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Green Holidays in Spain

Spain has long been one of the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers, and its easy to see why: the southern coast of Spain is blessed with great weather along its hundreds of miles of golden, sandy beaches washed by the Mediterranean (and Atlantic).

Inland you find rugged mountain scenery, a rich history with the legacy of the Moorish occupation, white-washed towns and villages and groves of citrus and olive trees.

Spain also boasts fantastic cities brimming with life and culture: discover the glorious historic centres of Andalucia and the hidden gems of Barcelona. The North of the country is verdant and mountainous, with great opportunities for hiking, cycling and other outdoor activities in spectacular scenery, including through varied and wonderful landscapes along the famous Camino de Santiago.

There is a wealth of green accommodation to be found in Spain, some of the best you'll find listed below, alongside some great green holidays, all of which are reachable by train or ferry.

Posada del Valle, Asturias, Spain

Posada del Valle, Asturias, Spain

Beautiful 19th-century stone farmhouse and organic farm near Arriondas close to the sandy beaches of the Cantabrian coast and the spectacular Picos de Europa national park in northern Spain. Imaginative home cooking with emphasis on local food.
Rooms from €66.

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How to take the train or the ferry to Spain


For travelling by train to Spain, our rail journey planner details where to change platforms/stations, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets. Click on the links below for the following journeys:

 

A TGV crossing a bridge in Spain.A TGV crossing a bridge in Spain.


Our detailed ferry journey planner shows you how to take the ferry from London to Spain, showing intermediate travel steps, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets. Follow the links below for more information:

Ferry from Portsmouth to Santander
Ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao
Ferry from Plymouth to Santander

 

 

A ferry peacefully travels along the Spanish waters.A ferry peacefully travels along the Spanish waters.

More places to stay in Spain

Posada del Valle, Asturias, Spain

Posada del Valle, Asturias, Spain

Beautiful 19th-century stone farmhouse and organic farm near Arriondas close to the sandy beaches of the Cantabrian coast and the spectacular Picos de Europa national park in northern Spain. Imaginative home cooking with emphasis on local food.
12: 10 twins/doubles, 2 triples

Rooms from €66.

Aloasi, Fuerteventura patio

Aloasi, Fuerteventura, Spain

At Aloasi, a 300 year old house, surrounded by palms and cacti, you can enjoy incredible sunsets or star gazing at night. Relax on a typical Spanish patio and let time go by, sit in the garden, or drink a glass of wine in front of the fireplace.
3 double rooms

45 to 60 Euros per night

Hot and sunny Ibiza with clear, bright blue sky

Agroturismo Can Marti, Ibiza, Spain

A beautiful, authentic and organic farmhouse in a quiet and idyllic spot in the unspoilt north of the island. The renovated house offers very comfortable and originally decorated apartments with garden access.
2 suites and 3 doubles

Couble (apartment): 840€ - 1330€ per week, suite (cottage): 1260€ - 1960€ per week

Hotel Chiqui, Santander, Spain

Hotel Chiqui, Santander, Spain

On the glorious golden sands of El Sardinero, Hotel Chiqui is a place to relax and enjoy the fresh sea air, within easy striking distance of the bustle of central Santander.
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Britanny Ferries Special Offer: 4 nights from £198 per person (2 nights on board, 2 nights hotel) or 7 nights for £360 (2 nights on board, 5 nights hotel).

Posada Aire de Ruesga

Posada Aire de Ruesga, Cantabria, Spain

Nestled between sea and mountains, on the outskirts of the Natural Reserve of Collados del Asón is Posada Aire de Ruesga. Close to the best beaches on the Cantabric Sea and located less than an hour from Bilbao and 45 minutes from Santander.
10 doubles & triples

From €65-€95 per night. Taxes and breakfast included.

Finca al-manzil, view of Cortijo from horse pasture

Finca al-manzil, Extremadura, Spain

A stunning place to stay in Extremadura with beautiful mountain scenery. Hike into the sierra through the woods of the finca, summer glamp in the wonderful barn meadow, go self-catering or enjoy the tasty food by opting for bed and breakfast.
4 double/twin, 5 tents

Cortijo costs €200 per day for 6, Barn costs €100 per day for 2, B.& B. €65 per double room per night, Glamping €70 per tent per night

Welcome to Casa Salto del Caballo a former smuggler's headquarter

Salto del Caballo, Spain

Located on the Spanish-Portuguese border with our front door in Spain, back door in Portugal. A building with a history as smuggler's headquarters near 3 nature reserves: Natural Parks "Tajo International", "Serra Sao Mamede" & ZEPA Sierra San Pedro.
3 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom,

B&B double 60.- Euros per night breakfast included. 2 bedrooms for family/friends 100.- Euros for 4 with breakfast included. Self-catering apartment 380.- Euros a week for 2, 520.- Euros for 4/5 pax.

