Top 25 Nature Destinations to visit in Spain
Spain is a country with beautiful natural places, beaches and buildings. In every city and village you will find beautiful places where you can enjoy the nice weather of the country and disconnect. In addition, the country also has amazing natural spots and in this article we try to show you some of them.
1. Islas Cies, Pontevedra
The Cíes Islands are the Vigo estuary’s greatest treasure. An amazing national marine-terrestrial park and one of the country’s most beautiful places, which is why the Romans named them the islands of the gods.
The Cíes archipelago is made up of three islands: Monte Agudo, O Faro and San Martiño. The first two are connected by a long strip of sand: Rodas Beach. Make sure to bring your flip flops, swim shorts and bikinis to this amazing place. The Cíes are a beach paradise with crystalline waters, in a natural environment that makes it a unique wildlife observatory.
The access to the islands is restricted and must be booked in advance. As a visitor you can visit the whole island and you can also stay the nigh in a camping site.
2. San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Vizcaya
Gaztelugatxe is a small island (looks like a rock) located off the coast of Bermeo in the Basque Country. On this small island there is an small chapel which was built in the tenth century in honor of San Juan. The bridge to the small chapel is an experience on itself and the panoramic views from this island are also definitely worth the effort. It is quite windy and chill during winter time so make sure to bring warm clothing. It has become a really popular attraction due to the TV Series “Game of Thrones”
3. Natural Park Of Aigüestortes & Lake Of San Mauricio, Lerida
The National Park of Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Mauricio has stunning lakes, rivers, waterfalls and high mountains, nothing to envy the Alps or the Canadian Mountain. Perfect for country escapes, with hiking trails and spots ideal for family days.
4. La Playa de los Catedrales, Lugo
The beach A Paraia Das Catedrais is located in the province of Lugo 10km from Ribadeo. This beach has become one of the most striking and visited natural landscapes in Spain. The effects of wind and water erosion have been capriciously moulding the arches as if they were buttresses of a cathedral. This phenomenon can only be seen when the tide is low. Due to its popularity, visits during the high season have been restricted, so it is necessary to purchase the entrance, don't forget to bring your flip flops, swim shorts and bikinis to this amazing place so you can also swim in the marvelous clean waters of Galicia.
5. Cuevas del Drach, Mallorca
Mallorca hides a natural treasure in the municipality of Manacor, a set of four impressive caves that were formed from the filtration of seawater, which led to these cavities. You'll see here the Lake Martel, one of the largest underground lakes in the world.
6. Selva de Irati, Navarra
The forest is located in the eastern Pyrenees of Navarre, in a catchment area surrounded by mountains, at the foot of the valleys Aezkoa and Salazar. The Irati Forest is the second largest and best-kept beech and spruce forest in Europe, behind of the Black Forest in Germany. This immense vast green zone is virtually untouched. Dense beech forests, pastures, fir trees and water make the landscape vibrant with colors that change with every season.
7. Playa de Cofete, Fuerteventura
One of the most know beaches in Fuerteventura, with 9km of sand which width varies depending on the tides. A ver relax and quiet place due to its difficult access road and the massive extension. Pack your backpack as there is no close places to get any food or drinks in this virgin paradise.
To get there you need to take a car route of around 30min through a cliff.
8. Formentera, Baleares
This small and quiet Balearic island is one of the greatest natural treasures in Spain. So much so, the more than 30 square km of the island is divided into 32 stunning routes, fully signposted, for you to discover the most natural parts of the island. Choose to explore either on foot, by car or bicycle. Rent a holiday home in Formentera where the turquoise waters are the iconic backdrop of one of the most paradisiacal natural landscapes in the country.
9. Las Médulas, León
This impressive landscape was the largest open-cast gold mine in the Roman Empire and is the result of 2500 years of work. Now they are completely covered with chestnut and oak forests, making this nature reserve a veritable spectacle of the most beautiful colors in the spring and autumn months. In Roman times, the Médulas were the largest gold mines of the entire Roman Empire.
10. Geoda Gigante de Pulpim, Almeria
The largest Geode in Europe (and second on the planet) is a cave of white Crystals formed by the emulsion of water and salt during millions of years. You can go in with protectoin and will find crystals of around 2m long.
11. Duna de Bolonia, Cádiz
With 30m high and 200m width, this big sand set is located in the Parque Natural del Estrecho, one of the less urbanized places in the Cadiz Coast. An amazing view of how sand and sea mix together.
12. Bardenas Reales, Navarra
If you are looking for a trip through the desert in Spain, there are a few that are worth visiting. Just southeast of Navarra you will find a desert landscape. Erosion caused by the wind and water on the clay soil and sand has led to this awesome site. The most visited and photographed point is the Cabezo de Castildetierra. This impressive landscape was also part of the TV series, Game of Thrones.
