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Golden sand beaches, rich history, best in the world gastronomy and endless adventures await on our Spain Tours and Hiking Adventures.

It's practically impossible to describe Spain in just a few words. Influences from Romans, Greeks, Celts, Phoenicians and Arabs, all who invaded or populated the country at one time, are ever so present. Each town has its own magnificent culture, delicious cuisine and historical legacy.

Various landscapes stretch across the country, with bucket-list adventures just waiting to be ticked off. Northern Spain is especially ideal for those seeking a grand hiking tour. Being Europe's most environmentally diverse country, you can walk in the footsteps of James the Apostle, explore glorious mountains and oak forests, and discover a piece of yourself on one of the most renowned walks of Christian history. Pack a lunch, don a pack and spend days walking through historic villages, along hidden coves and across magical rolling green meadows complete with wild horses. Hop aboard our Spain Tour and Hiking Adventure and let local guides show you the many secrets of this vast country.

Spain Trips


Camino de Santiago Adventure


  • Duration 9 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

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Trek in the footsteps of pilgrims, who, for thousands of years, made their way along the same routes to Santiago de Compostela. As you hike, you'll be met with rich traditions still very much alive today in these Celtic regions.

Trip Start: Bilbao Trip End: Santiago de Compostela

Why Choose Active Adventures

Do It Yourself
With Active Adventures
Hours of research to plan
Expertly planned by professional adventurers
Which accommodations to book?
Premium accommodation booked for you
Which trails to explore? How to book?
Iconic & lesser-known trails booked for you
Which restaurants to suit all?
All meals included: delicious & to suit all
Unguided; reliance on impersonal travel books
Caring guides; passionate about what they do

Reviews from our Spain Adventures

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Camino de Santiago Adventure - September 2023


"I’ve experienced an Active Adventures trip before which was amazing but this was next level!… read more

"I’ve experienced an Active Adventures trip before which was amazing but this was next level! So well organised, amazing guide, fantastic accomodation and food everywhere, and a great group of like minded travellers that we shared it with. And Spain and the Camino - words just don’t describe how good it is . This really is a trip not to be missed! read less

5 Stars (14 reviews)


Camino de Santiago Adventure - June 2023

Great in country tour guide

"We had a terrific tour guide from Madrid who brought to life the Camino de… read more

"We had a terrific tour guide from Madrid who brought to life the Camino de Santiago hike and cultural adventure. Jaime was an easy-going, informed, and fun leader for our small group! Would definitely travel with him again.
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4 Stars (14 reviews)

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Camino de Santiago Adventure - May 2023

Camino de Santiago

"Excellent trip! Food, guides, and accommodations were awesome. read more

"Excellent trip! Food, guides, and accommodations were awesome. read less

5 Stars (14 reviews)


Camino de Santiago Adventure - April 2023

Spring on the Camino

"Northern Spain is extra beautiful in late April/early May. Nice temps, little rain and beautiful… read more

"Northern Spain is extra beautiful in late April/early May. Nice temps, little rain and beautiful wildflowers. Our trip was complemented by 2 very competent and fun guides, David & Gregory. We hiked parts of several Cominos, not stressful, plenty of delicious local cuisine, wine & coffee. Spain was exceptionally clean, modern & friendly. We had a great experience. read less

5 Stars (14 reviews)


Camino de Santiago Adventure - April 2023

History and hiking perfectly combined

"Truly enjoyable hike through highlights of the Camino with passionate stories (and some facts!) from… read more

"Truly enjoyable hike through highlights of the Camino with passionate stories (and some facts!) from our amazing guide Camilo. As always, Active Adventures combines continuity of trip leader with local guides in nearly every stop. These people are passionate about their place and deeply authentic in sharing their knowledge. The hiking is balanced and mostly flat with incredible vistas. We left in awe of the history of northern Spain and grateful to have experienced it with a great group! read less

4 Stars (14 reviews)


Camino de Santiago Adventure - April 2023

We lucked out with the best guides

"I highly recommend Camilo Sousa as a main guide for a Camino de Santiago trip--he… read more

"I highly recommend Camilo Sousa as a main guide for a Camino de Santiago trip--he is the most passionate, funny, knowledgable and kind guide I could've hoped for. The secondary guide Sagra also was excellent. We are so grateful for all they did for us to make a memorable, special experience. read less

4 Stars (14 reviews)


Camino de Santiago Adventure - November 2022

Buen Camino

"Had an excellent trip with our guide Camilo! Great food and excellent hikes. Camillo was… read more

"Had an excellent trip with our guide Camilo! Great food and excellent hikes. Camillo was a blast, with great stories and local information. Trip was well organized and a tip of the hat to our driver Oskar! read less

5 Stars (14 reviews)

Dave, United States

Camino de Santiago Adventure - November 2022

Best hits of the Camino

"Our trek with Camillo and Active Adventures was a well-curated journey through the "best hits"… read more

