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The mountain peaks that you should climb in Spain

The mountain systems in Spain occupy almost half of its territory. These high caprices of nature are a great attraction for hikers and mountain enthusiasts.

In total there are 13 mountain systems and 94 mountains according to the National Statistics Institute. The Pyrenees and the Baetic Systems are the highest mountain ranges, they’re located outside the central plateau.

In the north of our country is the Cantabrian mountain range, the Iberian mountain system in the east, and Sierra Morena in the south. The insular land relief of the Canary Islands also highlights, due it forms a true mountain complex of volcanic origin that emerges from the ocean floor.

In Walkaholic we want to take you to the top, so we invite you to get ready to conquer some of the wonderful mountain peaks of Spain.

Mulhacén, Granada

Sunrise view from Mulhacén in Granada
Sunrise from the sack in Mulhacén / Photo by Jesús Dehesa, License (CC BY-ND 2.0)

The Mulhacén is 3482.6 metres over sea level, it is part of the Sierra Nevada National Park and the highest peak in the Iberian Peninsula, the Spain’s second after the Teide Peak in Canary Islands.

The best time to ascend is during spring or summer. The climb to the peak can only be done on foot along the south and west face, it’s a demanding but rewarding physical adventure.

If you decide to go ahead and take this adventure route in winter, keep in mind the weather conditions, like the snow, to make this route you’ll need special hiking equipment for cold weather.

Also you should keep in mind that the north and east faces are impossible to climb because of their steep inclination, being recommended only for expert climbers.

Start the tour from the “Capileira” or “Trevélez” villages, spending a night in the Poqueira Mountain Refuge, which is at 2500m of height, the views and sunsets from there are impressive.

El Teide, Tenerife

Views of the Teide peak
Teide National Park / Photo by melenama, License (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Peak of Teide is the highest in Spain and it is 3718 metres altitude over sea level, also makes the Island of Tenerife the tenth highest island in the world.

To get to the top you can follow either the “S-7 Montaña Blanca – La Rambleta” trail or the “S-9 Teide-Pico Viejo – Mirador de las Narices del Teide” route or 10th trail, from Telesforo Bravo that starts from La Rambleta. To access both you need a permission, which the National Park guards will ask you at the entrance of the trail.

One of the best options is to spend the night at the Altavista Refuge, which includes permission to ascend to the Peak if you leave before 9 am.

It’s best to climb to the peak of Teide early to watch the sunrise from the top. It is one of those experiences that you have to live at least once in a lifetime. Hopefully, if the weather allows it, you’ll be able to see the 7 Canary islands.

The Aneto, Huesca

Aneto Glacier crossing
Aneto Glacier crossing / Photo by Quico Gimeno, License (CC BY-SA 2.0)

With an altitude of 3404 meters the Aneto Peak is the highest of the Pyrenees, it is located in the Benasque Valley, within the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park.

Its great profile makes this peak one of the most desired climbs by hikers and mountain enthusiasts of all kinds.

To the north of the Aneto, approximately at 2810 metres you’ll find the largest Pyrenees glacier, a wonder of nature that is currently threatened by the consequences of climate change.

To get there, there are two available routes: the northern route, starting from the Besurta and passing through the Renclusa Refuge, Upper Portillón, “Glaciar Aneto”, Collado de Coronas and Aneto Peak. And the southern route, starting from the Refugio de Coronas in Vallibierna, ascending through the lakes of Coronas, Collado de Coronas, Glaciar del Aneto and Aneto Peak.

Revolcadores, Murcia

Pico del Obispo, Massif of Revolcadores
Pico del Obispo / Photo by Clara Pardo, License (CC BY 2.0)

This peak is one of the highest in the Region of Murcia. “El macizo de Revolcadores”, also known as “Sierra Seca” is 2027 metres high. It has a very peculiar karst relief, with numerous chasms and cavities resulting from the erosion of limestone.

This massif is integrated by three peaks; “Los Odres” (1880m), “Revolcadores” (2000m) And “Los Obispos” (2017m), especially attractive for hikers on snowy days, although the storms can be intense and sudden.

You can start the route from “Inazares” to “Revolcadores”, about 14 kilometers that take approximately 4 hours to walk. In addition to the storms, you should consider one of the great difficulties of this massif, the heavy fogs.

