Spain is located between Europe and Africa and as such boasts a range of contrasting natural attractions. The stretching, golden coastline is, of course popular with tourists, but there are many other natural beauties. The mountains regions of Spain reach their greatest height at the Pyrenees in the North and the Sierra Nevada in the South. The Pyrenees act as Spain's link to Europe with more than 400 protected natural areas to conserve the principal mainland. The Sierra Nevada contains the highest peak on the mainland Mt. Mulhacén, which rises to 3.482 metres. This area is home to peaceful alpine lakes and glaciers. National parks, game reserves and adventure facilities are just some of the attractions here. In the north of Spain, the Basque Country contains meadows, beaches and winding paths to hilltop retreats. The Meseta, opens out onto another of Spain's most impressive areas of scenery. Running along the centre, a mountainous region cuts the land into two well-defined physical and historical units.
Good places in Spain for trekking and walking tours:
The Pyrenees represents the wild side of Europe, with rugged mountains, hidden valleys and pristine lakes. You can find ecotourism here.
The complete walking/hiking holiday in the dramatic limestone mountains of Eastern Spain, Les Valls de la Marina. Discover Spain's oldest National Park, the Picos de Europa, where you can walk and hike at your heart's content during one whole week or more. The Picos de Europa serve up some of Spain's best hiking.
Also possible: hike across unsurpassed coastal views, olives, almonds and lemond trees gardens, and mountain villages clinging to terraced cliffsides above the Mediterranean on Mallorca. This Spanish island offers much more than white sandy beaches and sun.
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