Underground Eco House, Tivenys

Underground Eco House, Tivenys, Spain

The underground house disappears seamlessly into the landscape - surrounded by olive groves and the majestic mountainscapes as a backdrop - you can't help but relax in this captivating peaceful haven. Enjoy the natural, cool, quirky and unique style.
Two double bedrooms sleep four.

Saturday to Saturday rentals only: Prices from £950-£650

Hotel Sardinero, Santander, Spain

Hotel Sardinero, Santander, Spain

Enjoy the sand the sea and the belle époque glamour of verdant Northern Spain on a mini-cruise to the Hotel Sardinero in Santander.
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Britanny Ferries Special Offer: 4 nights from £204 per person, 7 nights from £376 per person (including 2 nights on board the ferry)

More holidays in Spain

Walking in Sierra Nevada and Granada, Spain

From Cadiar, in the river valley, to Trevelez, the highest village in Spain, we enjoy the unique beauty, culture and history of Alpujarra lying between high snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean Sea, and is one of the gems of Spain.

From 779.00 GBP

8 days
From May 15 to May 16
Bite-size Break Galicia

Bite-size Break Galicia

Enjoy authentic, affordable food experiences as you visit artisan producers, have lunch cooked by a local chef, bake bread at a community oven, sample the region’s fiery liquor and explore historical Allariz.

From £835 (maximum group size 12)

5 days
Selected Thursdays 15 May - 22 October 2014
Trek Picos de Europa Northern Spain

Traverse of the Picos de Europa - Walking in Spain

A continuous traverse through the heart of Spain's finest mountain range ~ Trek to the summit of Torre Horacada Rocas ~ Dramatic Cares Gorge Walk ~ Steep sided valleys, isolated villages and rugged limestone peaks ~ Stay in remote mountain villages

£895 Land Only

8 days
5 Jul, 26 Jul, 11 Aug, 30 Aug, 20 Sep 2015, 19 Jun 2016 (more dates tbc)
Views of El Teide through the pine forests above La Orotava on Tenerife

Walking in Tenerife & El Teide

Dramatic walking on a surprising island of contrasts from high volcanic deserts to lush pine forests and deep ravines. Stay in two delightful hotels in two charming towns on the green north coast.

From £590 per person based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
From 1 September 2014-31 May 2015; Start any day

Madrid to Marrakech

Travel from Madrid to Marrakech, experiencing the artistic and cultural delights of Spain, the rich history and food of Portugal and the magical markets and coastal retreats of Morocco.

From £1440 (maximum group size 12)

15 days
Selectd Saturdays from 20 April until 23 November
Cross Spain by bike on the pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago cycling, Spain

A gently paced cycling holiday along Spain's legendary Camino de Santiago, that traces the steps of ancient travellers, as we make our way from Leon to the burial place of the apostle St. James.

£1090 (based on two people sharing)

8 days
2013 : 29 Jun - 6 Jul , 27 Jul - 3 Aug

Local Living & Spanish Cuisine on the Costa Blanca, Spain

Enjoy a centre-based holiday with optional day trips and activities, hike through beautiful landscapes, sample local specialities like wine and chocolate, explore picturesque towns of the Costa Blanca, and chill out after a day of activities.
8 days

Walking in Andalucia, Spain

This exceptional weeklong adventure takes in some of the most unspoilt and remote landscapes of this hidden corner of Andalucia. Basing ourselves amidst the lovely whitewashed ambience of Canillas de Albaida, on the edge of the glorious vistas.

From £399 (tour only)

8 days
2013 Departures: 18 Jan; 09, 23 Feb; 23, 30 Mar; 13, 20 Apr; 04, 11 May; 01, 15, 22 June; 07, 14, 21 Sept; 05, 12 Oct; 02, 09 Nov.
Trekking in Picos de Europa

On Foot in the Picos De Europa, Spain

This short 8-day adventure explores the rugged and isolated province of Asturias in northern Spain, trekking up towards the peaks and dramatic plateaus of the Picos de Europa. >> Free Gift: mention Greentraveller when you book: Explore Moleskin

From £549 (tour only)

8 days
2013 departures: 26 May, 09, 23 June, 21 July, 25 Aug, 15, 29 Sept, 13 Oct.
Donkey Trekking on Transfrontier Coffee Smuggler's trails, Spain

Donkey Trekking Coffee Smuggler's trail Spain

Follow the Smuggler's routes, criss crossing the border between the Spanish Extremadura and the Portuguese Alto Alentejo, used for centuries, rediscovered, explore the "Wild West" of the Extremadura accompanied by our donkeys and a tour guide.

€780 or £650

7 Days
Weekly in good weather spring to autumn
Costa Verde Picos de Europa. Family activity holiday

Family adventure on the Costa Verde, Northern Spain

Active family adventure holiday on Spain`s Northern Coast * Overnight in a mountain refuge in the Spanish Picos * Don your wetsuit for adrenaline-charged canyoning! * Enjoy kayaking and Cycling plus optional surfing

£845 Land Only

8 days
28 Jun, 19 Jul, 9 Aug 2015 and 3 Jul, 17 Jul, 7 Aug 2016
Ronda, Spain - Intrepid trips

Best of Spain

Explore cultured Madrid, experience a fiery flamenco performance in Seville, wander among Gaudi's handiwork in Barcelona - this Spanish adventure is as colourful and diverse as the land itself.

