Adventure Travel

From: Spain Travel Guide

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Adventure Travel
Spain's diverse geography lends itself magnificently to a variety of sports, many of which enjoy superb scenery, wildlife and breathtaking views.

Spain's dramatic coastline has plenty of surfing opportunities especially during the months from September to April and there are plenty of surf schools available for those wanting to have a go as well as equipment hire shops for the more experienced surfers.

There are several great surf locations found all around the coastline with some popular surf spots found on Lanzarote within the Canary Islands, the Asturias region such as Gijon and A Coruna in Galicia in northern Spain and Andalusia in southern Spain which is popular due to the close proximity to cities such as Seville, Cadiz and Malaga.

Wind Surfing
There are several places to enjoy Kite surfing and wind surfing such as around the Canary Islands Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria as well as Fuerteventura which also hosts the World Windsurfing Championships around July and August. Northern Spain is also well known for its excellent wind surfing opportunities such as around A Coruna in Galicia and the south of Spain's Balearic Island of Majorca can also offer plenty to keep you busy along with Tarifa in Andalusia which is also popular spot for kite surfing.

Scuba Diving
There several areas to enjoy some superb scuba diving sites with some of the most popular found around the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, as well as the around the Medas Islands which are just off from the Costa Brava on the east coast where the marine reserve offers a diverse selection of marine life and good diving conditions. Further south there is Tarifa which also has some excellent diving although strong currents often occur.

Spain has a vast selection of ski resorts many of which are very well equipped with excellent facilities that can cater for experienced and beginner skiers alike. The winter ski season usually runs from around December through to April and there are plenty of resorts that can be found across much of Spain.

The Pyrenees offers a great selection of ski resorts which stretch all the way along the border between France and Spain such as can be found at the resorts of Astun, Candanchu and Formigal, as well as Vall de Boi and Espot Esqui in Catalonia.

To the northeast is the popular La Molina ski resort within the Girona province which is not far from Barcelona and a great one for combining beach activities and skiing.

The Sierra Nevada Mountains are also well known for their skiing including several cross country runs and are only a short trip away from the city of Granada with Spain's south coast and the beaches around Alumecar only around 50 miles to the south of the city making it another popular choice.

There are no end of beautiful locations to go kayaking often through many of Spain's well preserved natural parks such as around Galicia in the northwest where you can experience plenty of superb scenery along the way with areas suitable for both beginners as well as for the more experienced as well.

Rock Climbing
There are no shortage of outstanding rock climbing areas throughout Spain with several approved rock climbing schools available that can offer equipment and instruction. Some popular rock climbing can be found in Andalusia especially around El Chorro, Malaga, Granada and Seville.

The volcanic Canary islands have plenty of rugged areas, towers, vertical cliffs and canyons that lend themselves perfectly to rock climbing with the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife popular choices with qualified guides, training and equipment available.

The Balearic Island of Ibiza has an incredibly dramatic coastline to the north of the island as well as on nearby Mallorca which has climbing opportunities for both beginners and for more experienced climbers looking for a challenge.

Further inland there are also opportunities not far from Madrid as well as to the north of Spain with areas such as Monserrat which is about 40 miles northwest of Barcelona and Siurana in Girona which is about 90 miles northeast of Barcelona also offering a great selection of climbs.

Spain's dramatic landscape has forged no end of canyons and gorges with beautiful waterfalls and white water rapids all lending themselves to the adventure sport of canyoning with routes to suit both beginners and the more experienced. There are plenty of canyoning opportunities throughout Spain such as within the Pyrenees, near Madrid in central Spain as well as down south with popular areas found around Granada and Malaga as well as on the east coast close to Valencia.

Horse Riding
Another great way of taking in the stunning scenery that Spain has to offer is on horseback with numerous horseback riding opportunities available from lessons for beginners and more experienced riders to trail rides that can take you through natural parks, across streams, valleys and mountainous terrain such as can be found in Andalusia and areas such as Canary Islands.

Mountain Biking
Spain has an incredibly diverse landscape with vast areas of rugged off road trails and terrain suitable for all levels of mountain biking from trail rides through forests to steep descents down rugged mountains and valleys there is plenty to suit all levels of expertise both throughout the mainland as well as on the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands.

River boarding or Hydrospeed
There are a great selection of rivers and white water rapids perfect for river boarding especially around the Pyrenees. This growing sport uses high flotation boards to help participants navigate down through through various river currents whilst also wearing flippers and safety clothing.

White Water Rafting
There are plenty of exhilarating white water rafting experiences available throughout much of Spain which include locations such as the Pyrenees, around Valencia, Galicia and the Sierra Nevada Mountains which offer superb scenery and routes available for both beginners and more the experienced alike.