Pilgrim monument on the Camino De Santiago (Dreamstime)
List Words : Wanderlust team | 31 May

7 super active and wildlife adventures in Spain

From the mountains to the sea, Spain offers a rich variety of landscapes to challenge and reward active travellers and nature lovers. The food isn’t too bad, either

1: Cycle Spain’s famous pilgrim route

Cycling the Camino Way (KE Adventure Travel)

Cycling the Camino Way (KE Adventure Travel)

Here’s your chance to tackle the world’s most famous pilgrim route on two wheels by cycling the Santiago de Compostela with KE Adventure Travel.

Crossing the Pyrenees from France, you will cycle 800 kilometres on the Camino Frances, experiencing rural Spain like other pilgrims, but with a professional guide and full vehicle support.

It is a true pilgrimage in every sense and you will feel a real sense of achievement when you are awarded your Compostela pilgrim certificate in Santiago.

Who: KE Adventure Travel

When: 24 Aug & 28 Sep 2017

How long: 11 days

How much: £1,595 (exc. flights)



2: Track the world’s rarest cat

Iberian Lynx on a rock in Spain (Dreamstime)

Iberian Lynx on a rock in Spain (Dreamstime)

Trek deep into the wild corners of Andalucia in search of the planet’s most critically endangered feline on Wildlife Worldwide’s Iberian Lynx Quest.

The Iberian lynx is the smallest of the world’s three lynx species and a master at blending in with its scrubby habitat in the spectacular Doñana and Andújar Natural Parks. Based in local villages, you’ll learn about the local conservation efforts and join experts in two very different Iberian Lynx habitats, increasing your chances of encountering this most elusive of creatures.

Who: Wildlife Worldwide

When: Oct - Feb

How long: 8 days

How much: £1,295 (exc. flights)



3: Wander through the surreal heart of Catalunya

Cap de Creus Natural Park (Dreamstime)

Cap de Creus Natural Park (Dreamstime)

Discover a hidden side of the Costa Brava on this adventure along the coastal trails of Catalunya with Exodus.

This is the landscape that inspired Salvador Dali’s greatest works, a land of other-worldly rock formations, burnt orange hills and gnarled, ancient olive trees. The Grande Randonnee route GR92 will take you to its very heart, before leading you into the bright lights of Barcelona.

Who: Exodus

When: 16 Sep, 2017

How long: 8 days

How much: From £1,079  (exc. flights)



4: Ride through wild Spain

Riders at the Romeria del Rocio Festival in Andalucia (Dreamstime)

Riders at the Romeria del Rocio Festival in Andalucia (Dreamstime)

Explore southern Spain as the locals have done for centuries, trotting along on a pure Spanish horse on the horse riding holiday in Andalucia with Evaneos.

You’ll follow ancient trails and hidden paths through pine forests and across sand dunes, visit Moorish cities, soak in natural hot springs and traverse the wild Sierra Nevada mountains.

Who: Evaneos

When: Flexible dates throughout 2017

How long: 10 days

How much: From £2,060 (exc. flights)



5: Trek from the mountains to the sea

Las Salinas in Cabo de Gata Almeria (Dreamstime)

Las Salinas in Cabo de Gata Almeria (Dreamstime)

Discover the hidden beauty of the southern Valencia region, from the Spanish Sierra to the glittering Mediterranean coast, on this moderate level trek with Ramblers Walking Holidays.

From the lunar landscapes of the Sierra Aitana to the coastal wetlands near Ria Segura, you will experience grand landscapes, a rich array of flora and fauna and extraordinary food that will keep you fuelled and satisfied.

Who: Ramblers Walking Holidays

When: 9 Nov & 22 Dec, 2017

How long: 8 days

How much: From £1,165 (exc. flights)



6: Spot rare birds in the Spanish Pyrenees

A wallcreeper feeding (Dreamstime)

A wallcreeper feeding (Dreamstime)

Spot rare birds in one of Europe’s last great wilderness on this spectacular birdwatching holiday in the Aragon Pyrenees with Speyside Wildlife.

Based in a rustic walker’s refuge, high in the mountains, you’ll walk through this diverse environment, spotting Citril Finches, Blue Rock Thrush and the occasional Golden Eagle. Southern Chamois graze on the distant crags, and there, on a sheer cliff wall, awaits the Holy Grail – a crimson-winged jewel Wallcreeper.

Who: Speyside Wildlife

When: Flexible dates throughout 2017

How long: 8 days

How much: From £1,595 (exc. flights)



7: A short(ish) walk along the Camino De Santiago

Walking along ‘The Way’ (Dreamstime)

Walking along ‘The Way’ (Dreamstime)

Want to walk Spain’s famous pilgrim route but short on time? Then this 8-day trip along the last 100 kilometres of the route with G Adventures is for you.

The walk will take you through the rural landscapes and rustic villages of Northern Spain, an area renowned for its tasty food and generous hospitality. Finally, at Santiago, with all the other pilgrims, you’ll receive your ‘compostela’ – proof that you have completed the walk and a reminder of your gentle amble through this beguiling region.

Who: G Adventures

When: 4, 11 Jun, 16, 21 Jul, 20 Aug & 3, 10, 17 24 Sep

How long: 8 days

How much: From £976 (exc. flights)



Main image: Pilgrim monument on the Camino De Santiago (Dreamstime)