£1595 (maximum group size 12)

15 days
Every Saturday and selected Wednesdays March to November, selected Saturdays November to March

Camino de Santiago Independent Walking, Spain

'The Way of St James', originated from the discovery of the tomb of the Apostle James in the C9th and is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell, which represents the many different ways pilgrims traveled from to reach Compostela.

From 1128.00 GBP

11 days
From May 15 to Oct 15
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Moroccan Self-Guided Discovery by Train

Take an unforgettable trip to another continent without flying! Let the sights and sounds of Morocco engulf your senses on this incredible, flight-free adventure as you travel to and from Morocco via France and Spain's high-speed rail network.

from £1495 per person including rail travel from the UK

14 days
Daily departures all year round

Trek to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Also known as 'The Way of St James', it originated in the region of Galicia where the tomb of the Apostle James the Great was discovered in the 9th Century. The way is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell, typically found on the Galician shores.

From 879.00 GBP

9 days
From May 15 to Oct 15
Northern Spain Real Food Adventure

Northern Spain Real Food Adventure

Enjoy authentic, affordable food experiences as you visit Barcelona's bodegas, whip up Catalan specialties in a cooking class, tapas-hop in Logrono, discover the wine caves of La Guardia and indulge in pinxtos and traditional cider in San Sebastian.

From £1,475 (maximum group size 12)

8 days
Selected Sundays 27 April to 4 October 2014
Cycling Spain's Costa Verde, Spain

Cycling Spain's Costa Verde, Spain

New for 2015 this 9 night, self guided cycling holiday takes you through the heart of Spanish cider country, sandwiched between the Picos de Europa and the Atlantic.

From £829 tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

9 days
Daily departures from 1 May to 26 Sep

Walking the Sierra de las Mamblas, Spanish Heartland

From the Sierra de las Mamblas we follow pilgrim routes to Nuestra Senora de las Mamblas, following the Muela, enjoy stunning views. One of the highlights follows a pilgrim's trail to the village of Santo Domingo de Silos, with its famous monastery.

From 679.00 GBP

8 days
Oct 15

Walking the Picos de Europa, Spain

A varied landscape of dramatic rocky terrain and lush lower valleys with meadows covered with beautiful wild flowers in spring, this area is also known as 'Green Spain'. Its terrain, tranquility and inaccessibility make the Picos a walker's paradise.

From 699.00 GBP

8 days
From May 15 to Oct 15

Cycle the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

We begin in Leon with its winding narrow streets, cross the Castillan plains climbing to the 'Iron Cross' , visit the village of Castrillo de los Polvazares, pass through vineyards & country on our way to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

From 999.00 GBP

8 days
From Jul 15 to May 16
Bellver in the mountains of the erdanya

Self-Guided Walking in the Grand Cerdanya, Spain

Enjoy classic Pyrenean self-guided walking routes through the grassy valleys of the Cerdanya, at about 1,000 metres above sea level, amid the eastern Pyrenees in Spain, rimmed to the west by the Alpine, snow-capped ridges of Andorra.

From £858pp based on 2 people sharing

7 nights / 8 days
Various departure dates from 16 May to 30 September
Self-guided walking holiday in Gran Canaria

Self-guided walking holiday in Gran Canaria

Discover canyons, caves and the dramatic coast of Gran Canaria on a thrilling hotel-to-hotel walk (staying in four amazingly contrasting hotels) from the central mountains to the sea, enjoying incredible views, hospitality and food along the way.

From £615 per person based on two people sharing

7 nights, 8 days
From 1 October to 21 December 2014 & 3 January to 31 May 2015; start any day
biarritz-seafront

Wine and Gastronomy: France and Spain

A true treat for the taste buds, this rail itinerary will satisfy the foodies amongst you. In Bordeaux, go on a vineyard tour, then experience the glamorBiarritz. Cross into Spain to taste the delights of San Sebastian and its famed gastronomy.

from £895 per person including rail travel from the UK

8 days
All year round
Idyllic walking past lakes and wooded valleys

Family Walking holiday in The Catalan Pyrenees

Take the family on a self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday – with luggage transported – through rugged mountain scenery offering breathtaking views, while staying at two lovely hotels with relaxing pool & spa (one also has a hot tub!).

From £830 per adult & £698 per child based on 2 people sharing

7 nights, 8 days
From 16 May to 18 October 2015; start any day
Barcelona and Madrid by High-Speed Train

Barcelona and Madrid by High-Speed Train

Spain has never been closer by rail, with the recent opening of the high-speed connection just north of Barcelona. The Catalan capital can now be reached comfortably in a day from the UK, with the unsurpassed AVE trains linking Barcelona with Madrid

from £750 per person including rail travel from the UK

7 days
All year round

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