Cycle Touring in Spain. By Harry Dowdell. Cicerone, UK. With an agreeable climate, Western Europe's greatest wilderness areas, unmatched flora and fauna, a history stretching back beyond civilisation, Spain, with its friendly people and readily available accommodation makes an outstanding destination for the cycle tourist. This guide contains the hard won practical information needed by cyclists who wish to independently tour Spain, including when and where to go, how to get there, how to get around, accommodation, passports, visas and insurance, money and banks, bicycle considerations, living on the road, points of arrival.
In addition to the practical information eight routes are described in detail along with maps, profiles and accommodation lists. The routes vary in challenge with suitability for novice through to keen cyclists and are described in five to twelve daily stages with options to shorten, extend or go off road as the cyclist wishes.
Overview map showing all of the described routes Sample of one of the trip overview maps
Editorial Alpina has a wide selection of hiking maps for various parts of Spain. All are detailed topographic maps with additional hiking information added - trails, huts, etc. Most are Spanish only, some are bilingual English-Spanish.
Spain Hiking Maps. Mapa Guia. These hiking maps cover popular areas in Spain. With contour lines, tourist information, and more. In Spanish.
Barcelona y su entorno, Scale 1:200,000.
Cordillera Cantabrica, Scale 1:200,000.
Costa del Sol, Scale 1:200,000.
Parque Nacional de Doñana. 1:50,000. IGN, 1997. Detailed topographic map of this national park on the coast between Cadiz and Huelva. The park includes the wetlands/delta of teh Quadalquivir River. In Spanish.
Gran Canaria, Scale 1:100,000.
La Gomera, Scale 1:50,000.
Lago de Sanabria, Scale 1:50,000.
Macizo Central de Gredos, Scale 1:50,000.
Madrid y su entorno, Scale 1:200,000.
Mallorca, Scale 1:150,000.
Mar Menor, Scale 1:25,000.
Paraje Natural Marismas del Odiel, Scale 1:25,000.
Parque Nacional de Donana, Scale 1:50,000.
Parque Natural Bahia de Cadiz, Scale 1:50,000.
Parque Natural Cabo de Gata-Nijar, Scale 1:50,000.
Parque Nacional Timanfaya. 1:25,000. CNIG, 2003/2005. Very detailed topographic map of this national park on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. The map shows the volcanic terrain in detail with both contour lines and shaded relief. With separate 54-page guidebook covering tourist routes through the park. In Spanish.
Cordillera Cantabrica Hiking Maps
Cordillera Cantabrica Topographic Excursion Maps. Adrados Ediciones. These maps have contour lines as well as shaded relief. In Spanish.
Asturias Y Provincias Limitrofes, Scale 1:260,000.
Macizo De Pena Ubina, Scale 1:25,000.
Parque Natural De Somiedo, Scale 1:60,000.
Parque Regional De La Sierra De Gredos, Scale 1:135,000.
Picos De Europa Y Costa Oriental De Asturias, Scale 1:80,000.
Picos De Europa Macizos Central Y Oriental, Scale 1:25,000.
Picos De Europa Macizo Occidental, Scale 1:25,000.
Spanish Pyrenees Hiking Maps
The Spanish side of the Pyrenees, quite different from the French side, offers unique hiking opportunities. Click here for hiking maps of the French side of the Pyrenees. There are several different hiking map series for the Spanish side of the Pyrenees. Quality is similar between each series, so choose whichever map best covers your area of interest.
Hiking Maps of the Aragones Pyrenees (Mapa Excursionista, Pirineo Aragones). 1:40,000. Prames. These packs have guidebooks filled with information and pictures, as well as a map of the given area, with contour lines. Several of the maps in this series are out of print and not listed below.
Sample #1 Sample #2
Circo de Piedrafita y refugio de Respomuso.
Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido.
Aneto Maladetas. Parque Natural Posets-Maladetas.
San Juan de la Pena.
Serrablo Tierra de Biescas.
Serrania de Albarracin/1. Zona Septentrional de la Sierra de Albarracin, Cuenca de Teruel, Llanos de Pozondon, Peracense.
