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Map of our walking Holidays in Spain - Mainland - Click here to find out more about Spain - Mainland Spain officially the Kingdom of Spain (Spanish: Reino de España) is a country located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. The Spanish mainland is bordered to the south and east almost entirely by the Mediterranean Sea (except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar); to the north by France Andorra and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal. Spanish territory also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast and two autonomous cities in North Africa that border Morocco. With an area of 504030 km², Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe (behind France). New Experience Holidays offer holidays trekking in Spain and walking in Spain - see the listings below for details.
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Spain officially the Kingdom of Spain (Spanish: Reino de España) is a country located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. The Spanish mainland is bordered to the south and east almost entirely by the Mediterranean Sea (except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar); to the north by France Andorra and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal. Spanish territory also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast and two autonomous cities in North Africa that border Morocco. With an area of 504030 km², Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe (behind France).

Geography


At 194,884 mi² (504,782 km²), Spain is the world's 51st-largest country. It is comparable in size to Turkmenistan, and is somewhat larger than the U.S. state of California.

On the west, Spain borders Portugal, on the south, it borders Gibraltar (a British overseas territory) and Morocco, through its cities in North Africa (Ceuta and Melilla). On the northeast, along the Pyrenees mountain range, it borders France and the tiny principality of Andorra. Spain also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and a number of uninhabited islands on the Mediterranean side of the strait of Gibraltar, known as Plazas de soberanía, such as the Chafarine islands, the isle of Alborán, the "rocks" (peñones) of Vélez and Alhucemas, and the tiny Isla Perejil. In the northeast along the Pyrenees, a small exclave town called Llívia in Catalonia is surrounded by French territory.

Mainland Spain is dominated by high plateaus and mountain ranges, such as the Sierra Nevada. Running from these heights are several major rivers such as the Tagus, the Ebro, the Duero, the Guadiana and the Guadalquivir. Alluvial plains are found along the coast, the largest of which is that of the Guadalquivir in Andalusia.

Due to Spain's geographical situation and orographic conditions, the climate is extremely diverse; it can be roughly divided in three areas:

* The moderate Continental climate takes place in the inland areas of the Peninsula (largest city, Madrid).
* The Mediterranean climate region, which roughly extends from the Andalusian plain along the southern and eastern coasts up to the Pyrenees, on the seaward side of the mountain ranges that run near the coast (largest city, Barcelona).
* An Oceanic climate takes place in Galicia and the coastal strip by the Bay of Biscay (largest city, Bilbao). This area is often called Green Spain.

Culture


Spain is known for its culturally diverse heritage, having been influenced by many nations and peoples throughout its history. Spanish culture has its origins in the Iberian, Celtiberian, Latin, Visigothic, Roman Catholic, and Islamic cultures. The definition of a national Spanish culture has been characterized by tension between the centralized state (dominated in recent centuries by Castile) and numerous regions and minority peoples. In addition, the history of the nation and its Mediterranean and Atlantic environment have played strong roles in shaping its culture.




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Andalucia - Las Alpujarras

Walking holidays in Spain - Mainland -  Andalucia - Las Alpujarras - Click Here For Larger Image With easy access and a superb climate the Alpujarras traverse the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada which rise to over 3300m and offer excellent and varied walking opportunities. Often with snow capped peaks until late June the Sierra Nevada provides a stunning backdrop to the lower slopes of the Alpujarra range. Here narrow roads wind their way around the folds in the mountains connecting whitewashed villages clinging to the hillside or perched over a ravine. Few cars however pass this way.

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Gredos - Two Centred Trek

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The Gredos mountains are a spectacular range with wild scenery and abundant wild life with the highest peak at 2592m. We have put together a two centre holiday where you experience the contrasts of the two sides of the Gredos. The north side is the more rugged and remote of the two the area being criss-crossed by fast flowing mountain streams which also flow through the small villages inhabited mostly by farmers. Cross the ridge to the south and the scenery is softer with larger villages set amongst orchards and vineyards still with the backing of the impressive ridge of the Gredos. The walking scenery and wildlife are more than enough reason to visit this beautiful area. However combined with two delightful hotels they make the whole proposition irresistible. The hotels are both family run havens with food of the highest quality and rooms of excellent individual décor and finish. You have 4 nights in the Milano and 3 nights in the Esquiladores.

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Marina Alta

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Our holidays are based in the delightful village of Orba in the region of south east Spain known as Marina Alta located midway between Valencia and Alicante 25km inland from the Costa Blanca. You can discover the splendour of a popular walking area the mountains and valleys of which afford a multitude of ever changing panoramic views. Agriculture flourishes here in this fertile region renowned for producing olives almonds oranges lemons and grapes. Grapes are produced for both wine and raisins and many crops are cultivated in much the same way as they have been for four or five centuries. You will marvel at the thousands of terraces built to gain maximum production from this mountainous region.