La Pica d’Estats, Lleida

Hiking on the Pica d’Estats / Foto de Walkaholic

The “Pica d’Estats” is 3143 metres high and is located near the border between Spain and France. It is the highest peak in Catalonia.

It consists of three peaks: the central peak with 3143 m, the western peak or “Verdaguer” peak with 3131 m and the eastern peak or “Gabarró” peak with 3115 m height.

One of the most common routes is the one that starts in the “Molinassa” car park and passes near the Vallferrera Refuge. It has a route of just over 20 kilometers away that take approximately 12 hours to hike.

Other mountain peaks to discover in Spain

NameHeight(metres)Province
Veleta3396Granada
Posets o Llardana3371Huesca
La Alcazaba3366Granada
Monte Perdido3355Huesca
Cilindro de Marboré3328Huesca
Maladeta3308Huesca
Viñamala3299Huesca
Perdiguero3221Huesca
Balaitus3146Huesca
Puigmal2913Girona
Cotiella2912Huesca
Peña Collarada2883Huesca
Torre Cerredo2648 Asturias and León
Torre del Llambrión2617León
Peña Vieja2613Cantabria
Chullo2611Almeria
Peña Santa de Castilla2596León
Almanzor2591Ávila
Torre de Cadí2567Lérida
La Galana2564Ávila
Peña Prieta2536Palencia and Cantabria
Curavacas2520Palencia
Naranjo de Bulnes o Picu Urriellu2519Asturias
Peñalara2430Madrid and Segovia
Canchal de la Ceja2428Ávila and Salamanca
Roque de los Muchachos2426Santa Cruz of Tenerife
Peña Ubiña2417Asturias and Province of León
La Sagra2382Granada
Cabeza de Hierro Mayor2381Madrid
La Mira2348Ávila
Moncayo2313Soria and Zaragoza
Serrota2291Ávila
Calar de Santa Bárbara2269Granada
San Lorenzo2262The Rioja
Pico del Lobo2262Guadalajara
Morrón2247Almeria
Urbión2228The Rioja and Soria
Teleno2188León
Pico Tres Mares2175Cantabria
Cuchillón2174Cantabria
Calar Alto2168Almeria
Mágina2167Jaén
Cebollera2141The Rioja and Soria
Siete Picos2136Madrid and Segovia
Cabeza de la Yegua2135León
San Millán2131Burgos
Peña Cebollera2128Guadalajara, Madrid and Segovia
Cornón2125Cantabria
Alto de Peña Negra2124León and Zamora
Peña Trevinca2124León, Orense and Zamora
Las Hoyas2106Las Hoyas
Iján2085Cantabria
Tetica de Bacares2083Almeria
Maroma2065Málaga
Pico Cordel2061Cantabria
Pico Ocejón2049Guadalajara
Cerro Poyo2045Almería
Peña Labra2029Cantabria
Peñarroya2024Teruel
Javalambre2020Teruel
Monte Bodón1957León
Morro de la Agujereada1949The Gran Canarian Palms
Torrecilla1919Málaga
Cerro Calderón1839Valencia
Penyagolosa1813Castellón
Cabeza de Manzaneda1778Orense
Valnera1718Burgos and Cantabria
Turó de l’Home1712Barcelona
Seixo1706Orense
Matagalls1694Barcelona
El Torreón1618Cádiz
San Mamede1618Orense
Piapaxaro1601Lugo
Las Villuercas1595Cáceres
Aitxuri1551Guipúzcoa
Malpaso1500Santa Cruz of Tenerife
Garajonay1487Santa Cruz of Tenerife
Rocigalgo1447Toledo
Puig Major1445Balearic Islands
Corral de Cantos1419Toledo
Puig de Massanella1348Balearic Islands
Bañuela1323Ciudad Real
Corral de Borros1312Ciudad Real
Es Teix1064Balearic Islands
Puig des Galatzó1026Balearic Islands
Pico de la Zarza807The Gran Canarian Palms
Peñas del Chache670The Gran Canarian Palms
Sa Talaia475Balearic Islands
El Toro358Balearic Islands

To hike this type of adventure is not enough a good physical condition, the high mountain also requires certain skills to move and make decisions. That is why we recommend you prepare and plan your route well before embarking on the travel.

Tell us, what is the next peak you are going to climb? Cheer up, go ahead! Maybe we’ll meet in the mountains and conquer one of the top mountains of Spain together.

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