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Walking in Spain offers huge diversity; it is possible to reach for the highest and most demanding challenges, or to choose short gentle walks, whatever suits.
Northern Spain offers coastal walking along pilgrimage routes to the Santiago de Compostela, and four such routes are found in our guide to the Northern Caminos.
Each mountain area offers unique landscapes. The Pyrenees are a high chain of glaciated mountains forming a barrier between neighbouring France to the north. The landscape is similar to the Pennine Alps, with soaring peaks, glacial lakes and deep ‘U’-shaped valleys such as the Ordessa Gorge.
Similar in height are the Sierra Nevada in the south, with snow-covered slopes throughout the winter, and a deserted landscape of challenging rocky ridges and pinnacles. In the north are the Picos and the Cordillera Cantabrica - green, deserted, challenging for those who wish them to be, yet providing endless opportunities for short and longer hillwalking.
To the south west we have guides to the Costa Blanca, where the mountain villages give a taste of real Spain far removed from the commercial coastal strip.
(Photo by Paul Lycia from 'Through the Spanish Pyrenees GR11')
The Cicerone range of titles also includes a guide to cycle touring which details eight selected cycle tours throughout Spain.
For many years the Algarve in Portugal has been overlooked as a walking destination. Here walkers find a rich variety of scenery, combined with an equable climate of mild sunny winters and long hot summers, making the Algarve an ideal walking location.