Serrania de Albarracin/2. Zona occidental de la Sierra del Albarracin y Montes Universales.
Serrania de Albarracin/3. Sierra de Albarracin, Montes Universales, Paisaje Protegido de los Pinares de Rodeno.
Serrania de Albarracin/4. Zona Oriental de la Sierra de Albarracin, Cuenca de Teruel.
Sierra Nevada Hiking Maps
Clearance Sale (Spain) Sierra Nevada Hiking Map Series. 1:25,000. Editorial Penibetica. This series of seven maps covers the very popular Sierra Nevada region of Spain. Each map comes with a booklet. In Spanish.
NOTE: Penibetica is now out of business and their maps are out of print. We have only a single copy left of sheet 2 of this excellent series.
Index map Sample map
Sheet 2 - Valle de Lanjaron.
Ordesa & Monte Perdido
Raised Relief Map of Monte Perdido & Ordesa. An attractive small raised relief map of this famous National Park in Spain. This map makes a great gift or souvenir of a trek through the area. This map is made from a topographic map and shows good vertical relief and includes symbols representing tourist facilities such as refuges, camp sites, and more. Size is 13" x 9". In Spanish.
raised relief map
Ordesa & Monte Perdido Hiking Map. 1:40,000. Editorial Alpina. Excellent hiking map of this popular hiking and climbing area. In Spanish.
El Camino de Santiago - The Way of St. James
We have several popular maps and guidebooks that cover part or all of the El Camino de Santiago/The Way of St. James. Several of these are listed below. We recommend the two Cicerone guides as the best for English-speaking hikers. For other Cicerone hiking guides to Spain and France, please see Spain hiking guides - click here and France hiking guides - click here.
Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean - Roncesvalles - Santiago. John Brierley. 13th ed., 2016.
Now updated to include newer maps and photos - and lighter in weight to support carefree traveling- this comprehensive guidebook to the Camino de Santiago and its offshoots contains all the information needed by modern-day pilgrims wishing to walk the sacred Way of St. James. Overview route planners plus daily stage maps and detailed town plans help sojourners with all the advance preparation they need. The maps feature contour guides to help distinguish the terrain that will be crossed each day, while full information on all pilgrim hostels, as well as details for alternative accommodation, allow travelers to plot adequate nightly stopping points.
All reference information is accompanied by helpful spiritual guidelines to support the seeker's inner journey as well as the outer pilgrimage. Otherwise known as the Camino FrancÚs, the main route covered in this volume is the most popular sacred route through Spain, from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela.
Camino de Santiago Maps Book: St. Jean Pied de Port - Santiago de Compostela. John Brierley. 6th ed., 2016.
This map-book includes a complete set of maps and town plans in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch and Polish make up this indispensible guidebook for spiritual seekers and travelers wishing to walk the way of Saint James. Covering the sacred route from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago, including the Finisterre extension for modern-day pilgrims who wish to reach the ocean, this portable book of maps makes the perfect companion for adventurers attempting to heed the spiritual calling.
The Way of St. James: Le Puy to the Pyrenees (France part). Cicerone Press. Covers the French part of the Trail from Le Puy-en-Velay to the Pyrenees. As well as giving directions for walking the route the book also provides information on places to visit along the way, the history of the pilgrimage and the availability of practical facilities such as shops, bars, restaurants and accommodation. This guide contains an outline of the route along the Cèlè valley (53km) as one appendix and, unlike existing guides (in any language), a comprehensive listing of St. James and other pilgrim references along the way as another. There is a list of suggestions for further reading and a glossary of geographical and other useful terms. It also contains a series of sketch maps covering the entire route, to aid the user in planning his or her journey.
The author recommends five 1:100,000 France IGN maps for this part of the Camino. They are listed below.
Sheet 50. St-Etiènne, Le Puy.
Sheet 57. Cahors, Montauban.
Sheet 58. Rodez, Mende.
Sheet 63. Tarbes, Auch.
Sheet 69. Pau, Bayonne.
