Sunset Hiking in Spain

Spain is one of the countries where you can combine hiking with the most beautiful sunset’s sights, worth to be forever remembered.

The Sunset Hiking is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding experiences for the spirit, because few things can be compared to the magical moment when the sun sets on the horizon.

That special moment that dyes the whole panorama of reds and oranges, as night prelude, is best enjoyed outdoors in the magnificent natural scenery distributed throughout our geography, where there are no shortage of high mountains or heavenly beaches.

If some of them are in such wild or remote areas that it is difficult to return home later in the night, for hikers like us is that is not a problem. In the end, hiking is also sleeping in the open, so we can very well take advantage of a good night photography session or wait for the morning to enjoy a sunrise in the same location before get back on the road.

That’s why from Walkaholic we propose you 6 perfect natural scenarios to enjoy a glorious sunset after a good walk.

? Teide’s Telefer (Tenerife, Canary Islands)

Teide is one of the most magical places you’ll find in Spain: it has the highest peak in the country with 3,718 meters.

To enjoy the sunset you have different places like the Chipeque Viewpoint, the Narices del Teide viewpoint, the Pico Viejo Viewpoint or the Fortress viewpoint.

Sunset in El Teide to enjoy hiking
Sunset in El Teide / Imagen de 2111695 en Pixabay

The National Park itself also offers you to enjoy a sunset route with astronomical observation that is made from the Pico Viejo, climbing on the Cable Car.

All perfect to enjoy the sunset, with reflections on the Guajara, Los Almendros, and other peaks in the area. The time of this show varies depending on the season of year, between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

Plan a route before enjoying the sunset. In the park you have more than 37 marked routes that depart from different areas of the Tenerife Island.

? Laguna de Gallocanta (Zaragoza-Teruel, Aragón)

The Laguna de Gallocanta Natural Reserve is the largest natural saltwater lagoon in the Iberian Peninsula. Although full of life all year round, by November it is full of thousands of cranes that form a wonderful spectacle in combination against the sky tinged by the sunset.

Sunset in Laguna de Gallocanta by walkers
Laguna de Gallocanta / Photo by Juanedc, License (CC BY 2.0)

Among the many trails to choose from within the reserve, we recommend the so-called Ring of Gallocanta, belonging to the Ruta Del Cid. This starts in Daroca and extends as a circular route of about 50 kilometers to be traveled in 2 days.

It is perfect to cover a day to the banks of the lagoon, watch the sunset, spend the night in the open and return to the point of origin the next day.

? Ecological trail of Las Barrancas de Burujón (Toledo)

Without question, this hiking trail a few kilometers from the regional capital surprises with its clay cuttings due to the erosion of the wind and the waters of the Tajo. These clayish gullies expand for about a kilometer in length, with more than a hundred meters of height in the Pico del Cambrón.

Sunset in Las Barrancas de Burujón
Sunset in Las Barrancas de Burujón / Foto Javier Alamo en Pixabay

In addition to the spectacular contrast of shades and reds that can be seen in the evening, the Castrejón Reservoir gives an extra touch to the beauty of this place and is an ideal place to add birds to the sky while the sun goes down.

Of low difficulty, the Ecological Trail of the Barrancas has several viewpoints distributed in those better areas to take the perfect photo to immortalize this memory.

? Cape Finisterre (La Coruña, Galicia)

This was the point that the Romans thought marked the end of the earth, so Finisterre on the Costa da Morte is for many the true end point of the Camino de Santiago and contemplating a sunset there is almost a mystical symbol. So much so, that it was declared in 2007 as European Heritage.

Sunset in Cabo Finisterre
Sunset in Cabo Finisterre / Foto de Light Chaser, License (CC BY-SA 2.0)

This cape and the lighthouse that crowns it, is the ideal scenario to admire the magnificence of the Atlantic Ocean, with the imposing cliffs of the Costa da Morte, 90 km from Santiago de Compostela.

? Doñana National Park (Huelva)

Thanks to the multiple ecosystems of the Doñana National Park, the sunset paints magnificent colors of kilometers of beach and dunes, pine forests and marshes. The latter bring together thousands of migratory birds from Europe and Africa, which give the sunset an absolute magnificence.

Sunset in Doñana
Doñana (Matalascañas) / Photo by Jorge Fonseca, License (CC BY 2.0)

Full of orange and pink tones, the sunset varies according to the season of the year: around 18:20 in winter and much later, at 22:10 in summer… but always worth seeing throughout the many routes that run through the park.

? The Medulas (León)

In the region of El Bierzo there are these ancient Roman gold mines, considered the largest open-air mines at the time of the Roman Empire.

Sunset from Médulas (León)
Médulas (León) / Photo byContando Estrelas, License (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The combined action of the human labor and the forces of nature during its 200 years of exploitation gave us a surprising landscape.

When this is combined with the lights of the sunset, offers the hiker a dreamy panorama of pinnacles, reddish mountains, caves, canals and forests of chestnut trees, declared a World Heritage Site in 1997.

It is worthwhile to use a weekend and choose an appropriate path, because there are for all levels of difficulty.

We recommend the Perimeter Path, the Valiñas, the Reirigo, the Sumido Lake or the convents, so as not to miss a single detail.

Of course, this selection is not a complete list of the best places for sunset hiking. There is also no guarantee that after you get there you will be able to obtain the memorable experience you are looking for, since there are lots of variable factors such as weather conditions or the time of year involved. But if we combine the place with time of day and we are next to the right people, any sunset can be magical.

Have you had moments like that? We would like to know in which part of Spain you have managed to catch that precise moment, so leave us a comment about your favorite sunset route. Who knows? Maybe one day we meet on the road and enjoy a beautiful sunset together.

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