"Our trek with Camillo and Active Adventures was a well-curated journey through the "best hits" of the Camino de Santiago. Starting on the Northern Way, taking scenic hikes on the Ancient Way, and finishing with the masses of pilgrims on the French way gave us a good sense of the different paths and scenery. Camillo was knowledgable and provided outstanding information and context for the trek and food along the way. Would highly recommend 10/10 read less

5 Stars (14 reviews)

Janet, United States

Camino de Santiago Adventure - October 2022

Excellent trip of Northern Spain

"This trip was our 2nd with Active and just like the first was really well… read more

"This trip was our 2nd with Active and just like the first was really well organized and gave us an excellent all encompassing experience of Northern Spain and the different trails of the Camino de Santiago. Our guide was wonderful and we experienced truly special days full of beauty, delicious food, cultural exposure and tranquility. read less

4 Stars (14 reviews)

Claire, United States

Camino de Santiago Adventure - September 2022

Great trip for Camino beginners

"I really enjoyed this Camino de Santiago adventure! I think that the amount of… read more

"I really enjoyed this Camino de Santiago adventure! I think that the amount of hiking was good for intermediate hikers and liked that they tried to take us on more interesting parts of the camino as opposed to the parts where there would be a lot of traffic and not much to look at. Just be warned that this is not a trip where you will get a certificate at the end as you do not do the full 100k. But you are still able to collect stamps on the way which is cool.

Food and accommodations were mostly great. The one night that stood out was the night we stayed at a lodge off the camino as opposed to a chain hotel. Constructive feedback I would give is to have more of those types of stays as it was unique, and the food was excellent.

Another bright spot of the tour was our guide Jorge. He was super helpful and considerate with everyone's needs and knew much about northern Spain and the camino. Overall this was a really great trip!

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4 Stars (14 reviews)

Nicolle, United States

Camino de Santiago Adventure - September 2022

Everyday made me smile

"The weather was perfect, the accommodations were excellent, the food was delicious, the sights were… read more

"The weather was perfect, the accommodations were excellent, the food was delicious, the sights were spectacular, the company was amazing and our trip leader was Jorge, what more can I say. read less

5 Stars (14 reviews)

Judy, United States

Camino de Santiago Adventure - July 2022

El Camino my bucket list

"I was looking for a challenging trip and this was certainly that trip. I didn't… read more

"I was looking for a challenging trip and this was certainly that trip. I didn't know what to expect as I had not done a walking trip before. The El Camino was not easy for me partly but the guides helped me stay the course and because of their skills, knowledge and friendly personalities I reached my goal. read less

5 Stars (14 reviews)

Diane, Canada

Camino de Santiago Adventure - June 2022

Fun adventure in Spain

"My wife and I had a great time walking the Camino de Santiago. We… read more

"My wife and I had a great time walking the Camino de Santiago. We loved the coastal path as well as walking on the Primitivo. read less

4 Stars (14 reviews)

easton, United States

Camino de Santiago Adventure - June 2022

Fun adventure in Spain

"We had a great time hiking in Northern Spain, learning about the culture and history. read more

"We had a great time hiking in Northern Spain, learning about the culture and history. read less

4 Stars (14 reviews)

Nedra, United States

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FAQs About Visiting Spain

What is Spain known for tourism?

Spain is possibly the only country in Europe that cares for its architectural relics as a heritage of its nation. The towns of Spain are known for being ideal for romantic tourism, and the country boasts undiscovered, hidden alcoves to popular tourist resorts, there's a beach for everyone and with over 300 days of sunshine each year you're guaranteed the weather to enjoy them!

How many days do you need in Spain?

Ten days is the optimum amount of time to explore two regions or cities with time left to venture to the rural neighborhoods, including Barcelona’s Catalonia coast and the Andalusian city of Cordoba, which sits a two-hour drive north of Granada. However, we recommend a minimum of 12 days so you can hope on our Camino de Santiago trip and have a day or two either side to explore elsewhere!

What month is Spain closed?

Traditionally the month for holidays is August, and during this time all the locals are travelling around so it may be best to skip this month for your holiday!

Do I need a visa to visit Spain?

It is your responsibility stay up to date on the latest visa and entry requirements for your destination. Please use the CIBT entry tracker on our website as a guideline or visit the relevant immigration webpage for more information regarding this.

Do I need vaccinations to visit Spain?

You don't need any vaccinations for Spain. Easy!

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Active Adventures traveller, It’s essential you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of personal injury, medical expenses, trip cancellation for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Insurance page for more in-depth information and insurance provider options. It’s also important to check your insurance covers all the activities you’ll be partaking in, in case you’re travelling to altitude or looking at extreme sports.

Can you help me find international flights to Spain?

Our preferred Travel Partner Fuzion Travel can assist with you with flights and other travel arrangements. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!

What's included on your Spain trips?

On your Spain trip you'll stay in a variety of places depending on the destination and activities. For the most part you'll stay in hotels along the Camino; great locations, comfort, character and friendliness. In addition, many of these hotels offer some of the finest breakfasts to be found in Spain.