The Way of St. James - Pyrenees: Santiago to Finesterre (Spain part). Cicerone Press. This guide is the only English-language guide for the popular Pilgrim Road from Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela. A walker's guide to the 778km Pilgrim Road from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the foothills of the Pyrenees on the French side to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain and finally to the "end of the earth" in Finisterre on the Galician coast. It is the first original guide to the route in English, replacing the second part of the single volume previously published by Cicerone Press. As well as giving directions for walking the route, the book also provides information on places to visit along the way, the history of the pilgrimage and the availability of practical facilities such as shops, bars, restaurants and accommodation.
Unlike existing guides (in any language) this one contains two features not included in any others: details of the walker's continuation from Santiago to Finisterre (75km) and a comprehensive listing of St. James and other pilgrim references along the way (as an Appendix). It also contains a list of suggestions for further reading, a glossary of geographical and other useful terms and a series of sketch maps covering the entire route, to aid the user in planning his or her journey.
Recently Michelin re-formatted and re-numbered their Spain maps; after the publication of this guidebook. The two maps recommended in the book, Michelin 471 and 472 have been replaced. The maps needed to cover the path are #571, covering the western end of the path; #575 which covers the central (and largest) portion of the path; and #573 which covers the eastern end of the path.
Although they are not up to the quality of the British OS mapsFrench IGN maps, we also recommend the Spanish 1:50,000 topos for the Spanish portion of the trail. These maps are useful for side trips off the trail and for detail not shown on the Michelin below.
Northwest Spain - Galicia map. Michelin #571. 1:400,000. Western end of path.
Northwest (north-central) Spain - Castilla y Leon map. Michelin #575. 1:400,000. Central part of the path.
Northcentral coast of Spain - Pais/Vasco/ Navarra/La Rioja map. Michelin #573. 1:250,000. Eastern end of the path.
The Way of St. James: Le Puy to Santiago - A Cyclist's Guide. By John Higginson. Cicerone Press. The new edition of the Way of Saint James Cyclist's Guide (researched and written during the Holy Year of 2004) provides an up-to-date description of this ever-popular 1570km cycle route from Le Puy in France to Santaigo de Compostela in Spain.
By using roads with a good surface for touring cyclists, this guide attempts to follow the original pilgrimage route as closely as possible and offers the opportunity to visit every major church and shrine along the way with a few detours to outlying monasteries for good measure. The average distance on most days is only 50km, easily within the compass of the moderately fit.
The guide includes routes from Santiago to Finisterre and Padron for those cyclists who want that little extra, while several variants are mentioned to cater for the fit and not-so-fit pilgrim.
There is a comprehensive kit list and an English-French-Spanish list of essential words for the journey, as well as details of accommodation in gites d'ètape, chambres d'hote, hotels, refugios and hostals.
Via de la Plata (Southern Way of St. James route). Cicerone Press. A walker's guide to the southern pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. Nearly 1000 km long, the Camino mozarabe, or Via de la Plata as it is also known, starts in Seville and leads north and then north-west along paths and old tracks through the historic towns and varied scenery of Extremadura, Castille and Galicia. Most of it is also suitable for mountain (but not touring) bikes. This is the only guide to the route in English.
As well as giving directions for walking the route (with notes for cyclists in sections where riding it is impracticable) the book provides information on the history of the pilgrimage, places of interest along the way and the availability of practical facilities such as shops, bars, restaurants and accommodation. One appendix provides walking instructions for the continuation from Santiago to Finisterre (75km) whilst another contains a summary of Santiago and other pilgrim references along the way, a list of suggestions for further reading and a glossary of geographical and other useful items.
Santiago de Compostela City Map. 1:5,000. Telstar Distrimapas. This is a detailed street map of the end-point city of the El Camino de Santiago. There is extensive information on the reverse on monuments and hostels in the town. At the moment we have only limited stock of this map.
1 sheet, folded
National and Regional Park Maps
Hiking Map of Parque Natural de Urbasa y Andia. 1:35,000. Centro Nacional De Informacion Geografica. Detailed topographic hiking map of this park in northern Spain. With 1' lat/long tick marks and a UTM grid. In Spanish.
