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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.

Featured places to stay in Spain

Featured Holidays in Spain

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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

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

From 150€

Nou camping signage

Nou Camping, Lleida Pyrenees, Catalonia, Spain

Located by the National Park of Aigüestortes, this family-friendly campsite offers 150 pitches, some with pre-assembled tents, as well as cosy wooden cabins. Includes an on-site shop, delicious restaurant, heated swimming pools, games room, and more.
150 tent pitches, 3 bungalows

Prices vary. Tent plots from €11.50 per night during low season

Exterior of Mas Ardevol and solar panels in the hills above Porrera

Mas Ardèvol, Falset, Costa Daurada, Catalonia, Spain

Set in a beautiful spot outside Porrera, Mas Ardèvol has 5 spacious, elegantly decorated rooms, a natural swimming pool, and provides easy access to the Montsant mountains and the sundial route in Porrera. Specialises in traditional Priorat cuisine.
5: 2 double, 2 premium, 1 deluxe

Double room €92 per night; Premium room €120 per night; Deluxe room €140 per night. All prices include breakfast and extra beds for children

More holidays in Spain

Self-guided walking holiday in Gran Canaria

Walking in the Canary Islands - 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 £665 per person based on two people sharing

7 nights, 8 days
Various departures from October-May
Sacre Coeur - Intrepid Trip's cultural holiday

Paris to Madrid

From the romantic capital of France to magnificent Madrid, this adventure is full of art, nature, culture and history. Explore the history of French Chateaux, hike in the Pyrenees, kick back on Spanish beaches and discover the culture of Madrid.

From £2278 (maximum group size 12 people)

15 days
Selected Saturdays from April to October
Sunset in Tenerife on Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking holidays

Self-guided Walking in the Canaries | 15 Days

Take Sherpa's year round breathtaking self-guided walk of the Canaries with lush plantations and whitewashed villages.

From £1180pp based on twin sharing

15 Days
Daily departures throughout the year
Bellver in the mountains of the Erdanya

Walking in Spain - The Grand Cerdanya

Enjoy classic Pyrenean self-guided walking from hotel to hotel through 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 £875pp based on 2 people sharing

7 nights / 8 days
Various departures from June-September
Enjoy fabulous views from the summit of El Teide

Walking in the Canary Islands - 'Top of Spain' in Tenerife

Enjoy a challenging yet hugely rewarding journey to the heart of the island, with an option to ascend Spain's highest mountain, with superb accommodation and excellent dining on the way as you discover the local culture and spectacular scenery.

From £715 per person based on 2 adults sharing (excluding travel)

7 nights, 6 days
Various departures from September to May
Looking down on La Laguna Valley, with El Teide beyond

Walking in the Canary Islands - Timeless Tenerife

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

From £625 per person based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from September-April
Raid Pyrenean Coast to Coast Ride, Spain, France and Andorra

Raid Pyrenean Coast to Coast Ride, Spain, France and Andorra

An escorted and supported challenging road bike journey over eleven of the most famous Cols in the Pyrenees. Traverse the mighty Pyrenees hugging the Spanish border, travel through Andorra and France and swim in the Mediterranean sea .

From £1029.00 GBP

8 days
Various Saturday departures from June to September
Delicious custard tarts in Portugal

Real Food Adventure - Galicia & Portugal

Taste tapas in Santiago de Compostela, discover the proud fish-mongering heritage of the port city of Vigo. Travel on to Portugal, sip your way around the Douro Valley, enjoy a home cooked dinner & farm stay in Alentejo and finish your tour in Lisbon

from £1555

8 days
Thursday departures from May to October

Cycle Andalucia: Seville to Granada

Ride through lush valleys, wide meadows and abandoned tunnels on a cycling adventure across southern Spain’s rich landscapes. Experience a fiery flamenco show in colourful Seville and the carefully manicured gardens of Granada’s royal gardens.

£1162

9 days
Various Saturday departures from April to September
Chorizo and jalapeño

Northern Spain Real Food Adventure

Enjoy authentic, affordable food experiences as you visit Santa Catarina Market, whip up Catalan specialties in a cooking class, tapas-hop in Logrono, discover the wine caves of Laguardia and indulge in pinxtos and traditional cider in San Sebastian.

From £1,800 (maximum group size 12)

10 days
Selected Tuesdays May to October
Trek Picos de Europa Northern Spain

Traverse of the Picos de Europa - Walking in Spain

Walk through the heart of Spain's finest mountain range and hike up to the summit of the magnificent Torre Horacada Rocas. This trip also includes the dramatic Cares Gorge Walk and treks through isolated villages and valleys.

