They are all short-distance loop trails with an acceptable difficulty level, which makes them suitable for short breaks and day hikes, and for any kind of hiker or walker. You can download these GPS trails and waypoints from Google Maps.
Fuente Vermejo, near Nava de San Pedro (Andalucía)
Distance: 14 km – Uphill: 1033 m – Downhill: 1033 m – Time: 5:40/6:50 hrs
This nice route winds through the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park, the largest protected area in Spain and the second largest in Europe.
Ruta Megalítica, near La Roca del Vallès (Catalonia)
Distance: 13 km – Uphill: 518 m – Downhill: 518 m – Time: 4:10/5:10 hrs
The landscapes of La Roca are marked by millennia of human occupation, still visible along its prehistoric route. Located on the edge of the Catalan Coastal Range, it features various artificial caves, dolmen sites, and rock paintings.
Siete Picos Circular, near Puerto de Navacerrada (Madrid)
Distance: 12 km – Uphill: 726 m – Downhill: 726 m – Time: 4:10/5:10 hrs
This classic trail, only 68 km from Madrid, touches 7 of the highest peaks of the Sierra de Guadarrama, the main eastern section of the mountain system ranging along the center of the Iberian Peninsula. The area also houses a ski resort.
San Nicolás de Bujaruelo, near Torla (Aragón)
Distance: 12 km – Uphill: 361 m – Downhill: 361 m – Time: 3:30/4:20 hrs
The Bujaruelo Valley has preserved its pristine natural beauty also due to its relative isolation from the neighboring and better-known Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park. The Aragonese Pyrenees are a true hiking paradise.
Ruta del Agua, near Buñol (Valencia)
Distance: 9 km – Uphill: 335 m – Downhill: 335 m – Time: 3:10/3:40 hrs
Crossing the Buñol river and the Candell ravine, you’ll be surrounded by 3 spectacular mountain ranges. Great views are guaranteed by the numerous miradores along the way. The trail is dotted with caves, springs, and ponds.
Best time to go to Spain: Mar-May and Sep-Oct
Backpacker cost per day: 53 USD = 45 EUR
For more inspiration, check out our Spain Travel Guide.
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