1 sheet, folded.
Clearance sale! Excursion Map of the Sierra and Los Canones de Guara Park (Mapa Excursionista Parque De La Sierra Y Los Canones De Guara). 1:40,000. Federacion Aragonesa De Montanismo. With contour lines. In Spanish.
1 sheet, folded.
Clearance sale! Parque De La Sierra Y Los Canones De Guara. Federacion Aragonesa De Montanismo. This guidebook offers 22 itineraries filled with lots of information, photographs and maps. In Spanish.
1 sheet, folded.
Hiking Map of Sierra Magina Natural Park (Sierra Magina Y Parque Natural). 1:50,000. Editorial Everest, 1998. This map also has contour lines as well as symbols showing castles, and much more. In Spanish.
1 sheet, folded.
(Spain) Hiking Map of La Pedriza Del Manzanares. 1:15,000. La Tienda Verde. This map is in Spanish and contains a small legend, contour and hypsometric lines.
1 sheet, folded.
Clearance sale! (Spain) Hiking Map of Sierras de Ayllon Y Ocejon. 1:50,000. La Tienda Verde. This map covers the Parque Natural del Hayedo de Tejera Negra, Reserva Nacional de Caza de Sonsaz, etc. In Spanish, contains a small legend, contour and hypsometric lines.
1 sheet, folded.
(Spain) Hiking Map of Sierras de Urbion Neila Y Cebollera. 1:50,000. La Tienda Verde. This map is in Spanish and contains a small legend, contour and hypsometric lines.
Hiking Map of Sierra Norte. 1:50,000. La Tienda Verde. This map is in Spanish and contains a small legend, contour and hypsometric lines.
Spain Road Atlas. 1:400,000. Michelin. Spiral-bound, also covers Portugal. Michelin's mapping of Spain & Portugal at 1:400,000 is combined here into a spiral-bound atlas (A4-sized pages). Includes Canaries, Azores and Balearics.
Road detail shows minor roads, toll barriers & high passes and includes intermediate driving distances, with steep road gradients and seasonal restrictions also marked. The maps use bold relief shading to show the terrain, and symbols depict plenty of landmarks. Railways, cablecars, funiculars and ferries are marked. Tourist information includes scenic routes and viewpoints, golf courses, caravan & camping sites, pleasure boat harbours. The maps also indicate towns and villages with entries in Michelin's Red Guide to hotels and restaurants. Map legend includes English.
Additional features of the atlas include: a distance table; and indexed street plans of major towns.
Atlas, 2006 edition.
Atlas, 2003 edition.
Spain & Portugal Superatlas. 1:400,000. Freytag & Berndt. Excellent spiral-bound road atlas. Includes tourist information, city maps, and an index with postal codes. 8½ x 11" in size.
Spain & Portugal Travel Map by Michelin. 1:1,000,000. Michelin. A very popular, easy-to-read map which is excellent for route planning. The road network is clearly portrayed against an uncluttered background, with roads classified by width, so it is easy to plan your preferred route. The larger cities are very clearly marked and named. Scenic routes and forests are noted, and relief shading highlights the hills and mountains. National and provincial borders are also shown. Includes driving distance/time chart and index.
Spain. 1:1,000,000. #990.
Michelin Regional Travel Maps. 1:250,000 - 1:400,000. Michelin maps of Spain are highly regarded by travelers. These are current maps with good detail. Multilingual shaded relief maps with indexes. Map size varies.
Spain Road Map Series Sample from the Andalucia map
Northwest Spain - Galicia. #571.
Northcentral Spain - Castilla y León. #575.
Northeast Spain - Aragón, Cataluña. #574.
Central Spain - Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha. #576.
Eastcentral Spain - Valenciana, Murcia. #577.
Southern Spain - Andalucía. #578.
Northwest coast of Spain - Asturias, Cantabria. #572. 1:250,000.