13. Salto del Nervión, Alava
Just in the limit between Burgos and the Basque Country in Monte de Santiago, earth give us one of the most spectacular natural views in Spain and in Europe.. This 270m waterfall is the beginning of the Nervión river, which flows all the way to Bilbao.
14. Las Lagunas de Ruidera, Albacete
The Parque Natural de Las Laguna de Ruidera, located in Albacete is a beautiful nature reserve full of forests and fifteen lagoons/lakes and small waterfalls along the old rivers Pinilla and Guadiana Viejo.
15. National Park Of Garajonay, La Gomera
Garajonay National Park is a lush forest, often covered by a thick fog that adds to the mystical atmosphere. A must see site that you need to visit if you go to the canary islands.
16. Parque Natural de Timanfaya, Lanzarote
This landscape was caused by a volcanic eruption, it is also called Montañas del Fuego and is a nature reserve on Lanzarote, the area consists of a unique volcanic, “moon” landscape. The area covers around 51 square kilometers. and has a walk that must be requested two months in advance and reconfirmed 48 hours in advance. As a visitor you can visit a part of the area in a bus or on the back of a dromedary. A walk of 3 km on the Termesana route with guide takes two hours. in Any case, make sure to bring a cap or a hat as the sun hits quite hard all through the day,
17. Lagos de Covadonga - Picos de Europa, Asturias
This is one of the most beautiful and idyllic landscapes in Asturias. These lakes of glacial origin contrast with the mountainous environment that surrounds them and the green pastures. Take advantage of this stunning landscape and go hiking in Asturias. Lake Enol and Lake Ercina are the main protagonists of this beautiful landscape which is located at a height of 1000 metres.
18. Garrotxa Volcanoes, Girona
You wont find a more amazing volcanic place to visit in Spain or Europe than this 46 volcanic cones. Even though these volcanoes have been inactive for thousands of years, it is still daring to walk through the craters.
19. Cabo de Gata, Almería
The Volcanic Natural Park of Cabo de Gata is one of the aridest landscapes in Europe - with 50 km of cliffs and two awesome beaches, Playa del Mónsul and Playa de Los Genoveses. This is one of the places along the Spanish coastline that has escaped mass tourism.
20. Valle del Jerte, Cáceres
In Extremadura, a mantle of white petals covers the Jerte Valley during the spring. The cherry blossoms create a natural landscape of enormous beauty, where the Cherry Blossom Festival is held during the end of March and at the beginning of April. Also spectacular in the Autumn where you will see an explosion of ochre and reddish colours.
21. Pilares de los Organos, La Gomera
Named after the cylinders of a cathedral organs, these rock formations were created by the erosion of volcanic materials by the sea water. Declared a natural park, this gem stands 700 meters above a cliff on the north coast of La Gomera. Due to its inaccessibility, to be able to enjoy its views it will be necessary to do it by boat or plane.
22. Hoces del Río Duratón, Segovía
The Hoces del Río Duratón Natural Park was declared as such in 1989 and is made up of the stretch of the Duratón River that runs between Sepúlveda and the Burgomillodo dam.
The 25 km of route that makes up the Hoces, have been excavating the limestone rock, creating deep walls of up to 70m. high, meandering. In the Hoces there is one of the largest colonies of Griffon Vulture in all of Europe, in addition to the Royal Eagle, the Peregrine Falcon or the Egyptian Vulture. Throughout the year you can see more than 130 species of birds.
23. Desierto de Tabernas, Almería
North to the city of Almería is this arid plain made up of gullies, boulevards, streams and slopes typical of badlands landscapes. It is the Tabernas desert, known for having served as the set for numerous spaghetti western films during the 60s and 70s. Also, for being one of the best places in the area for bird watching, since it is protected for that these animals can take refuge in it. Make sure to bring a cap or a hat as the sun hits quite hard all through the day,
24. Las Gredas, Bolnuevo, Murcia
Approaching the beach of this district of Mazarrón has the reward of enjoying the curious rock formations that the wind and erosion have been sculpting. They are very curious formations, shaped like mushrooms, which seem to emerge from the clay rock that closes this sandy area, a kind of open-air museum of natural sculpture.
25. Nacimiento del Río Mundo, Albacete
Near Riópar there is that geographical curiosity that is a natural show. And it is that here, the Mundo River, instead of being born in a quiet spring, does so emerging from within the earth with fury and roar. This is known as a blowout, a phenomenon that occurs due to the accumulation of water in the karst interior of the Sierra del Segura. Of course, although the river always rises from the cave, precipitating and forming small waterfalls, the big blowout only occurs in times of rain and thaw.
All this places are perfect to visit after COVID19 lockdown as they are usually not crowded and outdoor.