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El Teide

Extracts from

A Castle in Spain by Matthew Parris



Spain is a large country with mountains on all sides: the high Pyrenees on the border with France, the Galician mountains in the moist north-west, and the Sierra Nevada overlooking Granada and the Costa Del Sol.

The Spanish islands include Majorca, which has a large mountainous area inland.

Whilst millions of tourists visit Spain for the sunshine and beaches, the rural areas and inland villages provide another, more authentic impression of this fascinating country.

The first Spanish walking story covers Cielo, an impressive mountain overlooking the popular resort of Nerja on the Costa del Sol. It was a trailblazer for the idea behind Walking Stories. There's additional information on Nerja, and shorter walks.

Another story describes a climb of El Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, situated on the island of Tenerife.

Matthew Parris has allowed us to reproduce some edited extracts from his book, A Castle in Spain, based in the hills of Catalunya.  These make wonderfully evocative walking stories.

And we would welcome your Spanish stories.

In the meantime, here is a link to an attractive-sounding walk with a group hiking in Spain's spectacular Alicante mountains, described by Donald MacLeod in an article from the Guardian on 8 March 2005 “It's even possible, as we did one day, to scramble up a pinnacle to the Moorish watchtower of Perputxent and eat your picnic in utter tranquillity within sight of Benidorm.”  Sounds good.


View from Mount Cielo, Sierra de Almijara

View from Mount Cielo, Sierra de Almijara


First view of El Teide, Tenerife