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Spain Outdoor Pursuits

Spain has a vast outdoors to explore and although many visitors are attracted by the endless sunshine and beaches (see Coasts) there is plenty more on offer. Walking and trekking holidays are popular, especially in the cooler seasons of spring and autumn. Popular destinations include the Pyrenees, Las Alpujarras in the Sierra Nevada or along the Spanish coastline and there are plenty of well-marked GR (Grandes Reccoridos) long distance trails to follow throughout mainland Spain. There are 13 national parks and many natural parks to choose from and really keen walkers can join the medieval pilgrimage route across Northern Spain to the famous cathedral shrine of Santiago de Compostela. Spain’s mild climate attracts a huge variety of birds and the national parks are also excellent for bird-watching, in particular the Parque Natural de Monfragüe in Extremadura is a great placeto see birds or prey. Holidayloop.co.uk offers Spain holiday rental and Villa rentals. You can rent a private apartment in Sierra Nevada directly from your local home owner.Trout fishing is available in the rivers of Asturias, Castile- Leon and Rioja. It is advisable to bring your own fishing gear and a permit will be required.
 
There are plenty of golf courses to choose from in Spain especially along the coast. The Costa del Sol for example boasts 30 of Europe’s finest golf courses lying just inland from the golden sandy beaches. Tenerife is well known for being able to offer players all year round golf with a dozen courses to choose from in the mild south such as the beautifully situated Golf Las Americás. Holidayloop.co.uk brings together a great collection of Spain holiday accommodation, Spain holiday apartments, Spain holiday villas and Apartments. Holidayloop.co.uk is unique in providing Spain holiday lettings because we are the only site that allows you to find someone local to you who may have advertised their Spain home.
 
Cycling is also a great way to see the Spanish countryside. Road cyclists should look out for the safe Vias Verdes (rail trails) which follow disused railway lines across country and often pass through historic towns. Mountain bikers will enjoy the BTT hiking trails which are also suitable for all-terrain bikes and are popular in Catalonia.
 
Mountain climbing is popular on the challenging peaks of the Aragon and Catalan Pyrenees whilst if you enjoy the thrill of canyoning then head for the Parque Natural de los Canones de Guara in Aragon. White water rafting is best done in late spring, early summer when the mountain melt waters boost the rapids. Recommended rivers are Carasa in Asturias, Miño in Galicia and Noguera Pallaresa in Catalonia.
 
Air sports are widely available in Spain and are a great way to enjoy the landscape. Thrill seekers will find that skydiving is available near Madridand Sevillewhilstparagliding and hang-gliding schools are dotted all over the country. For a more sedate aerial view why not take a hot-air balloon ride over the Costa Brava coastline.
 
Finally, yes you can ski in Spain through to late spring and the best resorts are found in the Sierra Nevada in Granada or Bacqueria-Beret in the Pyrenean Val d’Aran. An outdoor pursuits holiday in Costa del Sol or Extremadura, Spain, staying in self catering accommodation makes an ideal family holiday.

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