Planning to go and visit the beautiful Spain, but visiting museums or basking on the beach is not really your cup of tea? Well if your here then your thing is probably more about adrenaline and thrills. Travelling for you needs to be an adventure, going to tourist spots but getting the full view, some come back from holidays with tan lines and a hangover but you prefer the timeless memory of a jump into a trench or a gnarly ride. Well if this does sound like you then you have certainly come to the right place, because seeking out thrills is our specialty. Here are a few idea for spots and activities to try on the Iberian Peninsula.
Note that in this article, we will not talk about the Canary Islands because this destination has already been the subject of a dedicated article (see: Extreme outdoor activities in the Canary Islands).
Kitesurfing in Tarifa
Located on the southernmost point of continental Europe, Tarifa is a fortified city of Andalusia. Its location makes it a must-go spot for sports and especially kitesurfing. Add a touch of culture to your trip too and take the opportunity to visit the famous Guzmán castle and then afterwards you can right back to enjoying some outdoor activities in this little paradise. Thanks to Tarifa’s orignial location, right where the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet, this city has a strong wind and strong waves that make it one of the best destinations in Europe to practice water sports like surfing, kite, windsurf, bodyboard and SUP. On the Costa de la Luz you’ll find spots like Playa Chica, Valdevaqueros, Los Lances or Bolonia that will make you happy if you are a fan of skiing and especially sports related to the wind. And then you are really close to Morocco, so if you want to change continent, it will only take a few minutes …
Skateboarding in Barcelona
The capital of Catalonia is known for its modernist Antoni Gaudí monuments, notably the Sagrada Família, but Barcelona is also known as the European capital of urban sports. Whether you’re into rollerblading, BMX, scooter or skateboard, this city is undoubtedly the ideal place. A real open skatepark with an impressive number of spots for street, flat or curves. Barcelona is known worldwide for being the mecca of skateboarding because it’s one of the only cities in the world where people skate everywhere and all the time. The atmosphere and the sun make this city one of the most coveted destinations in the world. If you go alone, it will only take a few minutes to meet people and make friends for a great session by the sea.
Paragliding in Madrid
Explore the skies and landscapes of the Spanish capital from above with a paraglider. Even though it will give you a nice dose of adrenaline this activity is pretty safe and offers a nice soft take-off and landing spot. Glide over Guadalajara or Avila near Madrid and contemplate this beautiful region suspended in the air with an expert pilot who will ensure your trip goes smoothly and safely. Cruising at 600 meters altitude, you can see the Plaza de Castilla with its leaning buildings, almost all of Madrid on a clear day, and the mountainous landscapes of the surroundings. If you’re feeling brave and want to take it that one step further then check you well hooked in and let go, this way you can get creative with some paragliding aerobatics and try out some aerial manoeuvres.
Canyoning on the Costa del Sol
The coastal region of the province of Malaga at the most easterly part of Gibraltar form the Costa del Sol, famous for its 150 km long coastline and 124 beaches, this place has become a true paradise for nature lovers and extreme sports enthusiasts. Dive straight in and try scuba diving in the semi-tropical waters surrounding Marbella or for adventurers who like to diversify their activities then give canyoning a go as it includes a bit of everything. Canyoning is a mix of caving, hiking, climbing and mountaineering but also mixes in lots of water activities such as tomb stoning, swimming in the currents or shooting down the naturally formed rock slides. There are many ravines in Malaga ideal for climbing, rappel or jumping off of if you like a thrill. Guadalmina River’s gorges offer a fantastic playground for those who love canyoning, rafting or kayaking, the waterways in this region are dotted with natural pools and caves ready to be discovered and explored without limits.
Jet skiing to Benidorm
What’s better than stylishly speeding across the water while admiring the fantastic panoramas of the Costa Blanca, Altea region, Alfàs del Pi and Benidorm. Jet skiing on the electric blue waters of the Mediterranean is a dreamy experience for any holiday maker and it’s a more unique way to take a trip along Benidorm’s coastline with speed, sunshine and incredible scenery as a backdrop. Check out the wide variety of beaches and coves that stand out with natural beauty and, depending on weather conditions and the length of your stay, Benidorm’s coast and its surroundings such as the Balcon del Mediterraneo. If you’re feeling even more adventurous you can try the route to the island of Benidorm, this jet ski excursion is an excellent group activity that can be memorably shared between family and friends. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of piloting your own jet-ski while your lead to hidden gems by an expert guide and taken past breathtaking surroundings.
