in order to see if some match the one I remember since I was a child. But none fit, although they are very close between each other in the essence of the myth.