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Andalucia - Hotel to Hotel Trek

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The Alpujarra is one of the most wild and undiscovered mountain ranges of Spain stretching from the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada down to the Mediterranean below. Life has changed little since the Moors first cultivated the terraces many centuries ago and you are likely to see the farmers tending the land with their mules and the local women washing clothes in the village springs or shelling almonds by hand. The tiny whitewashed villages which cling to the mountain side are linked by the ancient track of the Camino Real or GR7 and you will walk amongst olive and almond groves crossing tiny mountain springs with the snow capped mountains above and the Mediterranean in the distance below. Whatever the season, whether it is the stunning almond blossom in February and March, the flowers of late spring and early summer or the colours and fruits of autumn (when you will be able to pick almonds wild figs mulberries and grapes along your route) you are unlikely to bump into any other walkers apart from the odd shepherd tending his herds. Sometimes the route takes you high into the Sierra amongst pine forests where you may see ibex, birds of prey or even wild boar.

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Catalonian Coast and Mountains

Walking holidays in Spain - Mainland - Catalonian Coast and Mountains  - Click Here For Larger Image This hotel to hotel trek has been specifically deigned to reveal many aspects of this beautiful part of Catalonia; you will walk along the "wild coast" with its miles of coastal cliffs solitary beaches and coves with crystal clear water. You will walk inland through the Aiguamolls Nature Reserve where innumerable seabirds and songbirds have settled. You will walk up mountain trails offering spectacular views sweeping far into the Pyrenees.From the coast to the mountains from sea to crag from sandy beach to shady Mediterranean forest – the diverse and changing natural landscapes exert a powerful attraction to walkers. To walk here is a revelation. .

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Catalonian Pyrenees - Foothills and Mountains

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          - Foothills and Mountains - Click Here For Larger Image The eastern Pyrenees offer the hiker all the attributes of high mountain walking along with exploration of the lower foothills.  Close to the Mediterranean it is a region of great geological interest with mountain peaks plunging to deep valleys where stone built villages nestle beside rushing rivers.  Rare flowers, glaciated lakes and soaring birds of prey add to its appeal and all is enhanced by the proud warm-hearted people of Catalunya and the special culture unique to this part of Spain.     

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Las Marinas Hotel to Hotel Trek

Walking holidays in Spain - Mainland - Las Marinas Hotel to Hotel Trek - Click Here For Larger Image This trek takes you through some of the most stunning scenery to be found in this part of Spain. It is a journey of discovery through beautiful Mediterranean countryside with overnight stays whitewashed Moorish villages. As you walk through terraces of oranges lemons and olives first cultivated by the Moors over 1000 years ago you will enjoy the sights and scents of a multitude of fragrant flowers and herbs. Your ascents are rewarded by viewpoints with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. We use accommodation that will blend in with the journey and heighten the experience.

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Maestrazgo - El Cid Country

Walking holidays in Spain - Mainland - Maestrazgo - El Cid Country - Click Here For Larger Image Our Maestrazgo trek provides walkers with the rare opportunity to travel through a little known region of Spain which remains untouched by the modern world. Straddling the regions of Teruel and Aragon in Northeast Spain Maestrazgo has been designated an area of outstanding cultural interest and natural beauty. Overnight stays are often in villages founded by the Knight Templar, El Cid, castellated strongholds perched on rocky crags above deep ravines. Walking between villages each day offers ever changing awesome landscapes. Jagged mountains rivers and canyons moorlands and forests all interspersed with fields where farmers continue to eke out a living as their ancestors have done for generations. As yet Maestrazgo is little known by walkers and tourists. We think this is heaven!

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Navarra - Mountains and winelands on the Camino

Walking holidays in Spain - Mainland - Navarra - Mountains and winelands on the Camino - Click Here For Larger Image This walk across the Pyrenees is part of the 500 mile Camino Frances or French Way to Santiago de  Compostela. It is generally considered to be the most spectacular section and is an outstanding walk in its own right even if you are not a pilgrim, but are looking for a great trek. It’s a route of changing and contrasting scenery with a good balance of daily distances and varied landscapes and from here at the start of the Camino, the route passes through one of the most beautiful regions in Spain. St Jean in the Basque lands of France is a well preserved gem of a village nestling high on the French side of the Pyrenees providing a charming and attractive start to the trek. Crossing the Pyrenees on the first day may be tough, but there is a choice of two routes; the higher and the lower less challenging Route de Valcarlos. Either way, the next destination is the monastic settlement of Roncesvalles nestling in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees. Here, the experience of walking an ancient pilgrims route truly begins. From Roncesvalles, the Camino follows mountain streams through ancient forests and colourful Basque villages to Pamplona – Navarra. After an afternoon, or perhaps a rest day exploring the walled city of Pamplona, famous for its constant fiestas and party atmosphere, you continue along the route into Spain’s infamous Rioja wine producing region. Villages are compact, historic and superbly maintained with their houses buried beneath a profusion of flowers. The trek ends in Logrono – a working city focused on wine production rather than tourism.

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Picos Mountains - Hotel to Hotel Trek

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Walking holidays in Spain - Mainland - Picos Mountains - Hotel to Hotel Trek - Click Here For Larger Image The Picos de Europa (literally translated as the Peaks of Europe) are without doubt are the most impressive mountains in all of Spain.  It is a compact range of mountains no more than 30 miles long and 15 miles wide but within it's confines there is some spectacular walking with stunning scenery that will not disappoint. Our trek takes in all the best that the Picos offers.  A single base is not practical due to the long drives around the mountain range... you just walk over it.

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