Alhambra from Albaicin in Granada, Andalusia, Spain


A passionate and culturally rich country famous for its historic cities, diverse landscapes, enduring cultures, and traditions.

More diverse than most people imagine, Spain is a collection of iconic sights, sounds and smells. Travel to the hot Andalusian plains for grand cathedrals and white hilltop villages or the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa for remote jagged mountain tops.

Hear the rhythm of flamenco in Madrid’s backstreets and taste wine and tapas from hidden bars in the Basque region. Spain is culturally abundant with passion interwoven into the very fabric of everyday life. Famous yes for glittering beaches but it is Spain’s historic cities, contrasting landscapes, enduring cultures, and traditions, which bring it to life.

The Courtyard of the Maidens patio in Royal Alcazars of Seville, Spain

Why choose Spain

With some of Europe’s most celebrated historical cities, charming, whitewashed villages, craggy mountains and fertile valleys, Spain is a collection of the known and unknown. Move away from the obvious highlights to find hidden wildlife with the lynx of Andalucía or bears in Cantabria and Asturias. Stay in charming homesteads to experience authentic Spanish hospitality and meet artisan food producers in San Sabastian to the Marques de Riscal winery in La Rioja.

Plaza Espana, Sevilla, Spain

Why travel to Spain with Steppes

Many have rightly explored the Islamic beauty of the Alhambra in Seville or marvelled at the architectural majesty of Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, but few have discovered the hidden corners of this diverse country, from the Mercado de Abastos in Santiago de Compostela to a private lodge working to restore the lynx population in Andalucía. Steppes have a keen eye for local suppliers, eclectic wildlife and cultural guides while ensuring travel continues to enhance communities and engage in a positive and restorative way.

Bright blue glass like lake surrounded by mountains and grassy slopes with thatched shack on shores.

Spain beyond the classics

• Taste delicious red wine at lesser known vineyards of Rioja and Alava while exploring the buzzing local towns dotted with pilgrim churches
• Explore some of the smaller villages such as A Guarda, a fishing port in Galicia close to the Portuguese border. Home to a pretty harbour and fresh seafood, worthy a few days of gentle walking.
• Spend a few peaceful hours at Aljaferia found in the less visited Aragon region, considered a jewel of 11 century Islamic architecture.

Bear, Cantabrian Mountains, Spain
Bear, Cantabrian Mountains
Wolf, Cantabrians, Spain
Cantabrians, Spain
Bear, Oso Pardo, Cantabrians Mountains, Asturias, Spain
Bear, Spain
The Cantabrian Mountains, Asturias, Spain
The Cantabrians, Spain
Wild Cat, Cantabrian Mountains, Spain
Wild Cat, Cantabria

Wildlife Conservation

Steppes Travel has partnered with the European Nature Trust (TENT) in order to connect people to nature and to raise funds for projects that protect and restore European wilderness. The wild areas of Europe are a sometimes-overlooked option for immersive wildlife experiences however, right on our doorstep lies some of the most outstandingly beautiful swathes of wilderness and national parklands, rich with wildlife. Each of our engaging and impactful wildlife experiences takes you to explore some of Europe’s most hidden wild secrets, providing you with access to conservation experts, local projects on the ground and exceptional wildlife sightings.



It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Bears, The Cantabrian Mountains, Spain

Explore the Cantabrian Mountains

With an expert naturalist, walk through pristine mountain terrain in search of Iberian wolves, Brown bear, wildcat and other interesting mammals.

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Wild Cat, Cantabrian Mountains, Spain

View Wildcat

Watch the very beautiful Wildcat hunting for rodents in the grass.

Wolf, Cantabrians, Spain

Observe the Iberian wolf

Observe family groups of Iberian wolf feeding their young in the Cantabrian Mountain range, some of the best-preserved habitats in Spain.

Arcos de la Frontera, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia, Nr Seville, Spain

Stay in Andalucia

Stay in one of the many pretty white villages that dot Andalucia.

Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Alhambra Gardens

Explore the magical palaces and gardens of the Alhambra in Granada.

Cantabrian Mountains,Asturias, Spain

The Basque Country Walking Trails

Walk in the national parks and coastal mountains with an expert guide.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Son Brull £££££

  • Spain
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Originally built as an Arabic farmhouse in the 12th century, Son Brull became a Jesuit monastery in the 18th century before undergoing an impressive transformation into the boutique, luxury hotel it is today. The building’s beautiful stone and atmospheric former olive mill are just a few of the traces of Son Brull’s rich heritage. The hotel comprises of 23 rooms and suites and has four two-bedroom villa suites with separate pools which are ideal for families.

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Hotel Alhambra Palace £££££

  • Spain

Hotel Alhambra Palace dominates the hillside of Sabika, a lofty position with great views overlooking the city of Granada.Being just a stroll away from the Alhambra Palace and Gardens makes for a perfect base. With an old-world feel and traditional Moorish architecture, it oozes charm.

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Corral del Rey £££££

  • Spain
  • City

Originally a 17th Century casa palacio, this 300-year-old building is now a boutique hotel that has been meticulously restored and converted. The 17 rooms and suites offer chic accommodation that fuses contemporary with Moorish design. Many original features of the building have been preserved including marble columns and carved wooden beams. The entire city can be viewed from the poolside rooftop.

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Hacienda de San Rafael £££££

  • Spain
  • Boutique

Hacienda de San Rafael was formally an olive farm and has now been renovated and converted into a small and intimate hotel. The eleven duplex rooms are situated around a bougainvillaea filled courtyard, each with its own veranda and the interior décor combines fabrics, antiques and artefacts sourced on the owner’s extensive travels to Asia and India. The Hacienda also has three casitas offering the ultimate in rustic chic. They lie in a private garden with a shared infinity pool.

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Harmony V £££££

  • Spain

The Harmony V is a modern elegant yacht with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts found in the famous ports of the world. The yacht is 55 metres long and 8.2 metres wide. There is a spacious lounge and bar which leads into a dining area. Both areas offer large windows offering beautiful views. The expansive sundeck offers a shaded outdoor area for all-day dining and a bar as well as sun chairs and loungers. The swimming platform on the Harmony V’s stern will allow for easy access to the ship and for a wide range of sea-related activities.

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