Your transport will be mainly travelling on your very own two feet on our trips in Spain! All your transport is included from the start of your trip and until we leave you in Santiago de Compostela at the end, except airprot transfers, with the details all listed in the trip specific itineraries.

All your meals are included as described in the itinerary except on your free days. We have found that people enjoy checking out what is on offer by themselves sometimes, so you can go and see what's out there! On every other day and especially after any long hikes, we've chosen places to eat that can cater for our hearty appetites, work well with our small groups (they know we are coming) and provide us with an authentic destination specific culinary experience. There are always options for you, so you can either be brave or choose something more familiar. You can be assured that on all our trips we will make sure you are very well fed, and Europe's vast array of cuisine won't disappoint you!

Trip leaders
Our trips are all led by an experienced Trip Leader alongside a local specialist guide. Our Trip Leaders are very proud to work with Active Adventures and often lead our trips for many years, for which we are very lucky and very grateful, as it means we're able to consistently offer a fantastic level of service. They work closely with our local specialist guides to provide you with a seamless, fun, exciting and memorable trip. They will happily share with you as much or as little as you want to know about the history, culture, social aspects and lifestyle of the country you are visiting.

How many people are there on each of your Spain trips?

We generally take up to 14 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

You will need proper hiking boots - trail shoes are not good enough. We'll be taking you to some awesome places where you'll be hiking over a variety of terrain, therefore your boots should have full ankle support and a stiff sole with a high profile tread. It's also important that whichever footwear you decide to bring that it's well broken-in and waterproofed before you come down. If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

What is the food like in Spain?

Food is the one force that unites everyone in Spain and Spanish people’s love for food is also seen in the 5-6 meals they’ve in a day – breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, merienda (evening snack), tapas, or dinner. The first breakfast is light and usually had at home whereas the second breakfast or is called Almuerzo and is typically had at 10:30 A.M. A traditional breakfast in Spain includes café con Leche (espresso with warm milk) with a small bite of food. Paella is a typical lunch dish that consists of saffron, beans, vegetables, and a mixture of snails, rabbit, chicken, and duck. Nowadays, paella is also made with seafood as it’s abundant in Spain. A typical Spanish dinner will have a main dish, such as a seafood dish, vegetarian dish, or roasted meat. This is either stuffed in a sandwich or served with a portion of rice. Common sides include a green salad, omelette, fried potatoes, grilled vegetables, cold cuts, or cheese. The dinner may be finished with a light dessert.

What if I need a special diet?

We are accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in our pre-trip questionnaire. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online questionnaire.

What is the currency in Spain?

The currency in Spain is the Euro €.

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get local currencies?

Our trips include all transportation, guiding, meals and activities (except where indicated on the itinerary). Most people like to bring a little extra to cover a round of drinks at the pub, take home some souvenirs, book a tour and eat out on their free day, and tip our guides if they've had a great time. 

Usually the easiest thing to do is use your credit or debit card to withdraw money directly from your home account, in local currency. There are plenty of ATM's and banks in larger towns in Europe, and ATM's will accept all major credit cards and many debit cards. Cash advances are the most convenient way to get cash.

What is the time zone in Spain?

For the majority of the summer season Spain is in the Central European (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

What type of plugs and voltage do you use in Spain?

Spain operate on a 220V AC system with Plug Type C which consists of two round parallel pins while the wall plug has two holes where it is connected.

Will I have access to internet/WiFi?

WiFi is available almost everywhere in cities and easy enough to find in most towns/villages so you can rely on having regularly access during your trip. If you have data roaming switched on, then you'll be able to use the internet on your smartphone, but beware of the fees! WiFi is available at most of the accommodations that you'll be staying at, sometimes for a small cost so check this out at each location when you arrive.

What is the weather like in Spain?

Spain is a sunny country with around 3,000 hours of sunshine every year. The temperatures are mild, though there are still differences depending on the seasons and areas of the country. The mildest temperatures are in spring and autumn, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors practically the whole day long. April, May and June are the best months for visiting Spain as the sun is almost always out and every day there are more hours of sunshine for enjoying the trail. Maximum temperatures are reached during the months of July and August, which are hot and dry throughout the whole country, which is why our Camino trips don't tend to run during these hot months! The temperatures start to drop in September and October, and it is colder first thing in the morning and late afternoon.

What is there to do in Bilbao?

You could visit the Guggenheim Museum; stroll around the old town (Casco Viejo) - full of interesting shops and great little places to eat or drink. Go tapas-hopping! (in the Basque Country, tapas are called pintxos ("pinchos"). You can eat standing up at the bar or at a table. Take a visit to the city's traditional La Ribera market (from early morning until around 2pm, except Sundays when closed) or take the funicular up to Mt. Artxanda for views over Bilbao. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Transporter "Vizcaya Bridge" at Getxo, down at the mouth of the estuary (ask hotel staff for directions) - you can ride in the gondola across in one direction and walk back in the other.

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