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The best spring hiking routes of Spain

Ah, the spring! As much as winter is the ideal season to dust off our snowshoes, crampons and put on our warmer jacket, with the arrival of this new season life around us is reborn. Why not then lighten our clothes and go out to enjoy nature?

To enjoy the new season in full, from Walkaholic we recommend you 10 wonderful places for hiking in Spain that will leave you unforgettable memories of this spring. Enjoy them!

Finisterre Cape (Galicia)

Cabo de Finisterre hiking in Galicia
View of Cape Finisterre / photo of Lee Kyung License (CC BY-SA 2.0)

If you are one of those romantics who love sunsets at the shore of the Atlantic waves, you will surely want to make the route that extends from San Guillermo to Finisterre Cape.

The cape is so beautiful and historic that in its day it was considered the end of the known world, and it has been declared in 2007 European Heritage.

Finisterre Cape is the final point for many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, who have the habitude to burn their boots and clothes there, as a symbolic gesture to emerge free of the clothes that have accompanied them on such a long journey.

Saja-Nansa Region (Cantabria)

Between the rivers Saja and Nansa of Cantabria there are many trails, but only one is guarded by 800 giant redwoods. The Natural Monument of the Secuoyas of Monte Cabezón can be described only with the word “magnificent”: you can’t be sure if you are walking through a forest of Rivendel in the Lord of the Rings or through the Mount of Las Navas, very close to Cabezón de la Sal.

Later the trail is divided, so if you want to continue walking you can choose among the mountains of Ucieda, San Sebastián de Garabandal or go to the Peñarrubia valley.

Málaga Great Trail (Andalusia)

If you are one of those who decided to go for a long walk this spring, this circular path that exceeds 650 kilometers is a real challenge. It is a long-distance trail (GR-249) that joins us with other trails in the province and links with the Mozárabe Way of Santiago (GR 245).

Sierra Bermeja, Estepona (Málaga).
Vista de Estepona, Sierra de Bermeja / photo by Nefci License (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Its designers, taking into consideration the hiker´s desires, have divided it into 35 stages and 3 variants, so you can choose to your liking. You will surely find inspiration for your trip in the Walkaholic maps:

  1. Stage 1: Málaga – Rincón de la Victoria
  2. Stage 2: Rincón de la Victoria – Vélez Málaga
  3. Stage 3: Vélez Málaga – Torrox
  4. Stage 4: Torrox – Nerja
  5. Stage 5: Nerja – Frigiliana
  6. Stage 6: Frigiliana – Cómpeta
  7. Stage 7: Cómpeta – Canillas de Aceituno
  8. Stage 8: Canillas de Aceituno – Periana
  9. Stage 9: Periana – Pulgarín Alto
  10. Stage 10: Pulgarín Alto – Alfarnate
  11. Stage 11: Alfarnate – Villanueva del Rosario
  12. Stage 12: Villanueva del Rosario – Archidona
  13. Stage 13: Archidona – Villanueva de Tapia
  14. Stage 14: Villanueva de Tapia – Villanueva de Algaidas
  15. Stage 15: Villanueva de Algaidas – Cuevas Bajas
  16. Stage 16: Cuevas Bajas – Alameda
  17. Stage 17: Alameda – Fuente de Piedra
  18. Stage 18: Fuente de Piedra – Campillos
  19. Stage 19: Campillos – Reservoirs of the Guadalhorce
  20. Stage 20: Reservoirs of the Guadalhorce – El Chorro Station
  21. Stage 21: El Chorro Station – Ardales
  22. Stage 22: Ardales – El Burgo
  23. Stage 23: El Burgo – Ronda
  24. Stage 24: Round – Benaoján Station
  25. Stage 25: Benaoján Station – Jimera de Líbar
  26. Stage 26: Jimera de Líbar – Benalauría
  27. Stage 27: Benalauría – Genalguacil
  28. Stage 28: Genalguacil – Casares
  29. Stage 29: Casares – Estepona
  30. Stage 30: Estepona – Marbella
  31. Stage 31: Marbella – Ojén
  32. Stage 32: Ojén – Mijas
  33. Stage 33: Mijas – Benalmádena
  34. Stage 34: Benalmádena – Alhaurín de la Torre
  35. Stage 35: Alhaurín de la Torre – Málaga

