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How to Find Great Outdoor Adventures in Spain

When it comes to adventure travel, Spain has it all. The natural beauty of this country in Western Europe provides the perfect backdrop for a range of exciting outdoor activities.

No matter where you go in Spain, you’re bound to find an activity that you love, from the most adrenaline-pumping adventures to more relaxing experiences – where you can spend more time in nature to refresh and strengthen your body and mind. Here are just a few of the greatest outdoor adventures to try while travelling in Spain.


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Hiking

Spain’s diverse landscapes, coastal routes and well-marked trails provide an array of opportunities for hiking. The most well-known walking route is, of course, the Camino de Santiago. The trail can begin at various points. Depending on how long you have, you can choose to select a longer or shorter destination for your journey. Whether you’re doing the entire route or just part of it, hiking along the Camino de Santiago is a great chance to both see amazing sights and immerse yourself in the culture.


Kayaking

The rivers, lakes and reservoirs in Spain are perfect for water sports. One of the most popular water activities, kayaking, is a fantastic way to explore the country’s most beautiful landscapes. You can find a large number of kayaking areas that are suitable for all levels of kayaking experience. Spain has a great selection of companies that will provide you with all the equipment you need and also give you helpful advice on the best routes.


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Biking

Spain has everything you could want as a cyclist: great weather, cycle paths, lots of quiet roads and spectacular surrounding scenery wherever you go. Many people use cycling as their main mode of transport in Spain, especially in cities such as Vitoria, Valencia, and Zaragoza. You can find tonnes of biking tours throughout the country that are suitable for all levels of experience. Some of the most beautiful biking routes include the Andalusia Route and the Pirinexus route.



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Sailing

You can sail all year round in Spain, whether on a motor launch, a sailing boat, or a catamaran. All along the Spanish coast, there are loads of companies offering a range of sea charters. If you’re an experienced sailor, you can also choose to rent your own sailboat or small motor launch - depending on your license.



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Scuba Diving

There is a huge variety of marine life to see in Spain’s waters, from massive schools of mackerel to whales, dolphins and even big blue sharks. Some of the best places to go diving in Spain include the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Catalonia and Costa Blanca. Taking a diving course to learn from local experts will help you make the most of your experience.


Rock Climbing

The conditions for rock climbing are ideal in Spain from autumn through to spring. There are loads of great rock climbing areas throughout the country, with new ones developed all the time. Many of the more established climbing areas are close to the main tourist spots and coastal cities. Costa Blanca is one of the best places to go, and has become a popular rock climbing destination due to its huge variety of perfect limestone rock.


Horse Riding

Horse riding is ingrained in Spanish culture. You can choose from loads of amazing equestrian holidays – perfect for all levels of experience, from first timers to the most advanced riders. Whether you choose to ride along a trail in the mountains, explore one of the national parks, or gallop along the beach, the views will be incredible. Some great horse-riding destinations include the Andalucia trails, the Gredos Mountains and the Sierra Nevada trails.


Paragliding

Looking for a real adrenaline rush? The capital city of Madrid offers incredible opportunities for paragliding. Paragliding is one of the most exciting ways to explore the region’s skies and beautiful landscapes. While this activity does provide a good dose of adrenaline, it’s also very safe and quite relaxing once you’re up in the air. The expert pilot will be there with you to calm your nerves and ensure the ride goes as smoothly as possible.



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Food Tours

No trip to Spain is complete without a real exploration of the country’s amazing cuisine. Spain boasts a wide array of amazing gourmet tours that combine travel with the most delicious food experiences. Joining a food tour is a great way to get an authentic taste of Spain while exploring different sites. With loads of options available, you won’t have trouble finding something to suit your budget or time frame.



Author’s bio:

Maia is a freelance writer from the sunny city of Gisborne, New Zealand. Since starting her career, she has collaborated with various blogs and travel sites. Visit Maia’s Tumblr page to see more of her published work.

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