Hiking is a great way to see Spain and is a paradise for those seeking peace and quiet along with breathtaking scenery. Spain offers a pleasant climate for most of the year.Walks through mountain villages, along roman roads, crossing medieval bridges and past castles can transport you back in time . River banks make excellent walks, meandering along past vineyards and olive groves. Whether you want a long distance trail or just short walks each day Spain has it all to offer.From the Pyrenees along to Navarra run many kilometres of trails, through forests, valleys and past rivers,you can take in the region’s rich heritage and culture, the landscape changes with the seasons offering a different picture of the region each time you visit. The Neila Lakes ,in northern Spain, offers some of the most beautiful scenery. There are forests and mountains around this huge nature reserve and the lakes have formed in glacial hollows. Situated in Castile and Leon you will find the Arribes del Duero Nature Reserve, it is dominated by the spectacular canyon carved out by the Duero River. A stunning setting with rugged gorges and canyons, running almost 100 km through the southwest of Zamora and the northwest of Salamanca provinces.
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, known as ‘The way of St.James’ is a collection of pilgrimage routes which cover all of Europe and they all finish here in Santiago de Compostella, Pilgrims have been walking along these routes for more than 100 years. The Camino de Santiago is suitable for all, whether you are old, young, fit or unfit you will join many thousands of others taking the same journey. If you would like more information on this famous trail please visit –www.caminodesantiago.me.uk.
THE CAMINO IN HISTORY: El Camino de Santiago, in English “The Way of Saint James,” is the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, where legend has it that the remains of Jesus’s apostle Saint James the Elder lie. The Camino has existed as a Christian pilgrimage for well over 1,000 years, and there is evidence of a pre-Christian route as well. Throughout the medieval period it was one of the three most important Christian pilgrimages undertaken. Indeed, it was only these pilgrimages—to Jerusalem, to Rome, and to Santiago de Compostela—which could result in a plenary indulgence, which frees a person from the penance due for sins.
Spain is also a great place to go canoeing, white water rafting, sailing or kayaking. The coastal regions and inland Spain, with it’s wealth of rivers, lakes and waterways offers perfect opportunities for water lovers and there is normally no worries about the weather. With over 4,000km of coastline there is ample opportunity to partake in wind surfing,waterskiing, and many other water activities.
Spain also offers opportunities for excellent freshwater fishing in the mountains and streams in the Pyrenees mountain regions.Fish such as rainbow trout, black bass, pike, salmon,perch and tench are abundant. Permits are required and can be obtained from regional wildlife authorities.
Skiing is not normally what springs to mind when one thinks of Spain, but in the winter months there is ample opportunity to sample the delights of winter sports. The Pyrenees are ideal for skiing for both beginners and experienced skiers alike.
One of the biggest draws in Spain is it’s golf courses, with sunny blue skies and wonderful settings ,it probably is Europe’s premier golfing destination. Spain also hosts world championships such as the Ryder cup it is ideal also for those who just like to spectate as well as those who enjoy a round or two.
Cycling or Bicycling as it is less known is a form of transport, recreation and sport which has had a significant resurgence in recent years due to rising fuel costs, traffic congestion as well as a means of keeping fit. Depending on the kind of cycling you wish to do, there is a bike suitable to your needs. From mountain bikes, Tourers, Road Bikes to racing bikes, there is a cycle to fit all.
In areas in which cycling is popular and encouraged, cycle-parking facilities using bicycle stands, lockable mini-garages, and patrolled cycle parks are used in order to reduce theft. Local governments promote cycling by permitting bicycles to be carried on public transport or by providing external attachment devices on public transport vehicles. Conversely, an absence of secure cycle-parking is a recurring complaint by cyclists from cities with low modal share of cycling.
The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is coordinating the development of a network of high-quality cycling routes that connect the whole continent. The routes can be used by long-distance cycle tourists, as well as by local people making daily journeys. EuroVelo currently comprises of 14 routes and it is envisaged that the network will be substantially complete by 2020
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