Whether you want high-adrenalin extreme sports adventure tour - on snow, ground or water; wind or gas-fuel-driven; to get about on two wheels or two legs; taking to the air; or calmer, but no less adventurous wild swimming, Andalucia has all the facilities and natural elements for you to indulge in your favourite activities.
If your idea of heaven is to take off into the sky, flying, paragliding and microlighting will all give you unparalleled views of Andalucia's spectacularly varied countryside. If you like bikes, whether motor or mountain, there are plenty of tracks to follow, from gentle converted train routes, with bridges and tunnels, to challenging off-road terrain.
The highlight of this annual triathlon is the 30km running section along the beach of Doñana. More >
The three main professional cycle races in the Andalucia cycling calendar are the Tour of Spain,the Tour of Andalucia,and the one-day Clasíca de Almería. More >
If speed and danger are your thing, you've come to the right place. Andalucia is an XS paradise. More >
Andalucia has become popular as an extreme sport destination for flying light aircraft. More >
Andalucia is one giant off-road paradise and country bikers can feast themselves on terrain as testing or as comfortable as they choose. More >
Since the inauguration in 2003 a motley crew take part in this low budget alternative to the Paris-Dakar. More >
Following the success of previous year trips andalucia.com is pleased to announce the 2007 Marbella – Malabo Rally. More >
This is one of the newest adventure sports to take over Andalucia. If you haven't tried it, well, it's time to get rolling! More >
Both a cyclist and any spectator would love to be part in a cycling tour. More >
Kitesurfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and surfing can all be enjoyed along Andalucia's coast. More >
One of the latest trends in adventure sports, or more daring or unusual outdoor activities, is wild swimming. This means swimming in any water, though more usually freshwater rather than saltwater More >
There can be few better ways to appreciate the sheer beauty of the Andalusian countryside than from a hot air balloon. More >
In Huelva you have the only cross-border zip line in the world, and there is an exciting 436 metre Zip Line in a village close to Malaga. More >
EXTREME Adventure Sports in Andalucia
So far as adventure tours go, Andalucia has some of the best venues for a range of sports, which should satisfy the desire for modest thrills and adventure.
Andalucia does not have any skyscrapers to attract base-jumpers. There are, however, plenty of seriously high cliff faces, especially around the Sierra Nevada and Ronda, should you fancy your chances at this off-the-wall (literally) occupation. Basically, what you do is run as fast as you can and hurl yourself off the edge of a cliff, assume the straddle position, manoeuvre yourself as far away from the face as possible and open the 'chute, all within about six or seven seconds, and then float gently to the ground. That's the theory, anyway. The legality of this extreme sport is questionable, particularly in urban areas, although that does seem to add a certain frisson for some. It won't surprise you to know that there is no official organisation for base-jumpers.
Skydiving, for those with a bent for the mega-adrenalin rush, is similar to regular free fall parachuting, but much, much, much faster. Aficionados exit the plane and then invert themselves, head pointing straight down, legs together and arms clamped to their sides. The idea, quite simply, is to go as fast as possible...and they do, at times reaching speeds edging around 200mph. Someway prior to hitting the ground, preferably, you just pull out of the dive, assume the normal straddle shape, decelerate and release the parachute. A buzz, or what! Not unnaturally, it is advisable to have mastered free fall in the sit fly and star shape positions before attempting it head first. More>
Speed skiing is exactly what it says - going hell-for-leather straight down a near-vertical, ice-covered track on a pair of skis, described as 'nearly past fear at terminal velocity'. The skis are wider than normal, you carry body-hugging poles, aerodynamic helmets are mandatory, and so is a large helping of courage and a touching faith in your own ability on 240cm-long, 30lb fibreglass planks. In Andalucia, those heading for the Sierra Nevada have to do their fastest down the black runs. Incidentally, you stop by the simple expedient of sliding up a gentle gradient at the end of the run.