Camí de Cavalls in Menorca (Balearic Islands)

Hiking in Camí de Cavalls / photo by Franco Vannini License CC BY 2.0)

Also for those who take the trek seriously is this proposal through the GR-223, in which the island of Menorca is circumvented through 185 kilometers of trails. The Camí de Cavalls runs through the coast, and in addition to the shoreline, has ravines, torrents, lighthouses, trenches and coves that allow you to become in love of this Biosphere Reserve.

The Camí de Cavalls 20 stages
Stages Camí de Cavalls /photo by Maximilian Dörrbecker License (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Camí de Cavalls is divided into 20 stages, all perfectly signaled and in our maps.

  1.    Stage 1: Maó – Es Grau, 3h 30min / 10 km / Difficulty: Medium
  2.    Stage 2: Es Grau – Favàritx, 3h 30min / 8’6 km / Medium
  3.    Stage 3: Favàritx – Arenal d’en Castell, 5 h / 13’6 km / Medium
  4.    Stage 4: Arenal d’en Castell – Cala Tirant, 4 h / 10’8 km / Easy
  5.    Stage 5: Cala Tirant – Binimel·là, 4 h / 9’6 km / Medium
  6.    Stage 6: Binimel·là – Els Alocs, 5 h / 8’9 km / Difficult
  7.    Stage 7: Els Alocs – Algaiarens, 4h 30min / 9’7 km / Medium
  8.    Stage 8: Algaiarens – Cala Morell, 2h 10min / 5’4 km / Medium
  9.    Stage 9: Cala Morell – Punta Nati, 3 h / 7 km / Easy
  10.   Stage 10: Punta Nati – Ciutadella, 4 h / 10’5 km / Easy
  11.   Stage 11: Ciutadella – Punta d’Artrutx, 5 h / 13’2 km / Easy
  12.   Stage 12: Punta d’Artrutx – Cala en Turqueta, 5 h / 13’3 km / Medium
  13.   Stage 13: Turqueta Cove – Cala Galdana, 2h 30min / 6.4km / Easy
  14.   Stage 14: Cala Galdana – Sant Tomàs, 4h 30min / 10’8 km / Medium
  15.   Stage 15: Sant Tomàs – Son Bou, 2h 30min / 6’4 km / Easy
  16.   Stage 16: Son Bou – Cala en Porter, 3h 30min / 8km / Medium
  17.   Stage 17: Cove in Porter – Binissafúller, 4h 30min / 11’8 km / Easy
  18.   Stage 18: Binissafúller – Punta Prima, 3h 30min / 8’1 km / Easy
  19.   Stage 19: Punta Prima – Cala de Sant Esteve, 2h 40min / 7’3 km / Easy
  20.   Stage 20: Cala de Sant Esteve – Maó, 2h 20min / 6km / Easy

Montserrat (Barcelona)

the Natural Park of the Montserrat Mountain

This place promises a magnificent spring day for hikers: the Natural Park of the Montserrat Mountain has lots of holm oaks and the geological formations to climb. In addition, there are the areas of Agulles, the Monastery of Montserrat, the Monastery of Saint Cecilia to see, and much more.