£845 Land Only

8 days
Various departures Sundays July through September
Walk the Tramuntana

Mountains of the Mediterranean

Come and experience some of the finest walking in the Mediterranean – a traverse of the Tramuntana Range ‘The Mountains of the North Wind’.

From £799 (tour only)

8 days
various departures from May to October
Poppies near Ainsa with Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking holidays

Alto Aragon: Walking The Spanish Pyrenees | 8 Days

Join Sherpa's off the beaten track self-guided walking holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees.

From £770pp based on twin sharing

8 Days
Various departures from June to September
Blue Gate, Fes, Morocco

Madrid to Marrakech: Spain and Morocco by Train

Traverse the beautiful Spanish countryside and soak in the magic of Morocco on this wonderful 14-day trip. Experience two incredible cultures as you travel from Madrid to Marrakech, discovering stunning scenery, gorgeous food and friendly locals.

From £1,699 GBP

14 days
Various departures from September to December
village in the valley Picos de Europa, Spain

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 £749.00 GBP

8 days
Saturday departures from April to October
Stunning views of La Gomera mountains with Sherpa Expeditions walking holidays

Exploring La Gomera by foot, self-guided | 8 Days

Explore Spanish La Gomera on a great self-guided circular island walk with lush plantations and whitewashed villages. A breath taking destination all year around.

From £760pp based on twin sharing

8 Days
Departs every day throughout the year
Discover Spain by train from the Basque Country to Galicia

Rail Adventure through Northern Spain

This exceptional 12-day journey spans the cultural diversity of the Basque and Galicia landscapes and the rugged natural beauty of the Picos de Europa National Park. >> Free Gift: mention Greentraveller when booking: Limited Edition, Explore Moleskin

From £1549 (tour only)

12 days
Various departures from May to October
Peaceful routes

Cycling Spain's Costa Verde, Spain

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 as you travel hotel to hotel spotting birdlife: eagles, vultures, kestrels, peregrine falcons.

From £919 tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

9 nights
Daily departures
Alhambra Palace in Sierra Nevada and Granada, 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 £799.00 GBP

8 days
Sunday departures from March to October
Cycling adventure holidays in Spain

Mountain biking in the Picos de Europa, Spain

Join us on an incredible adventure that takes you through the Picos de Europa National Park and three very different and beautiful regions of Spain and ends with a night close to the vibrant village of Potes, following a week of mind blowing riding.

£965 (twin share basis)

7 days
Various departures from July to September
Summer Pyrenees Family Holiday

Summer Pyrenees Family Holiday

This family active holiday starts in Soldeu; head out around Andorra & into Spain - get the pulse racing on hiking and cycling adventures, then spend a wet and wild afternoon whitewater rafting, exploring on horseback or go lake fishing.

From £589

8 days
Various Sunday departures from May to August
Cycle the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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 £1179.00 GBP

8 days
Various Sunday departures from May to October
Donkey love

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.

from £650

7 Days
Dates are flexible, start any day between March and October
Camino shell signange in Santiago, Spain

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 £1399.00 GBP

11 days
Various Saturday departures from April to October
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
Various departures
Looking down over Cadaqués

Walking in Spain - From the Pyrenees to the Sea

Journey from the warm wooded slopes of the Pyrenees down to the glittering sea; each day will reveal new scenery and far reaching views as you walk, self guided, hotel to hotel in Northern Catalan where the accommodation is as diverse as the walking.

From £1155 (including rail) based on two people sharing

5 Days
Various departures from March to October
The Samos Monestary, Spain

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 £959.00 GBP

9 days
Saturday departures from April to October
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 £745 (tour only)

8 days
various departures from May to October
Majorca traditional railway with Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking trip

Walking Majorca: Sierras and Monasteries | 8 Days

Serendipitous Walking on Majorca where you can explore the stunning high mountains, olive grove valleys & sea cliff strolls at your own speed on Sherpa's self-guided walking holiday.

From £780pp based on twin sharing

8 Days
Various departures every Friday and Saturday from March to October
Costa Verde Picos de Europa. Family activity holiday

Family adventure on the Costa Verde, Northern Spain

This active family adventure holiday on Spain's northern coast is fun for all the family. Stay in a remote mountain refuge in the Spanish Picos, don your wetsuit for adrenaline-charged canyoning, and enjoy kayaking, cycling and surfing.

£945 adult; £895 children. Land Only

8 days
Various Sunday departures from July to August