Spain Tours & Hiking Adventures

Camino del santiago

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

Europe

Camino de Santiago Adventure

4.17

  • Duration 9 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation and love the feeling of relaxing after a busy day on the go. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

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On this 9-day hiking adventure, you’ll discover hidden coves, traverse rolling green hills and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure as you conquer the Camino de Santiago.

Trip Start: Bilbao Trip End: Santiago de Compostela
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Frequently Asked Questions

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?

If you're a citizen of USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand - you will be issued a 90-day tourist visa upon entry into Spain. Citizens from the UK and other EU countries obviously need not worry about this. If you’re a citizen of another country please check with your nearest embassies about entry requirements. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.

What about vaccinations in 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?

We recommend booking your flights through our preferred travel partner – Fuzion Travel. They’re our experienced hand-picked experts in travel, passionate about what they do, and will tailor-make your flight itinerary to match your Active Adventures tour. Get in touch with them directly by email – [email protected] fuziontravel.co.nz or on +1-833-244-5886. 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?

Accommodation
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.

Transport
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.

Meals
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.

Is tipping expected in Spain?

Tipping is not expected in Spain however you might want to tip a little extra if you feel someone gave really fantastic service, but it's not really necessary. Many of our people also choose to tip their Active Adventures Europe trip leaders and local guides at the end of an awesome trip and US$120 per person per Trip Leader seems to be the norm, however less, more or not at all is also fine too.

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.

Is there a number to call in an emergency? How can my family, friends or colleagues contact me

Please contact our New Zealand office using the details below. If the office is unattended (outside of New Zealand business hours), please leave a message so we can pick it up and respond as soon as we can.
Free phone 1 800 661 9073 (USA, Canada & Australia)
Free phone 0808 234 7780 (UK)
Free phone 0800 234 726 (New Zealand)
Worldwide +64 3 450 0414, ext 1
Email: service@activeadventures.com

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Why Travel With Us

benefit group size

Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

benefit guides

Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

benefit inclusive

You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

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Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

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Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience. If we’ve done our job, they’ll have you saying “wow!”