Spain & Portugal Travel Map. 1:1,100,000. ITMB. Detailed road map with shaded relief and elevation tinting to show physical relief.
1 sheet, folded
Spain & Portugal Travel Map. 1:700,000. Freytag & Berndt. Good overview map of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain & Portugal). Inset maps show the Strait of Gibraltar, Mallorca & Menorca. Relief shading indicates the topography. Latitude & longitude lines are at 30' intervals.
Tourist information includes scenic roads, viewpoints, places of interest, etc. An extensive index booklet for the main map is attached to the map cover. This booklet also contains city centre street plans for Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon, which are not indexed.
1 sheet, folded
Waterproof! Spain and Portugal Travel Map. Scale 1:1,000,000. National Geographic Maps. The front side of the Spain/Portugal map shows the eastern half of Spain from its northern borders with France and Andorra south along its Mediterranean coastline to Almería. Portugal and the western half of Spain including the Canary Islands are covered on the reverse side of the map. Base cartography by Reise Know-How. Size is 26 x 38".
Sample detail of the Spain travel map Front of the Spain travel map Rear of the Spain travel map
Recommended! Waterproof! Regional Road Maps for Spain and its Islands. Reise Know-How.
Topography with contour lines
Roads with distances between towns/villages
Latitude & longitude grid
Water depths off the coast
Points of interest such as lighthouses, windmills, viewpoints, castles, airports, golf courses, caves, beaches and much more
Andalucia & Costa del Sol. 1:150,000/1:585,000.
Grand Canary. 1:100,000.
Eastern Mallorca. 1:40,000.
Northern Mallorca. 1:40,000.
Southern Mallorca. 1:40,000.
Western Mallorca. 1:40,000.
Spain Regional Travel Maps. Various publishers. Telstar is a popular Spanish publisher.
Ibiza Region. Telstar.
Mallorca. Telstar. 1:175,000.
Menorca. Telstar. 1:75,000.
Tenerife. Telstar. 1:167,000.
Canary Islands Travel Map. ITMB. Spain's Canary Islands chain, off the coast of southern Morocco, are a well-established tourism haven for winter-weary Europeans. All the islands have been included on this map, as well as the ferry routes connecting them. Naturally, airports, roads, major resorts, towns, beaches, parks, hiking trails, and touristic attractions are included. Each island is shown at the same scale and with the same attention to detail. As well, several inset maps of urban areas has been included, such as Santa Cruz de la Palma, Cancajos, Los Llanos de Aridane and Puerto Naos on La Palma, Santa Cruz on Tenerife, Las Palmas on Gran Canaria, Corralejo on Fuerteventura, and Arricife on Lanzarote.
Sample detail of the Canary Islands Travel Map
1 sheet, folded.
(Spain) Gran Canaria map. 1:75,000. Freytag/Berndt.
(Spain) Atlas of Madrid (Atlas de Madrid). 1:10,000. Almax. This is a very detailed street atlas of Madrid. The Atlas contains 311 pages of street indexes including postal codes for Madrid and the surrounding 21 municipalities. There are over 350 pages of very detailed maps showing one-way streets, buildings, parks, and much more. Includes a 1:78,000 page of Madrid and surrounding area. Over 675 pages, softcover. In Spanish.
Spain - Laminated City Maps. We offer laminated city-center tourist maps that are very popular with travellers. These maps are sturdier and last longer and are smaller and easier to use than normal paper maps. They tend to cover smaller areas, such as the tourist parts of a city rather than the full metropolitan area that paper maps normally cover. Ideal for travellers with a few days in a city.
Pontevedra (1:4,500) & Villagarcía de Arosa (1:6,000). Everest.
Pozoblanco. 1:5,000. Junta Andalucía.
Puerto de Santa Maria (1:6,000) & Urb. Las Redes (1:3,250) & Urb. Vistahermosa (1:6,000). Everest.
Rondo. 1:2,500. Everest.
Salamanca. 1:9,000. Telstar.
San Sebastian & Donostia city map. Michelin #84. 1:9,000. 2008. ISBN 9782067127968.