Rafting in the Sierra de Guara
Normally we would tell you all about how incredible this destination is for canyoning because it’s one of the most famous places in Europe for this sport, it was actually here that canyoning was invented thanks to Sierra’s natural park which includes no less than a hundred different canyons. Today, however, we want to tell you about the joys of rafting here, which is as much of a thrilling experience as canyoning, if not more! Located in the north of Spain, the Sierra Natural Park and the Guara Gorge are on the Sierra de Guara mountain range in the province of Huesca. Full of hills, cliffs, caves, gorges and canyons that have been created by the roaring rivers of Alcanadre, Flumen, Guatizalema, Vero and Mascún, this location is the perfect place to embark upon a great rafting adventure in a beautiful setting. Also, it’s useful to know that mountain biking and Via Ferrata are also popular and well suited sports in this region.
Surfing in Mundaka and the surroundings
Probably one of the most beautiful waves in the world even if the conditions are not always favourable and the face that it’s becoming increasingly rare that the wave is “awake”, however when she does decide to deliver Mundaka is a perfect, if not slightly overpopulated, wave and line-up. A spot as beautiful as this normally rare but in north-west Spain, you’ll have no trouble finding a picturesque selection of places ideal for all levels of surfing, whether it’s playing around on a longboard, throwing spray on a short board or simply your first ever surf lesson. The city of Zarautz has the longest beach on the coast and a huge bay perfect for surfing, alternatively take a walk along the coast and go down to Oviedo to find a few excellent spots perfect to enjoy with your board.
Diving in Ibiza
The nights in Ibiza are fabled to be legendary but the underwater world will take you on a vibrant and surprising journey in it’s own way, with its crystal blue water and reefs populated with fish of all colours and sizes. Scuba diving is an unmissable experience if you want to explore the depths of the ocean to discover a rich and varied flora and fauna, the subtropical climate of Ibiza offers an ideal terrain for scuba diving with clear waters and visibility up to 40 meters. In addition, the temperature of the water is about 26 °C in summer there is really no excuse not to test this underwater activity. Start with an introductory dive followed by a course which allows you to discover and learn the safety protocols and the underwater communication system, once you’ve mastered this grab an oxygen tank and some fins and dive into some exceptional underwater exploration.
Bungee jump or parachuting on the Costa Almería
Costa Almería is the name given to the coastal municipalities of the province of Almería in Andalusia, this spot is known for having stunning seaside resorts and the most beautiful cliffs in Spain. This stunning place is known as a popular destination for travelers seeking thrilling activities such as kite surfing, windsurfing, stand-up paddling and many other water activities. Laden with 120 beaches, the coast attracts holidaymakers from all over the world including flight enthusiasts ready to indulge in paragliding from the highest peaks of the mountains or parachuting over the Sierra Maria Los Velez Natural Park or Cabo de Gate-Nijar, one of the most remote geological landscapes in Europe. If you’ve got a bit of adrenalin to spare then grab the opportunity to bungee jump from the Gador Bridge, one of the oldest in the region and towering over at a fear-inducing height of 35 meters.
Climbing in Turégano
Located in the heart of Spain, Turégano is a municipality in the province of Segovia, the limestone rocks that line the passageway to the Piron and Viejo rivers through the Covatillas valley make an ideal playground to try some climbing. In a natural setting halfway between the Castilian plateau and the northern slopes of the Sierra de Guadarrama, ascend the limestone walls from 8 to 15 meters high and offering a variety of different levels of difficulty. A sure-fire winner for climbing
fans whether you’re starting out or are a seasoned vet, but if you don’t want to climb try abseiling and enjoy multiple tripe on these limestone walls. Furthermore, hiking trails and daring Via Ferrata routes are also available heres.