When most people think of Spain, they think Sun, Sea and Sangria. But what about the people who are looking for more than just your average beach holiday? Spending your time visiting museums, taking in local culture and sampling regional foods are all a great way to explore a new city, but once all that’s over, then what?
Being such a diverse culture, it’s no surprise that there are more than enough adventures to be had all over the country. Why not take a trip to the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains – a huge area with endless possibilities for winter sports. If you’re looking for something a little different, try White-water rafting. The sport is still relatively new here so it’s never overcrowded. The Noguera Pallasera River is 28 miles of clear water. You can ride the river on a hydrospeed- the most extreme of all the water activities. With just a river board in your hands and flippers on your feet, you have to be faster than the current to conquer these rapids. For maximum thrills, let yourself be tossed the nine miles downstream from Llavorsm to Rialp. Aim for May or June when the river’s at its racing best, swollen with snowmelt from the mountains that block the northern horizon.
For a travel adventure out of the water, head south to The Garganta el Chorro tekking town. Two and a half miles long, up to 1,300 feet deep, and, in places, barely 30 feet wide, this trek is really only for experienced climbers with proper equipment. Few destinations in the world would match the trekking dimensions of The Garganta el Chorro but with its scary routes up the near-vertical walls of the gorge’s steepest sections, this is not a trek for the faint hearted.
Heights and Water not your thing? Then how about attending The Pamplona Bull Run Festival. The annual event is held in the memory of Navarre’s Patron Saint, San Fermin. To commence, a rocket gets fired to let the thousands of participants know the bulls have been released. The bulls then run about half a mile through a narrow street until they reach a bullring. The runners rush ahead of the animals, trying to avoid getting injured by the horns of the animals. The tradition is believed to have begun in 1591 when the drovers lead the bull into the bull-fighting arena and the thrill to get as close as possible to the bull and yet not get wounded got the adrenaline rushing of young men. This is what keeps the thousands of visitors coming back year after year.