San Sebastian. 1:9,000. Telstar.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 1:6,000. Everest.
Santander city map. Michelin #89. 1:7,000. 2007. ISBN 9782067128019.
Santander. 1:8,000. Telstar.
Santiago de Compostela. 1:5,000. Telstar.
Segovia. 1:6,000. Everest.
Sevilla. 1:10,000. Almax.
Soria. 1:5,300. Everest.
Tarragona. 1:12,000. Telstar.
Teruel. 1:5,000. Everest.
Toledo. 1:6,000. Telstar.
Valencia city map. Michelin #73. 1:11,000. 2008. ISBN 9782067127852.
Valencia. 1:12,000. Telstar.
Valladolid. 1:13,000. Everest.
Vigo. 1:8,500. Everest.
Vitorio. No scale. Telstar.
Zamora, Toro, Benavente. 1:6,000.
Zaragoza city map. Michelin #75. 1:11,000. 2008. ISBN 9782067127876.
Zaragoza. 1:10,000. Telstar.
Spain City Topographic Maps. 1:10,000. Soviet government. These maps are regular topographic maps that include contour lines, power lines, rail/trolley lines, etc. In Russian. Some are available only as digital raster files - they are noted as "digital files."
Click on the link above for a complete listing of quadrangles, index maps, and projection information.
Spain 1:200,000 Provincial Topographic Maps
SpainProvincial Topographic Maps. 1:200,000. IGN. This set of 48 topographic map sheets provides complete coverage of Spain, with each sheet covering one administrative province. The maps have 100m contour lines, spot heights, and shaded relief. The maps show backroads and tracks up through national highways (both free and toll). These maps make decent bicycling maps as they show the backroads and require fewer sheets than the 1:100,000 topographic series noted above.
Vegetation zones are shown by coloring and the numerous parks are highlighted. The new series sheets show topography beyond the province boundary while the older series sheets information stops at the province boundary. The new series have UTM grids and latitude/longitude tick marks at 15' intervals, plus an index of place names on the back. In Spanish only.
The series is being re-designed and improved, however this means that some sheets are out of print for 2 or 3 years during this update process.
Spain Provincial 1:200,000 topographic map index. Sample from the new series. Sample from the older series.
Antique-style! Spain and Portugal Executive (antique-style) Wall Map. Scale 1:1,803,000. National Geographic Maps. A detailed and current wall map of Spain and Portugal, colored with the soft tans/browns commonly found on antique maps. Ideal for framing. Size is 31 x 20".
Sample detail of the Spain wall map Front of the Spain wall map
Atlas of Spain (Nuevo Atlas de España, Geografia general y tematica). Salvat, 2001. This hardcover Atlas is 216 pages long, complete with information, maps, pictures and much more. In Spanish.
Atlas of Spain (Atlas De España Espasa). Espasa, 1998. This hardcover Atlas contains 252 pages of satellite imagery, complete with information, maps, pictures and much more. In Spanish.
Spain New Atlas (Nuevo Atlas). IGN. 1991- continuing series. This is new atlas series published by the government. Each atlas is a folio of 25+ pages, covering a specific topic. Eight folios are in print with more scheduled this year. Standing orders welcome (less 10%). In Spanish.
Medio Ambiente. Sección X, Grupo 39.
Medio Marino. Sección III, Grupo 13.
Act. Industrial. Sección VI, Grupo 19 y 20.
Energy (Energia). Sección IV, Grupo 18.
Demographic Information (Información Demográfica).
Sección IV, Grupo 14.
Imagen y Paisaje. Sección 1, Grupo 3c.
Climatology (Climatologia). Sección II, Grupo 9.
Soils (Edafologia). Sección II, Grupo 7.
Spain Geographic Atlas (Atlas Geografico de Espana). 1:500,000. 1982. IGN. This Atlas contains 27 sheets that show contour lines and inset maps at scales of 1:10,000 - 1:250,000 which highlight cities and areas of major interest. Coverage of Spanish possessions is also included. Sheet size is 73 x 52 cm. In Spanish.