With wonderful routes that you can do, you will surely spend an excellent day there. Among them stands out:

  1. Route of the Marganell stream
  2. Route from the Font Gran to the Font de Guilleumes
  3. Route of the Romanesque hermitages
  4. Route from Can Massana to Vicenç Barbé Refuge
  5. Route from Bruc to Sant Pau Vell
  6. Route from Can Massana to Roca Foradada
  7. Route of the Serrat dels Gatells Road
  8. Route from Bruc to Coll de Port
  9. Route of the rural roads of the Vinya Nova and l’Alzina Gran
  10. Route of the Quaternary to the Eocene and from the eleventh century BC to the Neolithic Low

Natural Park of the Alcornocales (Andalusia)

In autumn this site is the kingdom of the mushroom pickers, but in spring it is filled with the smell of laurel, oregano, thyme and mustard. They are 170,000 hectares in extension, where there are plenty of trails: just to mention a few, we have the walk next to the Miel River, the Valdeinfierno trail, the Picacho climb or the Puerto Oscuro Gorge route, this last one suitable for all family.

Aigüestortes: Refugi d’Estany Llong (Catalonia)

Aigüestortes Estany Llong (Cataluña)
Aigüestortes and the Estany /photo byToni Martín License (CC BY-ND 2.0)

At the top of the Pyrenees snow still persists, but this route has already been dressed up to celebrate spring. And nothing better than walking by the valley of Boí to Aigüestortes and the Estany Llong and arrives at the shelter of the same name.

The route of the Planell d’Aigüestortes-Estany de Llebreta covers an approximate distance of 25 km with a slope of 739 meters, and it can be traveled within 4 to 5 hours.

Even in the spring, we can see and step on some snow in the higher parts. If we are not used to such long distances, there is a 4 × 4 taxi service with which we can shorten the route.

In the end, the transparent waters of the glacial lake and green pastures await us, a great day for the entire family.

A few kilometers away there is other lake, the Estany Redó, which is not less impressive even being smaller.

Sanabria Lake Natural Park (Castilla y León)

The Sanabria Lake is the largest glacial lake in the entire Iberian Peninsula. In its waters and other lakes smaller than the 22,000 hectares of the park, otters celebrate the spring and perhaps you can see them if you go through the Tera Canyon.

The Natural Park of Sanabria Lake and its surroundings offer a wide range of paths between official trails and a network of traditional marked roads. Among them:

  1. Path of the monks
  2. Path of the Forcadura river canyon
  3. Tera Canyon and San Martín Cave
  4. Canyon of the Cárdena river and Friar Peak
  5. Carros y Sotillo lagoons
  6. Sotillo Waterfalls
  7. Lagoon of the Mares
  8. Cascade of the Fords
  9. Castro “as muradellas”
  10. El Tejedelo forest
  11. Cascades of sifted water
  12. Truchillas lake
  13. Caves of the mulberry and valdefelas
  14. Peña Surrapia (“Alto de San Juan”)
  15. Curro dos lobos. Barjacoba
  16. Lacillo Lagoons/ Moncalvo peak
  17. Bed of the Moors

http://www.turismosanabria.es/mapa_relieve.html

Mallos de Riglos Circular route (Huesca)

Are you one of those who love the steep, the verticality of the routes and the places of abundant exoticism? Well then the Circular of the Mallos is for you.

This is an area of ​​long tradition in climbing, with the advantage that in the spring there is no snow that can hinder your progress.

We must also take advantage of the fact that temperatures are still mild, because in summer the heat can be a great impediment.

It is located in the Huesca Pre-Pyrenees. There are two versions: one short (5.5 km, 400-slope, 2h15’of route) and a more demanding one (10 km, 700-meter difference, 4h30′ on route). The decision depends on how much you want to demand of yourself.

Route of the Cahorros in Monachil (Andalusia)

Route of the Cahorros in Monachil
The Cahorros in Monachil /photo by Por los caminos de Málaga, License (CC BY 2.0)

We owe this route to the Monachil River, which after having been born in the Veleta peak modeled and still do 2 really narrow roads: Los Cahorros bajos, good for those who start in the world of trekking, and Los Cahorros Altos, with better views over the river.

And if you like suspension bridges, you will not be disappointed as there are several, one of them 63 meters long.

So, are you ready to go walking this spring on these routes? If you have another one in mind and you want to recommend it, do not hesitate to leave us a comment. Maybe we follow your advice and we will meet this spring along the way.

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