Spain

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4+ adventure travel stars

Running with the bulls (more like running from them)

Running with the bulls (more like running from them)

Spain has a long list of exciting activities set in a land of exotic beauty.

You’ll have centuries of historical places to visit, spectacular vistas of gorgeous landscapes and exciting modern cultural experiences that you won’t want to miss.

If you feel daring enough you can run with the bulls in Pamplona or maybe chilling out along the Costa del Sol on the Mediterranean is more your speed.

Whether you like your adventures in the air on the land or in the water, Spain will not disappoint. You’ll have many wonderful locations to choose from for hang gliding, trekking, sailing and much, much more.

Or maybe you might like to travel down to Spain’s Canary Islands for some of the best windsurfing in the world. While you’re there you should also tour some of the many historical sites or just take in the exquisite architecture both modern and from days of old.

Spain adventures are safe, generally speaking, but there have been terrorist attacks and the open borders don’t offer much security against those who would enter the country to hurt innocent people. So, do be mindful of this and use common sense when spending time in the big cities and in areas where there are heavy concentrations of tourists.

The bottom line: Spain adventure travel is filled with exciting things to see and do from the heart of Madrid to the coasts of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Granted, Europe has many incredible adventures to choose from, but don’t miss out on what Spain has to offer.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Visually speaking, Spain is a panorama of exotic sights from the snow-capped Pyrenees to the white sand beaches and clear blue waters of the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

Picture yourself strolling through regal castles one day then along the streets of a medieval town the next.

It feels like you’re walking through time as you explore the relics of the past and then step back into modern times while visiting the luxury offered in places like Costa del Sol where the rich and famous like to play.

And during these adventures in Spain you immerse yourself in a rich and diverse culture as you watch the graceful flamenco dancers, taste the Sangria and listen to the passion of the guitars in the traditional music.

Spain is one of the pure pleasures in adventure travel. Even if you’re all about the hard adventures, do make sure you take some time to smell the roses and enjoy the unique exotic cultural experiences as well.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Spain has a diverse culture shaped over the centuries by many influences including the Roman, Celt and Iberia cultures as well as some Jewish and Arab traditions. The Romans brought the Catholic religion, which has been one of the main influences throughout the culture.

You’re going to find a lot of interesting Roman relics and Muslim palaces to explore, and you’ll, no doubt, find the history attached to them absolutely fascinating. And if you enjoy ogling incredible architecture you’re going to have plenty of opportunities from the Spanish Gothic architecture of the Burgos Cathedral to the Renaissance palace of Charles V.

The Spanish do love to eat, drink and be merry, so be prepared to enjoy the social aspects of Spain adventure travel over tapas and fine wine or some of the other scrumptious foods and drink.

If you like culinary experiences then Spain is a good choice for you whether you’re along the Mediterranean coast and dining on the delicious seafood, gazpacho and paella, or you go inland where you’ll taste the bread and garlic based Castillian soup and a hearty stew called “cocido madrilène” filled with vegetables, potatoes and succulent meats.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

Spain adventure travel has pretty much anything a person would like to do including the most common adventures like white water rafting, eco tours, canoeing and backpacking.

You’ll also find a great variety of activities for the cold weather sports like skiing, snow shoeing and snowmobiling to ocean escapades including sea kayaking, scuba diving and sailing to name a few.

If you’re not looking for the physical side of adventure while on your holidays in Spain you can keep yourself very busy with the birdwatching, whale watching and the many excellent walking tours.

Spain is a great place for adventure travel, and below is a more complete list of things to do while you’re there.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Camel riding
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Rogaining (navigation)
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow skiing
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing
  • White water rafting
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching

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