The country’s major footpaths are known as GR (Grande Recorrido) or PR (Pequeño Recorrido), some of which make up part of the trans-European walking routes that extend across the entire continent. GR paths are the longest, and are marked by red-and-white stripes, while the smaller PR routes (yellow-and-white) can usually be done in a day. The best-known routes are the GR11, which crosses the Pyrenees from coast to coast, via Andorra; the GR65 and its variants, the Camino de Santiago; and the GR7, which starts from Tarifa in Andalucía, heads through the Sierra Nevada and up the Catalan coast before reaching the Pyrenees.

Baixa Garrotxa A 28-kilometre loop through the spectacular Garrotxa volcanic region of northeastern Catalunya.

Camino de Santiago The legendary, month-long pilgrimage route runs from the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela, by way of Romanesque architecture in Navarra, mighty Gothic cathedrals in Castilla y León, fine wines in La Rioja and beautiful green Galicia scenery; also features on the regional sections in Castilla y León, Navarra and Galicia.

Cañón de Añisclo Much less visited and wilder than its neighbour Ordesa, this spectacular river gorge is overlooked by wedding-cake palisades.

Carros de Foc The trans-park circuit takes in the most scenic corners of the Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, a challenging route linking nine overnight refuges.

Circo de las Cinco Lagunas A scintillating one-day walk in the Sierra de Gredos, with sparkling mountain lakes and the half-tame Gredos ibex to see.

Circo de Soaso The best sampling of Aragón’s Parque Nacional de Ordesa – upstream along the valley to a superb waterfall, and back via a spectacular corniche route called the Faja de Pelay.

Desfiladero de Cares The classic Picos de Europa hike – through the Cares Gorge – is a dramatic twelve-kilometre route along a path hewn out of the cliff face.

Pedraforca One of the most revered peaks in Catalunya is a relatively easy one to bag, with a variety of routes up.

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