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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.

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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.

Desert Greenhouse, Fuerteventura patio

Desert Greenhouse, Fuerteventura, Spain

At Desert Greenhouse, 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 fire
3 double rooms

Double room from 60 to 75 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

The yurt

Ecofinca, Huesca, Spanish Pyrenees

Located in the Spanish Pyrenees, an off-grid finca plays host to a giant sized yurt for four in 45 acres of sustainably managed woodland - private & self contained it is an ideal base for walking holidays, birdwatching or as a family retreat.
The single yurt sleeps up to four

€450 per week for the yurt

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.

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.

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)

Underground Eco House

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.

From £493.00 to: £1028.00 (based on two staying)

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).

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

More holidays in Spain

Coastal walk, Tenerife

Highlights of Tenerife Self-Guided Walk

Highlights of Tenerife is a wonderful way to find winter sunshine. Self-guided walking on both the east and west side of the island, discover Anaga Rural Park and then cross over to Mount Teide, whose National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

From £749 per person

8 days 7 nights
Departs Selected Tuesdays from October to April
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 £790pp based on twin sharing

8 Days
Departs every day throughout the year

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
Mount Teide Views on Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking holidays

Tenerife on Foot | Self-guided walking tour 8 Days

There is so much more to Tenerife then you may think, Visit Spain’s highest mountain, walk from plantations to pine forests and Laurisilva Cloud Forest to lava fields at your own pace on Sherpa Expeditions 8 Day trip.

From £720pp based on twin sharing

8 Days
Daily departures throughout the year
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 £749.00 GBP

8 days
Sunday departures from March to October
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
Admire the audacious architecture of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia

Barcelona and Madrid by Train

Discover Gaudi's architectural masterpieces, and watch the world go by on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, before admiring the art in the Prado Prado Museum and relaxing in the elegant Plaza Mayor or shopping along the elegant boulevard of the Gran Via.

see full itinerary

7 days
Daily
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 £879.00 GBP

9 days
Saturday departures from April 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
19 June, 17 July, 28 Aug, 4 and 18 Sept 2016

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
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
camel-in-morocco

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
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
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
Walking the Sierra de las Mamblas, Spanish Heartland

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
Departure in first week of 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
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
Discover the Spanish flair oh San Sebastian

San Sebastian and Bilbao by Train

Sample the world famous (Michelin starred) cuisine in San Sabastian and relax on a sun-kissed beach before heading to Bilbao, a city bursting with artistic flair.

See full itinerary.

8 days
Daily, check with operator, tel: 020 3327 0748
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
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.

£845 adult; £795 children. Land Only

8 days
26 Jun, 24 Jul, 7 Aug 2016
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 £1100pp based on twin sharing

15 Days
Daily departures throughout the year
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
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 £730pp based on twin sharing

8 Days
Various departures every Friday and Saturday from March to October
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
Mount Teide, Tenerife

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

Based in the 'Isla Baja', the quiet north-west corner of the island of Tenerife and its dramatic, volcanic mountains and spectacular coastline, the walk follows ancient trails with incredible panoramic views linking tiny whitewashed villages.

From £1408

8 days 7 nights
Departs Selected dates from November to April
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
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 £869.00 GBP

8 days
Various Saturday departures from June to September
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 £1079.00 GBP

8 days
Various Sunday departures from March 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
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