The Spanish Countryside has an amazing array of hiking opportunities for the intrepid explorer. From the stunning snow capped peaks of the Pyrenees to the rain-soaked and green countryside of the mysterious Basque country, and to the former Moorish lands of the south steeped in a rich history, you are likely to find a hiking adventure that suits you.
Perhaps one of the most famous walking trails in all of Europe, the Camino de Santiago was the trail taken by millions of pilgrims to holy sites in Spain. It is perhaps the third most famous pilgrimage, ranking just behind Jerusalem and Rome. The hike is a daunting 750 kilometer route starting in the French and Spanish Pyrennes and ending at Santiago de Compostela. The hiking trail is named after St. James, or Santiago in Spanish, one of the 12 apostles who's body was secretly carried to Spain's northern coast and buried at sea to prevent desecration of his body. This route will take you through many of the most stunning landscapes in Spain, including Basque country and Galicia, and is exceedingly popular with over 2.5 million visitors per year.
Galicia resides on the northwestern tip of Spain, just above Portugal. The isolated area still abounds in Celtic culture, and any walk you take in the region will bring you by Celtic remains such as dolmens or petroglyphs as well as beautifully perched mountain villages.
Basque Country is one of the last redoubts of a mysterious people whose language is wholly unlike that of the rest of Europe, or the world for that matter. Language and culture aside, the landscape is a stunning verdant green surrounded by lush hillsides and even some mountain peaks.
Picos de Europa was Spain's first national park and its second largest in size. It spans the province of Asturias, Cantabria and León and is not for the faint of heart hikers, who will be required to hike through elevated pastures and trails. But those who are adventurous enough will be rewarded with gorgeous mountain vistas.