Walking holidays in Andalucia

Rural landscapes and scenic mountains: Andalucia is one of the most popular areas for walking in Spain. What is all the fuss about?

Find out why this region of Spain attracts walkers like a magnet! On our page you will find information about what you can expect in this area, and we have a selection of Andalucia walking holidays for you to explore. 

Where is Andalucia?

Andalucia, also spelled as Andalusia, is a region in the far south of Spain. The area borders on the Mediterranean and on Portugal in the West and covers almost 18 percent of the Spanish territory.

Andalucia is an autonomous community and officially recognised as a nationality of Spain. The capital is Sevilla (Seville). Other large cities are Malaga, Almeria and Cordova.

Walking holidays in Andalucia

Browse the map with holidays, or scroll down for a selection of walking holiday in Andalucia. These holidays are organised by small independent businesses that are passionate about showing you the most scenic spots best hiking trails!

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Discover Andalucia

Guided walking holiday in Spain

Field of poppies in front of an olive tree orchard. Clear blue sky and mountains in the background.
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From £ 695.- / 8 days

Walking in this beautiful part of Andalucia you’ll find green hills, white villages, huge nature reserves, orchards of orange and olive trees and snowcapped mountain ranges with spectacular views of the Mediterrean Sea.

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Explore Andalucia

Self-guided walking holiday in Spain

Walking path on a mountain side in Andalucia
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From £ 425.- / 8 days

Walking holiday in Andalucia in Spain. Let Andalucia surprise you with its green hills, white villages, nature reserves, orchards and snowcapped mountain ranges. Walk over beautiful paths with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Spain’s Secret Sierra

Self-guided walking holiday in Spain

Wide view from a hilltop across the Sierra Aracena in Southern Spain
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From € 499.50 / 8 days

Rolling hills and white villages with history reflected in their architecture and the surrounding landscape. The walking routes in this area range from sandy paths to cobbled tracks and there are many sights such as traditional Spanish homes, abandoned watermills and ancient hill forts. Hear the ringing of goat bells among the oaks and chestnuts, and the bubbling of the many streams and springs which abound in these hills.

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Walking in the Sierra de Aracena

Self-guided walking holiday in Spain

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From € 469.- / 7 days

Walking holiday close to Spain’s border with Portugal. Many gentle routes in area with a rich Moorish heritage. Splendid scenery, a unique cuisine, imposing hilltop castles and charming villages… An ideal destination if you appreciate walking in traditional, out of the way areas.

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Walking in the Sierra Morena

Self-guided walking holiday in Spain

Panoramic view of a wide valley
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From € 410.50 / 8 days

The Sierra is a natural heaven for walkers since it offers centuries old paths, trails and bridleways that criss-cross the region linking all the beautiful white walled Andalucian villages in the natural park. The area is home to some of the most attractive flora and fauna in Spain and each day provides an opportunity to see the diverse scenery and vegetation on display.

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Walking in the Sierras de Almijara

Guided walking holiday in Spain

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From € 479.- / 8 days

Walking in the Sierras de Almijara y de Tejeda, a mountain chain designated as a nature park in Andalucia, southern Spain. Unspoilt nature in an area with an ideal walking climate. Discover the area’s best spots and most scenic and interesting routes.

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Walking Las Alpujarras & the Sierra Nevada

Guided walking holiday in Spain

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From € 625.- / 8 days

This walking holiday is especially for walkers who want to walk that little bit longer and also do some high level walks in the beautiful Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalucia. See the legacy of the Moors in the architecture, the food and most of all the scenery.

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Walking in Andalucia – mountains and hills

The many mountain ranges in Andalucia offer a lot to the avid walker. From relaxed walking through hills with olive groves along old mule tracks, to serious high level walking in alpine pastures or even snowy conditions around the highest peaks. The Sierra Nevada mountain range has the highest peaks of mainland Spain, with Mulhacèn in Sierra Nevada National Park being the highest at 3,478 metres.

Other popular areas for walking are the Alpujarras just to the south of the Sierra Nevada, and the Sierra de Aracena, Sierra Ronda, Sierra Cazorla, relatively unknown and very beautiful areas for off the beaten track walking and hiking.

Map of andalucia with mountain ranges.

There are many protected areas and National and nature parks in Andalucia, and the many trails and routes here are ideal for a walking holiday, such as Sierra Nevada National Park. In the Sierra de Ronda region you will find the Sierra de las Nieves and Sierra Grazalema nature parks worthwhile walking territory. If you’re into wildlife and birdwatching as well as walking, the Donana National Park (a wetland area) is a must-see.

Andalucia’s varied landscapes and walking climates

Andalucia lies in southern Spain, with part of its coast along the Mediterranean, and part along the Atlantic Ocean. The area is so big and varied in terrain that it rivals some of Europe’s smaller countries!

Although Andalucia’s climate is generally hot and Mediterranean, there is quite some variation because of the many mountainous areas. Two different locations in the area hold the records for the wettest and driest area in Spain. The Tabernas Desert (Europe’s only true desert) is the driest and the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park the wettest place in Spain.

Wetland area in Donana Nation Park in Andalucia.

Spring and autumn are ideal times for walking in Andalucia. Summers are hot but even then there is pleasant cool walking available in the higher mountains, some of which stay covered in snow year-round. Even in winter most days offer blue skies and mild gorgeous weather, even though night-time temperatures might drop below zero.

Almost the whole Andalucian coast is sandy beach, so a combination of invigorating walks and relaxing beach days is certainly possible here.

Andalucia’s culture and cuisine

If you go walking in Andalucia, you’ll find that Andalucia’s culture has a lot to offer too. The area has always been important because of its strategic location around the Gibraltar strait, controlling access to the Mediterranean. Many different civilisations have had control of the area, and all have left their mark.

Among some of the most beautiful cities and towns are Granada, Seville (the capital of this autonomous region) and Ronda.

Andalucia has been under Moorish rule for more than half a millennium, and this period has had a profound influence on Andalusian culture. Many of the customs and traditions can be traced back to this period. Famous are the Moorish castles and architecture, an famous example is the Alhambra in Granada.

Alhambra with the Sierra Nevada in the background.

Flamenco dancing also has its roots in Andalucia. The local cuisine is Mediterranean in character with delicious ingredients and products like olive oil (the area is a key producer of high quality olive oils), cured hams, wine, almonds and honey.

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